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Three Fates

By: Nora Roberts
Narrated by: Bernadette Quigley
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Publisher's Summary

When the Lusitania sank, more than 1,000 people died. One passenger, however, survived to become a changed man, giving up his life as a petty thief but keeping a small silver statue that would become a family heirloom to future generations.

Now, nearly a century later, that heirloom, one of a priceless, long-separated set of three, has been snatched away from the Sullivans. And Malachi, Gideon, and Rebecca Sullivan are determined to recover their great-great-grandfather's treasure, reunite the Three Fates, and make their fortune.

The quest will take them from their home in Ireland to Helsinki, Prague, and New York and introduce them to a formidable female professor whose knowledge of Greek mythology will aid them in their quest; to a daring exotic dancer who sees the Fates as her chance at a new life; and to a seductive security expert who knows how to play high-tech cat-and-mouse. And it will pit them in a suspenseful fight against an ambitious woman who will stop at nothing to acquire the Fates.

©2004 Nora Roberts (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Good, Entertaining "Trilogy" -- Under One Cover!

I picked this up on the Beachcomber sale and saved my credits, and I'm very happy I did! This is a classic Nora Roberts story with strong family ties, Irish roots, characters carrying childhood baggage, and a mystical legend to tie it all together. Unlike some of Roberts’ series books and trilogies, all three relationship stories are included in a single book. I personally liked that because the character perspectives and differences are more immediate, and the relationships progressed without endless filler pages of introspection. Combining the stories gives a more integrated feeling to the plot and action, and the story seems to move along with more purpose. Another bonus is there are three happy endings and the suspense gets wrapped up without a cliff hanger (that's no spoiler if you're a Nora Roberts fan). The humor and suspense are there as well. On the downside, it was over way too soon.

The narration was awesome with excellent male and female voices. For the reviewer who was disappointed in the pronunciation, the traditional Irish name Malachi is not pronounced the same as the Biblical name with the long “I” at the end. It is truly pronounced “Mal-a-kee to rhyme with key,” and kudos to Bernadette Quigley for getting it exactly right.

All in all, a good entertaining story.

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Nora at her best!

If you like Nora Roberts, you will love this modern day storyline based on an historical event. It's exciting and funny with interesting characters you would like to meet...even the whiney mother! I bought the hard cover book for my home library as soon as it was released because, hey, I'm a big fan but this audio version is excellent too. Bernadette Quigley creates distint characters with Irish and American accents and her narration makes a great story better! I highly recommend this audio version to anyone and especially to Nora Roberts-aholics like me.

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Nice light listen

A somewhat entertaining, predictable novel read by a talented narrator. This book isn't bad, nor excellent either, kind of like a KiKat, a nice light snack. Pick it up on sale or if you need something to listen to while you have things to do, does not require much attention.

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Three story lines makes for shallower characters.

One of the things I like about Roberts' longer novels is her knack for creating loveable characters with some nice details. To create 3 story lines with 6 mains characters would have neccessitated a much longer book, if done right, or according to her better standard (see Homeport, for instance, which is my favorite Roberts novel). The story is still fun; you just don't get as attached to these characters as you might to some of her others, nor do you enjoy them as much.

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Boring

I love Nora Roberts .. yet this book is so boring I can't even make it beyond the first part. I have give up on it and bought another book. Very surprising for Norra's work.

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I really enjoyed this listen.

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This was a great listen. The plot was intricate and came up with quite a few surprises. I really enjoyed the way everything came together toward the end. Yes, this had Nora's typical romance and heated pages, but the story was great. It follows the descendents of the ill-fated Lusitania and the ramifications of that event through future generations. Three couples are wonderfully portrayed, full of color, strengths and weaknesses. Nora did a great job in allowing us to identify and like all three couples. Their romances were predictable if you've read much of Nora, but still enjoyable. The narrator did a wonderful job of separating and identifying the large cast of characters. I never tired of listening. This was well worth the money.

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don't these things have editors!

What did you like best about Three Fates? What did you like least?

I love the story of the three fates, it's the first Nora I read and it made me fall in love with Nora Roberts books, but the narrator on this drove me crazy.

Don't they have editors? It's bad enough when some foreign or complicated word is mispronounced, I can even take when a place name is pronounced wrong once in a while. The main male character of this book is named Malachi, mal-a-ki to rhyme with eye, not Mal-a-kee to rhyme with key which is how she pronounces his name the entire book. It totally took me out of the story every time she said his name. It's specifically stated that all three of the siblings have biblical names, Gabriel, Rachel, and Malachi. Not very professional, I could get better off Librivox narrated by an amateur.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Three Fates?

When you finally start to our heroine grow a backbone.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Horrible pronunciation, couldn't even get the main character's name right!

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Slow and tedious

I tried to listen to this book but finally had to throw in the towel. The story is so slow and tedious. The characters are boring and the narrator speaks so slowly. Laboring over every work, no inflections, no joy. The main protagonist is supposed to be sophisticated and sultry and comes across as a bar fly who smokes too much. I would return the book if I could .

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Possibly One of My Favorites!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book in a heartbeat. It was beautifully written. Although the end was expected, there were many twists and turns that I absolutely loved.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Malachi and Tia were my favorite. I've always had a thing for Irish men and since Gideon smoked, Malachi was my choice. I liked Tia because we saw the most transformation out of her. And together, they made a brilliant pair.

Any additional comments?

Nora Roberts has the ability to make me believe what I'm reading is fact instead of fiction. She took the real life myths of the Three Fates and the real life tragedy of the Lusitania and made a beautiful story out of them. I could almost believe this really happened.

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very entertaining!

What did you like about this audiobook?

the narrator did a wonderful job with the accent. she is the perfect narrator.

Do you have any additional comments?

the love interests became predictable towards the end but all in all a great story!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-16-22

Story excellent but...

As always Nora Roberts does not disappoint. The story is excellent but there is a chewing type noise throughout the audible and this is both annoying and distracting. The narrator is very poor at accents and really shouldn't try it. First time listened to this narrator, and whilst her standard reading is fine, her accents are just bad.

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  • J-MAC
  • 11-08-20

Great Story, badly read

The story is great, as are all by this author. I’m still surprised I continued after the appalling accents in the first few chapters. I thought I would get used to it, thank goodness there were only two British accents in the book - so badly done it makes Dick V-D’s accent in Mary Poppins sound good. Then the other accents compound the problem. I love Nora Roberts’ characters but the reader makes them sound irritating, ridiculous and unliveable. All in all I would not recommend. Buy the book and read it yourself. The story is great but cannot withstand the performance.

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  • Lisa W.
  • 04-01-19

ok reading of goodc story

great story, narration with accents and voices annoying esp doing male characters. got muddled when too many characters in and imitating male characters got in way of what they were saying, distracting. prefer straight narration.

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  • E. J. Rose
  • 10-03-16

Three Fates

Thoroughly fabulous book. Excellent narration. Great story. Really enjoyed this book. Another great success from a prolific author.
Highly recommended.

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  • Mrs. K. I. Richards
  • 08-19-14

not one of her best.

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

those of the nora Roberts fan club.

Has Three Fates put you off other books in this genre?

yes. If I had listened to this title before listening to the bride quartet novels I would not have bought any more titles by nora Roberts.

What didn’t you like about Bernadette Quigley’s performance?

there was no expression in the narration of this book.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Three Fates?

I don't feel that scenes needed to be cut from three fates but some elements needed to be expanded .The characters were poorly drawn.

to be honest I only listened to 90 minutes of this audio book and couldn't take any more.

Any additional comments?

If you are new to nora Roberts work don't make this your first listen. there are much better titles and narrators out there. nora Roberts has written better books than this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-17-22

Very entertaining read

I love all the characters in this book. I also love how Nora Roberts addresses a lot of issues and emotions that many people face. Tia may sound petulant but her fears are very real to many people today ….. all the 6 characters here fabulous and the relationship of the brothers and sister were so hilarious….. the smart mouth Cleo adorable and the savvy Hsbk! I highly recommend this excellent book!

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  • Janine
  • 03-11-22

Exceeded expectations

I have listened to many Nora Roberts audio books and consequently, many narrators, of varying skill. Nora’s books always entertain and this story was no exception. An interesting adventure and satisfying, tangled romance. Bernadette Quigley’s soft, mellifluous tones navigated the Irish brogue gently and skilfully, avoiding caricature, in both the male and female voices. Recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-28-21

Amazing

Loved it! the story telling was excellent, the story line was excellent, can't beat it

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  • Marion
  • 08-24-21

Dreadful!

I could not listen for more than a few minutes. The female narrator had no expression at all and seemed to have a stop watch on to make sure she finished it in record time! I WOULD LIKE A REFUND PLEASE. Also it was not even worth one star.

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  • Peter Francisco
  • 01-04-21

Enthralling

I found The Three Fates to be a thoroughly enthralling and fast moving novel which combined history, action, romance and intrigue in one brilliant package.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-16-20

Not Nora Roberts best!!

I had issues getting into this story, it took a good 8 - 9 chapters, but was well worth it in the end. I loved the way this ended, so fitting and by far one of the best endings of a Nora Roberts book I've listened too.

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  • JenB
  • 02-15-19

Thoroughly enjoyed this!

Lots of romance and a bit of adventure in one. A fun read with not many surprises.

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  • Denise
  • 06-22-18

Good read

Predictable but enjoyable anyway. Great read with a few surprising plot twists at the end.