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Publisher's Summary

FIRST IN THE GUARDIANS TRILOGY

#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts presents a trilogy about three women and three men who join forces to solve an ancient mystery through the power of timeless love…

Sasha Riggs is a reclusive artist, haunted by dreams and nightmares that she turns into extraordinary paintings. Her visions lead her to the Greek island of Corfu, where five others have been lured to seek the fire star. Sasha recognizes them, because she has drawn them: a magician, an archaeologist, a wanderer, a fighter, a loner. All on a quest. All with secrets. 

Sasha is the one who holds them together - the seer. And in the magician, Bran Killian, she sees a man of immense power and compassion. As Sasha struggles with her rare ability, Bran is there to support her, challenge her, and believe in her. 

But Sasha and Bran are just two of the six. And they must all work together as a team to find the fire star in a cradle of land beneath the sea. Over their every attempt at trust, unity, and love, a dark threat looms. And it seeks to corrupt everything that stands in its way of possessing the stars.... 

©2015 Nora Roberts (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Karen D.
  • 20-11-15

Typical NR

Kind of typical for a Nora Roberts magic trilogy. Three women, one kickass, one damaged and shy, one a little fey, and three men. All in a magical quests to find three things, stones in this case, but you could sub in fates or keys or whatever. The narrator does a great job in the women's voices, but the male accents are just kind of laughable and distracting. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great. I found I had to rewind quite a bit because it didn't hold my attention. I'll get the rest when they come out, if I remember.

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  • Dulcy Yahraus
  • 29-02-20

Entertainment

After listening to this book I wanted to find the rest of the series so I read other views. I am not a book connoisseur, but when I read the reviews of this book I was surprised at the criticism. To me reading is like watching a movie in slow motion. If I can picture what is being described, then it is like I am there and feeling their emotions and visualizing the scenery. Writing is definitively a skill very few people possess. If I am not drawn into a story, I move on. Someone else may find it fascinating. Spewing negative comments from behind an internet vail of who you are is sad. Try saying positive things, it will make your life better and a nicer place to live.

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  • Christine
  • 20-12-15

Not good

What disappointed you about Stars of Fortune?

I LOVE Nora Roberts and this is probably her worst book. I'm very disappointed. The story is not developed and neither are the characters. I couldn't finish it

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  • Kate
  • 05-11-15

Not her best, hope the rest of the series is better

First, I found elements of this story to be a repeat of the O'Dwyer series which I loved, this was a weak copy. Second, I am really satisfied with Roarke's voice and the Irish voices in the O'Dwyer series and I found the narrator's voice for the two Irish men to be fake and annoying. I actually hope they will change narrators, it could greatly enhance the quality of the story.

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  • Colette
  • 24-03-16

Narrator has an irritating rasp

At the end of her phrases the narrator has used a highly irritating drop into a raspy end; it's a v trendy thing among young women but as a affect for an audio book it is most irritating

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  • L.W.
  • 08-11-15

Entertaining, enjoyable, classic NR

Would you consider the audio edition of Stars of Fortune to be better than the print version?

The narration was very good. I thought the accents were good. I cannot see to read books anymore. I have always enjoyed NR's writing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Stars of Fortune?

I think this is a childish question. I enjoyed entire book. It was written in what most might say an older style. Almost like she pulled an older manuscript. The story is entertaining nonetheless. The "F" bomb isn't used every sentence. Which I appreciate. The sex was not 5 pages long which I appreciate.


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What about Saskia Maarleveld’s performance did you like?

Ok now here is the rub. I normally do not like narrators who allow that breathy ending to the majority of the reading. Maybe I was just so hungry for a book I could tolerate. I actually adjusted, her reading otherwise was very good. I appreciated her accents I really like the female voices sound female and the male voice sound very male with only one narrator. She gave each character distinction which is critical to me. I

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Get rid of this question. How the heck should I know. I can't "watch" movies.
The tag line and what is that anyway.
This is a pleasure able , entertaining story, well told, well narrated. When that is your main source of entertainment it is high praise.

Any additional comments?

Audible please revise these questions. My goodness...I may not be young but I spend a fair amount of my monthly income here. You need to offer more to your faithful customers. Free book of our choosing ever so often or after you have purchase a certain amount of books you give us a free credit. I have no desire to go searching for another audio book source.

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  • Frank Motta Wells
  • 25-11-15

Not The Best Book

I have read a lot of Nora Roberts and this is not her best book. Not sure if it was the soundtrack or the reader but it sounded like a robot reading in cadence on some parts. Overall I won't be reading the other books in the series.

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  • Julie Jean B
  • 12-01-16

good story

A really good story, but the performance made the main character appear weak and too simple.

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  • Cecilia
  • 14-12-15

Horrible narration

For the second time, the narrator for a series of Nora Roberts novel is awful. Horrible accents and voices. The story was interesting, but I had a hard time getting into the story because of the persistently bad narrator chosen. the voices she chose for the different character's were ridiculous. She was especially challenged using and maintaining a reasonable rendition of an Irish or English accent and her pacing was awful.

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  • Eileen
  • 09-12-15

the narrator is terrible/ story not well developed

What would have made Stars of Fortune better?

the story line is not very developed. I am becoming more and more disappointed by Ms Roberts writing style. There was no development of characters like she used to do. I was barely invested in the romance story. Very disappointed. The narrator was terrible pausing at the end of each statement was so annoying. Nothing like I am used to. Dont care if I read the rest in the series and I own every book in one form or another,

Would you be willing to try another one of Saskia Maarleveld’s performances?

NO

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  • Deedar
  • 18-12-16

Excellent

I really enjoyed this first book, looking forward to the next. The narrator is extremely good.

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  • ian mcnamara
  • 14-02-17

Amazing and fantastic.

Would you listen to Stars of Fortune again? Why?

Yes i would, because i found the story really exciting and was really transported to the setting and also the characters and the way they were introduced and then developed.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Stars of Fortune?

When Sasha finally accepted what she was and helped with saving everybody at the end.

What about Saskia Maarleveld’s performance did you like?

I loved the way she gave each character there own voice and ket the suspence going with her naration.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes, in fact i pretty much did.

Any additional comments?

Amazing book and i can't wait to start book two and read Anika's and Soya's story.

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  • katrina
  • 14-11-17

A Nora Roberts Trilogy

This is great if you enjoy other trilogies such as the circle or dark witch. Really enjoyed listening to the first one but the later books in this series are better. great performance had this narrator on another series.

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  • jo comfortable
  • 24-07-17

A good read. perfect escape

Author knows the right formula to keep you intrigued. With some secrets hidden till the final chapter. Well read. I going straight to book 2

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  • Sophie
  • 06-02-21

OK but felt very drawn out.

Maybe 7/10
A fantasy book about 3 woman and 3 guys who (predictably) end up together. They all have special powers which we gradually get to learn about as they open up. Overall this book, first of a trilogy, felt very drawn out. The scenes with Nerezza in them, especially the first were the best.
Among the ramblings are many, many unnecessary mentions of food! Also one of the characters in particular (Annika) comes across a bit one dimensional.

A bit different I guess. I won't be continuing the trilogy as the story is just too drawn out.
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-12-20

brilliant

wonderful book looking forward to reading the next one , then the one after that 😀

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  • Fallon
  • 11-10-20

love this one.

I relate so much to sasha before she became badass and minus the visions. though once in a blue moon 🌝
anika is awesome. never would have guessed she was a mermaid. I thought fairy lol.

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  • MRS F M BENNION
  • 02-02-18

extremely enjoyable

as always, a gripping story by Nora Roberts. she never fails to entertain me. bravo

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-09-16

Great book

Another great Nora Roberts - the start of another kinda predictable but always a good read Trilogy.

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  • JillTorn
  • 08-02-17

Well written

Where does Stars of Fortune rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is my first book of Nora's and I enjoyed the story line so much I had to download the other books straight away. The Narrator is brilliant

What was one of the most memorable moments of Stars of Fortune?

The revealing of each character and their talents.

Have you listened to any of Saskia Maarleveld’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't listen to Saska before but she is brilliant and the best choice for this story

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely

Any additional comments?

I'd listen to it all again

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  • Janette J Ryan
  • 20-12-20

Expansion on a fairy tale

Certainly good for the age group the book is aimed at.
Nora Roberts writes so well, I really don’t have any problems listening to her books.
There is always drama and twists to the plot to keep the reader interested.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-11-19

Entertaining very typical Nora Roberts

Entertaining, suspenseful. Decent fantasy read but Robert's is becoming formulaic like Eddings. Still love her though.

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  • Greg
  • 06-01-19

Nice relaxing story

A good listen - pretty standard romance. Amazingly narrated. Really gives each character their own flare and personality.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-01-19

So much potential

Liked the idea but the plot holes drove me nuts. Instant love with no chemistry ... sigh... so many parts of the story not explored.

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  • Juan Carlos Torres
  • 14-12-17

It's OK, a bit predictable and corny at times!

Didn't love it, didn't hate it, more like lukewarm in the middle! Sasha's character very annoying

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-11-17

Love the story, but the accent...

I enjoy a good Nora Roberts novel and this one does not disappoint. Unfortunately, the Irish accent for one character is annoyingly and off putting'ly poor. It sounds half Australian in places. Not bad enough that I won't listen to the rest of the trilogy though.

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  • Chris Radge
  • 16-04-17

All of the mythical hero's you could ever want in one book

Loved listening to this first book. I found it difficult listening to the stop / start narrator but understand it needed to be that way so we didn't mixed up the characters, by the end of the book I didn't even notice. Great story, I'm about to order books 2 & 3. Bring on the great imaginings of Nora Roberts.