The development of Matthew's character was truly enjoyable to be a part of! The story was rich in details of a time in history when life was very hard and people had a choice of following the rule of law or not. This town had many problems and was seeking solutions. It is very easy to see the facts and paint a picture that you wish it to be. Matthew followed his convictions to find answers. I look forward to hearing more of Matthew's adventures! Edoardo Ballerini did a masterful job with all the characters!
This book was a bit slow for my taste, however, Edoardo Ballerini was an excellent narrator. Not my favorite book of Robert McCammon's, but I will probably listen to the second in the series.
Just when you thought you had a clue.... you didn't. Usually when a book this size builds up such a heightened suspense, the resolution is disappointing in contrast. Not so with this one. The author is not only a superb talespinner but also adds flourishes in his writing.
For the narration.... I have no words to say how perfect it was. He is outstanding.
60 yr old retired
I'm not a big fan of books about the Pilgrim period in our history. Purchased in Aug. 2014. I found it in my list in Apr. 2016. I almost stopped reading it after a few chapters. HOWEVER; the story grabbed me and pulled me right into the book. It's 30+ hours long and I enjoyed almost every minute of it after I was bewitched. A little slow at times, but other than that a great story and a great narrator with a variety of voices so good one knew immediately who was speaking.
When I started this book, I didn't have much interest in Colonial-era witch trials, so I thought, we'll see. Shortly into the listening, I realized that McCammon could write about corn growing in Nebraska and I would RUN to buy his book. Absolutely delightful is one phrase I would use to describe his writing; compelling and captivating are others. His descriptions are so picturesque it reminded me of Don Quixote -- the highest compliment I can give. I laughed out loud throughout the book; the sense of irony and dry humor could not be beat. Some reviewers complained about 30 hours of listening. Are you kidding me?? I never wanted it to end.
Edoardo Ballerini, the narrator, is one of the very best at Audible; he conveys nuances and irony like no other. Bravo to both author and narrator. This book rises to a lifetime favorite. I laughed and I cried -- what better compliment is there?
While I did not have all of the details worked out, I figured out several key elements of the plot about 10 hours in and then was frustrated that the protagonist was so dense that he did not see it too. Things were not precisely as I thought but there was no significant twist to what I was expecting. I thought the testimonies of the witnesses and the sexual escapades they claimed to have seen between the witch and the devil were unnecessarily graphic and forced me to skip over them. (Thank you Audible for the 30 sec fast forward!) I also then skipped a scene later in the book so I'm not sure what happened between Mathew and his love interest. I think there was at least one plot thread left unresolved. I do have to say I did like Mathew as a character and that would be the only reason I'd consider giving the second book a try.
I rarely dislike a book for being too long but this is much too long, too much description and most notably too much packed into one story. Unbelievable as historical fiction.
Really enjoyed this story. The narrator was very good and made the village come to life. I'd love a sequel.
I loved this book it was so well written and narrated. I found it difficult to stop listening. The author painted such a vivid picture of 1699, rural America, you felt like you were there. I love the British accents which was done beautifully by Ballerini. The protagonist Matthew Corbett made many
keen verbal observations., and his inquisitive nature, took him in to many strange situations. I'm looking forward to his next adventure.