Great storytelling in this historical mystery. Never gets dull or off track despite being 30+ hours. Nicely avoids falling back on cliches despite following a tried and true framework for this type if story. The author portrays the time period well, and develops some really great characters. The best part of this audio book was the narrator, Edoardo Ballerini. I could have lisitened to him for 30 more hours. Highly recommend this audiobook!!
This book held my attention and I could not put it down.. there was everything going on .. so much so I got my 200 tulips planted, I was consentrating so hard I could not beleive I was finished.
Another great book .. I am addicted now I have to listen to them all.
This was one of the best narrations I have ever heard. It is hard to believe only one person narrated given the variation for the different character voices and overall consistency. He even did the female voices tastefully and believably...not corny sounding as other male narrators I have heard in the past who try too hard to sound like a female. The story was good but i felt the ending was a bit disappointing and hard to believe. (accept) after such a long journey. that's all i can say without spoiling it. I do agree the plot maintained interest up to the very end. The way it ended was just a bit disappointing...
My attention was kept the entire story. Well written historical fiction with a mystery woven throughout. I felt as if I was there due to the well described characters and scenery. The narrator was fantastic. The combination of story and narrator was perfect. The only caution is: IT IS VERY GRAPHIC in description of some sexual acts. Not at all for children or people bothered by frank and explicit language.
A good story that I couldn't believe I'd listened to for so many hours, as, they flew by due to how much I enjoyed the story and the mystery.
Variety...the spice of life! I read a variety of genres. From historical fiction, to murder mystery, to vampires and on to teen fiction.
I took a gamble on this one as I had never before read this author, and was pleasantly surprised. It is a longer book, but has a lot of depth to all the characters and occurrences within. Matthew grew up in an orphanage, but was rescued by a judge due to the boy's aura of curiosity and willingness to learn. Over the years, Matthew becomes the judge's court reporter, so to speak, but also develops bonds of family because each has lost their own. In this story, they are traveling together to a new town that has experienced murders, suspicious illnesses, and a supposed witch is in captivity. The town leader seeks to do everything in a lawful way and invites the magistrate to hold trial and place judgement. (The town members hoping for a guilty verdict meaning the witch will burn at the stake for a glorious spectacle for all to see!) There are other adventures along the way outside of the town/trial happenings and even though this book was a longer one, I found enjoyment throughout. I'm glad I stuck with the length of the book and I now am delighted to see that this is not the end of the adventures of Matthew Corbett. I enjoyed this book and will be curious to see where his next journeys take him with the rest of the series by this author. In the meantime, I'll be sure to be able to recite the Lord's Prayer should anyone ask, lest I be accused a witch and burned at the stake. Don't forget to keep your birthmarks covered as well!
Thought the storyline was well developed and told. Reminded me of. Sherlock Holmes story set in the colonies.
I find that I really loved this book. I was hesitant to buy it cause some of the reviews said it was unnecessarily long/long winded but, I think it added enough in the details to really draw me into the story and the world. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.
Robert McCammon description of the living conditions almost made me stop reading. I didn't, was I so glad. This great story about trusting in your heart what is truth or just agreeing with majority and not asking the hard questions.