Great story and character development which appears to be building towards a complex resolution. But towards the end story become simplistic and predictable. Some extraneous material seemed irrelevant to the story. Great job by the narrator
The narration fits the writing style perfectly. The way modern issues are interpreted through an older set of scientific principles. I saw much of the set-up a head of time but it was still suspenseful to see how the facts would play out in this older period.
The variety of voice, perfectly enunciated, especially of the protagonist. I will look for other books read by this actor.
Way too long for one sitting, but I found myself listening to it at all hours cramming into each day as much as I could.
For a story about witchcraft, this is told from the point-of-view of the men with power. The women get very little play except as cliches; damsel in distress, the jealous house wife, the silent waif etc. I wished they had had as much dimensions as the males.
The story is well detailed, easy to imagine with such wonderful descriptions.
This story was so good I have purchased a printed copy to mail to my daughter.
Edoardo has done a marvelous job of depicting the characters.
I think that the quality of writing and the reader's expression's makes this book endless. I will put it on my listen to again and again list.
I don't usually like what I call plodding stories. I am talking about ones where a whole chapter is used to describe a walk to the grocery store. In Speaks the Nightbird, the entire story covers maybe only a two week time frame and it is over 30 hours long but it works. There is suspense and tension and surprises and heroes and villains.
And it is set in 1699 on the North Carolina coast. So you get a good history lesson plus great insight into early American settlement life.
Well worth the time and expense. Enjoy!
Everything. He is excellent, it's very easy to tell all of the characters apart
It takes some time for the story to take off, but was a fairly easy listen for a thirty hour book. For those that are intimidated by the length, Edoardo Ballerini is worth all of that time.
Very intriguing twists and turns, but sadly like most detective stories the culprit remains obscure and you get a sense of disappointment when he/she is revealed
Love his wide range of accents - made the story interesting and amusing
YES but alas I had to sleep and work also
This is a slow, classically written book. But it was very well read and a nice slow pace compared to the usual intensity with which I read. Ir forced me to slow down and enjoy.
Excellent book all around.
This was my first.
Wonderful long read.
The main character Matthew. I enjoyed seeing him grow from a boy to being capable of being his own man by the end of the book. He is forced to step up and stand up for another at cost to himself.
The story is good enough, but far too long for one sitting
The book did seem long and tedious to me at the beginning. I was wondering if the writer would ever move on from the tavern scene. But once that happened it was hard to stop listening. However, the information from the tavern does become important later.
Adventure and suspense please!
Yes. I loved it. I loved pretty much everything about it, Its my favorite audio book so far.
This narrator is my new favorite. His character voices are excellent. He is the only male narrator I have found who is convincing in his female voices. He doesn't sound like a girl but manages to channel a female energy and cadence that is believable. His voice is both soothing and engaging.
Its particularly good after the first two chapters. I was so happy it is a series.
Love Sci Fi and Fantasy books since I was 8, starting reading A Princess of Mars series in Junior High School thanks to my Uncle Lester.
Not my usual genre for reading, however, I thought I would check it out, very interesting and entertaining, good performance, purchased the next two in the series as well. Strangely enough the last 3.5 hours were blotted out and I was unable to listen to them on my Ipod only online.