I have come to understand the previous reviewers. This book is a mixed bag. On the one hand, it attempts to be an exploration of that era's severely repressed sexual and societal expressions, when shaped by an oppressively narrow religious doctrine on top of the deep superstitions of the time, added to prejudices springing naturally from our baser human nature--all of which we still struggle with as a species. And of course, all from the point of view of a well educated, but not privileged-by-birth, and definitely hormonal 19 year old young man. It can be a bit overwrought, especially the time spent in Matthew's head--but, since there's no one else there for him to talk to, his internal dialog (though not first person) is how we see the world he's living in. On the other hand, this is a story about an unusually self-possessed young man's journey into manhood and, it's also a mystery. There is humor and light-heartedness here and there but not a lot, until one realizes that there is some tongue-in-cheek from the author. It's not Umberto Ecco, but it's a quick, entertaining read and I've already started on the next one. As for narration, Ballerini is excellent, save for the truly sub-par Scottish accent.
Lover of history, travel, and MP3 players (to distract me from things I'd really rather not have to do)!
I'll say right up front that Matthew was just a little too smart, and the pieces fell together just a little too neatly, for my taste. However, that didn't keep me from enjoying the listen! In the end, I really did want to know how all those pieces dropped into place.
The atmosphere of a colonial town on the frontier between English, Spanish, and native America was fascinating to visualize, and Edoardo Ballerini did a fine job of creating a variety of characters who on the surface all could have sounded exactly the same. He has a smooth and soothing voice (probably leading some to say "dull") that to me creates subtle characterizations and no little bit of suspense.
In spite of this story's being rather heavy on coincidence, I enjoyed Mr. McCammon's writing well enough (and he does have a wonderful way with words) to be curious about how Matthew proceeds with his questioning and theory-generating personality into the 18th century and the big city. Give it a try!
With twists and turns galore, this is not your average murder mystery. Set in colonial (I know! Just trust me.) South Carolina, it's filled with dark, volatile characters, and plenty of intrigue, all delivered in pitch-perfect narration. On my way to purchasing the sequel as soon as I post this review.
A likable character to care about didn't appear. I can believe the author was a horror story writer in past books, but this one didn't move beyond atmosphere for its own sake for me.
The reader had cadence to the narration; not flat, but no passion. I would like to compare the written text with the reading as it seems sentences fell into very short arks that if in the original shows a very simple structure. It was mesmerizing, but not it a good way. It lays somewhere between just read and well read.
I found the behavior of the actors too naive for who they were supposed to be.
In the end I just didn't care enough to proceed.
Surprisingly emotional intrigue
Mathew was an unpredictable central character with frustrating and heroic qualities
Don't know the performers name so I probably haven't listened to him before, but I'll definitely look out for him in the 'read by' target area.
This had me biting my tongue in public before yelling out 'Oh come on' or 'you got to be kidding me'! I don't cry, just refuse. But there was obviously a lot of 'hay fever' about while I reading this.
This is such a great trip back in time into a totally different era. I baulked with the first recognition of when and where this book is set, but some raw tease and action held me until chapter 2. After that I didn't want it to stop. It is a very good story and well presented, and will probably make a great movie one day.
Very possibly. This was one of the best audio books that I have ever had the pleasure to listen to. I normally only watch movies once, read books once ect.. If there will be an exception, this will be it!!!
Absolutely. The twists and turns around every corner. It also keeps one thinking as well which made it that much more enjoyable.
His ability to switch from character to character with ease and also with great talent.
Things are not always as they seem.
I truly wished that this audio book could have continued for many many more hours. I have found that this is a series of four which I most definitely plan to listen to all starting today. As for Mr. Robert McCammon, I now have a new favorite author. An extremely talented man.
I could not finish the book as I could not stand the slow pace and the lagging on and on.
My first McCammon and I became a fan when I was not even half way through. And now that I am done with the book, I can still clearly see the entire Fount Royal, it's surroundings and all it's characters in my mind. I think this will last for a few more days.
Narrator Edoardo Ballerini made my listening experience as if the real characters were speaking around me. His performance added a great value to an equally great historical fiction.
I love to read but don't have much time so, listening to books has become a necessary passion. If I can't read, I'll listen and it makes mundane things like driving long distances and cleaning house bearable.
I didn't realize I bought a book set in colonial America, a genre I thought would be boring but, after just a few minutes of listening, I was hooked.
Ballerini, the narrator, does a fantastic job of keeping the characters separate and distinct without being cartoonish about the personalities.
McCammon, the author, wrote about an era I thought I would never be able to relate to and would normally find dry and overly conservative but, his writing is witty and really brings his characters to life in a modern day way. It can be difficult to understand what our ancestors thought was so funny back then as we might think they are so naive but I laughed out loud many times and realized that humor can bridge the gap of time.
There were many, some funny and some shocking but no spoilers here.
Ballerini did a great job without being hokey as he needed to tackle several languages as well as difficult accents some obscure.
Many laughs, a few moments of frustration and anger were incited.
Great listen all around!!!
I have a renewed appreciation for being alive here and now!!
The narrator is wonderful. His masterful voice changes kept me listening. The story has an interesting plot. However, in my opinion it took too long to unveil the plot: too much description and mental monologues that did not seem to add anything of value to the story. As a result, I found myself distracted and thinking of something completely different than the story.
Masterful use of different voices, excellent diction, pleasant voice.
No. It was a very long book and I listened to it while exercising and driving.