Obsessive book hoarder, and intense audible lover.
The mystery! I'm overwhelmingly a fantasy reader, but when this popped up under the daily deals sale, I figured I would try it. It was a long recording and had decent reviews.
I struck gold. This book had me guessing. I remember driving and actually saying out loud "so and so did it, obviously" and I was WRONG! That was thrilling!!
I haven't, but I'll be sure to watch for him in the future! He made characters distinct and had a fantastic cadence which made the interactions between characters seem so natural; and Robert McCammon helped too since.... You know, he wrote it!
At points I was very nervous. I thought for sure some characters were done for, and that our poor clerk could never get a break!
I recommend this book for readers who are looking for a mystery novel that will keep them guessing. I know that if I can guess whodunnit by mid novel the. I don't usually finish said novel. I listened to this one through. And honestly, I don't often do that anymore!
I haven't read the print version, but this one is wonderfully narrated !
I don't think I can single out just the one, there were so many !
It was so smooth I didn't notice it , which is the highest compliment I can give !
This is a very very long listen, and at times it may appear to lag, but it all builds to a story that couldn't be told with any fewer words. I enjoyed listening to it, and trying to imagine what it might have been like to live in those times. Well told.
Books are a mainstay of my life! Even the preschoolers and toddlers in my care, have several hundred books, which I rotate based on need.
I thoroughly enjoy historical novels and this one was not disappointing. The author gave the reader clear pictures of life in 1699. He also described the characters quite well. But as much as I enjoyed the many different plot lines, those became part of the reason why I had some difficulty toward the end of the book.
I will not give away the ending. However, the relationship between the primary figures was something that was built up throughout this very lengthy novel. The ending left me wishing the author had done more. Perhaps the relationship I hoped for will surprise me in the other Matthew Corbett books.
I haven't heard him before, even though my Audible library collection consists of well over a few hundred books. After listening to Mr. Ballerini, I will be looking for books he has narrated. He has an excellent command of various accents and it was truly a delight to experience such a talented narrator.
Occasionally I laughed, at times the violence was exceptionally sobering, but from my history classes, I am certain the author did enough research into the miserable lives people had during that period of time, to be accurate.
Other than being disappointed with the ending, the story was so rich and the narrator was so excellent I purchased the next several books in the series!
I have not listened to other performances but it was great.
Long book, but I really loved every minute of it.
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.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (historical mystery) - Speaks the Nightbird is a great book. The main plot line follows a witch trial to its conclusion. It's interesting to see how it unfolds -- the investigation, the trial and learning the beliefs/motives of those involved. There are lots of characters and lots of clues, but it's still very easy to keep things straight. Don't try to figure out the ending because you probably won't be able to.
The book has some very dark characters and some very endearing ones. The main character, Matthew, grows from a young adult to a mature one during the span of the story. I really liked the way the author addressed his relationship with the accused witch.
I considered rating the book a 5 but made deductions for three small things: (1) a few scenes make me wonder about the sexual inclinations of the author, (2) some scenes were too dark and/or gross for my taste, and (3) even though it's never, ever boring, it's bit long for my personal taste.
PERFORMANCE - Wow! Wonderful expression, timing, foreign accents, perfect portrayal of an evangelist and a character on his deathbed. I'm going to check for more books read by this talented narrator.
OVERALL - (Actual rating 4.5) I've read some harsh complaints about this book, but I found it thoroughly enjoyable and recommend it highly. There is sex, language and some gore, though, so it might not be for those who are sensitive.
I am a 65-year-old psychologist, married for 25 years, with two sons who are 25 and 22. I love reviewing the books and the feedback I get.
THIRTY HOURS of the above question. Is Rachel Howarth a witch or isn't she? To say that Robert McCammon is windy and redundant would be vast understatement. I bought this book because Edoardo Ballerini narrates it, and my faithful readers will know how I feel about Mr. Ballerini and his amazing skills. To be fair, there are a number of chapters which are quite vivid, although unfortunately several of them are vivid in disgusting and repulsive ways. I will spare you, except to pose this question: how many dead rats do you think will fit into an average-sized gunny sack?
Our hero, Matthew Corbett, is a chaste twenty-year-old clerk to Magistrate Isaac Woodward. These two gentlemen arrive in a town called Fount Royal, a town which is modelled on Salem, Mass. A single woman is on trial for witchcraft, and I can tell you that her trial is one of the longest, most boring, dragged out chunk of indigestible prose (thank you, Tim Hallinan) that I have come upon in many moons. I quit listening to the book somewhere in the midst of the trial, around the end of Part II. The book lacks dramatic push. We already know that Matthew will prevail, that the forces of reason will overcome the mass hysteria, etc. Certainly not to make fun of history: as a matter of fact, one can learn a great deal of colonial American history from Mr. McCammon, and in a fashion that is far superior to the usual who fought what war when that our kids get fed as American (and World) history. I hated it when I was in school, and both my sons hated it when they were in school just five to eight years ago. Mr. McCammon does have very leafy powers of observation. He can describe a downpour of rain to the point at which you almost feel wet yourself. And the couple of scenes in the beginning of the book that are set in the tavern by the muddy road: these are so repulsive, in awful, grinding detail, that they are perversely entertaining. I hate to admit it.
One thing I am happy to admit is that Mr. Ballerini's narrative powers have become so great that I would listen to him reading recipes. Truly. I don't know how he got to this place, but it is a glorious precipice where he sits above all other living audiobook narrators. I will continue to buy anything he reads. However, the inevitable next in the Matthew Corbett series will put me in a fine conundrum, as the author himself would put it. Will it be worth the twelve bucks to bathe in the sonic glory of Ballerini's voice when he is narrating yet another of these endless, drama-less, humor-less, all ambience tomes? Only time will tell. Stay tuned.
I would recommend this book, but only to individuals that I know their preference in stories. I enjoyed how the story was narrated, and it helped keep my interest.
I think it's similar to some of Baldacci's books, without the government conspiracy elements.
I enjoyed the slave house scenes as well as the indian village scenes.
It was good enough for me to quickly download the next in the series. It won't disappoint.
O.K. Imagine an author has a good idea for a book. He sketches it out, builds up some interesting characters and situations, and sets it in the latter part of the 17th century.
Now imagine he gives it to Mike Tyson to flesh it out.
This was a Hardy boys novel, set in colonial north America, and meant for grownup adolescents. It was not a bad book, i enjoyed most of it. But the language was clumsy, to say the least. " i shoveleth the walketh of snoweth this morningeth" Anachronisms abound. Modern slang spoken by colonists of yore. The use of words twelve letters long apparently just for the fun of using them. I sometimes got the idea the writer had a list of words on his desk that he just had to use somewhere, and fit them in where he could.
If you are not a fusspot where language is concerned, (I am, and this book made me laugh out loud more than once) and historical inaccuracies don't bother you you'll probably enjoy this. Not bad, but definitely not high culture.