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When Matthew realizes his developing attachment to Rachel.
The confrontation with Mr. Johnstone in the study.
The characters became so alive to me that I could almost envision them. The storyline made me laugh, angry, frustrated, and completely drew me into it.
Reading was one of the best I have heard. I was wrapped up in the story in no time at all
What an spectacular listening experience. This would have to be one of the best audio books I have listened to...
Great value 30hrs of listening for only 1 credit.
The narrator added another dimension to the riveting plot..beautifully written by Mccammon..
I have downloaded the next book in the series and am looking forward to another great listen.. so glad that Ballerini is again narrating.
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 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.