As a fan of Robert McCammon, I was glad to see he has written some new material. I did not really keep up with his career after high school. This novel is just as good, if not better, than any of his previous work. My favorite has always been Wolf's Hour. The characters are well-defined, with distinct personalities. The plot keeps moving and does not allow the listener to become bored.
This is an amazing narrator. He gives different voices to the different characters (which always makes a listen so much more enjoyable). His accents are wonderful. I could listen to him forever......
I felt stricken when the Maskers left, as the one character in particular was Matthew's best hope for getting Rachel released from prison.
Kind of. I like long, complicated stories, but this book could easily have been half as long. It was often tedious and slow- moving.
That aspect of the story was pretty well-done.
John Lee would be my first choice, but almost anyone would be an improvement. Although many reviewers gave the narrator high marks, I really disliked his performance. It was way too slow & melodramatic.
A lot of the historical detail was well-researched, but to someone familiar with the time period, the several historical inaccuracies were really annoying.
I'm a voracious reader who unfortunately spends a lot of time on the road. Audiobooks make my life a lot better.
My first experience with McCammon was Swan Song and I was, quite frankly, amazed by it. When I saw that this was "historical" I spent some time reading reviews before I finally decided to download the first book. The word "historical" is usually a turnoff for me. I like my fiction totally fictional, but luckily the "history" in this book was so cunningly woven into the story and characters that it didn't distract me at all.
First, the author is an astoundingly good writer. His descriptions really give great mental visuals. Even his description of clothing, which would normally bore me a bit, seem to really aid in the character development. His turns of phrase are quite clever as well, and although much of the book is very dark in character, there are moments where I laughed out loud.
Second, this book is all about characters. The plot, as one reviewer said, is to some extent predictable: young hotshot figures everything out and all the establishment figures don't, and saves the beuatiful woman at the end. But think of the plot as just a scaffold on which the author hangs his truly beautiful prose and his deeply developed characters.
Third, Matthew Corbett is just a very likeable young man. Supremely intelligent but not arrogant, confident without being overbearing. The other characters vary from bland to horrific.
Once you get past the rather grand-sounding name (no offense intended at all, it's just that one could go a lifetime without meeting anyone called Edoardo Ballerini) the narrator is extremely talented. His job is made more difficult by the fact that there are so many characters in this book that he must keep separated. He does women's and even children's voices in a convincing manner, but seems never to intrude into the story.
Now I don't see how I can avoid downloading all of the books. I can only hope that somewhere down the line he comes back to Fount Royal and sees what's become of Bidwell and Rachel and the other charcters. I can heartily recommend this book. I'll check back when I've listened to the second one.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
IT IS THE PARTICULARS THAT MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE
After reading Swan Song, I wanted more of McCammon. This is a lot different then Swan Song and a lot the same. Both books are timepieces and both books are dark. Both books have well developed characters, such as Exodus Jerusalem, a PSEUDO HOLLY IMBECILE, with A TALENT FOR PAINTING HORNY PICTURES. In both books I felt like I was there. Both books are long, yet you want to continue to listen, as you want to know how it ends. Both books have very gory scenes and graphic sex scenes. Swan Song is a huge fantasy novel and this is a Agatha Christie type mystery.
YOU WANT TO BLAME ANYONE, GO SPEAK TO A MIRROR.
I am more of a Sci-Fi/Fantasy person, so I enjoyed Swan Song much better. This still earned four stars and I listened to all 30+ hours. I have a short attention span, so any book I stay with for this long has to be good. I did find my mind wondering at times, even in anticipated parts. I remember one scene in which I was very interested in what was making the noise, yet from the time he hears the noise to the time he investigates, is so full of second guessing, wondering, thinking, that my mind wonder elsewhere. Yet I did come to, in time to find out what he found out, as it was such a long process. Beware of chapter 23. You are thinking how well this written and then all of a sudden Pulp Fiction breaks out. I think I am very open minded, especially when it comes to sex, but this was pretty disturbing. Some have said it should not have been in the book. I am no history buff or doctor, but I believe this is how a lot of sexual diseases got started, so is it factual for the time and place? When we don't educate the public that these things happen, does that lead to more of it?
DUNG DRIPPING TONGUE
I have nothing against this narrator, in no way did he ruin the experience. I will listen to more of his work and I gave him three stars which means average. At the beginning of the book he read mostly in a breathy voice, kind of like he was reading a romance. He read very slow, which added the length of the book. He was great at voices and accents.
English major. Love to read
My full review of this series is embedded in The Providence Rider, but this is the beginning book and it is a good stand alone novel - unless you get completely sucked in as I did with all four books. Wonderful, riveting story!
I have read very little about this period of American History. This is an enjoyable story, with good character development. Excellent narration in that it almost escapes the listener completely. Of the topics I am familiar with, there are noticeable gaps in accuracy. It is after all, a story.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
Another novel that I gave a try based solely on the popularity among my fellow audiobook listeners. A historical novel that failed to capture my interest. I bailed out after only two hours.
Edoardo Ballerini has a rich sonorous voice that is pleasant to listen to. His performance, however, is far too understated for the material. Such a period piece demands a more dynamic performance. Think Anthony Andrews in The Scarlet Pimpernel and you will know what kind of performance it would have taken to make this one entertaining for me.
Unafraid to read from any genre.
Solid, enjoyable whodunit, much in the style of an Edwardian mystery with keen-witted Matthew Corbett, judicial clerk, as its Sherlock. Set in the late 17th-century Carolina colony, Matthew and his master, Magistrate Woodward, have been summoned to the small village of Fount Royal in order to try Rachel Howarth for the crime of witchcraft. Matthew does his own sleuthing on the side, finding out that Fount Royal is dealing with an insidious villain much more dangerous than its citizens realize. The prose is masterfully paced and full of excellent detail. Author McCammon frames his young protagonist in heroic style, and the reader can't help but root for the boy throughout the story. Everything sets up for a series surrounding his further crime-foiling exploits, and indeed, there are now four other books in the Matthew Corbett set. I'll definitely be checking them out.
Narrator Edoardo Ballerini is superb.
Not sure I was going to like this at first but then the intrigue was amazing it with interns I never did figure it out in the end it was awesome