I never listen to abridged versions, but Speaks the Nightbird desperately needs one. Great performance, great characters, great story, but McCammon is dauntingly repetitive and discursive. For the last half of the book, I would simply skip half a chapter, see if McCammon was still rambling on about the same thing, and start listening again if something new was happening. And if you think I'm too impatient, you should consider that I'm a guy who has happily listened to all of Audio's many Trollope novels in unabridged versions.
It's a shame. I'd love to listen to abridged versions of the rest of the Corbett novels, but I won't take a chance on unabridged ones.
Shorten it by several hours
I tried it, finished it, and it and others like it are not for me. I love Follett's series, long but always interesting and compelling.
Epic, historical, spellbinding
Matthew Corbett because of his quiet stubbornness
Eduardo's performance lifted the book to a whole new level. All the different voices for the different characters and his masterful storytelling made me "see" Fount Royal and its townspeople in a way I would not have if I had read the book because I have a tendency to skim through long descriptions.
Yes! Despite the length of the book, I was reluctant for it to end
I bought this on the recommendation of Audible's listeners like you feature. There is nothing I like better than finding a new ( to me ) author, unless it is a new author with a series of books. Listening to the second in the series right now
Easily entertained and amused.
Though the sexual passages were infrequent for a novel this length, they were still disgustingly graphic. The book would have been an excellent read/listen without them. The reader did a remarkable job but I can't imagine him reading, especially the detailed act of bestiality, without feeling disgusted, abused and his integrity compromised. I had to fast forward. The story was interesting, entertaining and credible. The good guys were likeable and the bad guys appropriately villainous. It was overall somewhat predictable. The author has obvious talent. If I could speak directly to him, I'd beg, "Write more, but with more morality, please."
Edoardo Ballerini's narration is perfect. The story hooked me from the start. I was delighted to see there are more books in the series!
I will listen to Edoardo even if he was narrating the phone book.
About halfway through, I started to wonder how I could possibly have fifteen more hours to go. The historical detail was wonderful, the story was an interesting one, but it just went on too long. There were several times when the book could have been wrapped up, but instead the author just provided a new twist that ended up being fairly meaningless to the overall story. Also, characters appear to add intrigue or some development, but then they disappear and their importance to the plot is never explained (or realized).
Summary: it was good and it was interesting, but it was far too long.
It seemed quite easy to believe.
He was easy to listen to and made each character seem real.
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
The story twisted and turned and I never quite knew who the culprits were. I loved the writing and the narration, which was perfectly suited to the story.
I loved the fact that I can usually predict the ending in mysteries but was kept guessing right until the very end in this wonderful piece of fiction. I also loved the feel of the book. It just kept me engrossed throughout. A wonderful portrayal of the world's view of witches in the late 1600's.
No, I haven't. But I would seek out another after listening to this book.
I had trouble putting it down, so to speak!
Read this book! It's wonderful.
The main characters are likable and I will rent the follow up book to this one. Despite being entertained I was never completely "hooked". Everything that happens seems too coincidental. I did like the historical details and feel like McCammon did a very good job of painting a convincing picture of life in the later 17th century. This book is a nice mixture of action/mystery/history. Get it and enjoy, just know what it is and what to expect and you will have some fun with this book. I don't believe I have listened to anything read by Edoardo Ballerini before and he does a very good job of distinguishing the many different voices - male and female.
yes, as there are so many chacters any of whom would do the dirty deeds, that maybe skipped by me.
Matthew of coarse because of his persistence.
No, but he is now my favorite narrator.
yes, only I don't sit only to knit while listening. I drive,pull weeds, clean chicken yard, walk the dog, and with my little speaker, take a bath, cook, and wash dishes.
I think I have said it all.