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.
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.
I was excited to see this series by Robert McCammon. I was hooked on his previous books. Swan Song and Stinger were well worn paperbacks in my collection. I can't say I felt the same about this one. This story was very long. Longer than it needed to be I think. I would have probably enjoyed an edited version of this much more.
The narrator could sometimes be distracting as well. Sometimes he seemed to fit in perfectly and at other times the voice seemed to be completely off the mark.
I haven't completely discounted getting the 2nd book in the series to see if it improves but I can't say for sure I'll keep reading them.
This was wonderfully narrated. The story is pretty densely packed for the short space of time it was suppose to have taken place in but for the long length it rarely ever seemed to drag on or go on a tangent that was unrelated to the story. I very much liked the character of Matthew Corbett. I appreciated that for how much dialog the characters participated in the reading continued to flow smoothly. I will listen to the next book in the series. Not a modern classic but not too shabby either.
Great story and narration. The story is always turning and twisting and the narrator is superb with all the characters coming in and out of the story line.
It's more recent history and more of a family history but you could make a comparison with Jeffery Archer's "As the Crow Flies."
Matthew Corbett is a great character and performed perfectly but I'd say Mr. Ballerini did an exceptional job with Jerusalem Exodus, the "preacher."
America's 17th century "Super Sleuth."
This is a long one but well worth the listen.
Absorbing Intriguing Detailed
Someone else compared this to Outlander, which is why I chose it in the first place. This is well done but lacks the humor and depth of character of that book/series.
I liked learning things about the era that I was previously unaware of - just how every day life was lived plus the historical context of things I thought had occured much later in time.
I wish that authors did not feel the need to reach for ever more shocking murders/violence/torture. One could easily skip those scenes and enjoy the book as much.
Yet another sprawling novel which promises to keep me engaged for days on end, yet has me struggling to get through the first few hours. I'm still trying to get through the first part, after several listens. It's SO boring. I can't imagine spending the next 20+ hours of my life with Edoardo Ballerini's monotonous, melodramatic actor's voice. And the characters are just...bleh. I so wanted to like this book! I do hope to give it another try, but I definitely do not recommend.