I enjoyed listening to this story. It transports the listener to 1699 and describes in detail the brutal naive approach to incarceration, trials and evidence. The narrator has an uncanny talent for altering his voice to define each of the characters - even a 17th century Indian.
The story was suspenseful and enjoyable.
No but this listen promptly led me to get the other Matthew Corbett books.
Not a thing!
There's thing thing I do whenever I'm watching a movie that takes place in the past. There will be this moment where there's an angry mob with a bunch of torches getting ready to do something - throw somebody out of town, or make a citizen's arrest, or just cause a general rumpus - and I always think "if only I was there! I would have stood up for justice! For truth! I would have showed these ignorant peasant folk their shame!"
Which is completely hooey.
I mean, in all reality I probably would have been right there in that crowd with them, brandishing my own torch in one hand and pitchfork in the other. But we all like to BELIEVE that we would have been different. We all like to imagine that we would have been the smarter, better looking, better dressed voice of reason in times gone by. SPEAKS THE NIGHTBIRD is the wish fulfillment equivalent of my movie watching experience. Matthew Corbett is a younger, less self assured kind of version of Sherlock Holmes if he had lived in colonial America rather than Victorian England. And of course it's only his incredibly astute eye that can save the incredibly sexy, smart, independent woman falsely accused of witchcraft who is also in possession of curves that kill and a heart made of gold.
What can I say? This one was just pure fun. It did take me awhile to get into this one though. I'm usually the type of reader that likes to go through and nitpick historical fiction, but I didn't feel the slightest bit guilty for turning my brain off and just letting this audiobook have at me. If you're looking for a fun easy read that will keep you occupied for some time to come, then I HIGHLY recommend this one to you. After all what more could you ask for - a great mystery, a little romance, adventure, danger of all sizes and shapes, pirates, Indians, lost treasure, circus performers and a great new character that will leave you wanting more in no time. There were moment were I was actually laughing out loud, and other still where I was biting my nails because I had no idea how the characters were going to get out of trouble this time. I've already purchased the next few books in the series and I'm loving them all. The fact that I'm even willing to put in all the time necessary to listen to these says volumes about how enjoyable these are. After all, they aren't exactly quick reads, and it takes a commitment to finish them.
Recommended for anyone looking for their next swashbuckling adventure.
The reading performance was superb. Characters real and well-developed and likable. A plot that keeps you guessing and intrigued. Really, one of the best audio books I've heard in a long time.
I almost didn't finish this book. The author was overly fond of describing throbbing temples (or pulsing veins) in his characters when they are stressed; after a certain point, it became somewhat of a joke. This is not a book that you'll sit in the driveway listening to after you've arrived.
I would absolutely listen to Speaks the Nightbird again. The story is captivating and the narration is flawless.
Edoardo Ballerini's performance is OUTSTANDING! He draws you into the characters with ease and keeps the listener interested at all times. Changing voices fluently and flawlessly from character to character helps the listener to feel almost as if you are "watching" the story unfold. Definitely my favourite narrator! Just can't say enough about his skills as a narrator.
Don't think twice about downloading this book!
Interesting plot, the factors that contribute to a witch trial. The author does a great job of weaving together different plot-lines.
Nice range of voices, not distracting
The characters come to life in this story. McCammon paints a scene so vividly with his words, that you will shudder in disgust , hold your breath in suspense, and laugh out loud. My husband and I listen to books together, and we sat up late several nights until we couldn't stay awake. Helping the story come to life is the narration. Edoardo Ballerini is spot on here. His voices, his pacing....perfection
The finely woven details. Not knowing where this book was going until it ended. The rich descriptions of the times, although I could have loved even more. Especially the medical techniques available at that time. I don't think I would have made it through this book had I read it. The glorious narration of Edoardo Ballerini brought the richness of tumult to beguile the senses and keep you wanting more.
Attention to detail. I love the details. I read a complaint that the book should have lost the entire midsection. I disagree! Each and every detail,even hideous and vile, make the book and characters more real and believable.
Yes absolutely. I don't know how he achieves this. He is truly gifted with words and provides such detail you feel as though you really know what it would be like in this time and in this story.
NOT ONE THING. I am in awe of Mr. Ballerini's interpretations of characters voices. I want to hear more. The marriage of this author and this narrator is a symphony.
I rarely come across books that, as they say "I can't put down" but this is one of them.
Eloquent, captivating and excellent.
I thoroughly enjoyed "Speaks the Nightbird." It was my first time with a Robert McCammon book and will not be my last. Edoardo Ballerini did a superb job with the narration. I would have to say that his narration is the best I have ever listened to. I would buy books specifically to hear him narrate. I will be downloading the next chapter in this series.
I usually listen to audiobooks just once in a while, but I couldn't stop with Speaks the Nightbird. Edoardo Ballerini does a wonderful job creating individual voices for McCammon's characters---and keeping them consistent! (Hate listening to a book where a character's voice suddenly becomes someone else's.) The ending is a totally surprise and McCammon builds suspense wonderfully. There are several underlying stories, but they all contribute to the main theme. I have downloaded McCammon's other 3 books and cannot wait to listen to them as well. If you like historical fiction, mystery, good characters---I totally recommend this work!
The changing relationship of the Magistrate and Matthew
He has a melodic voice with excellent rhythm and inflection. I appreciated his range of characters' voices and the CONSISTENTCY with which he maintained them. He made this book more alive for me.