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Absolutely one of the best historical fiction series I've read. Each installment is new, fresh, and still completely engaging! This is the 4th in the series, and another is coming out soon. My only issue is they keep getting shorter (the first was around 30 hours, and the next one is around 8. I hope I'm wrong, but I'm thinking it may be the closing novel for this series, and how I will miss listening to the adventures of Matthew Corbett, "professional problem solver.'
The right narrator can make listening to books much more enjoyable than reading- and in this instance it is as if Edoardo Ballerini was destined to read this series. He IS Matthew Corbett, and I never get tired of that velvet voice!
In this novel Matthew meets the evil Professor Fell, in a way that wasn't what I expected. There are also some new characters introduced that I think will carry over into the 5th novel-- perhaps a female "professional problem solver" to work with? We will have to wait and see.
If you have not listened to the series, I think you must start with the first one and listen to each - in order - for the full enjoyment of Mr. Corbett and his world.
Three words? It would be an injustice to Matthew. Faster paced and larger in scope than the previous books in the series yet with the same great attention to detail, wonderful writing and great characters. I must admit I skipped the Mister Slaughter book because of the reviews regarding excessive violence, but now wish I had not. I have been a fan of Robert McCammon for years and was dubious that he could take such a sweeping turn of direction so well...but he did.
Only to his previous ones in the series and certainly not to the author's previous books.
I listen to many audio books and enjoy many good narrators and yet some of even the best bother me with their voices for the opposite sex. Ballerini does not try to be very feminine for the female voices and yet they are completely believable. Perhaps because he is not trying too hard?
Yes, to the detriment of many chores that were supposed to be done and were not because i could not push the Stop button on my player.
Book 10 anyone?
I really enjoy the fact that the series is starting to progress and that we finally get a different setting than just the colonies.
Edoardo Ballerini never disappoints - another top notch performance.
No, I just don't do that.
Matthew pulling off his grand stunt.
Minx Cutter-How cool of a girl is she?!
This is one of the best series I've ever read. I hope the next one is available on audible soon!
Retired to mountains of California. Sell on eBay as Prsilla. No TV. Volunteer in wildlife rehab. Knit, sew or embroider while listening.
Alas, I listened to this one third and was treated to details of the actual third book in the series, Mr. Slaughter. It appears the four novels can be enjoyed separately if need be, but go down best in order from the beginning. It crossed my mind that the first book was long and wonderful, so why are we getting so fewer words in the subsequent books? Never fear, those words are top quality and I for one did not find anything missing.
This book has only a little sex -- that is, a lot in one night! And once again as in the first book, a woman comes to Matthew in the dark and he is not sure who it was or how it happened. Good grief, Matthew! But this book is extremely violent, cruel, mean, sickening, bloody and nasty. There is enjoyment of torture and killing. In fact the whole book is most uncomfortable. One of the main female characters runs around for weeks dressed in a navy blue nightgown! People go for days without eating or bathing or any of the usual comforts.
I appreciate that this author describes the costumes. When the suit is said to be green satin, one remembers this was a long time ago and this suit probably had calf-length silk stockings and a ruffled shirt -- oh, my! Mention of tricorn hats always brought me back to the right century. He also describes the menu. Plates of muffins are left out for guests in the castle who got into fights or nearly drowned and so missed their dinner. He describes a special appetizer and how the evil redheaded twins snatched up the whole plate for themselves! Like Books 2 and 3, this book starts out at any rate in 1702 New York City which sounds about as folksy as Weed, California today. Not knowing the city, myself, I can only imagine others will enjoy the street names and other details.
This series has helped me forget my challenges as I got involved in Matthew's challenges. Moving on from the bus accident, popping pain pills and getting better every day, I was wonderfully taken up with how Matthew will get out of the next predicament. Yes, there are passages that sound old-fashioned, smarmy, quaint, tacky -- but I am not proofreading or editing or teaching English! Being retired, I am in the business of enjoying, so I keep listening to this bright author who enjoys using his mind. There have to be more books as Matthew is still single and he is being a real ass with regard to the interesting redhead named Bery.
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This series was so good I was disappointed when book 4 ended. Bummed. I want more.
I hope there is a book 5 in the works or perhaps the author is writing similar novels. Book 4 ended as if there could be a book 5. I hope so. The series was excellent in my opinion. I want more!!!!
I rarely give up on a book or a series and, on the basis of book 2, really wanted to see this one through. Book 2 had introduced many wonderful characters and plot lines which were mostly abandoned in book 3. Book 4 started off really well -- some great new characters, a return to the central mystery introduced in book 2, some new settings (aboard ship and on an island in Bermuda). But Matthew is a bore by this point -- helpless in almost every situation (he's always being saved by others or by circumstances beyond his control) and hardly the smart "problem solver" of books 1 & 2. The stereotypes come thick and fast -- the giant ex-slave who's always there to save the white folks' hides, the noble "savage", the silky but deadly Indian, the drunken and rowdy Irishmen, etc. etc. The ending was truly galling. Unfortunately, the author felt the need to repeat information from the other books numerous times, which slowed the pace further. And those tortured metaphors! This is the worst-written of the 4, by far. Such a disappointment after a decent start and a very strong 2nd book. I won't be looking for any more in the series or by this author.
I gave the performance a 4 because this narrator is very good. I will look for other books that he's narrated.
I gave a global review of all four books in the Matthew Corbett series under my review of Queen of Bedlam. The Providence Rider is another piece of brilliant writing by McCammon and spectacular narration by Ballerini. A must listen for anybody who appreciates the nuances of the English language and simply enjoys a good yarn. Five star.