I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
The second book of the series isn't quite what the first one was, but this is certainly worth a listen. If nothing else, Edoardo Ballerini's narration makes it all worthwhile.
The storyline in this book, as with "Speaks the Nightbird," has some dark and grisly details. (No more than "Devil in the White City," but gruesome nonetheless.) I try to ignore it just so I can spend some time in NYC in the early 18th century.
McCammon throws things in every now and again to make you chuckle. This isn't flawless historical fiction and he lets you know he's in on the joke. One thing I do appreciate about McCammon's writing is that he always ties up the ending and takes time doing it. This book, like the first, feels complete and unhurried.
This is one fabulous tale of suspense and historical fiction . The narrator is perfect. PERFECT! He effortlessly switches between English accents and colonial American and brings this thriller to life. My favorite Matthew Corbett book yet, I couldn't put it down.!!
this is a good book. great story in most aspects. very well written. good preformance.
however, the main character is drugged and viciously raped by a woman about half way through the book.
NOT a book for kids.
Mr. McCammon is masterful at imagery, language and storytelling. Mr. Ballerini carries the period as well as the characters with his voice. Both keep the reader enthralled throughout. One minor complaint is the narrator's pace. I fortunately have the ability to adjust the speed of the reading to 1.25 or sometimes 1.5 times to make it comfortable to my listening.
As a side note, yesterday was the 87th Oscar awards and it occurred to me that if ever Matthew Corbett hit the big screen, he could be played by this year's winner of Actor in a Lead Role, Eddie Redmayne.
An excellent sequel to "Nightbird" I highly recommend it if you like historical fiction. The linear format of the story makes it easy to follow. Also swearing and sex is limited and told in a PG13 way. It's suitable for a car trip with older kids.
I bought this book because it was the sale of the day, and I ended up enjoying it immensely. Although it takes place in the late 1600s (or early 1700s), it was modern enough to keep my interest. Modern in the sense that women had voices and strength, and many of the male characters were very likable and modern-feeling. I could not stand to listen to a book where oppression and harshness of the day were the pervasive storyline.
The book was entertaining and the mystery is superbly developed and resolved. The reader did a very good job with the different characters' voices.
I liked this book so much I bought the next one (and plan to buy the others in the series too).
Note: If you are someone who is still sad that Caleb Carr did not write a third book in the Alienist series, you will get a bit of a fix listening to this book and its sequels. Has some of the same feel and humor present in the Alienist.