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.
I find the narrator's characterization of Matthew and the author's style of language to detract from the story. Not quite my cup of tea.
Again Edoardo is absolutely fantastic...really makes the story come alive
towards the end could not stop listening, not sure how many back roads I took to add time listening
Slow beginning, great build up of characters though, the ending well worth it, just purchased the 3rd one of the series...can't wait
I just achieved App Master!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible
The Queen of Bedlam picks up three years after Fount Royal. Matthew is now after The Masker a new serial killer only this time Matthew is a new jr agent of the Harold Agency. The Harold Agency is a group of problem solvers "investigators" and if Matthew can solve this he will get his strips. Every twist and turn keeps going back to his child hood at the orphanage.Must Read
The narrator is one of the very best I have ever heard. He does an excellent job of performing and lends just the right emotional emphasis. His female voices are not at all silly or off putting. Completely masterful.
This series is completely captivating. I normally dont like murder/mystery type novels but the writing paints such a clear and detailed picture...and the narrator does such a fantastic job...that I have been thoroughly entertained. I look forward to following the series.
I love the way McCammon twists the plot so you are never sure where it is going to end up. The story kept me on the edge of my seat!
I do not know what other book to compare this to since it is so unique.
Yes, Edoardo Ballerini performed in "Speaks the Nightbird" . Really excellent performer.
The Queen of Bedlam
The series thus far, I have "read" two books has been wonderful. The intricate plots and characters and the depth of the characters is very appealing, engrossing. Very nice!
Speaks the Nightbird was one of my favorite books of the past year and I really enjoyed this second adventure with Matthew. I think the story was slow in a few places, something I did not feel in the first book. Still, Matthew is a wonderful character, a thinking man who will take great risks in his adventures. I enjoyed the narrator, also, and look forward to listening to him again! I will definitely read all Matthew Corbett novels. You should, too, if you love historical fiction, mystery and adventure!
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This is truly a special series. I loved the first book, and while this second installment may not be 100% the equal of the first, it is probably 98% of it! Just a great capture of a by-gone way of life. The storyline is amazing, and is very engrossing, but the way that the author captures the feelings and the speech patterns and the ambiance of the time period is so, so good. I just love being immersed into this world.
The narrator, Edoardo Ballerini, is exceptional. I don't think I have ever heard a narrator and a novel that fit so perfectly together. I don't think there is another narrator that could have performed this book as well. Edoardo simply IS the voice of these novels. Absolutely perfect.
This is a great series, and I can not wait for the next on! Actually, I can't wait to indulge in the first two again, if you want to know the truth.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this story, its characters, and the wondrous narration of Edoardo Ballerini.
Set in 1702 in a quite young and rough New York City, our main character is an orphan who has set out to seek his way as a young adult. He encounters charming and likable characters as well as sinister denizens of the criminal underworld. He becomes an apprentice to a small detective agency that bills itself as solvers of problems. From there various crimes needing solving are presented. They eventually knit themselves together in a rather satisfying way, All of this is brought to life by Ballerini, one of Audibles premier narrators.
Much of the storyline is charming with a youthful innocence appropriate to the primary character. Yes, there are some violent and dark parts, but they complement the storyline. For much of the book I was certain that, although this is part of a series, the story would stand on its own and not need to be read in sequence. And then I got to the end of the book which leaves a large open hole in the plot -- clear evidence that the reader/listener is intended to follow on to book 3.
I recommend this book. It's good as a standalone, but clearly wants to be read/heard as part of a series. And, btw, without the ending "hole", this was a clear 5 star in my mind.
The plots are very involved with many characters. Each character comes alive easily with the description the author gives and the details associated with their actions.
Very interesting issues early in the 1700's and limitations that are removed from modern day habits.
No instant e-mails or alerts we take for granted . In the novel crimes and detections are solved after many interviews and painstaking travel. No 911 calls or googling people's name to find out about background. Yet the main character uses his perception and life of reflection and incredible listening skills to find out what people are really saying/doing.
Listen close for clues. There is a little jumping towards of resolutions.
A definite surprise. I liked this book better than the first "Speaks the Nightbird. Trust the positive reviews. I'm going to get the next in this series. Stood in the kitchen not moving for the last two hours of the book... a little surprise towards the end. Great writing.