I think the picture of the time and place were perfect. And the mystery or mysteries were intriguing. The characters were Dickensian and memorable, especially the rat catcher. The book was made to be read.
I enjoyed this novel. The historical depiction of the time is very well done. The character's growth and development is well developed also. The story is well thought out and has a lot of surprises continually being weaved in and out throughout. Though I must say that one thing about the story that annoyed me in Books 1&2, is that the character can be a little whiny at times when being taught/shown things for his own good, and not really realize the value of the lessons afforded him. And that he allows himself to be put in dangerous/stupid situations without giving them much thought or caution beforehand. Although I enjoyed this novel, I must say my favorite book in this series so far is still Book 1. Everything tied in nicely at the end. Moving onto Book 3 in this series.
Eclectic bookworm...I listen to a little bit of everything. Give up after listening to something for 20 minutes and don't like it.
After being blown away by Speaks the Nightbird, the first book in this series, I have to say that I was kind of underimpressed with this one. It started off vey slow, and only until halfway through the book did it start to gain intrigue and momentum for me. The characters - such as Hudson Greathouse, Berry, and Mrs. Herald - seemed to more stereotypical, stock figures, not as nuanced and unique as the ones in Speaks the Nightbird.
I also found that Matthew seemed to be a lot more full of himself in this volume, treating people who are his elders and superiors with a total lack of deference at times.
That being said, I think the mystery all tied together well in the end and I found the climax to be both unexpected and poignant.
I love the series so far for the historical detail, some of which is quite gritty, and for the ingenuity of the plots and subplots. Not to mention the fact that Edoardo Ballerini may be the best narrator ever.
I'm planning on using my credits next month towards the next two in the series.
A thoroughly enjoyable book from start to finish. I think about the incredible amount of research that went into making this historical thriller. McCammon paints a believable picture of America in 1702. The protagonist Matthew
Corbett goes from one adventure to another as he solves impossible problems. Ballerini is a fantastic narrator with a delightful British and I guess early American accent. Anyway, the narration and the story is excellent. Glad I stumbled onto this author and this book
I can't get enough of this series! Matthew Corbett (sp?) is a great character, the narrator was born for this reading, and the story lines keep you guessing until the end. Love!!
This is my second in this series. Once again great story, narrator has a buttery voice and leaves you wanting to hear more.
This is book number two of the series and I'm thoroughly enjoying them. sometimes it's nail biting suspense, then again I'm wiping away tears from laughter. It should speak well of the story as well as the narration that I am off to start the third book of the series, and looking forward to losing myself once again in this ongoing tale of suspense.
Wow! I love this series!!! This book was great. Couldn't put it down. Great character development.
Love the historical ties and setting. Great amount of detail and research. If all books were like this, I'd have trouble watching TV.
He is a marvelous reader!