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.
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
I have an hour commute (each way), so I listen to at least 4-6 per month. A bad narrator will kill a book for me faster than anything
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!