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.
No, I would not listen to it again or at least not in the very near future. I very nearly do read books twice.
Maybe the books about the Hangman's daughter by Oliver Potzsch or the Bryce Cortenay's stories about Solomon the London thief. not so very similar apart from the timeframe. I do like stories from the 16th and 17th hundred.
Edoardo Ballerini is absolutely great!
This story made my stay awake longer than was health for me and my work!
Now that I have read/listen to Speaks the Nightbird and the Queen of Bedlam, I will take a brake from Matthew Corbett. But I will com back to him after awhile for sure.
Devourer of Audiobooks
I read the first title in this series and mostly enjoyed it. However, I quit listening to this one about halfway through; I was done. The author has a rather gory imagination and I realized I wasn't really enjoying but instead, tolerating it. I am into dark fiction, and have a high tolerance for anything gross, but something about this book was just depressing. Don't bother unless you're having such a wonderful week that you need a reverse pick-me-up.
It was a well written story with well developed characters.
His voice was pleasing to listen to, and he performed the different characters extremely well.
No it was a long story, but it was hard for me to turn it off.
Very interesting, well written story that left me wanting more.
I bought this book right after finishing Speaks the Nightbird, fully intending to start listening to it as soon as I had the time. Then time disappeared into a busy life and a few months went by; I listened to other books and forgot about this one. ...Until last week, when I remembered it again. Five minutes into the book I remembered how good the last book was, and couldn't believe I had waited so long to find out what happened to Matthew Corbett after the events in the Carolinas.
Matthew is three years older, but nothing has really happened in his life since we left him in 1699. He is obsessed with finding evidence against the head of his old orphanage, and still works as a magistrate's clerk. The town of New York has recently been the scene of the grotesque murder of a doctor, and as another murder victim is found killed in the same way, the serial killer the local newspaper names the Masker must be found. Matthew can't help it, he has to ask the questions he knows the local High Constable will not think to ask, and starts his own investigation. At the same time he's approached by the Herrald Agency, to join them as a problem solver.
I won't try to outline the plot of the whole book, since that would take a long time. The wonderful thing about this book is that it's not just one story; there are several mysteries for Matthew to solve. And despite the complex mysteries, the book is not slow at all. There is so much more happening in this book compared to Speaks the Nightbird, and it works really well. I loved Speaks the Nightbird, but I think part of my reluctance to start reading the sequel was that two similar books of that length would be a bit too much. Fortunately for me then, The Queen of Bedlam is very different than the first book in the series (much lighter!), but just as good.
The narrator is one of the best I've ever listened to. I have the Kindle version of the book as well as the audiobook, but unlike most books I read/listen to I chose to listen to the entire book this time, only reading a few chapters. Edoardo Ballerini puts a lot of emotion and personality into the characters' voices, and his narration of the story and Matthew's thoughts makes the book even better than it already is. I have no idea what he does differently than other narrators I've listened to, but I have listened to this book for a whole day while cleaning the house (10 hours) and wouldn't have been able to do that unless the narration was very good.
I finished the book in just three days and kept finding excuses to do "audiobook-friendly" activities (the house is now very clean...). The last part of the book was almost impossible to stop listening to, and after finishing the book I just had to get the next one. The mystery is solved, but Matthew's story is clearly not finished and continues in Mister Slaughter.
Adventure and suspense please!
The main character of this series, Matthew, is one of my favorite character's ever. He is good, but not sickeningly good. He really grows throughout the series. The narrator is by far my favorite audible narrator yet. Truly talented, he brings the characters and story to life like no one else. This was another great mystery, however, I liked the first one better because it had more passion. Matthew cared personally about that mystery more than this one and it made a difference in how interesting it was. Still, it was very good and you should listen to it.
A really intriguing historical novel that has apt descriptive action scenes which makes you feel like you are actually seeing them with your own eyes!
A perfect continuation of the first. I never think the second or third books of a series will be nearly as good as the first, but this series is an exception. Keep them coming!
Great narration by Ballerini! I can easily identify the individual characters- great reading.
told by a master teller of stories
Speaks the Nightbird began the Matthew Corbett story that goes on even after the mystery is solved. Robert McCammon weaves an assortment of loose threads into a rich tapestry of lives lived in colonial times in America. He is a true master story teller.
None better than Edoardo Ballerini. He is a master teller of stories. How can one person deliver so many distinct voices. He brings each character to life in vivid color in the mind's eye. His performance makes the story flow through time and place. Listening to this series makes long car trips fly by.
Many interesting period characters but none more memorable than Matthew himself, the solver of puzzles
Starting book 3 and already sorry there are only 4 books in this series, hope he is working on book 5.
Of the first three I have listened to this on is the best, I listened to 4:30 am as it was so engaging I could not take my earphones off. The history of early New York and New Jersey was enlightening.