This was difficult for me to get through. The first part is horribly boring and I get that it's exposition, but really unentertaining. The book then drones on and on and on. Seemingly unrelated things all end up relating, even though they are a huge stretch. There are too many characters to keep track of unless you keep a chart or binge listen. I did neither, so by the end, I had no idea who half the characters were.
With all the words, by the time you get to the final 5 chapters, details are skipped over while other events never seem to end.
The foreshadowing of times to come (fingerprints in the eighteenth century?) is too smug and happens a number of times. A rape of a drugged male by a female is given almost no attention and the character basically carried on like it was nothing but a bad dream.
Great bedtime listening for me since I couldn't seem to listen for more than 20 minutes.
I cruised through all four books in the Matthew Corbett series in record time and enjoyed every one. I did read them in order so it was easier to follow references to past episodes of Matthew Corbett's career. That said, each can stand on its own individually and be completely entertaining without having read any previous novel.
Mr Ballerini does an outstanding job reading and brings all the characters to life. Each character is uniquely voiced so that you instantly know who is speaking. (Very helpful in keeping the characters strait in your head.) I particularly like his ability to make young people sound young and those with more maturity, voiced in keeping with their age.
It was this series which prompted me to change to two credits a month. It's easy to spend them when one has such entertaining characters and exciting, hair raising adventures to look forward to. I definitely recommend all the books in this series.
Matthew's character grows and new players are added. They make him a better man. Add to that the great island of Manhattan and some new puzzles to solve. I enjoyed the many layers McCammon added with this book.
The narration performance of Edoardo Ballerini was great. I really thought that his ability to voice the characters was exceptional. The evolution of Matthew Corbett in this book from the first novel was well done and kept me interested.
The chapter involving the introduction of the new governor had me laughing out loud.
The chess match near the end of the book was very well done.
I can't wait for the next book to download and start listening!
I listened to this right after 'Speaks the Nightbird", which was an excellent book. 'Queen" is the continuation of the Hero from the first book. This story falls short, though. It starts out with possibilities of being a good story, but then slows down in the middle of the book. I didn't like the characters telling us how everything ties together. I wanted our hero to figure it out with his cunning, or to have the action uncover the plot. It is fine to listen to, but I would listen to some books in between the two. The performance is excellent. I would listen to it for that, but be prepared for lots of little plots varying from the main one.
I enjoyed this book on tape. The story is interesting, the characters are entertaining, and the plot is engrossing. The narration is also excellent.
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Yes! I have never been a fan of mysteries and I'm still not except when it comes to this series! Honestly, I'm beginning to think that I'd read anything by Robert McCammon . . . I started with "Swan Song" and enjoyed the writing so much I thought I'd give "Speaks the Nightbird" a shot and I'm glad I did, now I'm hooked on the series!
I love them all, but Matthew is wonderful because he's so meticulous about everything. I especially enjoyed the line in the book when his companion bursts out in frustration at him stating how he:
... HATES the way Matthew looks unconcerned and as though he's thinking of all manner of other things while HE, his friend, is very upset and explaining something very important only to finish explaining and find that Matthew has picked up every word and subtlety completely!.....
(please excuse my grossly inaccurate paraphrasing based purely on memory of my one time listening of the book) - The way Mr McCammon actually casts the dialog is a beautiful example of the authors craft for providing descriptive character detail without shoving it in your face. There are many ways to describe things and Mr Mc Cammon uses them all. :-)
All the characters are well sketched out and developed for the reader, most are left with enough room (visually) for imagination to fill in the rest with the exception of owner/writer of the "Earwig", initially called the Lady Bug". Robert McCammon depicted this character so well he nearly jumped out of my IPOD and stood in front of me! At any rate, every time this particular character spoke in the book his image was stored so strongly in my mind I had to hold back a giggle so people wouldn't stare at me like I was crazy! A truly entertaining character that I look forward to reading more of!!!
Only one, the book previous to this in the series - "Speaks the Nightbird". As with every book, new Characters require new voices and since this book takes place in a completely different location with Matthew being the only continuing character, I'd say that Edoardo Ballerini did an outstanding job! I found it easy to determine who was speaking by the unique style developed for each voice
The book was difficult to get sucked into at the beginning and that's the reason I gave it 4 stars . . . I wish I could give it 4.5 stars. I don't remember what the key event was that finally pulled me in or how far into the book I was, but once that happened, yes, I wanted to listen to the remainder all in one sitting, but due to the length, I found it impossible. Still, at the beginning there were quite a few stops and I found myself looking at other material. My suggestion is to plug on and remember my confession at the beginning of this review, I am NOT a mystery fan . . . this series is the ONLY one I'm following. I don't think the lag lasted beyond two hours . . .
These are well crafted stores written by a talented writer! I haven't written many reviews but I felt obligated to do so in this case . . . the only reason I got on line was to purchase book three in the series! :-)
I know he's got some other books out there, what is the chance that Audible or a subsidiary will convert some of Mr. Mc Cammon's older books? He appears to have a following here on Audible . . . ???
Have not read the print version and don't plan on it.....Matthew would not exist for me without Edoardo Ballerini's narration!
Matthew of course, but I also really liked "Berry"....a woman with guts & her own unique vision....wish there would have been more of her in the story.
I like how Matthew seems to be growing with each new adventure....OMG...the gauntlet, how evil!! I can't imagine what devilment awaits in the next installment!
These books start a bit slowly but the characters are enjoyable and you grow to know them. Edoardo Ballerini does a great job of reading. His accent is perfect for Matthew and his voice changes are excellent and easily distinguishable. The story line is entertaining and one of things I enjoy most is that while Matthew is extremely intelligent the author doesn't allow him to make absurd leaps to conclusions or seem too super intelligent. Even the heroes of the story have their flaws and I think too often in these books the main characters are too smart, too perfect, too unrealistic.
I am well over 125 audio books in at this point and have only recently discovered Robert McCammon. Starting with Swan Song and now this series - a much different kind of book from Swan Song - I am thoroughly enjoying his writing.
This spell binding book is a follow up to McCammon's "Speaks the Nighbird". This author is absolutely amazing! The book starts just a slight bit slower than the first book, but quickly catches up and ends stronger than the first. This book is very hard to put done as it becomes very intense! A GREAT listen! These two books are absolutely not a waste of credits! I am waiting for the next book!
Ballerini's performance is awesome. He is able to give each character a different voice, making the book seem to be read by many narrators. His brilliant performance truly brings these books alive! I will definetly listen to more of his work. His accents bring this book to life! WOW!