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!
The Queen of Bedlam is a very well read audiobook. The narrator is very eloquent and keeps is very consistent with the many voices he uses for the character of the book.
I just finished the 4th book in the series and found #2, The Queen of Bedlam, to be by far the best of the lot. I think the author must have had a good editor for this book -- brisk pace, fewer tortured metaphors and over-use of adjectives, more humor, lots of enjoyable characters and changes of scene. I read books 3 & 4 on the basis of my enjoyment of book 2, but enjoyed them less and less, I'm afraid. If he's written more books in the series, I won't be reading them. Too repetitive, slow-paced, and mediocre writing after #2.
I have recommened this book to only a select few. The awfulness is hard to take.
The historical context.
Matthew Corbit of course. He has the most interesting backgroundd and demeanor.
There are a lot of anachronisms that are distracting to the story.
This is my third book by Robert McCammon and the second in the Matthew Corbett series. I liked Matthew in the first of the series and was very pleasantly surprised to find I like him even more in this book. The "good" characters are likeable and the "bad guys" are very bad, indeed, and the plot was engrossing. The history is interesting, there are gruesome crimes, sword fights, plenty of action, wonderful development of relationships with the other characters and thankfully, none of the "gross" language that is so common today. The ending insures I will be listening to the third in this series.
The narration is first class and only adds to the enjoyment.
I highly recommend this series.
Amazing story , clever witty writing and read beautifully . This is my second Matthew Corbett book , can't wait to read the others .highly recommended .
The Queen of Bedlam would rank in the middle of the audiobooks that I've listenen to.
Matthew Corbett was my favorite character because he is driven to find the truth and goes all out to do so even if it means putting himself in danger. I think that his character should "man" up though and make his role as avenger more realistic.
Edoardo Ballerini makes the characters come alive.
I would like to take Matthew Corbett to dinner and explain to him that being an unassuming guy is ok, but in a pinch and in grave danger he should know how to defend himself and those he is helping realistically instead of like a scared girl.
It is a good listen. I did like "Speaks the Nightbird" better than "The Queen of Bedlam" but would still recomend the book.
I'm so glad I found this series. It is now one of my favorites. It is different, very detailed , suspenseful and held my interest the whole book.
Matthew Corbett is the main character. He is an honest and true person who struggles for good.
Highly recommend it!
This is the first review that I have written and the reason I have done so is the narrator Edoardo Ballerini, he is without doubt brilliant, the best I have heard. The best complement that I can give is that you forget the story is being narrated so sympathetic his reading that you are able to loose yourself in the story as it unfolds without any distractions. This only makes the story more enjoyable and entertaining and has meant that I am eager to listen to the other books in this series which may not have been as enjoyable without Edoardo Ballerini’s narration.
Robert McCammon is a wonderful writer. This series, which follows the character Matthew Corbett, is interesting, exciting and highly entertaining. The story keeps you awake because you absolutely have to know what happens next. The narrator is perfect for this character.