This book was a little odd after the totally "five star" first two books in the series. The majority of the book didn't have a mystery for Matthew Corbett to figure out - it was suspense all the way.
Did it work as suspense? Absolutely. But I skipped ahead in places, which I couldn't do with the others because I might miss a clue, secure that I wouldn't lose the thread of the plot at all. I found myself wondering if maybe there was a tight deadline or something so the same care could not be put into the mystery for Matthew to solve. I also thought the resolution to the "Zed" storyline was baffling.
I'm in the fourth book now, so my reaction to this book didn't put me off the series. But I'm hoping for a return to the form of Speaks the Nightingale and Queen of Bedlam. Fingers crossed.
Yes! Mr. Slaughter is one of the best books I have ever listened to. Even though it is set in the 19th century, it is as entertaining as any 21st century thriller. There is tenderness by strangers, stealth by a young man and his companion and slaughter by a creature you could only call the embodiment of evil.. There is tenacity and triumph. You are missing out if your don''t listen to this book,.
Speaks the Night Bird. It is by the same author and carries you on an adventure that is unrelenting.
Again, like Book 2 (Queen of Bedlam), this book kept my interest throughout, the mystery was developed and resolved in a consistently entertaining way, and the main characters were quite likable. The narrator does a great job with each of the characters too.
The only negative was that there was bit of redundant and tedious writing that made me antsy and impatient at points.
However, even with that flaw, I still would recommend this as a fun and engaging listen. And I do plan to listen to Book 4.
I just wish it were on sale like Book 2 and 3.
Yes, because I am taken with the way that McCammon re-creates that period in history. I am also amazed at how contemporary the plots feel, when the characters, the events, and settings are so far in the past.
There's a certain youngster with a dog who is definitely my favorite. 'nuff said.
I am an avid admirer of Mr. Ballerini's readings, and have listened to him on various McCammon books.
I think I would very much enjoy knowing Walker-in-Two-Worlds, who is very much a hero, regardless of the ugliness of his life.
Mr. Slaughter has to be one of the most frightening villains in contemporary fiction. He is so fully realized by McCammon that it is easy to believe he could have been a real (and terrifying) criminal.
I would highly recommend this audiobook which never dragged or faltered from the first chapter to the last, and kept me guessing. The narration is fantastic and the storyline excellent. It had me intermittently horrified and then laughing out loud. Robert McCammon is an excellent author, and Edoardo Ballerini is one of the best narrators I have encountered in audiobooks.
It's hard to say - I really like ALL the characters in this book.... I guess I would have to go with Matthew, but Hudson Greathouse is always a winner and even the terrible Mr Slaughter is extremely amusing at times with his sly comments and observations.
His narration is wonderful. He creates the different characters seemingly without effort. He made me break out laughing so many times, he really knows how to deliver a line.... and other times I was cringing in horror and could hardly bear to listen!
I think Mr Slaughter has to be the most memorable character as he is just such an evil person and quite a complicated man as well. The way the story all ties in together at the end is wonderful, and leaves you wanting to get on to the next book immediately. So many unanswered questions!
Great book, great narration. Thoroughly enjoyed this.
A satisfying tale
Learning the ingredients of Mrs. Such's sausages. The peppers were not enough...
Mr. Ballerini's performance was masterful. Most notable is the fact that he maintains the consistent characterizations for all of the characters throughout the series.
Mr. Slaughter was most memorable character for this story. As the prevailing villain, I was intrigued to learn how he became so villainous.
It seems each installment of the Matthew Corbett series is better than its predecessors. The same is true of Mr. Slaughter.
The performance and the complex story line create an audible book that is difficult to stop listing to. The story occurs in the early 1700s and the glimpse of life in early colonial America adds to the appeal.
This is the 3rd book in the series I listened to and the performance in all three is excellent.
Yes! And I could not wait to come back to it.
I am a data warehouse admin with 2 kids and a long drive to work/drop off schedule. I love to listen to audiobooks during my commute!
I loved the Corbett series! I love historical fiction and mystery - this is the best if both worlds! It makes me feel as if I am walking a day in the life of the late 1600's and with each twist of the plot, I think "how is Matthew going to get out of this one?" I can't wait to read the next one. Edoardo Ballerini is the perfect reader! I want to read the next book as soon as it comes out, but will wait for the audible version because Edoardo makes the complete experience. Is there an accent that he can't convincingly pull off??? So, Mr. McCammon and and Mr. Ballerini - get to work 'cause this fan wants more!!!
I would recommend the audiobook, The characters are all interesting, the time period is refreshing.
Matthew is the man
Mr Ballerini is excellent, I think is has multiple personalities, he personalizes each character. You forget it's one person doing the narrating.
The story you don't want to ever end
Yes. But I would have them listen to the first two in this series before.
The climax in South Carolina
I have no clue