While I am a big fan of this series - as the books move along the main character, Matthew Corbett, is becoming almost distractingly annoying. His arrogance mixed with brazen stupid choices one after another are starting to get in the way of my enjoyment of the story. With each edition the narrator's misguided hero-complex is irritating.
Edoardo Ballerni's performance in this entire series is one of the BEST parts of the listening experience. Wonderful voice, excellent characters. He really brings the book to life.
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 have enjoyed the entire Matthew Corbett series, and I thoroughly enjoyed this story as well. I especially enjoyed the character of Walker in Two Worlds. I would have enjoyed hearing more about him, and seeing him in other books. There was more violence in this book, which does not bother me, and it really brought the character of Slaughter to life in all his vileness. McCammon has written a great novel, and, as always, Eduardo Ballerini has brought the characters to life with his spot-on narration.
I didn't enjoy the story as much as I enjoyed the stories in "Speaks the Nightbird" and "The Queen of Bedlam." In this installment, our protagonist and his mentor bite off more than they can chew with a seemingly mundane job gone badly awry and events turn macabre and unpalatable in a hurry. There is more action and less dialogue in this installment than the previous two. I enjoy Matthew's interrogations, so I missed the dialogue.
The narration by Edoardo Ballerini continues to be spot on.
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
Despite or perhaps because of the sometimes overlong descriptive passages, I felt compelled to listen to all three books of the current McCammon series. Mister Slaughter is designed to close the New York chapter of Matthew Corbet's detective career, put his pending love life (but not his sex life) on hold and launch him into new territory, emotionally, socially and professionally.Mister Slaughter continues the series' creepy fascination with lusty, violent and faceless sex as well as the detailed descriptions of the infliction and receipt of pain and suffering. As a reviewer of the first book notes, this is not a series you want children, including teenagers, to over hear while you might thrill in the sordid details.
I might actually compare this book to MacBeth. Flowing descriptive phrasing, the character's desire to understand himself through violence and conflict (absent the obsession with a mother figure) serve to keep the reader engaged through McCammon's internal dialogue and occasionally over-wrought prose.
Sky Walker, the Native American whose sad life poignantly reflects the past two hundred and fifty years of destruction of the North American Indians was beautifully interpreted by Edoardo Ballerini.
The book is best heard over a few days, but not too many. There are a lot of characters, many twists and turns all of which require some time to absorb.
I have been enjoying McCammon's series, but this one was incredibly gory. Murder after murder. It is beautifully written, but each book seems to get more violent - not sure I'll persist!
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 enjoyed the first two books in this series. This book was quite different the style of writing changed. He tried to write cliff hangers but 2 seconds later when the next chapter started you find it was just leading... I did not like the violence gruesome and at points unnecessary.
The side lineage of the sausage is too haunting. I will reframe for those who have not read of listened to it. I dreaded all the fighting scenarios. I found them boring and not very engaging.