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  • Mister Slaughter: A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (847)
    Performance
    (775)
    Story
    (768)

    . Mister Slaughter opens in the emerging metropolis of New York City in 1702, and proceeds to take both Matthew and the reader on an unforgettable journey of horror, violence, and personal discovery. The journey begins when Matthew, now an apprentice problem solver for the London-based Herrald Agency, accepts an unusual and hazardous commission. Together with his colleague, Hudson Greathouse, he agrees to escort the notorious mass murderer Tyranthus Slaughter from an asylum outside Philadelphia to the docks of New York.

    Cheryl says: "Fantastic series!"
    "Too violent for my taste"
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    What disappointed you about Mister Slaughter?

    I'm always excited when I find a series to listen to. In this case, I really enjoyed the first two books in the series. However, Mr. Slaughter quickly became too violent for my taste. Had I been reading the book I could have speed-read through the violent sections, but one can't do that with an audio book. I might have been able to tolerate the violence more easily had I thought the actions taken were in character with the Matthew presented in the previous two books. Some work had been done to show how he'd changed and why, but I bet his mentor in the first book would have barely recognized Matthew.


    What could Robert McCammon have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The problem is largely mine -- I don't like books that are filled with violence. Nor do I like books that are what I consider to be excessively filled with suspense. However, I do feel that McCammon failed to do enough character development to justify a Matthew who would do such the dishonest thing that led to the first incidence of violence.


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    Ballerini was great in all three books.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Mister Slaughter?

    Hmmmm....the entire book? No fair..... The problem really is mine, and I think other people who enjoy historical fiction and don't mind violence would probably enjoy the book and the series.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't finish Mr. Slaughter, and won't listen to the rest of the books in the series. I Googled the series to learn how everything turned out.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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