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Mat

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  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2620)
    Performance
    (2339)
    Story
    (2323)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Perfection!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Speaks the Nightbird to be better than the print version?

    I started the print version at home and started listening to it at work. I was happy with both versions. I enjoyed the audio version very much.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As with the other McCammon books I have read, I loved his in-depth detail of location and situation. McCammon has a rare ability to paint pictures with his words. Truly a 3-dimensional writer, I could even smell the nasty characters that he wrote.


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    Ballerini's portrayal of the characters is consistent and well-read.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was moved by the main characters' experience at Shawcombe's.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Five

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (100)

    The Five features a rock band skirting the margins of success while touring the American Southwest. Life on the road, however, takes a strange turn when they encounter an Iraq War veteran. Soon thereafter, violence descends on the group, and their lives are tuned to a terrifying pitch.

    Sean Dustman says: "This story flows like a river"
    "Written like a song with a purpose."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to anyone who likes a subtle thriller with twists. I particularly like the fact that McCammon has presented this story as a quest for the reason to write a last song. The fact that there is an ever-present threat to this group takes a back seat to the true story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked True. He is a Marine veteran FBI agent who is fighting an internal battle. He is conflicted because he needs to save the band, but wants to help the antagonist (fellow veteran) get the help he desperately needs.


    Which character – as performed by Nick Landrum – was your favorite?

    I particularly liked Nick Landrum's portrayal of the country gas station owner at the end of the book. Also, the bell-bearded member of the 13th Floors.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was moved by Terry's climactic moment from meeting the 13th Floors keyboardist to his meeting of Pett.


    Any additional comments?

    As usual, McCammon has given us the most descriptive settings and characters. He has given us background of characters to allow them to develop not only in our minds, but also in our hearts. He makes us hate and love the same person. This is his talent: he knows humanity, he knows forgiveness, he knows how to write people.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Abarat: Absolute Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Clive Barker
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (69)

    “'I know that many of you here have waited years for this Hour,'” Mater Motley said, using that voice that, though it was barely conversational in volume, was somehow heard everywhere. 'The waiting is over. Tomorrow there will be no dawn. Only midnight, absolute and eternal.'”

    And so begins a new chapter in the epic story of 16-year-old Candy Quackenbush and her journeys through the world of the Abarat, where every hour is an island in one eternal day, and nothing is as it seems.

    Old Man Parker says: "BARKER gets DARKER"
    "Good. Not Great"
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    Where does Abarat: Absolute Midnight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would rank it high enough to make it a worthy purchase. I will listen again to the entire trilogy. It will be a good one for my kids when they are teenagers.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Christopher Carrion in this one. He seemed much humbled by his prior experiences.


    Have you listened to any of Richard Ferrone’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. I Enjoy his portrayal of characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Alice's story upside-down and much much better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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