Cunningly woven tale
Charles Dickens has a delightful and subtle wit. I find I need to listen closely to understand just what he means, but it's well worth the effort. It was worth the work to follow the characters set up in their individual lives and then watch as Dickens drew them together. I felt I had "aha!" moments when I remembered where I heard a character's name from an earlier chapter.
I am not familiar enough with narrators to make a suggestion, but anyone else could have been better. I realize there are LOTS of characters, but Mr. Case often started reading a character in one voice and then switched to another character's voice while in midstream. It often made an intricate story very confusing.
I usually listen to audiobooks just once in a while, but I couldn't stop with Speaks the Nightbird. Edoardo Ballerini does a wonderful job creating individual voices for McCammon's characters---and keeping them consistent! (Hate listening to a book where a character's voice suddenly becomes someone else's.) The ending is a totally surprise and McCammon builds suspense wonderfully. There are several underlying stories, but they all contribute to the main theme. I have downloaded McCammon's other 3 books and cannot wait to listen to them as well. If you like historical fiction, mystery, good characters---I totally recommend this work!
The changing relationship of the Magistrate and Matthew
He has a melodic voice with excellent rhythm and inflection. I appreciated his range of characters' voices and the CONSISTENTCY with which he maintained them. He made this book more alive for me.
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