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Mister Slaughter Audiobook
Mister Slaughter
Written by: 
Robert McCammon
Narrated by: 
Edoardo Ballerini
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Mister Slaughter Audiobook

Mister Slaughter: A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 3

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Publisher's Summary

The world of Colonial America comes vibrantly to life in this masterful new historical thriller by Robert McCammon. The latest entry in the popular Matthew Corbett series, which began with Speaks the Nightbird and continued in The Queen of Bedlam, 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. Along the way, Slaughter makes his captors a surprising - and extremely tempting - offer. Their response to this offer will alter the course of the novel, setting in motion a series of astonishing, ultimately catastrophic events.

Mister Slaughter is at once a classic portrait of an archetypal serial killer and an exquisitely detailed account of a fledgling nation still in the process of inventing itself. Suspenseful, illuminating, never less than compulsively readable, it is, by any measure, an extraordinary achievement, the largest accomplishment to date from one of our most gifted - and necessary - writers.

©2010 Robert McCammon (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 11-23-14
    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 11-23-14 Member Since 2013

    Love my family...along with guitars, road bikes, cameras, and a good book!

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    "Starts amazingly, and only gets better!"

    This book is so good! I have really enjoyed this series by Robert McCammon, and this 3rd installment may be my favorite yet. The storyline is simply fantastic. I love the Matthew Corbett character, and the other supporting characters are so believable and so well developed. Meeting Mister Slaughter was indeed a treat. A creepy, nightmare-inducing treat.

    There is also so much inherent character and charm in the time period that the story takes place in. I love to hear the language and phrasing that was used then. It really is beautiful.

    I also have to mention that a large part of the enjoyment for me in this entire series is the narration of Edoardo Ballerini. He is, perhaps, the best narrator that I have ever heard in the regard that he speaks exactly as I believe the author heard it in his head. His voicings are as nearly perfect as any I have heard. I wish I could give him 6 stars. Such a great experience!

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    Karen Stuart, FL, United States 10-30-14
    Karen Stuart, FL, United States 10-30-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Too Twisted & Unnecessarily Disturbing"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. The over the top description of horrible murders were too much. There was no need to go that 'deep' into depravity.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert McCammon again?

    Probably. I have a hard time not finishing out a series.


    Do you think Mister Slaughter needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    He can leave that character in the past.


    Any additional comments?

    Spoiler Alert - The scene where he kills the family is over the top for the misery level. I don't know of any mother who would willing want to put images like that in her mind. I wish I could have skipped this book in the series.

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    Alice Redding , CT, USA 09-10-14
    Alice Redding , CT, USA 09-10-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Gory!"

    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!

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    yvonne5588 Austin, TX, United States 08-18-14
    yvonne5588 Austin, TX, United States 08-18-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointing"
    Would you try another book from Robert McCammon and/or Edoardo Ballerini?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about Robert McCammon’s story?

    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.


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    Donna 06-06-14
    Donna 06-06-14
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    "Far too much time spent on mayhem"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I have enjoyed the series so this was okay.


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

    Stop with all the near death stuff. Come on, no one gets shot at, stabbed, poisoned, etc multiple times a week and survives. Just not real. There are many interesting characters which could have been further explored and would have been much more interesting than the mayhem.


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

    He doesn't lose his stride and I know by his voice which character is speaking. He has a good practice of using a whisper which is effective.


    Was Mister Slaughter worth the listening time?

    Well, yes, continuation of the series but as a stand alone, I would not have finished it.


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    P. Patel Alabama 05-18-14
    P. Patel Alabama 05-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Another Excellent Book by McCammon"

    The first two books just make you want more. McCammon delivers again with #3.
    The performance by Ballerini just makes this book even better.

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    Parola138 Czech Republic 04-07-14
    Parola138 Czech Republic 04-07-14 Listener Since 2005

    We bite

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    "I struggle to even give this two stars"

    I loved the first two books of the series. Like many other reviewers have written, I had never heard of this author before "Speaks the Nightbird." Leave it up to audible to ensnare people with their first-of-a-series sales aka 'gateway drug.' I almost went ahead and bought all four available Corbett novels. Glad I didn't. I literally burned through the first two books. The writing, pacing and characterization was top-notch. You felt like you were in the passenger seat and the author was sprawling a great journey before you. This third book, however, is completely the opposite. It is well-written, but lacks heart. It starts off intriguing enough, but then goes into this deal with Mr. Slaughter which is neither thrilling or interesting. Mr. Slaughter reminds me a lot of Heath Ledger in the second batman film, where he tries sooo hard to be soooo crazy and wicked that its just kind of ridiculous. I kept pressing myself to listen to this book, but it shouldn't be that much work. I gave up a few hours shy of the end because, well, I could not force myself to care anymore. I am debating whether or not to even read the fourth book in the series. And the strangest thing off all is that Mr. Corbett has made some decisions in this book that make him really unappealing as a main character as a series. The pacing in this book also suffers, whereas it was almost perfect in the other books. I don't know what threw me off with this one, but it didn't 'feel' like the other books. It bored me.

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    JB Pittsburgh 03-22-14
    JB Pittsburgh 03-22-14
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    "Mister Slaughter"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this book. Good story and great narration.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mister Slaughter?

    In the first half of the story, Mister Slaughter is a fairly enjoyable "villain." Most of his dialogue is entertaining.


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

    I've listened to the whole Matthew Corbett series to date and Edoardo Ballerini is at his best in this book.


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

    Due to some actions of certain characters there were some aggravating parts of the book.


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    Peter and Katherine 03-17-14 Member Since 2012

    Adventure and suspense please!

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    "Different from the Others"
    Any additional comments?

    This Matthew Corbitt novel is different from the others in that it is less of a mystery and more of an action packed horror story. I did not like it as much as the other two. Its still really good though, and truly horrifying as well. The narrator was fabulous as always.

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    T.Ann Goose Creek, SC, United States 03-15-14
    T.Ann Goose Creek, SC, United States 03-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Perfectly put together....amazing!!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Mister Slaughter the most enjoyable?

    I love the McCammon puts together all the threads of different plots into one awesome story!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mrs. Such's Sausages!!!!


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    Diverse and flawless performance.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but I have to work sometime!


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