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The Queen of Bedlam Audiobook

The Queen of Bedlam: A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

His epic masterwork Speaks the Nightbird, a tour de force of witch hunt terror in a colonial town, was hailed by Sandra Brown as "deeply satisfying...told with matchless insight into the human soul."

Now, Robert McCammon brings the hero of that spellbinding novel, Matthew Corbett, to 18th-century New York, where a killer wields a bloody and terrifying power over a bustling city carving out its identity - and over Matthew's own uncertain destiny.

The unsolved murder of a respected doctor has sent ripples of fear throughout a city teeming with life and noise and commerce. Who snuffed out the good man's life with the slash of a blade on a midnight street? The local printmaster has labeled the fiend "the Masker," adding fuel to a volatile mystery...and when the Masker claims a new victim, hardworking young law clerk Matthew Corbett is lured into a maze of forensic clues and heart-pounding investigation that will both test his natural penchant for detection and inflame his hunger for justice.

In the strangest twist of all, the key to unmasking the Masker may await in an asylum where the Queen of Bedlam reigns - and only a man of Matthew's reason and empathy can unlock her secrets. From the seaport to Wall Street, from society mansions to gutters glimmering with blood spilled by a deviant, Matthew's quest will tauntingly reveal the answers he seeks - and the chilling truths he cannot escape.

©2007 Robert McCammon (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    bracken mocksville, nc, United States 02-23-14
    bracken mocksville, nc, United States 02-23-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Another excellent Corbett novel!"

    A perfect continuation of the first. I never think the second or third books of a series will be nearly as good as the first, but this series is an exception. Keep them coming!
    Great narration by Ballerini! I can easily identify the individual characters- great reading.

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    Dana WEIMAR, TX, United States 02-20-14
    Dana WEIMAR, TX, United States 02-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Master story teller"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Queen of Bedlam to be better than the print version?

    told by a master teller of stories


    What other book might you compare The Queen of Bedlam to and why?

    Speaks the Nightbird began the Matthew Corbett story that goes on even after the mystery is solved. Robert McCammon weaves an assortment of loose threads into a rich tapestry of lives lived in colonial times in America. He is a true master story teller.


    Which character – as performed by Edoardo Ballerini – was your favorite?

    None better than Edoardo Ballerini. He is a master teller of stories. How can one person deliver so many distinct voices. He brings each character to life in vivid color in the mind's eye. His performance makes the story flow through time and place. Listening to this series makes long car trips fly by.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Queen of Bedlam and why?

    Many interesting period characters but none more memorable than Matthew himself, the solver of puzzles


    Any additional comments?

    Starting book 3 and already sorry there are only 4 books in this series, hope he is working on book 5.

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    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 02-01-14
    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 02-01-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Best So Far in Series"

    Of the first three I have listened to this on is the best, I listened to 4:30 am as it was so engaging I could not take my earphones off. The history of early New York and New Jersey was enlightening.

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    Amanda 01-16-14
    Amanda 01-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Was OK"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't recommend as a fabulous book. It was ok... too many names and characters to keep track of and very convoluted. I don't think ill follow the next book.


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    Cheryl Jacaman ROCKPORT, TX, US 01-09-14
    Cheryl Jacaman ROCKPORT, TX, US 01-09-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Slow start, but improved tremendously!"

    I began to wonder if I had made a mistake at the start of the book, but had trouble putting it down about a third of the way through the story. Loved the historical aspect of the period. Will be listening to more books in this series!

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    Robert McKenzie, Tn, United States 01-08-14
    Robert McKenzie, Tn, United States 01-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "He Did it Again! Master Storyteller"
    What made the experience of listening to The Queen of Bedlam the most enjoyable?

    Once again this author puts you right into the action and your mind goes crazy with images. Mc Cammon, does a great job of keeping you in the book page by page. His character's come alive and you feel that you are apart of the story.


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    Once again I love the voice of Ballerini and he is able to change characters like some people change their shirts.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I felt at the end the Queen of bedlam death was very moving. The sword fights were action packed and one became concerned with the hero well being.


    Any additional comments?

    The ending was a little slow, but good.

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    CAM 01-07-14
    CAM 01-07-14
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    "My New Addiction."

    I know Matthew Corbett isn't really an "original" character, in many ways he is every clever detective of literature, from Miss Marple to Sherlock Holmes, and there is something Harry Potter-ish about his intellect and purity of heart, yet somehow, these books feel really different to me.

    I am sucked into Matthew's world, his professional development as a "detective," and his associates and encounters. And the reader? Edoardo Ballerini is simply the best. You do want to read them in order, or you'll miss the formative experiences that develop Matthew's confidence in himself, as he grows into his career.

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    Maria 12-22-13
    Maria 12-22-13 Member Since 2016
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    "I could not finish it!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Perhaps someone suffering from insomnia


    What was most disappointing about Robert McCammon’s story?

    I could not get farther than chapter 5, not sure of it was because the of story or the narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Edoardo Ballerini’s performances?

    I chose this novel because of Edoardo Balerini, I loved his work in "Beautiful Ruins", and also when he read another of R. McCammon's stories (and a few other works he's read) , but boy! ...was I disappointed with this one!!! He sounded bored, and was totally uninspiring.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None, but but remember I couldn't go past chapter 5


    Any additional comments?

    I hope you have a better experience with this one!

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    heidi 12-15-13
    heidi 12-15-13

    I love audible during boring laundry duty. I seem to be drawn to fantasy most likely to get a break from reality. I love my family!

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    "A crazy adventure"
    Where does The Queen of Bedlam rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is in my top ten.


    Which character – as performed by Edoardo Ballerini – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed all the characters very much


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

    yes i was very caught up in it.


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    Sandra VALLEY SPRINGS, CA, United States 11-14-13
    Sandra VALLEY SPRINGS, CA, United States 11-14-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Series!"

    Wonderful engaging story, and an excellent performance by Ballerini. Looking forward to the next book in the series!

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