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Speaks the Nightbird Audiobook

Speaks the Nightbird

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Fiction, 2013

Judgment of the Witch

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....

Evil Unveiled

After hearing damning testimony, magistrate Woodward sentences the accused witch to death by burning. Desperate to exonerate the woman he has come to love, Matthew begins his own investigation among the townspeople. Piecing together the truth, he has no choice but to vanquish a force more malevolent than witchcraft in order to save his beloved Rachel - and free Fount Royal from the menace claiming innocent lives.

©2002 Robert McCammon (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Edoardo Ballerini performs this story of accusation and fear flawlessly. He effortlessly switches his pitch, accents, and timbre to suit the unfortunate Rachel Howarth, the endless curious Corbett, and the various determined characters, good and evil.” (AudioFile)

"a compelling story that should find a wide readership. Highly recommended for popular fiction collections." (Library Journal)

"An excellent story, full of tension and suspense.” (Stephen King)

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    margaret 09-12-15
    margaret 09-12-15

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    "quite a story"

    well narrated, gripping, fascinating, you'll enter a whole world and then be loath to leave.

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    Amanda Taylor 08-20-15
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    "Amazing"

    The narration was beautifully done. Robert McCammon is a tarrific writer who never skimps on detail. I can't wait to read the next book in the Matthew Corbett series!

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    Karin Bole 08-17-15
    Karin Bole 08-17-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Best Narration Ever!"
    What does Edoardo Ballerini bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration was exceptional, M. Ballerini's cadence and voice characterizations added so much to the reading and I look forward to hearing more of his work.
    Having more than one language and being familiar with some of those specific to the story, I think hearing was exactly as I would have expected to imagine the voices, had I read the physical book.


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

    Several, a testament to M. McCammon's deft ability with creating empathetic characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved everything about this book. Already a fan of McCammon's work - Boys' Life is a story I've read at least twice and hope to listen again to the audio version - this was my introduction to his historical fiction and I'm hooked. The story was tight, well-detailed and flowed.

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    Deborah 08-14-15
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    "A must read. Could not put it down."

    Very finely drawn characters. Very smart. Kept you guessing until the very end. Mystery finally unraveled bit by bit. Very satisfying end with all the questions answered.

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    D. Knight Nashville, TN USA 08-12-15
    D. Knight Nashville, TN USA 08-12-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Engrossing!"

    First of all - Bravo to the narrator. What a stellar job. There are many characters to keep up with (I had to jot down notes at first) and Mr. Ballerini did so brilliantly. It was a fascinating exploration of an era with it's political, moral and spiritual leanings with a healthy dose of superstition. Sometimes shocking, sometimes creepy, this book has some areas that are really graphic and some injuries/ailments are described in gory detail. You are quickly sucked in to the fascinating story line and become anxious for a resolution. The plot takes refreshing, unexpected turns and I hope to read more from this author. Fantastic listening.

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    Colleen Collins 07-16-15
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    I have read very little about this period of American History. This is an enjoyable story, with good character development. Excellent narration in that it almost escapes the listener completely. Of the topics I am familiar with, there are noticeable gaps in accuracy. It is after all, a story.

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    Doug D. Eigsti Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 07-08-15
    Doug D. Eigsti Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 07-08-15 Member Since 2013

    Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).

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    "Mundane Mainstream Historical Fiction"

    Another novel that I gave a try based solely on the popularity among my fellow audiobook listeners. A historical novel that failed to capture my interest. I bailed out after only two hours.

    Edoardo Ballerini has a rich sonorous voice that is pleasant to listen to. His performance, however, is far too understated for the material. Such a period piece demands a more dynamic performance. Think Anthony Andrews in The Scarlet Pimpernel and you will know what kind of performance it would have taken to make this one entertaining for me.

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    Monica Hall 06-30-15
    Monica Hall 06-30-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Slow at first"

    But definitely picks up. Kinda wordy in places but definitely a good ride. Looking forward to reading the next in the series

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    Patricia E. Brown Dunn, NC, US 06-27-15
    Patricia E. Brown Dunn, NC, US 06-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    Not sure I was going to like this at first but then the intrigue was amazing it with interns I never did figure it out in the end it was awesome

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    Lynemp Acworth, GA 06-04-15
    Lynemp Acworth, GA 06-04-15
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    "Perfection"

    Speaks the Nightbird is quite possibly my new favorite book of all time. McCammon fleshes out an elegant, precise, and wholly engaging mystery set in a period of American history I normally shy away from. Matthew Corbett is a fantastic protagonist: rational, witty, doggedly determined. The stakes in this story are raised, and raised, and raised again, until the reader is all but certain that Matthew will fail.
    I laughed, I cried, I shuddered with terror. I came away somehow imperceptibly but most assuredly changed as a human being.
    Brilliant.

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