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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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    Kidi USA 09-22-15
    Kidi USA 09-22-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Great story, excellent narration!"
    What made the experience of listening to Speaks the Nightbird the most enjoyable?

    I loved the story, very unpredictable, my favorite of all Robert Mccammon works.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Speaks the Nightbird?

    I was truly spooked by the Episode in Indian village.


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    He is a true artist. Loved his performance.


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

    After I listened to it for the first time, the few consecutive time I had to skip through certain parts, they were just too spooky. But I loved it nonetheless.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Casey Lee 09-21-15
    Casey Lee 09-21-15

    Apostolic Christian. Love History.

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    "Language issues!"

    I was really looking forward to this book but had to stop when the profanity became too bad. I wish there was a rating system for books!

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    Robbie 09-19-15
    Robbie 09-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Could not stop listening."

    This book was not what I expected but I absolutelly loved it.. Performance was excellent.

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    RockChalk DURANGO, CO, US 09-19-15
    RockChalk DURANGO, CO, US 09-19-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Wow! Suspenseful,entertaining, extremely well read"

    I listen to and from work generally, but couldn't stop listening. ...great glimpse into 1699 Carolina territory as well. laughed, cheered, was shocked and elated. wonderful performance by narrator!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    margaret 09-12-15
    margaret 09-12-15

    gentle reader

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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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
    Deborah 08-14-15 Member Since 2013
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. Knight Nashville, TN USA 08-12-15
    D. Knight Nashville, TN USA 08-12-15 Listener Since 2007

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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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  • J. PERROTT
    Surrey
    7/7/12
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    "A beautifully read, chilling tale."

    I have always liked stories about the 17th Century, but good ones are few and far between. This is one of the good ones.

    I often find that novels which are so long struggle to remain gripping throughout, so I approached this one with some trepidation. I don't like to waste my monthly credit! I should not have worried.

    Ballerini's narration is superb and he has a great way of changing his voice for every single character so you know just who they are. This, coupled with McGammon's detailed and, sometimes, startling revelations which are revealed steadily throughout the novel make for an fascinating audiobook which thrills and entertains in equal measure. The thirty-odd hours have all but skipped by and, with only another four to go, I can't wait to find out what happens. I'm about to download the next novel in the series - I'm assuming this is the first in the 'Matthew Corbett' novels (Come on, Audible, make your labelling more helpful! This is not the only series poorly labelled. How about some more specific, advanced genre labels?) - because I'm looking forward to seeing in 1800 with Matthew in the colonies.

    A top quality read, highly recommended.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Jackie
    basildon, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "speaks the nightbird"

    This was a very long book and took most of a month to listen to it! but was well worth it in the end. It took it's time in drawing you in and you felt you knew the characters personally. Robert McCammon has a unique insight into the way people lived and their intolerance of anything or anyone different while they were building their America. Also how religion and superstition held sway over their lives .Edouardo Ballerini., as narrator was excellent his voice leading you on and very charismatic. An excellent book. I would recommend it to anyone who has the time to listen and enjoy.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Sparks
    elham, United Kingdom
    6/18/12
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    "intriguing read"

    After the first couple of hours of listening I decided I was not enjoying this book, but as soon as I stopped listening to it, I needed to know what happened. I then found it compelling listening, with no hitting the fast forward button.
    This is a very descriptive book, with characters I could admire, empathise with and detest, a good storyline.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    LISS, United Kingdom
    1/21/13
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    "A good listen and value for money...but very long!"

    I would say that this is an enjoyable listen and I didn't guess the ending at all so it did keep you guessing throughout, however I feel it was slightly too long and drawn out for me. I found myself forcing myself to listen to it during the end of the the 2nd and the 3rd sections as the pace had really slowed. Having said that the narration was fantastic and I'm glad that I stuck with it. A good story....but not necessarily a great one!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    12/9/12
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    "Witch or not?"

    A lawyer and his scribe arrive at a new town to mull over whether a local lady is indeed a witch.



    This was a very slow moving book, but that wasn't really a problem. Ideally they could have cut out a lot of humming and hawing, but the historical background to the Spanish and English occupation of Florida was interesting.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Norwich., United Kingdom
    11/21/12
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    "Good story"

    I downloaded this after reading other reviews and was not disappointed. The story is a little slow to get going, but it soon sweeps you up and has many twists and turns to keep you guessing. I shall look out for others by this author.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Garethman
    9/4/12
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    "Great stuff from south of Salem."

    An interesting take on the idea of the Crucible moulded into a detective novel. It's a great listen with one or two minor irritations( why the hell does our hero never tell anyone of what he has found out until the end?) However it's a well crafted novel and well appreciated.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Aylesbury, United Kingdom
    8/2/12
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    "Utterly gripping"

    From the very first chapter McCammon's detailed and skilled narrative transports the listener into the mud, humidity and brutal reality of life in 17th century Carolina. With witch trial hysteria, intrigue and deception thrown into the mix this is a superb novel which twists and turns it's way through to a satisfying conclusion. I can't wait to listen to the next in the series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Yvonne
    BrightonUnited Kingdom
    5/10/13
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    "Very, Very Clever"

    This story is not generally my kind of subject matter, but both the author and narrator have gripped me with a very, very clever story, that is as factual and historic as it is murder, mystery.
    I only really downloaded this because I was absolutely blown away by Swan Song which after 34 hours of listening, I was left wishing there were another 34 hours remaining, I was that enthralled.
    I have already downloaded the next 2 instalments in the Matthew Corbett series and I cannot wait. Summed up in 1 sentence ' Robert McCammon doesn't just write, he paints images that immerse you into the very fabric of the story'.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    France
    7/13/12
    Overall
    "Speaks the Nightbird"

    I really enjoyed this book. It set the stage from the beginning and kept me enthralled throughout. I felt I was right there the whole time.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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