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....
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.
“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)
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.
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.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
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.
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
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.
Fantastic story line, of a time in America we rarely get a glimpse of, the prerevolutionary southern colonies. Mccammon is a master weaver of plot, with a talent for making period language both appropriately floral for the period and accessible to modern readers. The kind of book that makes one thankful that it's one of a series.
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Excellent book set in the late 1600’s in British colonial America, which I would categorize as an historical fiction mystery thriller. A magistrate and his clerk are sent to a small town to investigate a charge of witchcraft, and soon they encounter several undercurrents to the charges (social, economic, corrupt, racial, and generational) that presents a more complex series of facts for them to investigate. None of these facts necessarily speaks to the accused’s innocence, merely to an undercurrent that takes things beyond a straightforward witch trial. The book is multi-layered, intelligently written and not the sort of cookie cutter crime thriller format in which you can predict the end far in advance.
I highly recommend this one.
I think many people will enjoy the story. I love the historical story. The journey was slow and hard. I listened to part 1,2, and part of three. By part 4 I skipped to the last three chapters, I usually do not do that. The last few chapters were very good.
The narration was very good.
I think many people will enjoy the journey. I found it difficult. I tried several times over a year. That is why I finally tried skipping parts when I was going to give up again.
Historical or period pieces are so hard to find, so I hate to discourage someone from trying one. This was not one of my favorites. I bought this with it's sequel or..... So I will try it soon.
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