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)
Amazing story with descriptions that were filled with words to create the feeling of being there. The narrator was equally gifted with his beautiful presentation. I am so sorry the book ended. I am hope for a sequel!!
This was my first Robert McCammon novel. I did enjoy it. I just loved Matthew's wit and deduction gifts, reminds one of the master, Sherlock Holmes. An excellent crafted novel for book 1 of the Matthew Corbett series. I definitely will read another. Cleverly written. All important mysteries explained, and well designed by the author. Enjoyable, well-developed characters and story. Definitely made my heart beat fast! And, times where tears were brought to my eyes. The author masterfully makes you fall in love with the characters, and truly despise the despicable ones! Easy to get vested in this story. Adult content with lots of surprises. A well-written historical period piece!
The development of Matthew's character was truly enjoyable to be a part of! The story was rich in details of a time in history when life was very hard and people had a choice of following the rule of law or not. This town had many problems and was seeking solutions. It is very easy to see the facts and paint a picture that you wish it to be. Matthew followed his convictions to find answers. I look forward to hearing more of Matthew's adventures! Edoardo Ballerini did a masterful job with all the characters!
This book was a bit slow for my taste, however, Edoardo Ballerini was an excellent narrator. Not my favorite book of Robert McCammon's, but I will probably listen to the second in the series.
Just when you thought you had a clue.... you didn't. Usually when a book this size builds up such a heightened suspense, the resolution is disappointing in contrast. Not so with this one. The author is not only a superb talespinner but also adds flourishes in his writing.
For the narration.... I have no words to say how perfect it was. He is outstanding.
60 yr old retired
I'm not a big fan of books about the Pilgrim period in our history. Purchased in Aug. 2014. I found it in my list in Apr. 2016. I almost stopped reading it after a few chapters. HOWEVER; the story grabbed me and pulled me right into the book. It's 30+ hours long and I enjoyed almost every minute of it after I was bewitched. A little slow at times, but other than that a great story and a great narrator with a variety of voices so good one knew immediately who was speaking.
When I started this book, I didn't have much interest in Colonial-era witch trials, so I thought, we'll see. Shortly into the listening, I realized that McCammon could write about corn growing in Nebraska and I would RUN to buy his book. Absolutely delightful is one phrase I would use to describe his writing; compelling and captivating are others. His descriptions are so picturesque it reminded me of Don Quixote -- the highest compliment I can give. I laughed out loud throughout the book; the sense of irony and dry humor could not be beat. Some reviewers complained about 30 hours of listening. Are you kidding me?? I never wanted it to end.
Edoardo Ballerini, the narrator, is one of the very best at Audible; he conveys nuances and irony like no other. Bravo to both author and narrator. This book rises to a lifetime favorite. I laughed and I cried -- what better compliment is there?
While I did not have all of the details worked out, I figured out several key elements of the plot about 10 hours in and then was frustrated that the protagonist was so dense that he did not see it too. Things were not precisely as I thought but there was no significant twist to what I was expecting. I thought the testimonies of the witnesses and the sexual escapades they claimed to have seen between the witch and the devil were unnecessarily graphic and forced me to skip over them. (Thank you Audible for the 30 sec fast forward!) I also then skipped a scene later in the book so I'm not sure what happened between Mathew and his love interest. I think there was at least one plot thread left unresolved. I do have to say I did like Mathew as a character and that would be the only reason I'd consider giving the second book a try.
I rarely dislike a book for being too long but this is much too long, too much description and most notably too much packed into one story. Unbelievable as historical fiction.
Really enjoyed this story. The narrator was very good and made the village come to life. I'd love a sequel.
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