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Speaks the Nightbird | [Robert McCammon]

Speaks the Nightbird

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....
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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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    SK 10-18-14
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    "Loved the whole series (5 books)"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this book and the ones to follow to many people. The story is very captivating, and suspenseful. There is a lot going on at all times. Many very interesting characters, and easy to follow.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    All of the plots in the books keep you very interested. The author is so descriptive, you can almost smell, feel, and hear what he's describing. There are some gory parts, which I love.


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    I'm hooked on Edorado Ballerini. That's how I discovered this series. I wanted to continue with books he narrated. I love how he flows from male to female, from English to Italian, and so on. He's telling you a story, not just reading a book.


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

    This book and even more with the following books, I laughed out loud at the funny somewhat sarcastic humor from the author. I also winced and cringed at the descriptions he gave. Very realistic.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope there are more books in this series to follow!

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    Kay United States 10-12-14
    Kay United States 10-12-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Compelling story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story is compelling and full of historical detail.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I wanted to keep listening to see what was going to happen next.


    What does Edoardo Ballerini bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Ballerini has a wonderful resonance in his voice and is able to differentiate all the voices with great skill.


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

    Too long to listen in one sitting, but the story has lots of twists and turns so definitely keeps you interested.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda bebee, arkansas, United States 10-11-14
    Linda bebee, arkansas, United States 10-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Didn't want it to end"
    Where does Speaks the Nightbird rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 5


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

    when Matthew's mentor dies


    What does Edoardo Ballerini bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    MR Ballerini's voice paints pictures in your mind


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

    30 hours is a long time to listen to all in one setting, but I woodda if I couldda


    Any additional comments?

    I just bought books 2&3 Can't wait to listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L. Jay South Louisiana: the heart of paradise 10-10-14
    L. Jay South Louisiana: the heart of paradise 10-10-14 Member Since 2014

    An avid reader of History and dabbler in a bit of epic adventure. Louisianian tried and true.

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    "Simply Awful!"
    Would you try another book from Robert McCammon and/or Edoardo Ballerini?

    McCammon, sadly, NO. Ballerini, I'd like to hear him do something less repulsive.


    What was most disappointing about Robert McCammon’s story?

    I'm probably going to make some McCammonites mad, but, I couldn't make it through the second chapter. Such awful language and blatant sexual allusions. I realize there is a little of that in much literature, but I quite frankly was appalled at the free use of perverse language - and in such a small portion of the book. When did authors decide they had to be so trashy to be read? Are such boorish scenes really necessary? I read McCammon years ago and thought I remembered liking Stinger, Swan Song and Boys Life, and the others. I don't know, maybe a little age has made me realize that if you have to sink to these depths, you really don't have anything to say. I had remembered McCammon as being a wonderful wordsmith. A shame too, this had the potential to be a really good story.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Not read this book. My respect for his talent was lost in the ignominy of the narrative.


    What character would you cut from Speaks the Nightbird?

    Everyone from the tavern in chapter two. That's as far as I stomach it.


    Any additional comments?

    Okay, a little tacky extravagance is understandable in some cases, maybe even needful for the storyline at times. But this went beyond the realm of vulgarity into the dark crevasses of surreal deviancy. If it's this low by the middle of chapter two, what pray tell can be expected by the time the final page is turned? If you've any moral propensities, avoid this one.

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    Ellen 10-05-14
    Ellen 10-05-14
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    "good story"

    This is a great story and easy to follow once you recognize the narrators manner of speech;
    However the sound is very poor at the end and chapter 20 is basically a lot of noise..Poor recording quality.

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    Bette Gustine, CA, United States 10-04-14
    Bette Gustine, CA, United States 10-04-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Entertaining, interesting and a captivating story"

    Other than being an extremely long story, it doesn't have dull parts or ramble. The characters are well-developed and as a historical fiction, very interesting. This would be a great book for a long trip.

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    Rachel Oceanside, CA, United States 09-30-14
    Rachel Oceanside, CA, United States 09-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Speaks the Nightbird"
    Any additional comments?

    While listening to this book I enjoyed it for the most part but now that I finished it, I'm not sure how I feel about it as a whole. There was never a time when I was just dying to find out what happened next or where I couldn't stop thinking about the book after I finished listening to it. The writing was very very detailed, which made for a long and slow book, but mostly it wasn't boring. The story was interesting and mysterious but I think it unfolded so slowly and in such a way that it was anticlimactic.

    I'm thinking I sort of lost my taste for this book when there was a scene where a man has sex with his horse. It gave WAY too much detail (any detail was too much) and it made me nauseous! I also felt some of the things were a little unbelievable at the end based on the way the characters had been written all the way through the book. It seemed like at the end, all the unrelenting stubbornness just vanished and suddenly all were amicable.

    Eduardo Ballerini is a great narrator and does multiple different voices well, but after a while his voices became grating to me, especially the women's voices. I saw that there was a sequel and I may get it one of these days but I'm not feeling super eager at the moment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Megan Aurora, Colorado, United States 09-22-14
    Megan Aurora, Colorado, United States 09-22-14 Member Since 2013

    Obsessive book hoarder, and intense audible lover.

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    "I didn't expect to be alas enraptured as I was!"
    What did you love best about Speaks the Nightbird?

    The mystery! I'm overwhelmingly a fantasy reader, but when this popped up under the daily deals sale, I figured I would try it. It was a long recording and had decent reviews.

    I struck gold. This book had me guessing. I remember driving and actually saying out loud "so and so did it, obviously" and I was WRONG! That was thrilling!!


    Have you listened to any of Edoardo Ballerini’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't, but I'll be sure to watch for him in the future! He made characters distinct and had a fantastic cadence which made the interactions between characters seem so natural; and Robert McCammon helped too since.... You know, he wrote it!


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

    At points I was very nervous. I thought for sure some characters were done for, and that our poor clerk could never get a break!


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book for readers who are looking for a mystery novel that will keep them guessing. I know that if I can guess whodunnit by mid novel the. I don't usually finish said novel. I listened to this one through. And honestly, I don't often do that anymore!

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    Christina 09-20-14
    Christina 09-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Magnificently written, masterfully narrated"

    This audiobook is a masterpiece. McCammon painted the characters so skillfully, I could almost reach out and shake their hands. The plot grew from interesting to intriguing to riviting. I became caught up in solving the puzzle, to the point I didn't want to put the book down. The narration is excellent, I could listen to Ballerini's voice all day. I've added this series to my wish list, and I'm buying book 2 now!

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    SHEILA 09-19-14
    SHEILA 09-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "good story but way too long and drawn out"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Probably not. It is just too long. I normally will make an effort to finish a book, even if I have lost any real interest. I keep hoping it will improve. It was at about halfway through that I found myself wishing, hoping the end was near. Even after the mystery was solved, when the killer(s) were revealed and the problems resolved, it kept on going. I finally stopped listening, leaving another 8 or 10 chapters unheard.A really good book for me is one that moves at a good pace overall. It should have a mixture of fast and slower passages. When I begin to long for the end, I my assessment of that book begins to suffer.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I never finished it, although I felt like the ending for the story had already been established well beyond the end of the recording.


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

    The narrator did a fine job. I did not have a preference for any particular character. Most of them were substantial, and as each was carefully and tediously defined, I felt like I understood each equally. Some behaviors or actions did not seem to fit 1699, but I can handle of literary license if used sparingly.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I would not think this book would translate well as a film. If someone tried, it would need some trimming and changes more appropriate for 1699. The story, as written, would not keep the audience engaged.


    Any additional comments?

    It is as if the author was determined to write a massive tome, and sacrificed the story for this goal. Perhaps the editor should have read this book with some objectivity and familiarity with life in 1699 colonial America. I think this 30 hour book could be accomplished in 15 or 20 hours easily. Too bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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