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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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    Robert McKenzie, Tn, United States 01-08-14
    Robert McKenzie, Tn, United States 01-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Super Good and Well Written Book"
    If you could sum up Speaks the Nightbird in three words, what would they be?

    This is my first time listening to a book and I must say...I really enjoyed my time with the reader and author. This author leaves you wanting more at the end of each chapter. He is a master of transitions. The plot was intriguing to say the least.


    What other book might you compare Speaks the Nightbird to and why?

    Speaks the Nightbird as won we over I have purchased Robert McCammom's other books as well.


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

    What a voice! Outstanding in every way.


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

    I was moved by the plot and the point of justice that Matthew was moving towards.


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    Jane West Gosford, Australia 12-20-13
    Jane West Gosford, Australia 12-20-13 Member Since 2010
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    "unusual and interesting"

    a bit slow at times but a good period piece, some really great moments. It was well performed.

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    heidi 12-15-13
    heidi 12-15-13

    I love audible during boring laundry duty. I seem to be drawn to fantasy most likely to get a break from reality. I love my family!

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    "new twist on a witch hunt"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you like tails of the old days, some emotional suspense. If you don't mind a bit of a tall tail. I think this is a very fun book that definitely captured my attention and kept me in a world far away as I did laundry and other mundane chores. I loved this one enough to get the next one.


    What did you like best about this story?

    well I just liked the action and the suspense.


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    Darlene SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 12-15-13
    Darlene SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 12-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Increased my walking distance"
    Would you listen to Speaks the Nightbird again? Why?

    I would listen to Speaks the Nightbird again because of the interesting character sketches and the way McCammon weaves in the clues leading toward the conclusion of the story.


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

    A memorable moment is when Matthew sees the outcome of the innkeeper at the Indian camp, a very just punishment. I kept hoping for the innkeeper to "show" up again, and was not disappointed.


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

    I look forward to more tales about Matthew and enjoyed the narration of Edoardo Ballerini. He is superb in tone and has a great ability to change voice with regard to each character...keeps the interest alive.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    G.V.S Bangalore, India 12-10-13
    G.V.S Bangalore, India 12-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A GREAT ROMANTIC TALE WITH GOOD SUSPENSE"
    If you could sum up Speaks the Nightbird in three words, what would they be?

    Well written, well read and very much enjoyed


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All characters were interesting


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

    No


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

    It touched my heart.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Zulu 12-07-13
    Zulu 12-07-13
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    "Historic Witch Trial"

    This story follows Matthew as he helps the magistrate convene a witch trial. Matthew is a curious young man and doesn't believe Rachel to be a witch so he starts an investigation of his own. What follows is one messed up town. You learn the secrets of many of the citizens, a few we would rather not know about, Even though it's a very long audio book for the most part it holds your attention through all the twists and turns the story takes. There's violence and some gory parts you don't want to visualize. There's also some sad parts and other parts where you just want to take Matthew and knock some sense into him for some of the stupid things he does.

    The narrator was excellent and I don't believe anyone could have done a better job with all the many voices and accents he had to do. He made this long story come to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mayita 11-29-13
    Mayita 11-29-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Farfetched, but fun"

    I'll say right up front that Matthew was just a little too smart, and the pieces fell together just a little too neatly, for my taste. However, that didn't keep me from enjoying the listen! In the end, I really did want to know how all those pieces dropped into place.

    The atmosphere of a colonial town on the frontier between English, Spanish, and native America was fascinating to visualize, and Edoardo Ballerini did a fine job of creating a variety of characters who on the surface all could have sounded exactly the same. He has a smooth and soothing voice (probably leading some to say "dull") that to me creates subtle characterizations and no little bit of suspense.

    In spite of this story's being rather heavy on coincidence, I enjoyed Mr. McCammon's writing well enough (and he does have a wonderful way with words) to be curious about how Matthew proceeds with his questioning and theory-generating personality into the 18th century and the big city. Give it a try!

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    eva Arkansas, United States 11-25-13
    eva Arkansas, United States 11-25-13
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    "Captivating Intrigue!"

    With twists and turns galore, this is not your average murder mystery. Set in colonial (I know! Just trust me.) South Carolina, it's filled with dark, volatile characters, and plenty of intrigue, all delivered in pitch-perfect narration. On my way to purchasing the sequel as soon as I post this review.

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    Raymond 11-23-13
    Raymond 11-23-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Fascinating Story & Excellently Read"
    If you could sum up Speaks the Nightbird in three words, what would they be?

    Surprisingly emotional intrigue


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mathew was an unpredictable central character with frustrating and heroic qualities


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

    Don't know the performers name so I probably haven't listened to him before, but I'll definitely look out for him in the 'read by' target area.


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

    This had me biting my tongue in public before yelling out 'Oh come on' or 'you got to be kidding me'! I don't cry, just refuse. But there was obviously a lot of 'hay fever' about while I reading this.


    Any additional comments?

    This is such a great trip back in time into a totally different era. I baulked with the first recognition of when and where this book is set, but some raw tease and action held me until chapter 2. After that I didn't want it to stop. It is a very good story and well presented, and will probably make a great movie one day.

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    Harry 11-21-13
    Harry 11-21-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Captivating!! Enthralling!! A definite WINNER!!"
    Would you listen to Speaks the Nightbird again? Why?

    Very possibly. This was one of the best audio books that I have ever had the pleasure to listen to. I normally only watch movies once, read books once ect.. If there will be an exception, this will be it!!!


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

    Absolutely. The twists and turns around every corner. It also keeps one thinking as well which made it that much more enjoyable.


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    His ability to switch from character to character with ease and also with great talent.


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

    Things are not always as they seem.


    Any additional comments?

    I truly wished that this audio book could have continued for many many more hours. I have found that this is a series of four which I most definitely plan to listen to all starting today. As for Mr. Robert McCammon, I now have a new favorite author. An extremely talented man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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