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)
I don't often review books, but I owe this one to my fellow audiobook lovers. Speaks the Nightbird is just awful. If you waste your credit on this tripe, just remember, you were warned!
I agree with the criticisms of the several reviewers who found it trite, inaccurate, and completely unworthy of the 30 hours you'll invest in enduring to the end. When you get there, you'll wish you hadn't bothered.
I don't need to repeat the specific complaints about distracting inaccuracies, historical license, anachronisms, and a completely unlikable main character, all presented in ludicrous, overblown "colonial era" language. I agree completely with what was already pointed out, although I wasn't offended by the profane language, sexual content (deviant and otherwise), etc. Much of that was quite (unintentionally) funny.
I will also add that I found the narrator's performance abysmal, and as overblown as the writing. I became so annoyed with his reading that I nearly stopped listening to it several times. However, my fundamental frugality demanded that "I get my money's worth" and stick it to the end.
I can't understand how this was rated so highly. It just shows that we all see things in a different light.
reader, teacher, writer=happy person
I am unhappy leaving Matthew Corbett's world, even with the mosquitos, mud, murder, small minded people and threat of imminent death on a daily basis. There was also buried treasure, animal magnetism, an untouched world of gasping beauty and a bildungsroman. This is the kind of book you read to escape everyday life, so I refuse to let it go. I am reading the next Matthew Corbett book: The Queen of Bedlam. Hello New York!
I don't write many reviews, even though I rate every book I listen to. Speaks the Nightbird is a very long book, but I was riveted throughout. Every now and then I find a book that I want to tell everyone to listen to, and this is one of them. Edoardo Ballerini did an excellent job of voicing all of the characters, building and maintaining suspense, and his pacing was perfect for the story. McCammon's writing style displays a dry wit, and a tremendous depth of emotions. This book is an exciting whodunit surrounding a witch trial, but is about so much more.
There are a few disturbing graphic depictions of sexual situations as well as gory deaths. With that said, those scenes have their place in the book and are not gratuitous.
A fine job was done creating the character of Matthew Corbett, and I will definitely listen to the other books in the series.
This book was an adventure for me. I'm determined to stay out of a box when it comes to my choices and I found this book to be well narrated and an interesting story for the time. It was a sort of Scarlet Letter meets, Salem Witch trials. It is richly woven and while not a block buster hang onto your seat kind of read, it was entertaining. I'm glad I listened. Narration was great!
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.
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.
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.
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.
I hope there are more books in this series to follow!
The story is compelling and full of historical detail.
I wanted to keep listening to see what was going to happen next.
Mr. Ballerini has a wonderful resonance in his voice and is able to differentiate all the voices with great skill.
Too long to listen in one sitting, but the story has lots of twists and turns so definitely keeps you interested.
when Matthew's mentor dies
MR Ballerini's voice paints pictures in your mind
30 hours is a long time to listen to all in one setting, but I woodda if I couldda
I just bought books 2&3 Can't wait to listen
An avid reader of History and dabbler in a bit of epic adventure. Louisianian tried and true.
McCammon, sadly, NO. Ballerini, I'd like to hear him do something less repulsive.
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.
Not read this book. My respect for his talent was lost in the ignominy of the narrative.
Everyone from the tavern in chapter two. That's as far as I stomach it.
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.
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.
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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