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Speaks the Nightbird Audiobook

Speaks the Nightbird

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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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    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 12-25-14
    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 12-25-14 Member Since 2015

    I just achieved App Master!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible

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    "The New Sherlock Holmes!!!!"

    This book has sit in my library for a long time and when I finally got around to it...the best book I've read in the last couple months!!! Mathew Corbett is the new age Sherlock Holmes. He's on a mission to save Rachel Howarth who is charged with witchcraft. The whole town of Fount Royal is waiting on the decision of Magistrate Issac Woodward. Issac has been knocking on deaths door ever since he arrived in this little town. Someone in Fount Royal is determined to run every last soul out of this damned town or is it the devil and Rachel??? Five books in this great series so check it out...MUST READ!!!!!

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    E. Anderson Utah 12-09-14
    E. Anderson Utah 12-09-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Drags and Drags and Drags"

    In the beginning the story was good and the characters were interesting. The author does a great job of creating and describing the period. However, about mid way I kept hoping some higher power would strike everyone down so the book would just end. It was laborious and dragged out far too long. I hate abridged novels, but this book really needs to become one. It is 30 hours long and could easily have been condensed down to 15-17 hours without losing a thing. The narrator was great. The characters get to the point of being unbelievable and I lost interest in caring about them. Just to get through the book I listened at a higher speed and frankly the book got painful after hour 17.

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    DBADiva Phoenix, AZ 12-08-14
    DBADiva Phoenix, AZ 12-08-14 Member Since 2014

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    "I loved it"

    this story had so many twists and turns in it it kept me on the edge of my seat. a great buy!

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    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 12-06-14
    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 12-06-14 Member Since 2016

    Currently a local truck driver who has hours to listen to my audio books. I am hooked, some of my fellow drivers enjoy them also

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    "Just couldn't get into it characters dull"
    What did you like best about Speaks the Nightbird? What did you like least?

    Everything, it is dull and I went thru 4 chapters and still had no real life in it


    If you’ve listened to books by Robert McCammon before, how does this one compare?

    No, and I am not sure I want to


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Ballerini does a great job with what he had to work with, I did enjoy his reading and even he couldn't make the story move along


    Was Speaks the Nightbird worth the listening time?

    No, not really kind of slow and the characters in 1699 who can't do anything for themselves, fight or even run or saddle a horse are too much for me


    Any additional comments?

    I kept waiting for the story to catch fire but only smoke

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    Patricia Cosgrove 11-30-14
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    "My kingdom for an editor"

    What could have been an interesting topic is completely ruined by an out-of-control author. This writer needed a strong and committed editor to whip this book into shape. Pass it up.

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    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 11-22-14
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 11-22-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Not Worth 30 Hours"

    I have listened to several very long books. I will not pursue additional books in this series as this one wasn't worth it. The story itself was interesting and carries/carried much potential. But the pompous characters, almost all, were ridiculous. There were stray ends that could have taken the story along a variety of directions. Many never went anywhere and were unworthy fodder.

    Narration was decent.

    One distracting piece was a lack of attention, I feel, to accuracy of the era. I have read enough books placed in this timeframe and maybe I am used to their attention to the differences from our times. For example, paper was a scarcity. It was hard to come by and therefore treated with such respect. It lent to an unbelieveability for much of what happened.

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    Peter Kanata, ON, Canada 11-16-14
    Peter Kanata, ON, Canada 11-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Story, well narrated and delivered"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely recommend this audiobook. The story is great and well delivered. A great mystery and compelling characters.


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

    I was on the edge of my seat throughout waiting to see how the story turned out, and was not disappointed.


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    VTP SF,CA 11-14-14
    VTP SF,CA 11-14-14 Member Since 2009

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    "A Waste of a Credit and 30 Hours of Your Life"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie 11-09-14
    Leslie 11-09-14

    reader, teacher, writer=happy person

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    "Speaks the nightbird: great escape!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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!


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    Jeri United States 10-22-14
    Jeri United States 10-22-14 Member Since 2016
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    "A thoroughly enjoyable book!"

    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.

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