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)
Everything. He is excellent, it's very easy to tell all of the characters apart
It takes some time for the story to take off, but was a fairly easy listen for a thirty hour book. For those that are intimidated by the length, Edoardo Ballerini is worth all of that time.
Very intriguing twists and turns, but sadly like most detective stories the culprit remains obscure and you get a sense of disappointment when he/she is revealed
Love his wide range of accents - made the story interesting and amusing
YES but alas I had to sleep and work also
This is a slow, classically written book. But it was very well read and a nice slow pace compared to the usual intensity with which I read. Ir forced me to slow down and enjoy.
Excellent book all around.
This was my first.
Wonderful long read.
The main character Matthew. I enjoyed seeing him grow from a boy to being capable of being his own man by the end of the book. He is forced to step up and stand up for another at cost to himself.
The story is good enough, but far too long for one sitting
The book did seem long and tedious to me at the beginning. I was wondering if the writer would ever move on from the tavern scene. But once that happened it was hard to stop listening. However, the information from the tavern does become important later.
Adventure and suspense please!
Yes. I loved it. I loved pretty much everything about it, Its my favorite audio book so far.
This narrator is my new favorite. His character voices are excellent. He is the only male narrator I have found who is convincing in his female voices. He doesn't sound like a girl but manages to channel a female energy and cadence that is believable. His voice is both soothing and engaging.
Its particularly good after the first two chapters. I was so happy it is a series.
Love Sci Fi and Fantasy books since I was 8, starting reading A Princess of Mars series in Junior High School thanks to my Uncle Lester.
Not my usual genre for reading, however, I thought I would check it out, very interesting and entertaining, good performance, purchased the next two in the series as well. Strangely enough the last 3.5 hours were blotted out and I was unable to listen to them on my Ipod only online.
Halfway through this book I bought the next three Matthew Corbett books! I thoroughly enjoyed them all. The performance by Edoardo Ballerini is phenomenal!
I couldnt put this one down.. The dialog, period banter was amazing. I was waking up with a new accent...Narration was spot on, sucked you right into the time and story with ease.
This book had many facets of intrique, there was a mystery around every corner a lot of suspense and romance to boot
The plot always kept me on the edge of my seat, not knowing where the story would take you next.
This is the first of any Edoardo Ballerini"s performances, but if this is an example of his future presentations yes I would gladly listen to more
it follows what makes any good book a good listen, it brought out most every emotion.
Fast approaching retirement as a life long oncology nurse. I love family more than anything. I enjoy reading (audio only), movies, travels, paper crafting, photography, gardening and just being alive.
I am a reader - not a writer - so this will be short. I agree with everything "Ryan" an earlier reviewer wrote. Luckily I got it on sale or I would ask for a refund. I disliked it from the start but hung in there because of the positive reviews. I found the book very dark. I thought it was extremely gross many times - for no reason. I hung in there all 30 hours just to find out the ending - which was not satisfying - and because the time I had already invested. What was I thinking? I should have gone with my gut and quit earlier. Good narrator. I do not recommend this book.
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