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Speaks the Nightbird Audiobook

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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    tropikatz 06-29-14
    tropikatz 06-29-14
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    "New reader to this author"
    Where does Speaks the Nightbird rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love this book series and the writing style of the author. I had never heard of him before but will continue through the series and then start on some of his other titles.


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

    Perhaps a Charles Dickens book with the complex stories, multiple characters and interesting names.


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    Michael Weston, MA, United States 06-20-14
    Michael Weston, MA, United States 06-20-14
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    "Good but long."

    Fascinating historical detail, good characters many of whom I'd like to see again, very talented narrator who can do many distinct voices well. My only complaint is that the author tends to go on too long, repeating or extending his prose when I wanted the plot to move along. Others might feel differently about that, I'll certainly try something else in the series.

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    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 06-16-14
    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 06-16-14 Member Since 2013

    Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!

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    "One of the best books I've read"

    I can't even begin to describe how much I loved this book. 30+ hours was not enough, and seemed to fly by. The language and mannerisms of the characters was perfect, to my mind and imagination, for the time period of the end of the 17th century. The author drew me into the story so quickly, and I didn't catch my breath throughout the process one time! I was kept guessing until the very end, and that is rare for me. So eloquent, and elegant in the prose and pacing of this novel. It was truly a breath of fresh air in a sea of mediocre books and stories. Will listen again soon!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    InsideADog 06-02-14
    InsideADog 06-02-14
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    "Good Story but Too Long"

    This was a fresh take on a "who done it". I enjoyed the entire story line and characters. The reader is one of the very best out there and I was not disappointed by his perforamnce of this. As is so often the case with mysteries, everything seems to go along making sense, until it is time to pull it all together and people start doing things way out of character or that they just wouldn't do. This is the case with Nightbird. I kept my rating low because the book was so long. Who cares what color pants every guy in the room is wearing? Not me.

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    missgrundy San Francisco, CA 05-21-14
    missgrundy San Francisco, CA 05-21-14 Member Since 2010

    Fine art photographer, retired English professor, dog mom to an adorable Maltese mix, long-time Californian, genealogist, what else?

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    "Slow starter, but . . ."

    It actually took me three tries to get going on this book. It starts off slowly, you have no idea of who the people are, and twice I put it aside to read something else. But finally came a time when I had nothing on my iPad I hadn't read but Speaks the Nightbird, so I sighed and turned it on again.

    Wow. It certainly picked up, and turned into one of those books that you feel obsessed about -- looking for reasons to drive the car, sitting in the driveway listening long after you're home, and so on. There are so many plot twists and turns, it's guaranteed to keep your attention and keep you guessing.

    And the narrator is wonderful. He does the voices beautifully, including the women, which I can't say for all narrators. Others have given you information about the subject matter and details, so I'll just say, Read It. Now.

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    barry Yountville, US, Canada 05-21-14
    barry Yountville, US, Canada 05-21-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Delicious Guilty Pleasure Tale of the First Order"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Speaks the Nightbird to be better than the print version?

    N/A


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

    Wonderful characters, wicked and heroic, sympathetic and pathetic; great setting--time/place, outlandishly detailed and delightfully grisly adventures, an against all odds kind of derring do that wins the day, and so on.


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

    Well for pure over the top, hard to beat Exodus Jerusalem, the fire breathing evangelical charlatan, a character out of Dickens for pure disgust and villainy.


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

    Certainly Corbett's scenes with his mentor and the woman he falls in love with and sets out to save from the massive injustice facing her.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read the whole series up to now. Books 2-4 are all good, but I do not know if I would have picked them up without reading the first one, which predated the author's success with this character. Many found the length of it not to their liking, but it was precisely the length and loving detail that for me makes this book far and away the best of the series (each new installment has been progressively shorter, and suffers as a result), a book that really does stand on its own, a great, long, rollicking delight of an adventure, whether or not the author would have pursued this character (HBO--this would be a natural for you guys) with new episodes in his life.

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    Amazon Customer Ocala, Fl USA 05-02-14
    Amazon Customer Ocala, Fl USA 05-02-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great writing"

    This book captivated me from the start. When I recognize great writing and a great story I feel like I am using my spare time to good purpose. Set in 1699 this is an historic novel with graphic realism. Not knowing the author I did now know how the ending would work out. I now have the sequel ready to download.

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    Jay Bailey Jerusalem, Israel 05-02-14
    Jay Bailey Jerusalem, Israel 05-02-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Just a winner, all around."
    Would you listen to Speaks the Nightbird again? Why?

    It's a mystery, so it'd be hard to be gripped with the same tension and curiosity a second time. But I hope to find more by this author and narrator.


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

    The fact that he managed to create a voice and tone for each and every character is way more impressive than any one character. It was so real that I genuinely felt transported every time I listened, and could see the faces, expressions and movements clearly, as if I were watching a movie. I've listened to 30-40 audiobooks, and this is without a doubt in the Top 3 -- a great story, yes, but I'd follow this narrator anywhere.


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

    The realism in the plot... the good guys don't always have it easy, the dialogue wasn't predictable, and each time it felt like it was winding down, it jump-started.


    Any additional comments?

    Historical novels are tough because you need to paint a detailed picture of a world (here,, 300 years ago) without spending too much time narrating all the "Stuff" that the reader might not know about the period. Here's it's woven in fluidly.

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    Jennifer 04-30-14
    Jennifer 04-30-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Love Robert McCammon"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Speaks the Nightbird to be better than the print version?

    I can't compare written to audio. I often am reading two books while listening to another.


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

    I had read the book but it had been many years so I was very interested in what I remembered and what I forgot.


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    I wasn't sure at first but he really grew on me.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book when I first read it (at that time it was in three different books). I really enjoyed listening to it after all this time and have continued with the other books as well.

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    Lisa Jyväskylä, Finland 04-25-14
    Lisa Jyväskylä, Finland 04-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Entertaining, atmospheric mystery"

    This is not a literary historical novel with something to say about the time and society it is depicting. If you want that, read e.g. Hilary Mantel and stay away from this (unless you enjoy scoffing).

    This is entertainment fiction; an atmospheric murder mystery with elements of horror, centering around a witch trial in a colonial village. In creating its atmosphere and drama, it evokes plenty of the tropes associated with this setting in popular fiction. However, as such it is very well-written and good quality. I was pulled into the story from the first chapter through great characterization, intriguing setting and an entertaining plot. Perhaps it could have been shorter - it did drag out a bit - and it did get really lurid in places. But overall this was a good find and I recommend the series to anyone who likes gritty historical, horror/fantasy or crime *entertainment* fiction.

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