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Speaks the Nightbird Audiobook
Speaks the Nightbird
Written by: 
Robert McCammon
Narrated by: 
Edoardo Ballerini
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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    Jeff oklahoma city, OK, United States 08-01-14
    Jeff oklahoma city, OK, United States 08-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing book"
    Would you listen to Speaks the Nightbird again? Why?

    Yes. I would listen to this again. The characters just come to life. I could feel, taste, smell, and hear them.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the characters.


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

    I loved the Scottish servant. She was my favorite.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Des Moines, IA United States 07-28-14
    Amazon Customer Des Moines, IA United States 07-28-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Delightful to the last sentence"

    I have so often been thoroughly engrossed in the beginning of a novel, investing high hopes in its potential, only to be let down by the author who seemed to lose any idea of where he or she is going (Night Film comes to mind). I hoped that this book would not break my heart this way, as I really loved it from the start. I was so happy that this book was true to the story right up to the very end. In fact, the final sentence wrapped up the final loose thread of the novel, and everything made sense. I loved this book, and was transported to a time and place in a rare way. The narrator is a marvel...I often think when I listen to a new Audible book "...now this is the best narrator I have ever heard", and then someone like Edoardo Ballerini comes along to make me forget the rest. He is spectacular. I really did not want to read a series, but I finished this book last night and will buy the next book today. It was that good. Just a great book, folks.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stefanie Miami, Florida 07-21-14
    Stefanie Miami, Florida 07-21-14 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Engrossing but grim"

    Overall, it was an interesting story and kept my attention. At times though, it really felt like it was dragging; therefore, I highly recommend listening to it on 1.25x speed because it's very long and also, the narration is painfully slow. Another issue is that the writer seems to have an inordinate fixation on male genitalia, and at times, uses language that almost certainly would never have been spoken by folks in 1699. This sort of breaks the illusion of the storytelling.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry Pitcock 07-15-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting look at another time"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it. It was nice to see such devotion to the truth in the face of social self-righteousness.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The young clerk Matthew. He had a fairly modern take on things in a very dark time. People really believed in witchcraft. So many were killed as witches to assuage the fears of fools.


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

    Even though it was set in a long gone world, the persecution of women by a whole town of ignorant and fearful people who overwhelming believe in their fear-based religion rather than take a look at something reality-based. I guess I felt a resonance in today's world.


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting story. Set in a long ago era, it was full of fairly contemporary people. the money-grabbing baron, the truth seeker, the victim of abuse, the law, the chorus of "true believers"

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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, road bikes, 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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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