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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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    O. Dobrovic California USA 09-02-14
    O. Dobrovic California USA 09-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant !!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Speaks the Nightbird to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, but this one is wonderfully narrated !


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Speaks the Nightbird?

    I don't think I can single out just the one, there were so many !


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    It was so smooth I didn't notice it , which is the highest compliment I can give !


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

    Many!!!


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    Ms. Lucy Fairfield, California 08-10-14
    Ms. Lucy Fairfield, California 08-10-14 Member Since 2014

    I rarely give myself the time required to sit down and do nothing else except read a book. Thank goodness for Audible!!

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    "Incredible story but..."
    What did you love best about Speaks the Nightbird?

    I thoroughly enjoy historical novels and this one was not disappointing. The author gave the reader clear pictures of life in 1699. He also described the characters quite well. But as much as I enjoyed the many different plot lines, those became part of the reason why I had some difficulty toward the end of the book.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I will not give away the ending. However, the relationship between the primary figures was something that was built up throughout this very lengthy novel. The ending left me wishing the author had done more. Perhaps the relationship I hoped for will surprise me in the other Matthew Corbett books.


    What does Edoardo Ballerini bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I haven't heard him before, even though my Audible library collection consists of well over a few hundred books. After listening to Mr. Ballerini, I will be looking for books he has narrated. He has an excellent command of various accents and it was truly a delight to experience such a talented narrator.


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

    Occasionally I laughed, at times the violence was exceptionally sobering, but from my history classes, I am certain the author did enough research into the miserable lives people had during that period of time, to be accurate.


    Any additional comments?

    Other than being disappointed with the ending, the story was so rich and the narrator was so excellent I purchased the next several books in the series!

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    Karen D. King 08-08-14
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    "Great Book!"
    Have you listened to any of Edoardo Ballerini’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to other performances but it was great.


    Any additional comments?

    Long book, but I really loved every minute of it.

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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.

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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"

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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, 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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