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Speaks the Nightbird | [Robert McCammon]

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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    Red Emma Seattle, WA USA 03-05-13
    Red Emma Seattle, WA USA 03-05-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Not bad for modern fiction"
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    This was wonderfully narrated. The story is pretty densely packed for the short space of time it was suppose to have taken place in but for the long length it rarely ever seemed to drag on or go on a tangent that was unrelated to the story. I very much liked the character of Matthew Corbett. I appreciated that for how much dialog the characters participated in the reading continued to flow smoothly. I will listen to the next book in the series. Not a modern classic but not too shabby either.

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    Russell 03-04-13
    Russell 03-04-13
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    "If you love history and fiction, BUY THIS ONE!"
    What did you love best about Speaks the Nightbird?

    Great story and narration. The story is always turning and twisting and the narrator is superb with all the characters coming in and out of the story line.


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

    It's more recent history and more of a family history but you could make a comparison with Jeffery Archer's "As the Crow Flies."


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

    Matthew Corbett is a great character and performed perfectly but I'd say Mr. Ballerini did an exceptional job with Jerusalem Exodus, the "preacher."


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    America's 17th century "Super Sleuth."


    Any additional comments?

    This is a long one but well worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Escondido, CA, United States 03-04-13
    Nancy Escondido, CA, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Historical Fiction/Murder Mystery"
    If you could sum up Speaks the Nightbird in three words, what would they be?

    Absorbing Intriguing Detailed


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

    Someone else compared this to Outlander, which is why I chose it in the first place. This is well done but lacks the humor and depth of character of that book/series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked learning things about the era that I was previously unaware of - just how every day life was lived plus the historical context of things I thought had occured much later in time.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish that authors did not feel the need to reach for ever more shocking murders/violence/torture. One could easily skip those scenes and enjoy the book as much.

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    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 03-01-13
    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 03-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A bore"

    Yet another sprawling novel which promises to keep me engaged for days on end, yet has me struggling to get through the first few hours. I'm still trying to get through the first part, after several listens. It's SO boring. I can't imagine spending the next 20+ hours of my life with Edoardo Ballerini's monotonous, melodramatic actor's voice. And the characters are just...bleh. I so wanted to like this book! I do hope to give it another try, but I definitely do not recommend.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Penny Palo Alto, CA, United States 02-27-13
    Penny Palo Alto, CA, United States 02-27-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Loved the book, great reader"

    This was a fascinating look at colonial America. Great listen. One of the best historical mysteries of the last few years

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    Angie Serena, IL, United States 02-25-13
    Angie Serena, IL, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Started too slow"
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    I can't really give a fair review. I didn't make it 10 chapters in. Started too slow. May have been worth the slog, but I couldn't stick it out.

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    jennifer ARLEE, MT, United States 02-23-13
    jennifer ARLEE, MT, United States 02-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    "The best narrator and story"
    What did you like best about this story?

    McCammon is one of my favorite authors, and his M.C novels are wonderful.


    Have you listened to any of Edoardo Ballerini’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I love this narrator both my husband and I thought he did a great job, I would buy a book just for this narrator


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    Ray Luoma Princeton, NJ 02-22-13
    Ray Luoma Princeton, NJ 02-22-13 Member Since 2004

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    "What a Find!"
    Would you listen to Speaks the Nightbird again? Why?

    I was intrigued by the idea of an American mystery from 1699. The book exceeded all my expectations. Wonderful prose style, an engaging story and unforgettable characters combined to captivate me from start to finish. The narration was impeccable. For anyone who likes historical mysteries, this is a must-read! And the best part is that McCammon has more books in the series; I'm loading up my cart as we speak.


    Any additional comments?

    A must-read for lovers of historical mysteries.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret Los Angeles, CA, United States 02-21-13
    Margaret Los Angeles, CA, United States 02-21-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Fine story, great history lesson."
    Where does Speaks the Nightbird rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    High


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

    I was fascinated throughout. Characterization was very good; that kept me connected.


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    I didn't notice it. That's good.


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

    No.


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    Dutchie88 Austria 02-19-13
    Dutchie88 Austria 02-19-13 Member Since 2011

    I love reading, have since I was very little. Reading to me is fun, relaxation, acquiring knowledge and so much more. No particular preference for a genre or writer, I will read anything well written. Once gripped by somebodies style of storytelling & writing, I am likely to read everything he or she has written.

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    "Not what I expected"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story was good but told far too slow for my taste. It seems the author felt that the story needed to be told at a pace common for the era of the plot, but at times I felt like falling asleep. TGF the possibility to "wind" forward. I might be laying the blame at the wrong feet though. For all I know it was Mr Ballerine who set the pace.


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

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    Would you listen to another book narrated by Edoardo Ballerini?

    Not if this is his regular pace


    Could you see Speaks the Nightbird being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

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