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)
Besides the witty banter, the emotional interplay between individuals, the biting humor, and the fantastic mystery woven by Robert McCammon, the narrator, Edoardo Ballerini, brings to life a whole cast of lively characters in the most believable way. One finds oneself plunked right down in early America of the late 17th century, authentically slogging through the grime and filth and alternatively enjoying the benefits of a gentleperson’s life. It’s impossible to choose a favorite characterization, as Ballerini so adroitly expresses personalities, but as much as I felt incessantly irritated by over-the-top preacher Exodus Jerusalem, I couldn’t help but enjoy the portrayal of him. Likewise, though Bidwell was a vociferous bully, his conversations with protagonist Matthew Corbett often elicited a chuckle. I cannot reveal here without ruining the story the most touching moment for me between Matthew and his mentor, magistrate Isaac Woodward, but it brought me to tears. Never since reading Aztec by Gary Jennings have I experienced an author so skillfully weave the graciousness with the savageness of human nature. McCammon is a new favorite, and I was thrilled to be brought to an ending that hinted at a continued story. I will also be listening to everything Ballerini has ever or will ever narrate. Bravo!
Not sure what to say really. I love listening to audio books. :)
Yes! Just to see what clues I may have missed the first time.
I've never heard of Robert McCammon before listening to this book. Nor have I ever been very interested in detective type mystery stories. So you can imagine my surprise at how much I enjoyed this book. A friend recommended it to me, and I sort of reluctantly began to listen.
The narrator is very good, he tells the story with flavor and portrays each character with depth and intelligence.
A very good read!
This book was really good, with excellent characters. I loved the way the author didn't leave any detail hanging. My only problem with the book is it got a little long in parts. I had no idea how this book was going to end and was satisfied with the ending. Overall very good book.
I just found my new favorite series. Thanks!
Mathew is my favorite character because he is true and honest.
I haven't but will look for his other performances
I wish I could but I didn't have 30 hours to spend listening.
Something about Ballerini's narration drives me batty. There's an irritating softness and slowness about some of his oral interpretation that makes me want to reach through my iPhone and tell him to quit dicking around and hurry up already. The reading is ponderous and full of ominous mystery when all that's required is simple reading of exposition.
I'm trying to get through part I and struggling because even though the story is interesting, it's narration is boring me to tears.
Set in American colonies in 1699 as the country was just developing. The depictions of what life was like are believable, yet at times brutal. The strength of writing is delicious in descriptions and language while engaging your interest in the characters, especially the inquisitive mind of the protagonist, as well as the believes values of the times. Delightfully narrated by Ballerini.
The book was fantastic and the reader perfectly matched. I am tickled that Edoardo Ballerini was also chosen to read the other books in the series, he is spot on. My husband Jim recommended the book before it was available in audio but as an avid listener I'm glad I waited!
Robert McCannon quickly pulls the reader/listener into the story and continues to draw you in. His characters are fleshed out (and what characters!) , his story well crafted, and his eye to detail is delightful. Mysteries within mysteries abound. And what a picture Mr. McCannon can paint of a historical time! This is an excellent read both for lovers of character driven books and those who prefer plot driven. Readers who enjoyed Ken Follet's "Pillars of the Earth" will love this, I found to be even better. I am definitely looking forward to the next in the series.
So many to choose from! The Vaughan women were high on my list, along with the odious ratcatcher...
A couple of scenes made me laugh out loud - I will not spoil them- and a few definitely made me cringe.
A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… The man who never reads lives only one. ~George R.R. Martin
This book is so good and very unpredictable Mr. Robert McCammon is a good writer very well put together plot. enjoyed the whole book and was signing up for the next one. Mr. McCammon real thinks out is story and give his listeners a good ride. looking forward to the next book. thank you Mr. McCammon.
I really enjoy historical fiction and this book is very satisfying (and also a mystery which just makes it even better). It seems quite well researched as far as clothing, food, housing, etc. It is a great story and every time I thought, OK that should wrap it up, we are at a logical conclusion, a twist came up to extend the book. But the extensions were not just filler, they really made sense and added more enjoyment to the book. So even though it is really long, it is entertaining to the end.
I enjoy historical novels. This did not disappoint, although was somewhat drawn out at times.
In 1699 a young woman is convicted of being a witch and destined to be burned at the stake.
A magistrate's assistant is determined to prove her innocence. But he is the ONLY one who believes in her innocence. Is she truly innocent or is his opinion skewed by her beauty.
A good story, but also very depressing.
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