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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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    Jim Grace 07-14-13
    Jim Grace 07-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "LOVED IT"
    What made the experience of listening to Speaks the Nightbird the most enjoyable?

    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!


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    So many to choose from! The Vaughan women were high on my list, along with the odious ratcatcher...


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

    A couple of scenes made me laugh out loud - I will not spoil them- and a few definitely made me cringe.


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    carrie Clarkston, WA, United States 07-07-13
    carrie Clarkston, WA, United States 07-07-13

    A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… The man who never reads lives only one. ~George R.R. Martin

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    "Got this book on a wim and love it !!!!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie POMPANO BEACH, FL, United States 07-06-13
    Debbie POMPANO BEACH, FL, United States 07-06-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Squeezes out every ounce of possible adventure"

    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.

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    Deborah Buskirk Neptune NJ 07-02-13
    Deborah Buskirk Neptune NJ 07-02-13 Member Since 2001

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    "Good, but depressing"

    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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    Abstractchick 06-30-13

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    "Excellent!"

    When this book first started, I thought,"a historical turn of the century'. It doesn't take long for the action to start and then you need to hold on. This was a great story, full of intrigue and suspense. You aren't quite sure of where it will take you. The hero, Matthew, is alone in his quest to find out the truth and uses his deduction skills to get to the bottom of some murders that happen in a creepy little town. This is a little like Sherlock Holmes meets deliverance. Great story and plan on some sleepless nights listening to this one!

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    Timothy Glinatsis San Diego, CA USA 06-23-13
    Timothy Glinatsis San Diego, CA USA 06-23-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Great story, slow narrative"
    Would you listen to Speaks the Nightbird again? Why?

    There's no way I'd listen to it again...Ballerini does an adequate job with the voicing and accents, but his delivery is dreadfully slow and exceptionally inconsistent in its volume.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Solid mystery with interesting historical context.


    What three words best describe Edoardo Ballerini’s voice?

    Quiet, slow, dynamic


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

    You can't hang evil.


    Any additional comments?

    I finished the story in book format, as I simply couldn't wait any longer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marsha Tunkhannock, PA, United States 06-20-13
    Marsha Tunkhannock, PA, United States 06-20-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved this book!"
    If you could sum up Speaks the Nightbird in three words, what would they be?

    Historical fiction that has all the trappings of a mystery novel with a little romance.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author's sense of humor does not beat you over the head, it is subtle and clever.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melanie Cobbs Creek, VA, United States 06-18-13
    Melanie Cobbs Creek, VA, United States 06-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A Hero with Class."

    Loved this story. It was well written and the narration was outstanding. I fully intend to read more of Mr. McCammon, and Mathew Corbett's adventures. While I thought the book was overlong to begin with, once into it, I couldn't imagine any part which could have been eliminated. I hope the next one is as good.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Long Beach, CA, United States 06-17-13
    Cheryl Long Beach, CA, United States 06-17-13 Member Since 2004

    All mysteries all the time, that's what I read. I joined Audible when I started having a long commute. Now I listen everywhere!

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    "Excellent historical mystery!"
    What made the experience of listening to Speaks the Nightbird the most enjoyable?

    This was an well-crafted mystery as well as being interesting as historical fiction. I really felt as if I could see how the village and environs appeared and truly felt the flavor of the times. I love the character of Matthew and how his confidence in himself grew through the investigation.


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

    I loved the part when Matthew realizes what the Indian Chief has in the walls. I also enjoyed knowing that the evil innkeeper got what was coming to him.


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Ballerini's voice and reading were perfect accompaniments for this novel. I thoroughly enjoyed it.


    Any additional comments?

    I haven't checked yet, but I'm hoping this is a series character.

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    C. Sneed 06-13-13
    C. Sneed 06-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Historical Fiction, or Trash Novel?"

    This would be a good work of historical fiction if not for excessive sexual fantasy, making this more a trash novel. I am not doubting that such things occurred, but the author's fixation and repetition of the most lurid details and unlikely scenarios rob this book of any historical setting. After many scenes, I felt like I'd just read a gossip session from a junior high locker room. The author could eliminate 90% of this, and more subtly infer the rest, and be left with a powerful work of historical fiction. Instead, the reader is jolted out of the plot to endure a misplaced fantasy that just doesn't fit with the time period.

    The narrator does an excellent job except for one thing, and I'm not sure how to write it. His 's' pronunciation, in about a third of the book, turns into an irritating hiss. Maybe if he hydrated more before speaking it would help. This is a shame, because otherwise his performance is very good.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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