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)
I would recommend this book. The narrator was great. He's been the best I've listened to so far. He played this whole book out so well I could see all the characters.
There was a great need to see justice done. So you had to keep going in the book to make sure it happened. There was just enough tension to really make the story move along.
Avid listener...a road warrior with lots of windshield time!
This story, while somewhat interesting on a historic level, was made droll and plodding by no editing. The author overextends himself by so much over-describing, over-wording, over-working each story detail. I suspect this book tape would have been a mere one hour long if proper editing would have been utilized.
His performance was fine. His material was not.
excellent narration, strong story, kept me guessing
Matthew Corbett is such a strong character. He stands up for what he believes in and keeps asking questions even when they get him in trouble.
Loved Edoardo Ballerini's narration of the dialogue between characters. He brought such voice to the characters.
I loved the ending of this book. Not to give anything away, but there are many directions the author could have gone that would have left me unsatisfied. Instead, all the loose ends are tied up neatly and believably.
I was so excited to find that this is the first in a series!
I enjoyed listening to this story. It transports the listener to 1699 and describes in detail the brutal naive approach to incarceration, trials and evidence. The narrator has an uncanny talent for altering his voice to define each of the characters - even a 17th century Indian.
The story was suspenseful and enjoyable.
No but this listen promptly led me to get the other Matthew Corbett books.
Not a thing!
There's thing thing I do whenever I'm watching a movie that takes place in the past. There will be this moment where there's an angry mob with a bunch of torches getting ready to do something - throw somebody out of town, or make a citizen's arrest, or just cause a general rumpus - and I always think "if only I was there! I would have stood up for justice! For truth! I would have showed these ignorant peasant folk their shame!"
Which is completely hooey.
I mean, in all reality I probably would have been right there in that crowd with them, brandishing my own torch in one hand and pitchfork in the other. But we all like to BELIEVE that we would have been different. We all like to imagine that we would have been the smarter, better looking, better dressed voice of reason in times gone by. SPEAKS THE NIGHTBIRD is the wish fulfillment equivalent of my movie watching experience. Matthew Corbett is a younger, less self assured kind of version of Sherlock Holmes if he had lived in colonial America rather than Victorian England. And of course it's only his incredibly astute eye that can save the incredibly sexy, smart, independent woman falsely accused of witchcraft who is also in possession of curves that kill and a heart made of gold.
What can I say? This one was just pure fun. It did take me awhile to get into this one though. I'm usually the type of reader that likes to go through and nitpick historical fiction, but I didn't feel the slightest bit guilty for turning my brain off and just letting this audiobook have at me. If you're looking for a fun easy read that will keep you occupied for some time to come, then I HIGHLY recommend this one to you. After all what more could you ask for - a great mystery, a little romance, adventure, danger of all sizes and shapes, pirates, Indians, lost treasure, circus performers and a great new character that will leave you wanting more in no time. There were moment were I was actually laughing out loud, and other still where I was biting my nails because I had no idea how the characters were going to get out of trouble this time. I've already purchased the next few books in the series and I'm loving them all. The fact that I'm even willing to put in all the time necessary to listen to these says volumes about how enjoyable these are. After all, they aren't exactly quick reads, and it takes a commitment to finish them.
Recommended for anyone looking for their next swashbuckling adventure.
This is a good story with really good narration for each of the many characters. I did have to speed up the narration as it seemed really slow.
The reading performance was superb. Characters real and well-developed and likable. A plot that keeps you guessing and intrigued. Really, one of the best audio books I've heard in a long time.
I almost didn't finish this book. The author was overly fond of describing throbbing temples (or pulsing veins) in his characters when they are stressed; after a certain point, it became somewhat of a joke. This is not a book that you'll sit in the driveway listening to after you've arrived.
I like historical fiction, but I'm not into murder mysteries, and this book seems to be a mix of both. If you love mysteries in a historical setting and don't mind bizarre twists in a story you could give it a try. I might have enjoyed it more if it had been cleverly written with more believable story twists. I really wanted to like this book, and I listened to it all the way to the end, but found it boring and farfetched.
For now yes. I may give it another try in the future but I will definitely not get any of the other books in this series.
There's nothing wrong with his performance but I didn't enjoy the story so it's hard to get enthusiastic about his performance of the story.
The one in the stable (I will not go into details but I could have done without this scene!!!).
I'm so glad I had already purchased 'Swan Song' from the author before I started reading this book, because 'Speaks the Nightbird' might have put me off reading books from this author forever. I'm currently reading 'Swan Song' and I'm enjoying it immensely. I would never have guessed both books are from the same author!
I would absolutely listen to Speaks the Nightbird again. The story is captivating and the narration is flawless.
Edoardo Ballerini's performance is OUTSTANDING! He draws you into the characters with ease and keeps the listener interested at all times. Changing voices fluently and flawlessly from character to character helps the listener to feel almost as if you are "watching" the story unfold. Definitely my favourite narrator! Just can't say enough about his skills as a narrator.
Don't think twice about downloading this book!
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