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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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    Linda Eagar, Az, United States 02-11-13
    Linda Eagar, Az, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I couldn't believe it was so good."

    When I first started listening, I thought that this was one I probably wouldn't get very far into. Before I knew it I had listened to the the first part and couldn't quit listening. Great story and great performace.

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    GeekMom Austin, TX 02-11-13
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    I really loved this book. The combination of suspenseful mystery and historical detail kept me listening well after I should have turned it off and done something productive.

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    Carolyn Merimbula, Australia 02-11-13
    Carolyn Merimbula, Australia 02-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "You'll be hooked"

    Enjoyed the book so much I have bought the rest of the series - narrator and storyline excellent.

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    Robert Candler, NC, United States 02-10-13
    Robert Candler, NC, United States 02-10-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolutely Compelling!"
    Would you listen to Speaks the Nightbird again? Why?

    This story is one I tell others often. I speak so much about this book, I will have to listen to it again.


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

    There wasn't a dull moment.


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

    Flesh and Blood


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    Barbara Davenport, FL, United States 02-09-13
    Barbara Davenport, FL, United States 02-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic Story! Loved it!"
    Where does Speaks the Nightbird rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best stories I have heard in a very long time!


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job with the narration. Some narrators seem to overcome the story itself and are difficult to listen to. Mr Ballerini told the story in such a way that it was easy to listen to


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to get to the next book!

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    JoAyn Maplewood, MN, United States 02-08-13
    JoAyn Maplewood, MN, United States 02-08-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Outstanding story!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this book to many people because it is so unique and insightful into a dark past that shows it's ugly face even now on occasion in the ignorance and greed that still flourishes in dark corners everywhere. This author has done his homework and created a vivid and sometimes too colorful image of a time that intrigues people still today. This really is a huge book but it goes so fast. It really kept me guessing the whole way through and even had me understanding in some wierd way the reasoning behind finding witches guilty even when it was not the perfered decision.


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

    When Mathew goes into the barn for a second time knowing full well what will happen if he is discovered but also knowing that what ever is hidden there is necessary to find. That whole barn sceen and how it keeps popping up through the rest of the story is a hoot..


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

    Mathew is outstanding and a clear favorite for being so forward thinking and not so easily fooled or led but understanding that he needs to play the role when necessary and bide his time till he can make the proper move.


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

    When Mrs Nettles helps Mathew even though she knows it may be the death of him.


    Any additional comments?

    I am so happy to find there is a sequel.. will be following this author!

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    Cathy Rodgers 02-06-13
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    "Dark and Dreary"
    Would you try another book from Robert McCammon and/or Edoardo Ballerini?

    Probably not. This was my first Robert McCammon book and I was not really impressed with this dismal story. In fact, I have given up and decided not to finish the book. After listening to slightly more than half of the book, I feel like I've wasted my time - and an Audible credit that I could have used for something else.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom.


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    Bonnie Evergreen, CO, USA 02-04-13
    Bonnie Evergreen, CO, USA 02-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Totally engaging listen."
    What did you love best about Speaks the Nightbird?

    This is a compelling story with great historical material woven in.


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

    The plot is very engaging and kept me wanting to hear more . . . and this is a long book!


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    J. Conaway 02-04-13
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    "Outstanding! Good from start to finish!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was my first Robert McCammon book but it won't be my last. A terrific story line and well developed characters makes this a must read for anyone who loves a good mystery / thriller. Edoardo Ballerini puts on a fantastic performance, really drawing you into the story. Do yourself a favor and listen to this book.


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    Gary Powhatan, Virginia, United States 02-03-13
    Gary Powhatan, Virginia, United States 02-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A good spin on a detective story"
    Would you listen to Speaks the Nightbird again? Why?

    Yes. Intriguing story


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

    When Matthew is taking chances investigating places of potential danger


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

    NA


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

    When Matthew and Rachel are making their escape


    Any additional comments?

    Good reader

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