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)
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.
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.
This story is one I tell others often. I speak so much about this book, I will have to listen to it again.
There wasn't a dull moment.
Flesh and Blood
One of the best stories I have heard in a very long time!
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
Can't wait to get to the next book!
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.
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..
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.
When Mrs Nettles helps Mathew even though she knows it may be the death of him.
I am so happy to find there is a sequel.. will be following this author!
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.
The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett.
This is a compelling story with great historical material woven in.
The plot is very engaging and kept me wanting to hear more . . . and this is a long book!
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.
Yes. Intriguing story
When Matthew is taking chances investigating places of potential danger
When Matthew and Rachel are making their escape
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