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Speaks the Nightbird Audiobook

Speaks the Nightbird

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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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    D. R. Green 10-21-13
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    "Take a Trip Back to 1699"

    This is a wonderful, complex tale of life in 1699 in the Carolinas. There are many characters (including some very strange ones), and many plot twists. I found myself surprised by the changes in direction of the story several times. The language of the story is beautiful, but there are some very corrupt characters and depraved events, so not a story for the faint of heart. I have read most of the author's other works and place this one at the top, along with A Boy's Life. At first I felt that the length of the book was too much, but I was sad to see it end. I now plan to read the other Matthew books. I highly recommend this title and enjoyed the narrator's voice very much.

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    wbc 10-16-13
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    "VERY long, but now I want to listen to the sequel!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was a well researched exceptional piece of historical fiction. I was not sure I would stick with it, but it held my interest and I became caught up in this lengthy novel. It was, however, a dark story that made me very grateful I live in the 21st century.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There were many interesting and unusual characters. Very few of them were likable.


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

    I listened to this book because of the narrator. I enjoyed his reading of Beautiful Ruins and was anxious to hear another book with this fabulous narrator. He once again did an excellent job.


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    Wendy Lawrenceville, GA, United States 10-08-13
    Wendy Lawrenceville, GA, United States 10-08-13 Member Since 2011

    To All My Favorite Narrators: You are the voices in my head...

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    "Holy Plot Nightbird!"
    Any additional comments?

    This book has been sitting in my library for over 6 months. I attempted to start the book when I first purchased it, but I found it too slow to grab my attention. My second attempt was much more successful.

    This is a book that you need to invest in a few chapters before the story really hits its stride. But once it does, oh man! Think, Sherlock Holmes set in Colonial America. I don't do plot summaries in my reviews, but I will say that its been a while since I have come across a book with such a twisting plot...it kept me guessing the entire time.

    The narrator was outstanding and very well cast for this story. He's one of my favorites!

    Credit worthy!

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    Jack Enzo San Diego 09-14-13
    Jack Enzo San Diego 09-14-13 Member Since 2013

    To live, to love, to leave a legacy.

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    "Masterful Storytelling"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Speaks the Nightbird to be better than the print version?

    I do not know. I did not read the print version. Bellerani's performance was absolutely amazing so I imagine just reading it pales in comparison.


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

    So many, but I'll go with the rising tension between Sarkholm, Mathew and the Magistrate in the very beginning also noted was Mathew being hypnotized in Lancaster's doorway (very intense), oh and Lancaster's song of the rat (who can forget that).


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

    Sarkholm (Rough,Frightening and downright mean). "Fancy you wanna look at her oyster basket". Still LMAO.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I relished sitting on my porch an hour at a time waiting for my night bird to deliver.


    Any additional comments?

    My first McCammon book. I was ecstatic to find there still four more books in the series, though I don't know how he can top the first. The characters lingers long after Bellarini uttered the last words and Fount Royal is still vivid and alive in my mind. Mr. Green, Rachcel, schucks even Bidwell still have me wondering how their lives will pay out as I'm sure Fount Royal will thrive in the future. I thought Mr. Winston's betrayal of Bidwell did not really fit into the narrative nor did Corbet's assiduity that he would be loyal in the future. AS William Blake said, "It is easier to forgive an enemy than it is a friend."

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Molly Encino, CA, United States 09-13-13
    Molly Encino, CA, United States 09-13-13 Member Since 2013

    M.A. in English. Avid reader and listener.

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    "captivating"

    While there are a few grisly scenes in McCammon's books I could do without, overall the whole series is excellent. It is such a pleasure to listen to a well-fleshed out plot and engaging characters while picking up quite a bit of history along the way. It is narrated beautifully, too.

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    John 09-12-13
    John 09-12-13
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    "Move over Follett, Flynn, Baldacci, Grisham"

    And yes, George Guidall as narrator.
    I have hundreds and hundreds of E-Book.
    This book is in the top three I have listened to.
    THIS IS A MUST READ.
    This book will take you back to "1659"
    I have never heard better Narration.
    Every sentence flows to the next.
    Don't miss this jewell.

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    Carrie Houston, TX, United States 09-08-13
    Carrie Houston, TX, United States 09-08-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Loved this!"

    The narrator was fantastic. Each character had depth which kept this interesting until the end. Very highly recommended!

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    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 09-01-13
    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 09-01-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Robert McCammon’s long crawling novel"

    The novel is extremely slow. It is so slow that you do not get to pay attention to Rachel, the poor woman who is locked in the jail. I listened to the entire novel, but found that it was not as intriguing as other reviewers had found.

    It was a boring book, except for the part where Matthew and Rachel are with the Native American tribe. I wish 75% of the story could have been about their visit with the tribe! That was an interesting and enjoyable part of the story.

    It also could have been a better story if it were written as a horror novel.

    Oh well, I am a little leery about reading anything else by this author.

    Narrator Edoardo Ballerini did an excellent job.

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    Judith 08-31-13
    Judith 08-31-13 Member Since 2015
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    "An engrossing tale that leaves one wanting more."

    A fascinating study of evil in pre-revolutionary South Carolina. Can't wait to see what Matthew Corbett does in Book Two. A slow start, but stay with it and you'll be hooked.
    Exceptionally well narrated by Eduardo Ballerini.

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    Jamie Maumelle, AR, United States 08-26-13
    Jamie Maumelle, AR, United States 08-26-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent!!"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I would not say that I was on the edge of my seat, but I was always anxious to get back to the story when I was away.


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

    I really enjoy the accent. It really brings the story to life.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this was just a very enjoyable listen. A good story and a good narrator. The book was just a tad slow to start for me, but was well worth it!

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