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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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    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Conaway 02-04-13
    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Pacific Grove, CA, United States 01-31-13
    Michael Pacific Grove, CA, United States 01-31-13 Member Since 2010
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    "I was hooked from the very start of this story"
    What did you love best about Speaks the Nightbird?

    The richness of the story and the way the characters details unfold along with the growing mystery - you start to realize that the people in Fount Royal are far stranger than they seem.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marnie Ashby 01-30-13
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    "I was Always Trying to Guess . . . what next?"
    What made the experience of listening to Speaks the Nightbird the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was great and really made the listener feel like he/she was interacting somehow with the characters in the story yet his voice did not drone on and put you to sleep. The whole story was very stimulating to the imagination.


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

    The plot keep me interested and anticipating what would happen next or who the culprit was. To find out in the end . . . wow!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenario with the Native Americans was great and gave more depth to the story and characters.


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

    No extreme reaction, but satisfaction except I would have liked to see Rachel end up with the hero in the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Just keep up the great work! Onward and Upward McCammon!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    PattiC2 maine 01-29-13
    PattiC2 maine 01-29-13

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    "Excellent book"

    History, mystery, suspense, & barbaric medical practices in 1699. This book has it all. A very interesting book with an excellent narrator. It kept my interest from beginning to end. If you like historical fiction, you can not go wrong with this book. Matthew is like a 1699 Sherlock Holmes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    bkgrn 01-29-13
    bkgrn 01-29-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Snoozefest!"
    Would you try another book from Robert McCammon and/or Edoardo Ballerini?

    Edoardo Ballerini did a fine job, but I doubt I would try another book from this author.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something more contemporary and shorter than this one.


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

    It's hard to choose, as I could never get invested in any of the characters.


    Was Speaks the Nightbird worth the listening time?

    Absolutely not! I made it through the first part and well into the second, and I still was unable to really care what happened. I'm only mildly curious to know what happened to Rachel, but not enough to listen any longer.


    Any additional comments?

    Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I was really looking forward to a great listen after reading all the positive reviews. I guess I should have read on for the not-so-positive reviews, because they all hit the nail on the head as far as I'm concerned----this novel plods along, and I kept hoping something would happen to make me care about some of the characters, but I was disappointed. There is no way I would have gotten nearly so far into this book if I were reading the print version, I would no doubt have thrown in the towel after a couple of chapters. The good news is I didn't waste a credit on this----I got it on sale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    leeduck 01-28-13
    leeduck 01-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "some writers follow what has been others lead to"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    i would recommend this series of books to anyone of any age or gender


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

    the best


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    the best. rivaled Davina Porter and John Lee


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

    yes, but better. it was a book i would listen to again


    Any additional comments?

    Not since The outlander series has any thing came close to and even went on to surpass...diana galbadon

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    Laura 01-27-13
    Laura 01-27-13
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    "Fantastic Listen"
    Would you listen to Speaks the Nightbird again? Why?

    Yes, this was an entertaining audiobook. It kept me interested the whole way through. Good character development, charming dialogue and great narrator.


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  • Jeremy
    Hitchin, United Kingdom
    7/7/12
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    "A beautifully read, chilling tale."

    I have always liked stories about the 17th Century, but good ones are few and far between. This is one of the good ones.

    I often find that novels which are so long struggle to remain gripping throughout, so I approached this one with some trepidation. I don't like to waste my monthly credit! I should not have worried.

    Ballerini's narration is superb and he has a great way of changing his voice for every single character so you know just who they are. This, coupled with McGammon's detailed and, sometimes, startling revelations which are revealed steadily throughout the novel make for an fascinating audiobook which thrills and entertains in equal measure. The thirty-odd hours have all but skipped by and, with only another four to go, I can't wait to find out what happens. I'm about to download the next novel in the series - I'm assuming this is the first in the 'Matthew Corbett' novels (Come on, Audible, make your labelling more helpful! This is not the only series poorly labelled. How about some more specific, advanced genre labels?) - because I'm looking forward to seeing in 1800 with Matthew in the colonies.

    A top quality read, highly recommended.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • mrs
    elham, United Kingdom
    6/18/12
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    "intriguing read"

    After the first couple of hours of listening I decided I was not enjoying this book, but as soon as I stopped listening to it, I needed to know what happened. I then found it compelling listening, with no hitting the fast forward button.
    This is a very descriptive book, with characters I could admire, empathise with and detest, a good storyline.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Jackie
    basildon, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "speaks the nightbird"

    This was a very long book and took most of a month to listen to it! but was well worth it in the end. It took it's time in drawing you in and you felt you knew the characters personally. Robert McCammon has a unique insight into the way people lived and their intolerance of anything or anyone different while they were building their America. Also how religion and superstition held sway over their lives .Edouardo Ballerini., as narrator was excellent his voice leading you on and very charismatic. An excellent book. I would recommend it to anyone who has the time to listen and enjoy.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    LISS, United Kingdom
    1/21/13
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    "A good listen and value for money...but very long!"

    I would say that this is an enjoyable listen and I didn't guess the ending at all so it did keep you guessing throughout, however I feel it was slightly too long and drawn out for me. I found myself forcing myself to listen to it during the end of the the 2nd and the 3rd sections as the pace had really slowed. Having said that the narration was fantastic and I'm glad that I stuck with it. A good story....but not necessarily a great one!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    12/9/12
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    "Witch or not?"

    A lawyer and his scribe arrive at a new town to mull over whether a local lady is indeed a witch.



    This was a very slow moving book, but that wasn't really a problem. Ideally they could have cut out a lot of humming and hawing, but the historical background to the Spanish and English occupation of Florida was interesting.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Norwich., United Kingdom
    11/21/12
    Overall
    "Good story"

    I downloaded this after reading other reviews and was not disappointed. The story is a little slow to get going, but it soon sweeps you up and has many twists and turns to keep you guessing. I shall look out for others by this author.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Gareth
    Beaumaris, United Kingdom
    9/4/12
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    "Great stuff from south of Salem."

    An interesting take on the idea of the Crucible moulded into a detective novel. It's a great listen with one or two minor irritations( why the hell does our hero never tell anyone of what he has found out until the end?) However it's a well crafted novel and well appreciated.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Aylesbury, United Kingdom
    8/2/12
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    "Utterly gripping"

    From the very first chapter McCammon's detailed and skilled narrative transports the listener into the mud, humidity and brutal reality of life in 17th century Carolina. With witch trial hysteria, intrigue and deception thrown into the mix this is a superb novel which twists and turns it's way through to a satisfying conclusion. I can't wait to listen to the next in the series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Yvonne
    BrightonUnited Kingdom
    5/10/13
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    "Very, Very Clever"

    This story is not generally my kind of subject matter, but both the author and narrator have gripped me with a very, very clever story, that is as factual and historic as it is murder, mystery.
    I only really downloaded this because I was absolutely blown away by Swan Song which after 34 hours of listening, I was left wishing there were another 34 hours remaining, I was that enthralled.
    I have already downloaded the next 2 instalments in the Matthew Corbett series and I cannot wait. Summed up in 1 sentence ' Robert McCammon doesn't just write, he paints images that immerse you into the very fabric of the story'.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    France
    7/13/12
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    "Speaks the Nightbird"

    I really enjoyed this book. It set the stage from the beginning and kept me enthralled throughout. I felt I was right there the whole time.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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