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)
Mr McCammon weaves a rich tale set in the late 1600's that I found very entertaining. Toward the end of the story it was difficult to turn it off. Mr Ballerini has a beautiful voice for reading & gives the characters wonderful voices.
Yes there is a richness to the storyline which will benefit from a repeat listen.
The scenes with the rat catcher were memorable
The variation to the voices was very good
The story had a wonderful pace. It's suspenseful and beautifully written. No boring dragged out places and the character development was fabulous. I highly recommend this book. It truly is a piece of art.
The narrator pulled off many characters. Amazing TALENT!
I did not learn to read until I was in my twenties. Have not stopped since. The two most important things to learn are reading & chess.
I have never been able to get interested in "Series" books before "Speaks the Nightbird". I am almost finished the second book of the series "The Queen of Bedlam". Believe it or not It is better than the first book. I am ready to purchase and download the third. The story line is new and refreshing. McCammon descriptions of the characters and surroundings makes is better than watching it on the big screen. A movie of these books could never do them justice, but it would be interesting to see who would play the lead character Mathew Corbet.
At the moment I believe there are only four books. I hope McCammon is in the process of writing the fifth book and it will be published soon.
Edoardo Ballerini's narration is perfect for this series. I am definitely going to check other books he has narrated.
Journalist, consultant and audible addict.
... of course for Gabaldon fans NOTHING will ever compare. But this series has the same detailed, well drawn characters is set in pre-colonial America, and adds the twist of mystery. The narrator is quite good as well.
This was an engrossing audible book. The author has created a mixture of enthralling characters in a historical situation, all placed in the mystery genre. I have already bought the sequel as the main character is so appealing. It is not often that a mystery is as well written as this one. Enjoy!
Multi-faceted, suspensful mystery
This is a hard question because there are just so many well-drawn characters. But I'll stick with the protagonist, Matthew Corbett. At times I questioned his risky decisions, but I never doubted his conviction or his honest search for the truth. He is a true hero, both in the sense of action and using the mind.
Oh wow, how to answer this. This guy is a real pro. He does accents soooo well. And this book is full of characters with varied accents, but each one seemed perfect. He also reads the emotional scenes very well, though is not overwrought. He's moved up high on my list of favorite narrators.
I usually listen to this book as I commuted by bicycle around my city in central Japan and there were a few scenes that had me laughing out loud and a few that brought tearrs to my eyes. It really is a work of art that covers the varieties of emotions we can feel. And McCammon makes us care about the characters, even the ones we don't neccessarily like.
Nothing other than if I had one book I've listened to through Audible this year that I'd recommend to anyone, this would be it. It is very well-written, puts you immediately into the time and place (Carolina colonies in spring/early summer 1699) and the narrator does a masterful job of bringing it to life. Listen to it, you won't regret it!
I really loved this book. I couldn't stop listening!
It took about 10 minutes to get use to the narrator. He had a more halting type of narration and the pauses (short) were noticeable; however, after I got use to it, I really enjoyed the narration. It was highly appropriate to the story and the era.
The history seemed to be very realistic, and just a little bit gruesome, but then, that was the era. The gore was not overdone and tolerable. It was highly amusing to find the creative and humorous parodies for the act of procreation - it was very much in the period! I would definitely recommend this book and look forward to the next in the series!
I would definitely recommend this book. In fact, I already have!
I cried at one point during the final scenes. The author's words as read by the narrator were enthralling and I truly enjoyed the tale.
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