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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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    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

    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.


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    Barnie 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
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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.

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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
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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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    Bebe El Dorado, AR, United States 01-26-13
    Bebe El Dorado, AR, United States 01-26-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Turn off the TV and listen"

    This is one of the books that I've turned off the TV to listen to. I have to multi-task because my mother didn't approve of "sitting around and reading." I got the dishes done, the floor swept, and the laundry done.

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    Phyllis Staff Dallas, Texas USA 01-25-13
    Phyllis Staff Dallas, Texas USA 01-25-13 Member Since 2014

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    "This One Will Be a Favorite for Many Listeners"

    Matthew serves as clerk for a magistrate. He's not only a clerk but a remarkable thinker. What makes Matthew unique among so many literary heros is that Matthew's thoughts don't always lead him to the right conclusion, but always to conclusions that will interest the listener.

    McCammon offers listeners well fleshed out characters, characters you will come to appreciate. In addition, he spins a tale worth listening to and listening to again.

    Although his tale is set in a time of hardship and superstitions, McCammon touches many of the weaknesses and strengths of people of any era. Greed and murder are balanced by love and tenderness in a timeless story.

    I highly recommend "Speaks the Nightbird."

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