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)
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
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.
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.
The plot keep me interested and anticipating what would happen next or who the culprit was. To find out in the end . . . wow!
The scenario with the Native Americans was great and gave more depth to the story and characters.
No extreme reaction, but satisfaction except I would have liked to see Rachel end up with the hero in the end.
Just keep up the great work! Onward and Upward McCammon!
reviews for fun
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.
Edoardo Ballerini did a fine job, but I doubt I would try another book from this author.
Something more contemporary and shorter than this one.
It's hard to choose, as I could never get invested in any of the characters.
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.
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.
i would recommend this series of books to anyone of any age or gender
the best. rivaled Davina Porter and John Lee
yes, but better. it was a book i would listen to again
Not since The outlander series has any thing came close to and even went on to surpass...diana galbadon
Yes, this was an entertaining audiobook. It kept me interested the whole way through. Good character development, charming dialogue and great narrator.
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.
Phyllis Staff, PhD
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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