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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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    WM1028 05-22-13
    WM1028 05-22-13
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    "Really Enjoyable Book"
    If you could sum up Speaks the Nightbird in three words, what would they be?

    excellent narration, strong story, kept me guessing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matthew Corbett is such a strong character. He stands up for what he believes in and keeps asking questions even when they get him in trouble.


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    Loved Edoardo Ballerini's narration of the dialogue between characters. He brought such voice to the characters.


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

    I loved the ending of this book. Not to give anything away, but there are many directions the author could have gone that would have left me unsatisfied. Instead, all the loose ends are tied up neatly and believably.


    Any additional comments?

    I was so excited to find that this is the first in a series!

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    victoria murfreesboro, TN, United States 05-14-13
    victoria murfreesboro, TN, United States 05-14-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "Excellent Story and Talented Narrater"
    Would you listen to Speaks the Nightbird again? Why?

    I enjoyed listening to this story. It transports the listener to 1699 and describes in detail the brutal naive approach to incarceration, trials and evidence. The narrator has an uncanny talent for altering his voice to define each of the characters - even a 17th century Indian.


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

    The story was suspenseful and enjoyable.


    Have you listened to any of Edoardo Ballerini’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but this listen promptly led me to get the other Matthew Corbett books.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not a thing!


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    Daryl United States 05-07-13
    Daryl United States 05-07-13

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    "Took awhile but now I'm in love"

    There's thing thing I do whenever I'm watching a movie that takes place in the past. There will be this moment where there's an angry mob with a bunch of torches getting ready to do something - throw somebody out of town, or make a citizen's arrest, or just cause a general rumpus - and I always think "if only I was there! I would have stood up for justice! For truth! I would have showed these ignorant peasant folk their shame!"

    Which is completely hooey.

    I mean, in all reality I probably would have been right there in that crowd with them, brandishing my own torch in one hand and pitchfork in the other. But we all like to BELIEVE that we would have been different. We all like to imagine that we would have been the smarter, better looking, better dressed voice of reason in times gone by. SPEAKS THE NIGHTBIRD is the wish fulfillment equivalent of my movie watching experience. Matthew Corbett is a younger, less self assured kind of version of Sherlock Holmes if he had lived in colonial America rather than Victorian England. And of course it's only his incredibly astute eye that can save the incredibly sexy, smart, independent woman falsely accused of witchcraft who is also in possession of curves that kill and a heart made of gold.

    What can I say? This one was just pure fun. It did take me awhile to get into this one though. I'm usually the type of reader that likes to go through and nitpick historical fiction, but I didn't feel the slightest bit guilty for turning my brain off and just letting this audiobook have at me. If you're looking for a fun easy read that will keep you occupied for some time to come, then I HIGHLY recommend this one to you. After all what more could you ask for - a great mystery, a little romance, adventure, danger of all sizes and shapes, pirates, Indians, lost treasure, circus performers and a great new character that will leave you wanting more in no time. There were moment were I was actually laughing out loud, and other still where I was biting my nails because I had no idea how the characters were going to get out of trouble this time. I've already purchased the next few books in the series and I'm loving them all. The fact that I'm even willing to put in all the time necessary to listen to these says volumes about how enjoyable these are. After all, they aren't exactly quick reads, and it takes a commitment to finish them.

    Recommended for anyone looking for their next swashbuckling adventure.

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    keasha 05-06-13
    keasha 05-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story, unpredictable, and well performed!"

    This is a good story with really good narration for each of the many characters. I did have to speed up the narration as it seemed really slow.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda E. Lawrence Dallas, Texas, USA 05-06-13
    Linda E. Lawrence Dallas, Texas, USA 05-06-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Everything you want in an audio book"

    The reading performance was superb. Characters real and well-developed and likable. A plot that keeps you guessing and intrigued. Really, one of the best audio books I've heard in a long time.

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    Susan Felton, CA, United States 05-03-13
    Susan Felton, CA, United States 05-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent narration, story rather tedious"

    I almost didn't finish this book. The author was overly fond of describing throbbing temples (or pulsing veins) in his characters when they are stressed; after a certain point, it became somewhat of a joke. This is not a book that you'll sit in the driveway listening to after you've arrived.

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    Jacqueline Monster, Netherlands 04-30-13
    Jacqueline Monster, Netherlands 04-30-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Not for me!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I like historical fiction, but I'm not into murder mysteries, and this book seems to be a mix of both. If you love mysteries in a historical setting and don't mind bizarre twists in a story you could give it a try. I might have enjoyed it more if it had been cleverly written with more believable story twists. I really wanted to like this book, and I listened to it all the way to the end, but found it boring and farfetched.


    Has Speaks the Nightbird turned you off from other books in this genre?

    For now yes. I may give it another try in the future but I will definitely not get any of the other books in this series.


    What aspect of Edoardo Ballerini’s performance would you have changed?

    There's nothing wrong with his performance but I didn't enjoy the story so it's hard to get enthusiastic about his performance of the story.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Speaks the Nightbird?

    The one in the stable (I will not go into details but I could have done without this scene!!!).


    Any additional comments?

    I'm so glad I had already purchased 'Swan Song' from the author before I started reading this book, because 'Speaks the Nightbird' might have put me off reading books from this author forever. I'm currently reading 'Swan Song' and I'm enjoying it immensely. I would never have guessed both books are from the same author!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Janice P. Fonthill, Ontario Canada 04-30-13
    Janice P. Fonthill, Ontario Canada 04-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "WOW!"
    Would you listen to Speaks the Nightbird again? Why?

    I would absolutely listen to Speaks the Nightbird again. The story is captivating and the narration is flawless.


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    Edoardo Ballerini's performance is OUTSTANDING! He draws you into the characters with ease and keeps the listener interested at all times. Changing voices fluently and flawlessly from character to character helps the listener to feel almost as if you are "watching" the story unfold. Definitely my favourite narrator! Just can't say enough about his skills as a narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't think twice about downloading this book!

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    neuro2166 04-22-13
    neuro2166 04-22-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent book"
    What made the experience of listening to Speaks the Nightbird the most enjoyable?

    Interesting plot, the factors that contribute to a witch trial. The author does a great job of weaving together different plot-lines.


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


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    Nice range of voices, not distracting


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?


    Any additional comments?

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    Mary-Ann PUEBLO, CO, United States 04-22-13
    Mary-Ann PUEBLO, CO, United States 04-22-13

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    "It will take you to a different world"

    The characters come to life in this story. McCammon paints a scene so vividly with his words, that you will shudder in disgust , hold your breath in suspense, and laugh out loud. My husband and I listen to books together, and we sat up late several nights until we couldn't stay awake. Helping the story come to life is the narration. Edoardo Ballerini is spot on here. His voices, his pacing....perfection

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