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)
About halfway through, I started to wonder how I could possibly have fifteen more hours to go. The historical detail was wonderful, the story was an interesting one, but it just went on too long. There were several times when the book could have been wrapped up, but instead the author just provided a new twist that ended up being fairly meaningless to the overall story. Also, characters appear to add intrigue or some development, but then they disappear and their importance to the plot is never explained (or realized).
Summary: it was good and it was interesting, but it was far too long.
It seemed quite easy to believe.
He was easy to listen to and made each character seem real.
Just found this series and have already started the second. It was so well done; the story was not only rich in early American life but flavored with an intriguing mystery. The book was packed full of interesting characters both heroes and scoundrels. The narrator Edoardo Ballerini was equal to the task in quality and depth. Also and I feel important to note - this is a great audio book, easy book to follow in this format.
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
The story twisted and turned and I never quite knew who the culprits were. I loved the writing and the narration, which was perfectly suited to the story.
I loved the fact that I can usually predict the ending in mysteries but was kept guessing right until the very end in this wonderful piece of fiction. I also loved the feel of the book. It just kept me engrossed throughout. A wonderful portrayal of the world's view of witches in the late 1600's.
No, I haven't. But I would seek out another after listening to this book.
I had trouble putting it down, so to speak!
Read this book! It's wonderful.
The main characters are likable and I will rent the follow up book to this one. Despite being entertained I was never completely "hooked". Everything that happens seems too coincidental. I did like the historical details and feel like McCammon did a very good job of painting a convincing picture of life in the later 17th century. This book is a nice mixture of action/mystery/history. Get it and enjoy, just know what it is and what to expect and you will have some fun with this book. I don't believe I have listened to anything read by Edoardo Ballerini before and he does a very good job of distinguishing the many different voices - male and female.
yes, as there are so many chacters any of whom would do the dirty deeds, that maybe skipped by me.
Matthew of coarse because of his persistence.
No, but he is now my favorite narrator.
yes, only I don't sit only to knit while listening. I drive,pull weeds, clean chicken yard, walk the dog, and with my little speaker, take a bath, cook, and wash dishes.
I think I have said it all.
I was excited to see this series by Robert McCammon. I was hooked on his previous books. Swan Song and Stinger were well worn paperbacks in my collection. I can't say I felt the same about this one. This story was very long. Longer than it needed to be I think. I would have probably enjoyed an edited version of this much more.
The narrator could sometimes be distracting as well. Sometimes he seemed to fit in perfectly and at other times the voice seemed to be completely off the mark.
I haven't completely discounted getting the 2nd book in the series to see if it improves but I can't say for sure I'll keep reading them.
This was wonderfully narrated. The story is pretty densely packed for the short space of time it was suppose to have taken place in but for the long length it rarely ever seemed to drag on or go on a tangent that was unrelated to the story. I very much liked the character of Matthew Corbett. I appreciated that for how much dialog the characters participated in the reading continued to flow smoothly. I will listen to the next book in the series. Not a modern classic but not too shabby either.
Great story and narration. The story is always turning and twisting and the narrator is superb with all the characters coming in and out of the story line.
It's more recent history and more of a family history but you could make a comparison with Jeffery Archer's "As the Crow Flies."
Matthew Corbett is a great character and performed perfectly but I'd say Mr. Ballerini did an exceptional job with Jerusalem Exodus, the "preacher."
America's 17th century "Super Sleuth."
This is a long one but well worth the listen.
Absorbing Intriguing Detailed
Someone else compared this to Outlander, which is why I chose it in the first place. This is well done but lacks the humor and depth of character of that book/series.
I liked learning things about the era that I was previously unaware of - just how every day life was lived plus the historical context of things I thought had occured much later in time.
I wish that authors did not feel the need to reach for ever more shocking murders/violence/torture. One could easily skip those scenes and enjoy the book as much.
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