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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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    Robert 01-19-13
    Robert 01-19-13

    I'm Robert's wife, a retired physician and homeschool mom whose grown kids now love history, literature, sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction

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    "Took a chance on this one and SOOOOO glad I did!!!"

    I love historical fiction but somehow had never heard of this writer, and "horror" really isn't my thing. The description of this book intrigued me when I saw it on the sale list, and here I am writing a review before I've even finished it (something I do not normally do). The narrator and the story got my attention immediately and has held it without disappointment. A welcome escape to look forward to, this book will likely draw me into a number of busywork tasks until I finish it, looking for chances to listen to another chapter and another. In addition to the vivid descriptions of a time I'm glad I did not live in, the plot is rich with all that makes a thriller/mystery thrilling but without the shallowness of pulp fiction. (I do like short thrillers for quickies, but I find intricately entwined long plot threads much more enjoyable.) I have already added the rest of the series to my wish list.

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    Marcelle Goonellabah, Australia 01-19-13
    Marcelle Goonellabah, Australia 01-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "This is no Swan Song"

    I picked this book because I so enjoyed another of Robert McCammon's books, Swan Song. While it held enough of my interest for me to finish it, it was a definite let down as I was expecting the character development and suspense that I experienced in Swan Song. What kept my interest was the historical setting, but apart from that the story and characters were just OK. I don't think I'll be bothering with any of the other books in the Matthew Corbett series.

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    D. DeVries Northwest, IN. 01-15-13
    D. DeVries Northwest, IN. 01-15-13 Member Since 2013

    I have a quilting business. Since I love to read, I cannot read a book and quilt at the same time. Now I can listen to books and quilt too.

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    "Wow, enjoyed from beginning to end."
    What made the experience of listening to Speaks the Nightbird the most enjoyable?

    Of course the story line. It is not the 'usual' historical novel. I truly enjoyed the whole story. I think what made the book even better...was the narrator. Top notch in all his characters. He is now my favorite narator for sure. I plan to listen to the whole series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matthew was my favorite character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Matthew and Rachel are in the Indian camp. But there were so many favorites.


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

    At the end when Matthew and Rachel were saying goodbye and also the times where Matthew stood up for his principles.


    Any additional comments?

    I have to say I was hesitant, but I am very happy that I did listen to this book. As I said in the beginning...wow.

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    Rainey 01-12-13
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    "builds a compelling story"
    If you could sum up Speaks the Nightbird in three words, what would they be?

    I found the beginning didn't catch my interest, more than once I wondered if I would put it aside and start another audiobook. Then the story segments began to weave together, the main characters began to emerge, the story twists captured my curiosity; to where I didn't want to miss a minute. I'm looking forward to the series.


    What does Edoardo Ballerini bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Very skilled narrator, character voices well matched to their description.


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

    Early America in all the raw drama of a hinterland where the threads of legal and social justice have barely taken hold. Something like that...


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    Bettie Georgetown, TX, United States 01-07-13
    Bettie Georgetown, TX, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Love the entire series"
    Where does Speaks the Nightbird rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoy historical period mysteries and this one really got me hooked from the very start. The vivid language paints scenes that kept me on the edge of my seat and wanting to hear more at every sitting. Matthew Corbett is my favorite character and the performance by Edoardo Ballerini really brings him to life in my minds eye. Everytime I thought that I figured out "who dun it" I was surprised with twists and turns that had me going in a different direction. What a FUN listen. I have listened to the four books of this series and am looking forward to the next installment.


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    Bette 01-04-13
    Bette 01-04-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A new world Sherlock Holmes"

    Logic is magistrate's assistant Matthew Corbett's weapon of choice in solving the mysteries of 1699 Fount Royal, a tiny Southern Carolinas settlement. Charged with championing the cause of Rachel Howarth, accused of being the town witch, young Matthew's quest sets him on a well-beyond-rollicking adventure toward the elusive and illusive "truth" and his own manhood.

    While the relentlessly dismal and hopeless existence of the inhabitants of McCammon's world occasionally made me decide I just couldn't bear to continue listening, I found myself too immersed in the detective story to stop.

    Ballerini's narration is masterful as usual.

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    Maureen dublin, OH, United States 12-14-12
    Maureen dublin, OH, United States 12-14-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Terrific novel!"

    An amazing novel that felt like living an extraordinary existence in colonial America; wonderful plot, characters, theme and full of suspense and mystery. It is long but so worth staying with it; as the story unfolds you fall in love with the characters and the setting. I teach AP Lit and IB English Literature so I have an extremely high standards for my novels and this one is just plain wonderful- exciting-full of vivid imagery-thematic complexity and beautiful writing; I was entranced to the very end. It starts slow but builds and builds until you can not shut it off! Thank you Robert McCammon! I'm going to check out what else you've written!

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    JM Camas, WA, United States 12-12-12
    JM Camas, WA, United States 12-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Very Dark brilliantly witten mystery"
    If you could sum up Speaks the Nightbird in three words, what would they be?

    Gruesome, Captivating! Heart wrenching.


    What other book might you compare Speaks the Nightbird to and why?

    Follet!s trilogy books. Many mentally twisted characters, a few truly "good" characters embedded in a very accurate, detailed description of the historical period.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Spiritual mud house at Indian compound.


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

    In sickness and in health.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't listen to this series if you are prone to depression!

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    Mat Lincoln, NE 12-03-12
    Mat Lincoln, NE 12-03-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Perfection!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Speaks the Nightbird to be better than the print version?

    I started the print version at home and started listening to it at work. I was happy with both versions. I enjoyed the audio version very much.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As with the other McCammon books I have read, I loved his in-depth detail of location and situation. McCammon has a rare ability to paint pictures with his words. Truly a 3-dimensional writer, I could even smell the nasty characters that he wrote.


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    Ballerini's portrayal of the characters is consistent and well-read.


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

    I was moved by the main characters' experience at Shawcombe's.


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    Brenda Gauteng, South Africa 12-03-12
    Brenda Gauteng, South Africa 12-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I was utterly surprised and delighted."
    What did you like best about this story?

    There's parts in the book that were so 'visual' that I actually felt the shock and horror in my gut. Truly brilliant.


    Which character – as performed by Edoardo Ballerini – was your favorite?

    I am exceptionally critical about the narrators. The slightest thing can grate me. Edoardo however, was the first narrator EVER, who didn't irritate me in the slightest. That's saying something!


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