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)
I liked the story atmosphere.
I liked the Narrated perfomance the best,it had so much to the stort.
In route to a colonial settlement in the Carolinas known as Fount Royal, a magistrate and his clerk take shelter at a inn. What happens there sets a very dark tone that carries throughout the novel.
Soon the two reach Fount Royal where they enter into a battle of wills with Robert Bidwell who is both the town's proprietor and their host. The purpose of the magistrate's journey is to try a woman who is accused of witchcraft. Because we live in modern times, it's clear to readers that sorcery doesn't exist, but try to put yourself in the mindset of a small town filled with God-fearing citizens who have no other explanation for what is happening around them. Or are they God-fearing citizens? Over time Matthew, the clerk, peels back the thin veneer of civility, unmasking ignorance, greed, and depravity. Yet no one, not even his mentor the magistrate, will believe him.
The book starts out a bit slow and predictable but don't give up. Soon you will be intrigued with the characters and their lives. One caution though, there are activities in the book that are repellent.
The narrator is perfect. He masters all the accents and nuances.
I'm delighted to find a new (to me) author, Robert McCammon, with excellent narration by Edoardo Ballerini. I was caught up in the story immediately and found I was sorry to have the book end. My next step was to download the very next book in the series and I'm off to walk the dogs with a good book in my ears.
My favorite scene is that in which the ratcatcher mesmerizes the rats. It was quite creepy and Mr. Ballerini's sing-song narration made me shiver. Great scene!! So wish I had written it myself.
The narration by Mr. Ballerini brings in wonderful accents and, since this is a suspenseful book, I felt I was transported to a dark room, listening to a great story teller and I was a bit afraid to leave the room!!
Witches, demons and ratcatchers - don't go in the swamp alone.
I'm hooked. I'm not Rick, I'm Pat.
Reading this author was a new experience to me based on the recommendations of audible. I found myself relating to the main character and staying completely engaged and interested. I enjoyed learning about the beliefs of the times (witches, law and medical practices) and am glad we've come as far as we have in modern times!
For me the book was a little slow going at first, but once it gained momentum, I really had an increasingly difficult time stopping for real life. The details and intricacies the author related were gripping.
I love when narrators bring the individual characters to life with their own unique personalities through their voices. Edoardo did this spectacularly! He made me get an even better feeling for characters by making them sound genuine, pompous, compassionate, intelligent or whatever characteristic was needed.
The book is way too long for me to listen to in one sitting!! At first I listened a little at time, but this grew into longer times as the book and the intrigue progressed.
This book is a good recommendation for those who read historical fiction and like a good mystery. Being a die hard fan of Diana Gabaldon, I found this book a great diversion while I wait for her new one.
I enjoyed this book and the story, but I must admit I would have liked it better if it had been just a tad shorter. There was a fair amount of repetition in the middle, although it was summed up nicely in the end.
I'm not typically critical of long books - I've been a big fan of several 30+ hour ones, but both of the books by Mr. McCammon had the same drawback for me. He's very clever and his stories thorough and well thought out. I just think a lot of the world/character building part of the narrative gets a little long. I will probably read more of his work, but that will be my hesitancy when it comes to jumping right back in.
Develop the characters and reduce the melodrama.
Dead I May Well Be
This is my first but he is a very talented narrator.
Not for me.
I was fairly engaged for the first two parts but the characters became more and more unbelievable. By part 4 I gave up.
Absolutely, especially to historical fiction fans. Humanity at its best & worse no matter the year or clothes. A story that "spellbinds " you from the beginning & doesn't let go until the fox is found. great characters with so many wonderful voices. Excellent narration & the book never seemed too long .
The introduction of the Exodus Jerusalem character, the verbal parry between .Corbett & Bidwell.Matthew arrivung at the Lynch house. The dinner at Lucretia Vaughn's
It would have to be the Jerusalem & Lynch character as a matter of the narrators skill. But Matthew was my favorite by far. His consistently dogged yet level headed quest for the truth. This guy just doesnt give up, he couldn't if he tried.
Very memorable book
Yes, the story line was excellent
I couldn't put this book down. Since it's long, pick a very long weekend to start it and expect to keep thinking about it long after you've finished.
This novel was one of the best I listened to in a long time. Robert McCammon's talent as a wonderful writer is well earned.
The entire story line is fascinating. It left you guessing right to the end about the real villain. The superstition and fear of early America is dramatized by the plans to burn a supposed witch and the reaction of the town's citizens in embracing it.
The narrator is EXCELLENT. No other work for it. His portrayal of the various characters make them come alive and walk through your mind.
The novel, my opinion, is better than McCammon's hit "Swan Song". The message entwined in the story line is as true today as it was in colonial America.
I highly recommend this book.
I loved the historic information. I loved the suspense. This author really surprised me with how really well written this book was. His characters were full and lively, the setting was well formed, and his mystery was very well paced. Unlike some mysteries, there were no dry spots and then over loads of info., and there were no overly/unduely frustrating episodes. I liked everything about this book, and will absolutely be looking up more from Mr.McCammon.
One memorable moment (there were many) was when Matthew gives Woodward his weskit back. I felt like crying. I suppose that as i think of my response, many of their interactions are what stand out for me, although their story was secondary.
I was really impressed with (SPOILER) Matthew's encounter w Lynch/Lancaster. His near hypnotism was totally spellbinding (no pun intendended). I dont know if it was the writing, or the reading of it, but it snagged my brain and almost had me hypnotized as well
I wouldnt say an EXTREME reaction. However, I like this book VERY much and will be shoving down the throats of many family members and friends!! It did make me laugh and cry, though.
As said in an earlier response, McCammon thoroughly and pleasantly surprised me. This has been one of the best new books that ive read this year. It was really well written and a ton of fun to see through to the end!!!
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