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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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    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 03-15-13
    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 03-15-13 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.

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    "Couldn't stop listening!"
    What made the experience of listening to Speaks the Nightbird the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this 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.


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

    No, I haven't. But I would seek out another after listening to this book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I had trouble putting it down, so to speak!


    Any additional comments?

    Read this book! It's wonderful.

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    Scott Philadelphia, PA, United States 03-14-13
    Scott Philadelphia, PA, United States 03-14-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Fun Historical Fiction if a Bit Shallow..."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Miriam SAN MARINO, CALIFORNIA, United States 03-12-13
    Miriam SAN MARINO, CALIFORNIA, United States 03-12-13 Member Since 2016
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    "spellbinding!!!"
    Would you listen to Speaks the Nightbird again? Why?

    yes, as there are so many chacters any of whom would do the dirty deeds, that maybe skipped by me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matthew of coarse because of his persistence.


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

    No, but he is now my favorite narrator.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I have said it all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Biloxi, MS, United States 03-11-13
    Kathy Biloxi, MS, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not the typical Robert McCammon"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Red Emma Seattle, WA USA 03-05-13
    Red Emma Seattle, WA USA 03-05-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Not bad for modern fiction"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Russ D 03-04-13
    Russ D 03-04-13
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    "If you love history and fiction, BUY THIS ONE!"
    What did you love best about Speaks the Nightbird?

    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.


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

    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."


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

    Matthew Corbett is a great character and performed perfectly but I'd say Mr. Ballerini did an exceptional job with Jerusalem Exodus, the "preacher."


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

    America's 17th century "Super Sleuth."


    Any additional comments?

    This is a long one but well worth the listen.

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    Nancy Escondido, CA, United States 03-04-13
    Nancy Escondido, CA, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Historical Fiction/Murder Mystery"
    If you could sum up Speaks the Nightbird in three words, what would they be?

    Absorbing Intriguing Detailed


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

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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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    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 03-01-13
    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 03-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A bore"

    Yet another sprawling novel which promises to keep me engaged for days on end, yet has me struggling to get through the first few hours. I'm still trying to get through the first part, after several listens. It's SO boring. I can't imagine spending the next 20+ hours of my life with Edoardo Ballerini's monotonous, melodramatic actor's voice. And the characters are just...bleh. I so wanted to like this book! I do hope to give it another try, but I definitely do not recommend.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Penny Palo Alto, CA, United States 02-27-13
    Penny Palo Alto, CA, United States 02-27-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved the book, great reader"

    This was a fascinating look at colonial America. Great listen. One of the best historical mysteries of the last few years

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    Angie Marshall 02-25-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Started too slow"
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    I can't really give a fair review. I didn't make it 10 chapters in. Started too slow. May have been worth the slog, but I couldn't stick it out.

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  • J. PERROTT
    Surrey
    7/7/12
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    "A beautifully read, chilling tale."

    I have always liked stories about the 17th Century, but good ones are few and far between. This is one of the good ones.

    I often find that novels which are so long struggle to remain gripping throughout, so I approached this one with some trepidation. I don't like to waste my monthly credit! I should not have worried.

    Ballerini's narration is superb and he has a great way of changing his voice for every single character so you know just who they are. This, coupled with McGammon's detailed and, sometimes, startling revelations which are revealed steadily throughout the novel make for an fascinating audiobook which thrills and entertains in equal measure. The thirty-odd hours have all but skipped by and, with only another four to go, I can't wait to find out what happens. I'm about to download the next novel in the series - I'm assuming this is the first in the 'Matthew Corbett' novels (Come on, Audible, make your labelling more helpful! This is not the only series poorly labelled. How about some more specific, advanced genre labels?) - because I'm looking forward to seeing in 1800 with Matthew in the colonies.

    A top quality read, highly recommended.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Jackie
    basildon, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "speaks the nightbird"

    This was a very long book and took most of a month to listen to it! but was well worth it in the end. It took it's time in drawing you in and you felt you knew the characters personally. Robert McCammon has a unique insight into the way people lived and their intolerance of anything or anyone different while they were building their America. Also how religion and superstition held sway over their lives .Edouardo Ballerini., as narrator was excellent his voice leading you on and very charismatic. An excellent book. I would recommend it to anyone who has the time to listen and enjoy.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Sparks
    elham, United Kingdom
    6/18/12
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    "intriguing read"

    After the first couple of hours of listening I decided I was not enjoying this book, but as soon as I stopped listening to it, I needed to know what happened. I then found it compelling listening, with no hitting the fast forward button.
    This is a very descriptive book, with characters I could admire, empathise with and detest, a good storyline.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    LISS, United Kingdom
    1/21/13
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    "A good listen and value for money...but very long!"

    I would say that this is an enjoyable listen and I didn't guess the ending at all so it did keep you guessing throughout, however I feel it was slightly too long and drawn out for me. I found myself forcing myself to listen to it during the end of the the 2nd and the 3rd sections as the pace had really slowed. Having said that the narration was fantastic and I'm glad that I stuck with it. A good story....but not necessarily a great one!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    12/9/12
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    "Witch or not?"

    A lawyer and his scribe arrive at a new town to mull over whether a local lady is indeed a witch.



    This was a very slow moving book, but that wasn't really a problem. Ideally they could have cut out a lot of humming and hawing, but the historical background to the Spanish and English occupation of Florida was interesting.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Norwich., United Kingdom
    11/21/12
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    "Good story"

    I downloaded this after reading other reviews and was not disappointed. The story is a little slow to get going, but it soon sweeps you up and has many twists and turns to keep you guessing. I shall look out for others by this author.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Garethman
    9/4/12
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    "Great stuff from south of Salem."

    An interesting take on the idea of the Crucible moulded into a detective novel. It's a great listen with one or two minor irritations( why the hell does our hero never tell anyone of what he has found out until the end?) However it's a well crafted novel and well appreciated.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Aylesbury, United Kingdom
    8/2/12
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    "Utterly gripping"

    From the very first chapter McCammon's detailed and skilled narrative transports the listener into the mud, humidity and brutal reality of life in 17th century Carolina. With witch trial hysteria, intrigue and deception thrown into the mix this is a superb novel which twists and turns it's way through to a satisfying conclusion. I can't wait to listen to the next in the series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Yvonne
    BrightonUnited Kingdom
    5/10/13
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    "Very, Very Clever"

    This story is not generally my kind of subject matter, but both the author and narrator have gripped me with a very, very clever story, that is as factual and historic as it is murder, mystery.
    I only really downloaded this because I was absolutely blown away by Swan Song which after 34 hours of listening, I was left wishing there were another 34 hours remaining, I was that enthralled.
    I have already downloaded the next 2 instalments in the Matthew Corbett series and I cannot wait. Summed up in 1 sentence ' Robert McCammon doesn't just write, he paints images that immerse you into the very fabric of the story'.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    France
    7/13/12
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    "Speaks the Nightbird"

    I really enjoyed this book. It set the stage from the beginning and kept me enthralled throughout. I felt I was right there the whole time.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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