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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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    Sarah A. Peyronnin 03-21-13 Member Since 2009
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    "how many obstacles can a protagonist encounter?"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    M. Bell BAKER CITY, OR, United States 03-17-13
    M. Bell BAKER CITY, OR, United States 03-17-13 Listener Since 2007
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    "Long listen but kept me listening."
    What made the experience of listening to Speaks the Nightbird the most enjoyable?

    It seemed quite easy to believe.


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    He was easy to listen to and made each character seem real.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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