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)
Like mysteries, not much in to SciFi, hate vampire books. Like most all years of history.
I like mysteries and this didn't disappoint. The protagonist is smart and observant much like Sherlock Holmes but from a more humble background. Edoardo Ballerini was the perfect choice for narrator and was so good I immediately began a search for more of his recordings. I am now listening to the third book by this pair and it is ever bit as enjoyable.
When I first started listening, I thought that this was one I probably wouldn't get very far into. Before I knew it I had listened to the the first part and couldn't quit listening. Great story and great performace.
I really loved this book. The combination of suspenseful mystery and historical detail kept me listening well after I should have turned it off and done something productive.
This story is one I tell others often. I speak so much about this book, I will have to listen to it again.
There wasn't a dull moment.
Flesh and Blood
One of the best stories I have heard in a very long time!
He did a great job with the narration. Some narrators seem to overcome the story itself and are difficult to listen to. Mr Ballerini told the story in such a way that it was easy to listen to
Can't wait to get to the next book!
I have recommended this book to many people because it is so unique and insightful into a dark past that shows it's ugly face even now on occasion in the ignorance and greed that still flourishes in dark corners everywhere. This author has done his homework and created a vivid and sometimes too colorful image of a time that intrigues people still today. This really is a huge book but it goes so fast. It really kept me guessing the whole way through and even had me understanding in some wierd way the reasoning behind finding witches guilty even when it was not the perfered decision.
When Mathew goes into the barn for a second time knowing full well what will happen if he is discovered but also knowing that what ever is hidden there is necessary to find. That whole barn sceen and how it keeps popping up through the rest of the story is a hoot..
Mathew is outstanding and a clear favorite for being so forward thinking and not so easily fooled or led but understanding that he needs to play the role when necessary and bide his time till he can make the proper move.
When Mrs Nettles helps Mathew even though she knows it may be the death of him.
I am so happy to find there is a sequel.. will be following this author!
Probably not. This was my first Robert McCammon book and I was not really impressed with this dismal story. In fact, I have given up and decided not to finish the book. After listening to slightly more than half of the book, I feel like I've wasted my time - and an Audible credit that I could have used for something else.
The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett.
This is a compelling story with great historical material woven in.
The plot is very engaging and kept me wanting to hear more . . . and this is a long book!
This was my first Robert McCammon book but it won't be my last. A terrific story line and well developed characters makes this a must read for anyone who loves a good mystery / thriller. Edoardo Ballerini puts on a fantastic performance, really drawing you into the story. Do yourself a favor and listen to this book.
I would! At first, I was a little daunted by the length of this audiobook and wondered how I would find time to listen to it all but I needn't have been concerned. The story unravels at just the right speed, drawing you in deeper and deeper as the plot thickens. I have to say that I had worked out who the villain was pretty early on but I still enjoyed the way the Matthew Corbett set about revealing the truth.
The author encourages was a nice empathy for/with Corbett.
I thought, on the whole, that Mr Ballerini carried the performance well considering it is such a long story and there are a good few key players. The only accent that sounded odd was that of Mrs Nettles and I would recommend a few more lessons in speaking with a Scottish voice!
There really isn't much to laugh at in this story but my heart was stirred by sympathy.
If you're looking for 'real' 5* entertainment, then you should look no further! Everything - Story, Narration, Performance, was ... truly enthralling!
"Just avoid this one"
I couldn't finish it. I couldn't even get close.
The narration is good but it is by no means awesome. The one real problem I have is the plot, or to be exact the complete lack of it and the narration cannot overcome this by any distance.
Unfortunately I cannot recommend it. It is just not approachable, which is a shame because Robert's other work "Swan Song" was really good. Perhaps you should check that out instead.
"What a story! tremendous!"
Yes. Mathew's clear headedness in the most dire situations is how I would like to be when confronted. He is the person I see myself as: "after" the event, when all the answers seem easy.To enjoy such a hero gave me the feeling of how I intend to become.
Well, Mathew of course, although Rachael follows closely as I have always been a sucker for a strong and beautiful woman. As for Jerusalem he would be the opposite of favourite due to the frustration of his verbal bullying.
Strangely enough, the conversation in the jail between Rachael and Mathew which ended with Rachael asking Mathew to hold her hand.
A story of morality and justice in a time when religious fear ruled.
its twists and turns
Company of liers
very good easy to listen to very clear
no just enjoyed it
I liked this book so much I have bought the whole series so far as I thin this will be a good series
"Really good read"
After reading Robert McCammons book "Swan Song" I went looking for more books by this author. I came upon this book the first in a series of books about a young man called Matthew Corbett. To be honest I wasn't sure for the first few minutes, and then I became lulled by the lovely voice of Edoardo Ballerini.
I became absorbed by characters and enjoyed the way in which the characters developed. I thought the plot was good and this book was a good introduction to Matthew Corbett. I have listened to all of the Matthew Corbett books and eagerly await the next.
I loved this book. It isn't the sort of story I would normally listen to, and initially I wasn't sure it was my cup of tea, but as the story unfolded I became more and more wrapped up in the mystery and intrigue. Matthew Corbett is a novel and intriguing character, and I have enjoyed his development over the series of books. Eduardo Ballerini's narration is fantastic - I could listen to him speak all day. My one complaint is every now and then he would speak a line of dialogue that was then subsequently given an emotion that I didn't feel matched the tone it was spoken in; but this was a minor niggle, and one that has been less apparent in subsequent books in the series. I can't wait for the next book in the series to come out.
"Not usually my cup of tea "but I loved it"
I would not usually listen to this sort of book but thought it was great. I purchased it after listening to swan song which definitely was my sort of read. I enjoyed swan song so much I thought I would give this a go. At first I wondered what the hell I was listening to because of all the thee's and thou's and historical fiction isn't for me. But after the first hour of listening I was hooked, the narration is great and the story line is intriguing. I have now also listened to some of the other Matthew Corbit Novels and enjoyed them just as much. Give this book a go and you won't be disappointed.
"Fantastic from beginning to end"
Robert McCammon's fabulous way of entertaining you with the entransing voice of Edoardo Ballerini. A winning combination
There were too many to pick one!
The scenes....when the Night Bird was caged....
"A wonderful historical whodunit"
This is the first book in the Matthew Corbett series. Set in the days where the United States hadn't rebelled, and is still a collection of colonies for England and the Dutch.
The story centres around the thoughts and actions of our prissy protagonist, a law clerk to Magistrate Woodward, who have been called to deal with a witch trial in a town called Fount Royal. The town is floundering under the influence of the witch and the town officials are desperate for a quick execution; as the evidence is put forth, Matthew becomes less and less convinced of her guilt.
The story is well told, with plenty of twists to prevent the plot becoming stale, and unusually, McCammon has chosen to make Matthew a tiresome character... I often found him to be slightly annoying, and it's obvious that many of the characters within the story feel the same! That said, despite a minor dislike of Matthew, I did find myself caring what happened to him, and how the town would be saved (if at all...)
The writing is first rate, immersing you in the period and conjuring a detailed and believable world.
If you like a good solid mystery in your fiction, try this one for size!
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