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)
This is one of the books that I've turned off the TV to listen to. I have to multi-task because my mother didn't approve of "sitting around and reading." I got the dishes done, the floor swept, and the laundry done.
Phyllis Staff, PhD
Matthew serves as clerk for a magistrate. He's not only a clerk but a remarkable thinker. What makes Matthew unique among so many literary heros is that Matthew's thoughts don't always lead him to the right conclusion, but always to conclusions that will interest the listener.
McCammon offers listeners well fleshed out characters, characters you will come to appreciate. In addition, he spins a tale worth listening to and listening to again.
Although his tale is set in a time of hardship and superstitions, McCammon touches many of the weaknesses and strengths of people of any era. Greed and murder are balanced by love and tenderness in a timeless story.
I highly recommend "Speaks the Nightbird."
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The narration of this audiobook by Edoardo Ballerini was incredible. He more than did his work on this sordid novel and I will look for his other work. For me, the word putrid comes to mind in the needlessly long descriptions about the foulest of human conditons. I found this novel depressing and nauseous and could just as well have passed it by without missing
a thing, except the exceptional 'acting' of Mr. Ballerini.
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I'm Robert's wife, a retired physician and homeschool mom whose grown kids now love history, literature, sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction
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.
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.
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.
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.
Matthew was my favorite character.
When Matthew and Rachel are in the Indian camp. But there were so many favorites.
At the end when Matthew and Rachel were saying goodbye and also the times where Matthew stood up for his principles.
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.
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.
Very skilled narrator, character voices well matched to their description.
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...
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.
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.
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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