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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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    Ammar 05-11-16
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    "Superb thriller"

    Just when you thought you had a clue.... you didn't. Usually when a book this size builds up such a heightened suspense, the resolution is disappointing in contrast. Not so with this one. The author is not only a superb talespinner but also adds flourishes in his writing.

    For the narration.... I have no words to say how perfect it was. He is outstanding.

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    Janet HUSTONVILLE, KY, United States 04-21-16
    Janet HUSTONVILLE, KY, United States 04-21-16

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    "I don't know why I bought this book."

    I'm not a big fan of books about the Pilgrim period in our history. Purchased in Aug. 2014. I found it in my list in Apr. 2016. I almost stopped reading it after a few chapters. HOWEVER; the story grabbed me and pulled me right into the book. It's 30+ hours long and I enjoyed almost every minute of it after I was bewitched. A little slow at times, but other than that a great story and a great narrator with a variety of voices so good one knew immediately who was speaking.

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    Patricia F 04-20-16
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    "Fabulous!"

    When I started this book, I didn't have much interest in Colonial-era witch trials, so I thought, we'll see. Shortly into the listening, I realized that McCammon could write about corn growing in Nebraska and I would RUN to buy his book. Absolutely delightful is one phrase I would use to describe his writing; compelling and captivating are others. His descriptions are so picturesque it reminded me of Don Quixote -- the highest compliment I can give. I laughed out loud throughout the book; the sense of irony and dry humor could not be beat. Some reviewers complained about 30 hours of listening. Are you kidding me?? I never wanted it to end.

    Edoardo Ballerini, the narrator, is one of the very best at Audible; he conveys nuances and irony like no other. Bravo to both author and narrator. This book rises to a lifetime favorite. I laughed and I cried -- what better compliment is there?

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    "Frustrating at times but okay overall."

    While I did not have all of the details worked out, I figured out several key elements of the plot about 10 hours in and then was frustrated that the protagonist was so dense that he did not see it too. Things were not precisely as I thought but there was no significant twist to what I was expecting. I thought the testimonies of the witnesses and the sexual escapades they claimed to have seen between the witch and the devil were unnecessarily graphic and forced me to skip over them. (Thank you Audible for the 30 sec fast forward!) I also then skipped a scene later in the book so I'm not sure what happened between Mathew and his love interest. I think there was at least one plot thread left unresolved. I do have to say I did like Mathew as a character and that would be the only reason I'd consider giving the second book a try.

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    Sandra Sacramento, CA USA 04-14-16
    Sandra Sacramento, CA USA 04-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Too much of everything!"

    I rarely dislike a book for being too long but this is much too long, too much description and most notably too much packed into one story. Unbelievable as historical fiction.

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    Janice Hamilton Square, NJ, United States 04-13-16
    Janice Hamilton Square, NJ, United States 04-13-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story and narration"

    Really enjoyed this story. The narrator was very good and made the village come to life. I'd love a sequel.

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    "A terrific read,"

    I loved this book it was so well written and narrated. I found it difficult to stop listening. The author painted such a vivid picture of 1699, rural America, you felt like you were there. I love the British accents which was done beautifully by Ballerini. The protagonist Matthew Corbett made many
    keen verbal observations., and his inquisitive nature, took him in to many strange situations. I'm looking forward to his next adventure.

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    Sonja Z. Thomas Atlanta, Ga 04-04-16
    Sonja Z. Thomas Atlanta, Ga 04-04-16 Member Since 2011

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    "Excellent tale"

    The narration of this book is perfect, the story engrossing with lovely characters and events.

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    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 03-30-16
    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 03-30-16 Member Since 2012

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    "What Evil Lurks In The Hearts of Men--Satan Knows"

    This book was so slow for me to get into but once I got into it, I couldn't get it out of my mind. I am so glad to have discovered Robert McCammon and will be reading more of his novels. This one about a small village in the New World and the Magistrate and his clerk sent to it for the trial of an accused witch. Murders have occurred and the crops have failed and obviously this means a witch is causing this evil. Obviously??? They pick the woman who is different from them, a Portuguese beauty with dark skin, and decide she must be a witch. If not for one man who insists that he will not allow punishment without a trial, she would have been burned the next day. The town was created by him so he has final say. He is no great hero, he is a bit of a tyrant, but at least he keeps the woman alive until the magistrate can conduct a trial. What leads up to the trial and follows the trial is the crux of the story. Matthew Corbett, the Clerk, is the hero of the story and appears in four later books. He is known as the Fixer and he is determined to get to the bottom of the reason this woman has been accused of witchcraft. He doesn't really believe in witches but he's only 20 and not experienced in the law or at least that is what the magistrate tells him for why he believes the way he does. This is a very long book and has lots of twists and turns but Matthew is the key to the whole story. It is a story of love and redemption and then more as Matthew grows into a young man. The story takes place in a few weeks time but covers lots and lots of ground. A very good mystery, thriller, and ending.

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    Carrie Dahlonega, GA, United States 03-16-16
    Carrie Dahlonega, GA, United States 03-16-16 Member Since 2013
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    "A new favorite!"

    I started this book on my mom's recommendation, and she did not steer me wrong. What a wonderful book! It was nice and long, had perfect narration, and a great story line that kept you hooked until the end. I cannot wait to start his next one.

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