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Speaks the Nightbird | [Robert McCammon]

Speaks the Nightbird

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....
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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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    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 12-06-14
    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 12-06-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Just couldn't get into it characters dull"
    What did you like best about Speaks the Nightbird? What did you like least?

    Everything, it is dull and I went thru 4 chapters and still had no real life in it


    If you’ve listened to books by Robert McCammon before, how does this one compare?

    No, and I am not sure I want to


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Ballerini does a great job with what he had to work with, I did enjoy his reading and even he couldn't make the story move along


    Was Speaks the Nightbird worth the listening time?

    No, not really kind of slow and the characters in 1699 who can't do anything for themselves, fight or even run or saddle a horse are too much for me


    Any additional comments?

    I kept waiting for the story to catch fire but only smoke

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia seattle, WA, United States 11-30-14
    Patricia seattle, WA, United States 11-30-14 Member Since 2010
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    "My kingdom for an editor"

    What could have been an interesting topic is completely ruined by an out-of-control author. This writer needed a strong and committed editor to whip this book into shape. Pass it up.

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    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 11-22-14
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 11-22-14 Member Since 2003
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    "Not Worth 30 Hours"

    I have listened to several very long books. I will not pursue additional books in this series as this one wasn't worth it. The story itself was interesting and carries/carried much potential. But the pompous characters, almost all, were ridiculous. There were stray ends that could have taken the story along a variety of directions. Many never went anywhere and were unworthy fodder.

    Narration was decent.

    One distracting piece was a lack of attention, I feel, to accuracy of the era. I have read enough books placed in this timeframe and maybe I am used to their attention to the differences from our times. For example, paper was a scarcity. It was hard to come by and therefore treated with such respect. It lent to an unbelieveability for much of what happened.

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    Peter Kanata, ON, Canada 11-16-14
    Peter Kanata, ON, Canada 11-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Story, well narrated and delivered"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely recommend this audiobook. The story is great and well delivered. A great mystery and compelling characters.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I was on the edge of my seat throughout waiting to see how the story turned out, and was not disappointed.


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    Phil Belmont, CA, United States 11-14-14
    Phil Belmont, CA, United States 11-14-14 Member Since 2009
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    "A Waste of a Credit and 30 Hours of Your Life"

    I don't often review books, but I owe this one to my fellow audiobook lovers. Speaks the Nightbird is just awful. If you waste your credit on this tripe, just remember, you were warned!

    I agree with the criticisms of the several reviewers who found it trite, inaccurate, and completely unworthy of the 30 hours you'll invest in enduring to the end. When you get there, you'll wish you hadn't bothered.

    I don't need to repeat the specific complaints about distracting inaccuracies, historical license, anachronisms, and a completely unlikable main character, all presented in ludicrous, overblown "colonial era" language. I agree completely with what was already pointed out, although I wasn't offended by the profane language, sexual content (deviant and otherwise), etc. Much of that was quite (unintentionally) funny.

    I will also add that I found the narrator's performance abysmal, and as overblown as the writing. I became so annoyed with his reading that I nearly stopped listening to it several times. However, my fundamental frugality demanded that "I get my money's worth" and stick it to the end.

    I can't understand how this was rated so highly. It just shows that we all see things in a different light.

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    Craig Seattle, WA, United States 11-11-14
    Craig Seattle, WA, United States 11-11-14 Member Since 2007

    I teach. I Listen. I trust your judgment as a fellow listener.

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    "History Encapsulated"

    Burn a witch? Reveal an conspiracy? History comes alive in this crisp retelling of an horrid era in Colonial history…witch trials and the intersection of faith and law.

    The reason why I am recommending this audiobook has nothing to do with the story (which is phenomenal). It is a tale of one boy/man and his intellect, against a myriad of biblically-misguided Colonials who see darkness with every twist of fate. I want you to listen to this book so you understand from whence we have come as a Nation.

    There are some eye-rolling moments, however, they are so infrequent that the story abides…as does our Nation. That is, America abides…even though we were at one time serious ignoramuses.

    Go for it!

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    Leslie 11-09-14
    Leslie 11-09-14

    reader, teacher, writer=happy person

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    "Speaks the nightbird: great escape!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am unhappy leaving Matthew Corbett's world, even with the mosquitos, mud, murder, small minded people and threat of imminent death on a daily basis. There was also buried treasure, animal magnetism, an untouched world of gasping beauty and a bildungsroman. This is the kind of book you read to escape everyday life, so I refuse to let it go. I am reading the next Matthew Corbett book: The Queen of Bedlam. Hello New York!


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    Timo 11-08-14
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    "Could have been a little shorter"

    I love historical fiction and I truly enjoyed this book. However, despite the fact that I also really enjoy long volumes, this book felt a little slow to me at times. I can't recall that I ever had the feeling that 2 hrs could easily have been cut from the book without losing anything - but in this case I did. I still really enjoyed the characters and their secrets and I'm sure I'll pick up the second book in the series, yet I thought it was a bit slow.

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    Jeri United States 10-22-14
    Jeri United States 10-22-14 Member Since 2002
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    "A thoroughly enjoyable book!"

    I don't write many reviews, even though I rate every book I listen to. Speaks the Nightbird is a very long book, but I was riveted throughout. Every now and then I find a book that I want to tell everyone to listen to, and this is one of them. Edoardo Ballerini did an excellent job of voicing all of the characters, building and maintaining suspense, and his pacing was perfect for the story. McCammon's writing style displays a dry wit, and a tremendous depth of emotions. This book is an exciting whodunit surrounding a witch trial, but is about so much more.

    There are a few disturbing graphic depictions of sexual situations as well as gory deaths. With that said, those scenes have their place in the book and are not gratuitous.

    A fine job was done creating the character of Matthew Corbett, and I will definitely listen to the other books in the series.

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    Linda 10-21-14
    Linda 10-21-14 Member Since 2013

    I'm often Parallel parked in a vertical world, but the view is spectacular from here!

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    "Different from my norm but I liked it."

    This book was an adventure for me. I'm determined to stay out of a box when it comes to my choices and I found this book to be well narrated and an interesting story for the time. It was a sort of Scarlet Letter meets, Salem Witch trials. It is richly woven and while not a block buster hang onto your seat kind of read, it was entertaining. I'm glad I listened. Narration was great!

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