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Publisher's Summary

The world of Colonial America comes vibrantly to life in this masterful new historical thriller by Robert McCammon. The latest entry in the popular Matthew Corbett series, which began with Speaks the Nightbird and continued in The Queen of Bedlam, Mister Slaughter opens in the emerging metropolis of New York City in 1702, and proceeds to take both Matthew and the reader on an unforgettable journey of horror, violence, and personal discovery.

The journey begins when Matthew, now an apprentice problem solver for the London-based Herrald Agency, accepts an unusual and hazardous commission. Together with his colleague, Hudson Greathouse, he agrees to escort the notorious mass murderer Tyranthus Slaughter from an asylum outside Philadelphia to the docks of New York. Along the way, Slaughter makes his captors a surprising - and extremely tempting - offer. Their response to this offer will alter the course of the novel, setting in motion a series of astonishing, ultimately catastrophic events.

Mister Slaughter is at once a classic portrait of an archetypal serial killer and an exquisitely detailed account of a fledgling nation still in the process of inventing itself. Suspenseful, illuminating, never less than compulsively readable, it is, by any measure, an extraordinary achievement, the largest accomplishment to date from one of our most gifted - and necessary - writers.

©2010 Robert McCammon (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • JB
  • Pittsburgh
  • 03-22-14

Mister Slaughter

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would recommend this book. Good story and great narration.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mister Slaughter?

In the first half of the story, Mister Slaughter is a fairly enjoyable "villain." Most of his dialogue is entertaining.

Have you listened to any of Edoardo Ballerini’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I've listened to the whole Matthew Corbett series to date and Edoardo Ballerini is at his best in this book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Due to some actions of certain characters there were some aggravating parts of the book.

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Different from the Others

Any additional comments?

This Matthew Corbitt novel is different from the others in that it is less of a mystery and more of an action packed horror story. I did not like it as much as the other two. Its still really good though, and truly horrifying as well. The narrator was fabulous as always.

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  • T.Ann
  • Goose Creek, SC, United States
  • 03-15-14

Perfectly put together....amazing!!!!

What made the experience of listening to Mister Slaughter the most enjoyable?

I love the McCammon puts together all the threads of different plots into one awesome story!

What did you like best about this story?

Mrs. Such's Sausages!!!!

What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

Diverse and flawless performance.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but I have to work sometime!

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  • bracken
  • mocksville, nc, United States
  • 02-23-14

Excellent!

As awesome as its predecessor! Literally 'edge of your seat' stuff. It kept me up until 4:30am, listening nonstop. Hurry and put his latest on audible! I want the entire series!

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Mister Slaughter is one of a kind

Robert McCammon series is fantastic. When you first read Sings The Night Bird, the only thing you hope for is the story to continue, and it does.

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Great Read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This was my first time reading Robert McCammon, Mister Slaughter was great! I could not put my phone down. It held my curiosity to the end and as it went it developed.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Matthew Corbin he developed into more of a determined man, instead just a well to do person he became a true force.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Oh no I like a book that I can return to finish it took time.

Any additional comments?

I cannot wait until River of Souls, is in Audiobook format.

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Matthew Corbett is getting annoying

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

While I am a big fan of this series - as the books move along the main character, Matthew Corbett, is becoming almost distractingly annoying. His arrogance mixed with brazen stupid choices one after another are starting to get in the way of my enjoyment of the story. With each edition the narrator's misguided hero-complex is irritating.

Which character – as performed by Edoardo Ballerini – was your favorite?

Edoardo Ballerni's performance in this entire series is one of the BEST parts of the listening experience. Wonderful voice, excellent characters. He really brings the book to life.

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Spicy!

Another GREAT story in this series! Edoardo Ballerini is FANTASTIC! He is by far my favorite narrator.

I think it will be a while before I have any spicy sausages!

Robert McCammon has a twisted mind....and I love it!

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Who are these people???

Would you try another book from Robert McCammon and/or Edoardo Ballerini?

Maybe.

What was most disappointing about Robert McCammon’s story?

The characters that McCammon fleshed out in the first two books in the series - and they were both considerably longer and more involved, simply aren't the same people in this book. Matthew Corbett has turned into a fop of questionable principles (and seems to have lost most of his deductive abilities), and Greathouse has been made into a fool, which he definitely was not in the previous book. Not sure what happened to the continuity of the characters, but wonder what pressure the author was under to do such a hatchet job on them.As usual, narrator was very good.

Any additional comments?

The first two book of the series are very worthwhile; for a satisfactory listening experience, I'd recommend stopping after The Queen of Bedlam.

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Scary villain

I have to admit the villain of this piece is horrifying. The descriptions of his sprees while Matthew searched him out, were beyond my imagination of evil. I truly had a hard time waiting for this book to resolve which kept me listening long into the night.

The characters were again so vivid that I was attached to many that were merely passing through. Walker and Lark were particular favorites that stayed with me. This is a true gift to create people you wished you knew personally.