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The Queen of Bedlam Audiobook

The Queen of Bedlam: A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

His epic masterwork Speaks the Nightbird, a tour de force of witch hunt terror in a colonial town, was hailed by Sandra Brown as "deeply satisfying...told with matchless insight into the human soul."

Now, Robert McCammon brings the hero of that spellbinding novel, Matthew Corbett, to 18th-century New York, where a killer wields a bloody and terrifying power over a bustling city carving out its identity - and over Matthew's own uncertain destiny.

The unsolved murder of a respected doctor has sent ripples of fear throughout a city teeming with life and noise and commerce. Who snuffed out the good man's life with the slash of a blade on a midnight street? The local printmaster has labeled the fiend "the Masker," adding fuel to a volatile mystery...and when the Masker claims a new victim, hardworking young law clerk Matthew Corbett is lured into a maze of forensic clues and heart-pounding investigation that will both test his natural penchant for detection and inflame his hunger for justice.

In the strangest twist of all, the key to unmasking the Masker may await in an asylum where the Queen of Bedlam reigns - and only a man of Matthew's reason and empathy can unlock her secrets. From the seaport to Wall Street, from society mansions to gutters glimmering with blood spilled by a deviant, Matthew's quest will tauntingly reveal the answers he seeks - and the chilling truths he cannot escape.

©2007 Robert McCammon (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    tjarny 07-02-15
    tjarny 07-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "The Queen of Bedlam review"

    This is the second Robert McCammon book I've listened to. They were both great. The narration was well done and the stories themselves gripping. I enjoy the way he describes people and events and there were places where I laughed out loud at a scene he was painting, even as the story itself may have been in a serious place in the telling. I highly recommend this book.

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    Spike72 San Antonio, TX USA 06-18-15
    Spike72 San Antonio, TX USA 06-18-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Layers upon layers of mystery"
    What made the experience of listening to The Queen of Bedlam the most enjoyable?

    Queen of Bedlam has a wide range of characters to pull you in. You can see how McCammon is constructing a world where his hero can live and grow.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Queen of Bedlam?

    The action sequence on the farm is terrific. Matthew has to survive all manner of deadly attacks and you have no idea how he will make it. McCammon has the ability to both misdirect and foreshadow which is truly surprising.


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    Pacing, tone, accents are all great.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the second Matthew Corbett novel. Just like Speaks the Nightingale, it is long. You feel the pacing is very slow at first, but as you get further on, you see that there is no wasted information. McCammon is creating a world and setting up information which is necessary for the full impact of the story. And like the real world, things are not really over when you think they are. Enjoy. This will keep you engaged.

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    DP 04-27-15
    DP 04-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A worthy sequel to Speaks the Nightbird"

    The character of Matthew Corbett continues to evolve and increase in intrigue Next book!

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    Trillium Boult 04-10-15
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    "One of his best yet!"

    This is one fabulous tale of suspense and historical fiction . The narrator is perfect. PERFECT! He effortlessly switches between English accents and colonial American and brings this thriller to life. My favorite Matthew Corbett book yet, I couldn't put it down.!!

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    Olivia Ostrin 03-23-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Another wonderful historical novel"

    A great read, rich in details and adventure. Going to buy the next one to keep up with Matthew Corbett's adventures!

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    Beckilicious 03-10-15 Member Since 2013
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    "book features vivid rape of an adult man."

    this is a good book. great story in most aspects. very well written. good preformance.

    however, the main character is drugged and viciously raped by a woman about half way through the book.

    NOT a book for kids.

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    Whatsczup? 03-07-15
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    "I loved this"

    From start to finish it was full of intrigue and twists I never saw coming. Wonderful narration, too. Can't wait to start the next in the series.

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    Joy Westerbeck 03-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent"

    Great sequel full of twists and turns!
    I am ready for the next brilliantly written book in this newly discovered series.

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    Michael M. 02-24-15
    Michael M. 02-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Anxious for the next one already"

    Mr. McCammon is masterful at imagery, language and storytelling. Mr. Ballerini carries the period as well as the characters with his voice. Both keep the reader enthralled throughout. One minor complaint is the narrator's pace. I fortunately have the ability to adjust the speed of the reading to 1.25 or sometimes 1.5 times to make it comfortable to my listening.

    As a side note, yesterday was the 87th Oscar awards and it occurred to me that if ever Matthew Corbett hit the big screen, he could be played by this year's winner of Actor in a Lead Role, Eddie Redmayne.

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    LRoger01 02-21-15
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    "Great story"

    An excellent sequel to "Nightbird" I highly recommend it if you like historical fiction. The linear format of the story makes it easy to follow. Also swearing and sex is limited and told in a PG13 way. It's suitable for a car trip with older kids.

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