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Mister Slaughter

A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 3
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
Series: Matthew Corbett, Book 3
Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (2,221 ratings)

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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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  • Cheryl
  • Castle Rock, CO 80109 United States
  • 07-14-12

Fantastic series!

It's cliche to say that you "can't put a story down, but in the case of this series, it's absolutely true. I had never tried any McCammon before I bought "The Nightbird" but I will most likely read everything available by him from now on. I love historical mystery from all settings, but this series is special. We get to see the fallible hero grow and change, make mistakes and do amazing things. Somehow McCammon has filled the tale with non-stop action but not made it seem unbelievable. I highly recommend this series to anyone, historical fans or not!

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  • Rebecca R.
  • Caledonia, New York United States
  • 06-06-13

More Gory and Violent than the other books so far.

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I have enjoyed the entire Matthew Corbett series, and I thoroughly enjoyed this story as well. I especially enjoyed the character of Walker in Two Worlds. I would have enjoyed hearing more about him, and seeing him in other books. There was more violence in this book, which does not bother me, and it really brought the character of Slaughter to life in all his vileness. McCammon has written a great novel, and, as always, Eduardo Ballerini has brought the characters to life with his spot-on narration.

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  • Paul
  • Cambria, CA, United States
  • 09-10-12

Exciting Historical Fiction

I like Robert McCammon to begging with, but I am especially fond of his Matthew Corbet books. He transports us back to a time in U.S. history that we don't learn about in school books. The daily lives of the citizens in the early 1700's was much different than our own. And, in addition, these books suck you into the story and their adventure. I would recommend any of them.

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  • Nancy
  • St Charles, MO, United States
  • 08-16-12

I liked this story,

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Mr Corbett is human and has flaws. His decisions have consequences. This is nicely presented in this story. Too many heroes do not display failings, and their consequences. In previous books, Mr Corbett's choices were always correct, heroic, and had good outcomes. It really endears him to me to watch him go through his acts of redemption. Slaughter, is indeed a villain. The historicity of the family on the frontier is so vividly portrayed along with their character strengths and the hazards they faced. Surprising twists and betrayals toward the end. I like this series.

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Darn! Why Must The Series Be So Expensive!

I used all my credits for the month and now I'm chomping at the bit to read the 4th book in this series. I was not familiar with this author before starting the series, and I consider his books almost the best find of this year. If he is a new author, I can't help but wonder what he has been doing! The characterization in each of the books is outstanding. The reader forms a relationship with each character, no matter what the length of time said character is in the story. There is violence, bad violence, and parts that can turn a weak stomach, but the violence is appropriate for the time period. Mr. McCammon gives us an in-depth look at New York city as it is growing in the 1700's, still under England's rule.
One quality I most like about this and all the other books in the series is all the little mysteries in the big mystery, all interwoven in a way that kept me rivoted.

I found myself comparing the author to two very different authors: Ariana Franklin and Nelson DeMille! He appears to have Ms. Franklin's ability to weave a tale set in a long gone time period and make the reader see that time period. He definitely has Mr. DeMilles ability to keep the reader on the edge of his/her seat, sometimes feeling empathy for the "bad" guys, but eargerly awaiting the triumph of Matthew Corbett (the main protagonist)!

The narration was top notch. I was not familiar with this narrator before, but I will be looking out for other books narrated by him. His ability to give voice to the many characters is outstanding and ensures the reader "sees" the characters.

I cannot say enough about this author, well, except I do wish Audible would lower the price of his books!

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ZOMG Mind-blowingly good

Where does Mister Slaughter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The top. Seriously. This was that good.

What other book might you compare Mister Slaughter to and why?

The only thing that even remotely compares is "The Alienist," by Caleb Carr, which similarly places a "modern" kind of criminal investigation in a vividly detailed past.

What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

Edoardo Ballerini is a gosh-danged genius of audiobook narration.

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

YES. The WHOLE THING. This book was so exciting, so fast-paced, thrilling, scary, frustrating, baffling, disgusting, horrifying, tragic, hilarious, clever, and flat-out fun, I hated to stop listening. This is my favorite of this series and I was pretty much ready to start it over as soon as I finished it.

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  • Katie
  • Lolo, MT, United States
  • 08-13-12

Less Talk, More Action & Some Tasty Morsels

I didn't enjoy the story as much as I enjoyed the stories in "Speaks the Nightbird" and "The Queen of Bedlam." In this installment, our protagonist and his mentor bite off more than they can chew with a seemingly mundane job gone badly awry and events turn macabre and unpalatable in a hurry. There is more action and less dialogue in this installment than the previous two. I enjoy Matthew's interrogations, so I missed the dialogue.

The narration by Edoardo Ballerini continues to be spot on.

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Not My Favorite in the Series

Don't want to spoil anything, but I found the "through the woods" part long and tedious. Still recommend the book, as it fits with the previous books and lays groundwork for the fourth, I just didn't enjoy it as much as the first two in the series.

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  • Margaret
  • San Francisco, CA USA
  • 09-30-12

Not really detective fiction...

This book was a little odd after the totally "five star" first two books in the series. The majority of the book didn't have a mystery for Matthew Corbett to figure out - it was suspense all the way.

Did it work as suspense? Absolutely. But I skipped ahead in places, which I couldn't do with the others because I might miss a clue, secure that I wouldn't lose the thread of the plot at all. I found myself wondering if maybe there was a tight deadline or something so the same care could not be put into the mystery for Matthew to solve. I also thought the resolution to the "Zed" storyline was baffling.

I'm in the fourth book now, so my reaction to this book didn't put me off the series. But I'm hoping for a return to the form of Speaks the Nightingale and Queen of Bedlam. Fingers crossed.

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Took A Drastic Turn for the Worse

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I was really surprised by the choices McCammon made with his characters in this third book in the Matthew Corbett series. The entire premise is not consistent with the characters he has crafted in this first two books, especially Matthew! (Spoilers ahead) I had a seriously difficult time believing that Matthew, a firm believer in justice and the law, would go on a crazy quest to recover stolen money from a prisoner. From that point on the book took a pretty drastic turn for the worse. Low point of the book was the murder of a Pioneer family (with apparently helpless Pioneering women....) and the rape of a young girl. Ugh. I will not be reading the rest of these books. Terribly disappointed!

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  • marianne
  • 12-03-13

gripping!

Where does Mister Slaughter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

From all the books ive listened to over last few years this book this series gripped me from the beginning and has become one of my firm favourites.

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

There were several memorable parts in the book and the way the twists and turns happen keep you desperate to find out what is happening next. The several plots are brilliantly interwoven and take you way off the predictable outcomes!

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

Def. I loved where it went plus the way it was read brought it to life so well

Any additional comments?

Glad I took a achance on first book as that led me to the series. I was disappointed when I came to the end of the books. Keen to see how Matthew gets on

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  • Ligs
  • 12-04-12

A Bit too Gory for me

Well written and very descriptive, and superbly read by the narrator...his characterisations are superb..5 stars for the narrator and 3 for the novel...just too gory and violent for me this one....Not as interesting as the first novel in the series for example...more linear..which is a shame..

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  • Steve
  • 07-23-19

A twist on a Tale

Well read with a good pace, maybe a little predictàble but worth a listen. a few grisly and quite unpleasant scenes.

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  • Andrew
  • 10-22-18

Series gets better and better

Brilliant series of books and they just keep getting better. Came across the author in a 2 for 1 deal.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-14-18

exceptional

Thoroughly good read. Loved the characters, felt I knew them. Engaging plot, a real page Turner.

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  • artyms
  • 02-20-18

Good enough to ignore the dubious Scottish accent!

Would you consider the audio edition of Mister Slaughter to be better than the print version?

For me, yes....I'm a hands free gal.

What did you like best about this story?

Total immersion as usual.

What does Edoardo Ballerini bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He helps colour the words....Slaughter was a darkly wonderful character that he brought to chilling life.

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

I did, as with all his books....the right length for a drawing!

Any additional comments?

Recommend.

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  • Anne Holvey
  • 09-20-17

Unnecessary gore

I really enjoyed the first books in this series but this and the next, which I have returned, are padded out, unnecessarily in my opinion, with lengthy passages of gory violence that does not add a jot to the storyline. such a shame

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  • Steve Ardagh-Walter
  • 09-04-17

A good yarn, spoiled by effete narration

I almost gave up on this after 10 minutes due to the effeminate narrator. I kept going and found the story was very good, if slightly less than believable. Part of a series, but this isn't essential for understanding.

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  • jackie Hammond
  • 06-27-17

Oh Mathew !!!!

I had to get this second book after listening to the first. I am about to start on the third book. Really enjoying this series. Great story, great narration and not easy to put down.

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  • Kelwyn Warlow
  • 10-10-15

Gruesome but riveting

This kept my attention although at times it was rather gruesome. Continues the excellent series and I look forward to listening to the next one.

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  • AnnetteE
  • 11-18-16

Disappointing overall.

Particularly brutal and cruel in parts. Sometimes I felt this was over the top and unnecessary. I fear that none of the further adventures of Matthew Corbett will live up to his initial adventure in Speaks the Night bird, where we got yo understand his drive., motivation, intelligence and brilliant mind. These were lacking in this story that relied more on lurid details of murders.

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