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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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    Kim Indianapolis, IN, United States 05-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    This was an Excellent performance and story, The authors book was captivating and intriguing. I'm going on to do the rest of the book series.

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    Hannah 05-25-17
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    I recently purchased the fifth book in this series, and I wanted to refresh my memory. I loved this book even more on the second hearing. Eduardo Ballerini is one of my very favorites.

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    hadaki_lvr32 Salt Lake City, UT 05-24-17
    hadaki_lvr32 Salt Lake City, UT 05-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    This listen really surprised me. Typically it takes me a while to get into "period" novels, but this was interesting from page one and I found myself invested. Parts of it did drag in, but the answer to the mystery was such that I couldn't stop listening. I really think that some of Matthew's internal dialog could have been trimmed down, but overall it was enjoyable. It just took a long time to get through it!

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    ariel 05-23-17
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    jumped shark 3 chapters before end. words words words words words words words words el.

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    Onepoint Wyoming 05-23-17
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    I like to listen to long books and this one delivered. The narration was excellent. The story dragged a little but the author put a lot of detail in the writing. It was enjoyable and I'm moving on to the second one.

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    "The Best of the Series!"

    This is one of my favorite audible books! Robert McCammon is truly a gifted author. The narration is fabulous.

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    Interesting story just dragged on much too long. Very slow moving. It would have been better if it was more concise.

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    Loralie 04-13-17
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    they gets a five star from me on every account. keep my interest from start to finish.

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    J. Clark Charlotte, NC USA 04-03-17
    J. Clark Charlotte, NC USA 04-03-17
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    What did you love best about Speaks the Nightbird?

    A perfect blend of history, mystery & fiction.


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

    He's one of those narrators who makes you forget he's there; it's just you and the story and the characters. To me, that's the best a narrator can do. It's like an actor who plays a part so well that you forget they're playing a part; they momentarily convince you they ARE the character. Ballerini does that.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I guess my extreme reaction would be in replaying certain parts to make sure I heard it right or didn't miss something (the action gets fast!).


    Any additional comments?

    ETA - It's been awhile (2 years) since I first listened to this, but it was so good that I remember it vividly. Definitely will start the series again soon.

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    Katie B 03-21-17
    Katie B 03-21-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Addicting, enthralling"

    I LOVED this book. I bought it having no clue what it was about, and loved every minute. the narrator was fantastic, and the story was beautifully crafted. I'll be hunting down much more from this author!

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