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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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    Jason Rahn 11-13-16
    Jason Rahn 11-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very Pleasantly Surprised."
    Would you listen to Speaks the Nightbird again? Why?

    I would listen to this again. The story was descriptive and yet still driven enough so the listener isn't left bored or lulled.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters in the story are all very three-dimensional figures. From the first hour on you are vested in the characters.


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    I appreciated that he created an independent voice for each character without the feeling over-exaggerating the performance.


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

    30+ hours of listening would be a marathon for anyone in one sitting but I was always very excited to get back to the story.


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    Jennifer Lee 11-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Exceptional!"

    This book did not drag for one second! The narrator was amazing & I vividly imagined what each character looked like in my mind's eye. Easy to follow along, phenomenal story & overall one of the best audiobooks I've listened to...& I travel for work so I listen to A LOT! :) Did not seem like 30 hours...I didn't want this story to end. I wish there was a sequel...it's set up for one, in my opinion.

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    Don 11-12-16
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    "Great tale!"

    I love a great historical story, one full of action and intrigue. This one had it all.

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    Cassie 10-28-16
    Cassie 10-28-16
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    "Night bird"

    Kinda slow moving, I didn't find any of the characters compelling enough to want to know more about them.

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    Amazon Customer 10-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "excellent read, very engaging ."

    The book grabs you from the beginning and leads you from one captivating instance to the next until the very last page.

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    Elice Lehmann SAN ANTONIO, TX, US 10-18-16
    Elice Lehmann SAN ANTONIO, TX, US 10-18-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting LONG story"

    This may be the longest story I have ever listened to. Whew! I found parts of the story riveting but feel that it could've been shortened to prevent pure boredom at times. It was also terribly and shockingly raunchy sometimes and I found myself only being able to listen to it outloud when I was alone. It did wrap up very nicely though so I didn't feel that laborious time spent listening was completely wasted.

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    Mollyk 10-17-16
    Mollyk 10-17-16
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    "Anticlimactic but well read"

    I found the book boring. The narration was excellent but I felt the story dragged on and the big reveals were a let down.

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    Ledermom 10-16-16
    Ledermom 10-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Entertaining but long"
    Would you listen to Speaks the Nightbird again? Why?

    no, the story seems to be unnecessarily stretched out.


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

    Some of the time it did, other times it felt like there was too much detail that did not pertain to the plot.


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    Wonderful changes for each character


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    Jaime Orlando, FL, United States 10-14-16
    Jaime Orlando, FL, United States 10-14-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Slow starter, but worth the read!"

    It took me awhile to get into this book because of it' slow start. I came back to it several times before finally giving it a chance to complete. Once I got through about the first 1/4 of the book, it go so much better and was a welcomed surprise. I will definitely read the rest of the series. I am eager to learn of the remaining adventures of the main character Matthew.

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    Charger 10-14-16
    Charger 10-14-16 Member Since 2017

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    "Beautifully descriptive writing!"

    The author is so adept at painting a mental picture with words, I felt like I was there in person. Great job by narrator too.

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