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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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    Grizzbeau 07-27-16
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    "get the feeling you've done this before?"

    It's a total parallel with IT by Stephen King. change only a couple things & finished. .
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    Amazon Customer Cumming, GA, US 07-25-16
    Amazon Customer Cumming, GA, US 07-25-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Missed a couple turn offs while enjoying this book"

    Thought the storyline was well developed and told. Reminded me of. Sherlock Holmes story set in the colonies.

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    KellyH 07-23-16
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    "A historic columbo!"

    I find that I really loved this book. I was hesitant to buy it cause some of the reviews said it was unnecessarily long/long winded but, I think it added enough in the details to really draw me into the story and the world. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.

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    Ronad Halvorson 07-11-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Great writing, Felt like was living with characters"

    Robert McCammon description of the living conditions almost made me stop reading. I didn't, was I so glad. This great story about trusting in your heart what is truth or just agreeing with majority and not asking the hard questions.

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    elle 07-08-16
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    "Excellent and Satisfying"

    I loved this book! Initially attracted to the subject matter and the hefty length, I nearly stopped listening after the first 15 minutes. Nothing seemed to be happening of interest. I like strong female protagonists and at the rate it was going, I felt we would never get to the witch.

    But I became 'bewitched' by the richness of the narrator's voice and the finely drawn characters. I love a book that is like watching a movie, and this one includes vivid imagery, wonderful dialogue, and some characters who you would like to know and some you would detest. Historical details make it seem like you are actually there!

    Although the author never really draws the female psychology as realistically as the male, I forgive him because I just liked the book so much.

    So glad there are more books about the main character, Matthew Corbett. I hope for the same engrossing experience.

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    "Great Writer!"

    Always wonderful to find a new (to me) author, and the narration was just as great! Thank you Audible!

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    "Good story , great narration"

    It was a good story , but dragged in the middle. But I do want to continue with the Matthew Corbett series .

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    C. Roxanne Cheley Ocala Fl 06-01-16
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    "Amazing!! I couldn't take my earbuds out!!"

    Amazing story with descriptions that were filled with words to create the feeling of being there. The narrator was equally gifted with his beautiful presentation. I am so sorry the book ended. I am hope for a sequel!!

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    Kim Meseck Jamison, PA United States 05-24-16
    Kim Meseck Jamison, PA United States 05-24-16 Member Since 2015

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    "A dark mystery with many twists and turns"

    This was my first Robert McCammon novel. I did enjoy it. I just loved Matthew's wit and deduction gifts, reminds one of the master, Sherlock Holmes. An excellent crafted novel for book 1 of the Matthew Corbett series. I definitely will read another. Cleverly written. All important mysteries explained, and well designed by the author. Enjoyable, well-developed characters and story. Definitely made my heart beat fast! And, times where tears were brought to my eyes. The author masterfully makes you fall in love with the characters, and truly despise the despicable ones! Easy to get vested in this story. Adult content with lots of surprises. A well-written historical period piece!

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    Jean 05-20-16
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    "A great period piece"

    The development of Matthew's character was truly enjoyable to be a part of! The story was rich in details of a time in history when life was very hard and people had a choice of following the rule of law or not. This town had many problems and was seeking solutions. It is very easy to see the facts and paint a picture that you wish it to be. Matthew followed his convictions to find answers. I look forward to hearing more of Matthew's adventures! Edoardo Ballerini did a masterful job with all the characters!

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