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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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    "so dissapointed"

    Very seldom do I not finish a book. but this one was that bad. The language was unnecessarily foul and the story moved slowly. I have up 90.minutes in.

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    Sher from Provo Utah 11-26-16
    Sher from Provo Utah 11-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Well thought out, beautifully written"

    . . . And fabulously narrated, this book has it all! It is a gripping tail of fear, greed, adventure and love. Not the mushy kind. This is definitely not your romantic "chick flick" material although there is a very unusual love story. It is just a good book, a great story the kind that keeps you turning pages, or in this case, keeping the player going well into the night. Can't wait to start the next book in the series.

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    Misty 11-21-16
    Misty 11-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Narrator rocks"

    The narrator made this book for me.

    The story line was ok. It takes a long time to get to the point. Spending a lot of time on "misleading" side plots that go nowhere. By the end I just wanted to know who the villian was just so the book would stop saying "well maybe this character". Robert McCammon's writing style is awesome as always though, which is why I gave it 3 stars.

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    Cindy C 11-15-16
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    "Not a book that is easily kept up with while listening vs reading."

    I'm always multitasking as I listen. I got really tired of feeling confused and constantly back tracking.

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

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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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