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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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    L. Hale NOVA 09-10-16
    L. Hale NOVA 09-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "30 hours flew by."

    My attention was kept the entire story. Well written historical fiction with a mystery woven throughout. I felt as if I was there due to the well described characters and scenery. The narrator was fantastic. The combination of story and narrator was perfect. The only caution is: IT IS VERY GRAPHIC in description of some sexual acts. Not at all for children or people bothered by frank and explicit language.
    A good story that I couldn't believe I'd listened to for so many hours, as, they flew by due to how much I enjoyed the story and the mystery.

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    Lynda Waseca, MN, United States 07-27-16
    Lynda Waseca, MN, United States 07-27-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Journey back to when people believed in witchcraft"

    I took a gamble on this one as I had never before read this author, and was pleasantly surprised. It is a longer book, but has a lot of depth to all the characters and occurrences within. Matthew grew up in an orphanage, but was rescued by a judge due to the boy's aura of curiosity and willingness to learn. Over the years, Matthew becomes the judge's court reporter, so to speak, but also develops bonds of family because each has lost their own. In this story, they are traveling together to a new town that has experienced murders, suspicious illnesses, and a supposed witch is in captivity. The town leader seeks to do everything in a lawful way and invites the magistrate to hold trial and place judgement. (The town members hoping for a guilty verdict meaning the witch will burn at the stake for a glorious spectacle for all to see!) There are other adventures along the way outside of the town/trial happenings and even though this book was a longer one, I found enjoyment throughout. I'm glad I stuck with the length of the book and I now am delighted to see that this is not the end of the adventures of Matthew Corbett. I enjoyed this book and will be curious to see where his next journeys take him with the rest of the series by this author. In the meantime, I'll be sure to be able to recite the Lord's Prayer should anyone ask, lest I be accused a witch and burned at the stake. Don't forget to keep your birthmarks covered as well!

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    Toogar's Tails Utah 07-27-16
    Toogar's Tails Utah 07-27-16 Member Since 2016
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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. .
    dissapointed

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    Amazon Customer Cumming, GA, US 07-25-16
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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
    KellyH 07-23-16 Member Since 2014
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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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    Jamie Martin 06-30-16
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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
    C. Roxanne Cheley Ocala Fl 06-01-16 Member Since 2015
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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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