No, just because it is really long and some parts could be cut. However, I did enjoy it.
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
This is my first listen with him.
No, but I enjoyed it.
The book has been heavily praised and heavily criticized. I liked it, but I didn't love it. This book is the first in a series of at least five, and I liked it enough to download the next one.
The book's opening scene starts out strong and the narrator does an excellent job making it more vivid and giving it more depth. Unfortunately even he cannot prevent the story from becoming tiresome and shallow. The author has done many things right: interesting likeable protagonist, (which is not the hangman's daughter but the hangman himself) and an interesting setting. But many side characters (and there are A LOT) are just tediously one-dimensional. They remind me of townspeople of Belle's village in Disney's Beauty and the Beast but instead of yelling "Kill the Beast," it's "Kill the witch". And they do come across as cartoony.
Also, the author's favourite suspense device is to keep things in the dark. You get glimpses of the villains' thoughts but it's repetitive and almost clumsily done. It's a shame. The book could have been much better.
I loved this historical thriller from the 1660s in Germany. It was the story about a hangman, his daughter, and a young physician trying to prove the innocence of a midwife accused of murder and witchcraft. It got a bit graphic with the details of torture, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I thought the characters had depth and the story kept my interest. It was read by Grover Gardner who did a fine job with the narration. Story 4 1/2 stars. Narration 5 stars.
Nothing. I found the idea of making the hangman the 'good guy' quite revolting. And the interview with the author, talking about his ancestor, and kind of glorifying him, even more disturbing. Could not get past that.
No, just this author.
This is a well written mystery with an original setting inRennaisance Germany.
The setting in Germany was interesting. The mystery itself was rather workman like.
Grover Gardner did an excellent job narrating. I have heard him narrate several novels and I have never been disappointed.
Yes . Christian Bale would make a great Hangman!
I love learning everything about German history, so this was right up my alley. I did learn about life in the mid-1600s. It was a rough period in history - witchcraft and serious misguided understandings of how the body works abounded. Luckily there were people, who were onto to something with their herbal remedies and who were suspicious of bloodletting and wary of the accepted belief about the humors of the human body.
Other than that, this book really offered nothing. I was completely let down by this story. I only gave it the two stars I did, because I really liked the hangman and the physician characters. (Why the author named the book after the hangman's daughter I don't know.) I also thought the narrator did a good job presenting the hangman's dialog, although at first it bothered me that he didn't speak with a German accent.
The story was way too long for the simple plot and in the end it fizzled out. I don't think I will read the next book in the series.
"The Hangman's Daughter"---just the title drew me in, promising a story of murder and intrigue, surrounding or at least involving the title character. Well, there's murder, but none of it is intriguing, and none of it really has anything to do with the title that drew me in. There's a Hangman. He has a daughter, but she doesn't do much besides look pretty and occasionally say something that will make the real main characters jump to a conclusion about the rote mystery they are investigating. I found it hard to care what any of the thin characters were doing at any given moment, least of all her. The mystery isn't so much a mystery as layers of convolution to drag out the lax narrative. I will say the narrator's performance was pretty good, but when what he's reading is such a waste of time, who cares?
I love historical fiction, and especially enjoyed that it is the author's ancestors. The narration & pronunciation of people's names was interesting. So were the characters and social rankings of the times. It was descriptive that I could picture the story happening as I listened to it.
so glad I followed through, everything about this book was awesome. I'm usually not terribly into murder/suspense/mystery but this one had me by the gut from chapter one.