the Post Script for this book was very interesting. It explains the inspiration was based on the author's family lineage: a family history of "public executioners".
The author found several manuscripts that confirmed his family's "business" was that of hangman, passed down from generation to generation. The author has chosen the "last hangman" to hang this story upon.
The story is a murder mystery. The hangman, named Jakob Kuisl, doesn't want to see an innocent person wrongly blamed for the crime, so he sets out to discover the truth.
The backdrop is an earthy backdrop of Medieval Germany, and brings sights, sounds, and smells of the past to life. The superstitions of the common folk are also keenly felt, and accusations of witchcraft and devilry complicate the hangman's task.
A great mystery from the past. I thought the book was an accurate account of the torture practices of a hangman. I loved the story and the narration. The only downside was the names of the characters. Some were so similar, that it was hard to keep up with.
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again there is no use in reading it at all. Oscar Wilde
The Hangmans daughter was an excellent story I think it was 5 stars. I would have to say it was right up there with guernsey literary and potato peel society . Definatly worth the credit.
No I have not listened to any of Grover Gardner's performances but I do think that he was very good.
Life went on dispite all the dying.
It gave me a vivid picture of life in a 17th century village..
He got the German accent right..
Yes - and I did..
A really thrilling story that I couldn't see the ending and was really surprised at who the villain was.. LOVED IT!!
well-written period piece. Dark action, no boring lulls. I rarely venture outside of my nonfiction or classics but this risk was well worth it. Seemed pretty accurate, time-wise. Reaffirms my atheism with all the superstitious nonsensical beliefs of that era. Narration was pleasant.
The historical setting and personal connection of the author to the characters are all part of what make this so enjoyable. There is something about these characters that immediately hooked me. Grover Gardner's performance is, as usual, flawless.
Yes; lots of little twists and turns and surprises.
One thing most people will notice is his correct pronunciation of names, places and other things like herbs and weapons. If I had read this, I would have mispronounced just about every name. Gardner's voice is just awesome, though. Probably my favorite narrator out there.
"Hangmen have feelings too."
The series only goes up from here. Seriously, as good as this first installment is, the rest only get better and better.
Disappointing in its repetition, stock characters, and weak plotting. By the time I (finally) reached the end, I didn't care who had done what.
I'm not sure if this is just a poor translation or what, but it's one of the worst books I've ever listened to. I stuck with it to the end, and was disappointed by everything--story, characters, and especially the dialogue.
The Winter King
I wouldn't listen to it again. I was over it before the story was done but kept with it just in case it got better. It didn't.
The story ranks in my top 15 but it might actually be 15. That's not a bad thing with the amount of listening I've done.
There are many memorable moments. The author keeps you constantly on edge with the potential of something bad happening to someone good.
I personally love Mr. Gardner's voice and delivery (ie: The Stand, Hangman's Daughter) His deliberate pauses and vocal inflection's based on the character speaking, make you forget there is just one person reading. What I get from listening to him is the closest thing to an ensemble performance.
No, it was better to stretch it out over 3 days, to savor it. I never enjoy having a good book or series come to an end I always fear not being able to find another.
This story is nearly on par with The Mathew Corbett Mysteries (Robert McCammon). It's a similar setting and time. That's also a series that draws you in and won't let go.