The story felt a bit long and drawn out at times, especially considering these are not very complex characters ... Overall, not bad if you enjoy this particular genre. But don't expect to be blown away.
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.
is the story good? I really tried, but couldn't take the narration.
the story seems to take place in late medieval germany, but the narration is flat middle american. The translation seems a bit awkward as well.
This book was written ok and the narrator did an ok job. I do not feel that I wasted a credit on this book, however, was disappointed with it. The end seemed abrupt, this just wasn't my style.