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Maureen McRae

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  • The Hangman's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translator)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play in his small Bavarian town. When more children disappear and an orphan is found dead with the same mark, the mounting hysteria threatens to erupt. Before the unrest forces him to torture and execute the woman who aided in the birth of his children, Jakob must unravel the truth.

    goddess_of_pipework says: "Fascinating"
    "An excellent listen"
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    What did you love best about The Hangman's Daughter?

    The story is compelling and lures you back into every time you are forced to put it down. At times it is difficult to keep the charters separate because the names are unfamiliar. It is one of the frustration with listening vs. reading. But I found googling the book and seeing the names helped with that quite a bit.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    There were enough twists in the plot to keep me listening and you were always wanting to know what would happen next. That time in historic Bavaria is foreign enough to me, that it was sometimes like reading about a different planet, so plot twists were compelling and left you wanting more.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    I very seldom read books written by men with a male lead (this one was recommended by my daughter), so his deep rich voice was a novelty to me. His "voice" for each character was different enough to assist in keeping track of them, but not so different that it felt like "play-acting" which is the WORST thing in audio books! I enjoyed the book so much that I have now listened to the 2nd one (The Dark Monk) and can't wait for the third to be translated.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The hangman's compassion and his recognition that what society says about people is very different from what people actually are. Many historical fictions keep everyone in a prescribed "role" seen through our eyes and translated into their time. In this book, you saw the historical accuracy of the period and yet saw how people could acted within its confines.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the authors postscript about how he researched the book and gave color to his characters. It added such passion to the work. Please get the 3rd book translated and into an audio book ASAP!

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