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.
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.
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.
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.
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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