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Larry Verburg

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  • The Dark Monk: A Hangman's Daughter Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Oliver Pötzsch
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (405)
    Story
    (402)

    It is 1648, a small village in the Alps: In the thick of a blizzard,a town priest discovers he’s been poisoned. As numbness creeps up his body, he summons the last of his strength and scratches a sign in the frost that will lead the town hangman, his daughter, and the town physician in pursuit of a treasure of the Knights Templar. But the priest’s murderer is already on their trail, and he’s not the only one after the legendary fortune: a dark monk is not far behind,and a band of thieves is roving the countryside, attacking solitary travelers and spreading panic.

    G Matt says: "Interesting story but uninteresting writing."
    "Great, Like a Bavarian Cream Cake"
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    I really liked The Hangman’s Daughter, so I was hoping the sequel, The Dark Monk, would be just as good. Well, I actually liked the sequel more than the original book (by just a bit). The author, Oliver Pötzsch, is very good at pacing the narrative so it moves along quickly and never lags or falters. Either Pötzsch has a talented editor or he is graced with a marvelous gift for narrative. Admittedly, there are perhaps just a few too many cliff-hangers, but then you are carried along with the flow of the narrative and don’t realize that until later assuming you think about what you’ve read (or heard). I’m not sure the books are meant to do anything but entertain, but they give you a glimpse of life in 17th century Germany (and by implication much of Europe as well). Jakob Kuisl is the Executioner of Schongau, and he is the lens through which you view the interesting if brutal life of the time. The Hangman’s Daughter series is unique; it’s history mystery at its very best. As for Audible’s narrator, Grover Gardner, I can think of no one today whose voice and narrative skills would be better. His elocution and pronunciation are just right, and the voice seems appropriate to his subject.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Hangman's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translator)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1348)
    Performance
    (1201)
    Story
    (1194)

    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"
    "Great History Mystery"
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    Where does The Hangman's Daughter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is one of the best ones I have listened to, and I have listened to hundreds over the years. (I have a 3-hour+ commute each day via Interstate.)


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first encounter with Grover Gardner, but I think his rendition is excellent and fits the tone of the book handily.


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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