1662: Jakob Kuisl, the hangman of a village in the Alps, receives a letter from his sister calling him to the imperial city of Regensburg, where a gruesome sight awaits him: her throat has been slit. When the city constable discovers Kuisl alongside the corpse, he locks him in a dungeon, where Kuisl will experience firsthand the torture he’s administered himself for years.
As nightmares assail him, Kuisl can only hope to prevail on the Regensburg executioner to show mercy to a fellow hangman. Kuisl’s steely daughter, Magdalena, and her young doctor paramour, Simon, rush to Regensburg to try to save Jakob, enlisting an underground network of beggars, a beer-brewing monk, and an Italian playboy for help. Navigating the labyrinthine city, they learn there is much more behind the false accusation than a personal vendetta: a plan that will endanger the entire German Empire.
Chock-full of fascinating historical detail, The Beggar King brings to vibrant life another tremendous tale of an unlikely hangman and his tough-as-nails daughter, confirming Pötzsch’s mettle as a storyteller at the height of his powers.
©2010 Oliver Pötzsch (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
No. Both combined in immersion resd enhances both/
The Hangman, finding himself facing a hangman.
Battle in the forest.
No. I needed time to absorb all the twists and turns of the plot.
cant wait for the next book in series.
The feeling of the past, bad and good people, bad and good deed.
Yes, it did keep me awake and listening intensely.
His lively and sincere reading is very much to my liking.
As before it is the hangman and his daughter who sit still with me.
Just to recommend this tales to anyone who likes past tales of these ages where evil thrived but good people lived as well. Endless battle of good and evil.
I love books. but i am kind of a fiction junkie.
it is a book that i can re read over and over . i love the characters and plot it is very well written and believable.
um at the end when you heat the athors notes you get to hear some of his fealing about the places and cheters. there are to many page tuning moments to decide on just one in the actual plot and i don't like spoilers.
i the reassure that went in to the book. the medical knowledge and uses are fascinating and the ideal that some one payed to brake (torch or) people would also be the one that puts them back together.
Not at the top but very near to it. The story good, characters interesting, and never a dull moment. I can't wait to buy number four.
Definately did not see it coming, then POW, smack me in the face with an interesting twist. Potzsch is like a good boxer setting you up with fiegns before the knock out blow.
Grover Gardner brings the story to life. It becomes more of a play than a story.
Oliver Potzsch is bringing the middle ages back to life. His story is so realistic it feels as if I were living next door to his characters. Definatelly putting Bavaria on my short list of travel destinations.
Friendship, mystery, torcher
I didn't have one favorite character. I liked all the three main characters, Kuisl, Magdalena and Simon.
Brought more life to the story.
Since this story was set in a larger city there were more interesting characters - the beggars, Monk and, of course, the bad guys, plus a few others. Like usual the main characters had all kinds of hair-raising adventures and you never knew who the next bad guy, or good guy, was going to be. Like usual there were torture scenes, unfortunately the person being tortured was Kuisl.
Great reader....Great story....sooo many twists and turns. Oliver Potzsch is one of the best authors in the genre of hystorical period mystery. You are truly never sure if the protagonist is going to survive long enough to solve the mystery.
High Level of Suspense with low predictability, such as:
Books by the late great Stieg Larsson (e.g. Girl With a Dragon Tattoo)
Maze Runner series by James Dashner (youth novel)
Anything by Patrick Carman (children to younger teen)
Any book by Clive Cussler
Game of Thrones series (if you can take persistent and high level brutality)Historical
Roma Sub Rosa series by Steven Saylor (twists and turns in Ancient Rome)
Falco Mystery series by Lindsey Davis (Ancient Rome with humor)
Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters (particularly the early books)
River God series by Wilbur Smith (top notch storytelling and best books to take on a long road trip)
Sano Ichiro books by Laura Joh Rowland
Virtually all of the scenes in the city with the Beggars, Monk and other characters of Regensburg.
It is a tie between the King of the Beggars and the Regensburg Executioner. Both characters were brave, loyal, risk-takers and consciencous.
I am rarely seen without my headphones on and my iPod clipped on my waist. I love my books.
Not having studied or researched the 1600's myself, I can only rely on the accuracy of the authors research and I find it fascinating. The Hangman and his family are very likable and get into some interesting situations. I usually buy modern mysteries, so this is a new adventure for my imagination. I am transported to what life was like before all of our modern conveniences. Yet it is a mystery novel... I will get the entire series and look forward to the next installment.
Listening to this book is like listening to someone read a comic book. Flat, superficial, predictable, and basically not very interesting.
This is such a complex book--some might say a bit muddled--but I enjoyed it nonetheless. There's swashbuckling, a couple of evil masterminds intent on nothing less than global domination by means worthy of most comic-book supervillains, a damsel-in-distress (sort of), and a secret, highly intelligent underground network. And yet, at the same time, Pötzsch's continued development of the character of Jakob Kuisl, the series' protagonist, provides a meditation on the toll that state-sanctioned violence and cruelty, combined with a rigid and punitive social order, takes on ordinary humans of good will. I look forward to the next installment.
A father of seven and a lover of books.
I very much enjoyed this story and some of the terrifying circumstances described. My daughter and I have listened to all three of the Audio Books and this book left me very concerned for the well being of my favorite characters (no spoiler's here). Suffice it to say that Oliver Potzch once again delivers a very satisfying story with your favorite characters and Grover Gardner has the most excellent voice acting. I highly recommend these series to anyone that enjoys mysteries and imagining what life must have been like in the 1600's for a Hangman and his family.
"a good yarn!"
A good pacy story and I really enjoyed the author's words at the end. I am not sure if this is the fault of the translator but there were many instances of contemporary speech patterns which did not fir the historical context. The independent and unconventional female and her lover were slightly unconvincing. However on the level of an adventure story it was entertaining enough.
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