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The Beggar King: A Hangman's Daughter Tale | [Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translated by)]

The Beggar King: A Hangman's Daughter Tale

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.
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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.

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    Frank United States 03-04-13
    Frank United States 03-04-13
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    "Great Read!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Beggar King to be better than the print version?

    No. Both combined in immersion resd enhances both/


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Beggar King?

    The Hangman, finding himself facing a hangman.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Battle in the forest.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I needed time to absorb all the twists and turns of the plot.


    Any additional comments?

    cant wait for the next book in series.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ásdís Siglufjörður, Iceland 06-27-13
    Ásdís Siglufjörður, Iceland 06-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A great story."
    What made the experience of listening to The Beggar King the most enjoyable?

    The feeling of the past, bad and good people, bad and good deed.


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

    Yes, it did keep me awake and listening intensely.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    His lively and sincere reading is very much to my liking.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Beggar King and why?

    As before it is the hangman and his daughter who sit still with me.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Rapid, SD, United States 02-22-13
    Melissa Rapid, SD, United States 02-22-13

    I love books. but i am kind of a fiction junkie.

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    "love torcher and medicen. the perfect mistery !!!"
    Where does The Beggar King rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Beggar King?

    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.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Beggar King and why?

    Magdalena


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michele Suarez 04-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Another good addition to the series"

    I very much enjoy this series. I am kept interested by the story line and details of the settings.

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    Angie Golish Salt Lake City, UT 02-17-15
    Angie Golish Salt Lake City, UT 02-17-15 Member Since 2015

    Miss Angie

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    "Probably my favorite installment so far!"
    What did you love best about The Beggar King?

    The Beggar King was a fantastic book included into The Hangman's Daughter series. I feel like these stories are just getting richer and more complex as they go along, all the while still sticking with the same kind of language, theme, and well-loved characters. I enjoyed the change of location and all of the back story this one gave to the previous ones as well, and it seemed to wrap up an on-going story you were only barely aware of in the other books-and it makes you feel like you were dying to find out all along! I highly recommend it.

    Also, after the epilogue, the author walks you through a tour of the locations as they stand now and compares them to the places and locations in the book. It's a great little tour, and really makes you want to visit!

    Again, the audio book on this one is amazing. Grover Gardner has a fantastic way with his voices and I like hearing the names and places as they should be said rather than guessing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Honestly, all of the characters were fascinating and well thought out.


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

    Yes, I've listened to the previous Hangman's Daughter books done by him, and they were all wonderful.


    If you could take any character from The Beggar King out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Probably Kuisl because he's just fascinating.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. S. 01-04-15
    C. S. 01-04-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Books"

    I love these hangman stories! Great story. Great performance! This is the 3rd Hangman's Daughter book I have read and I love them all!

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    richard 11-23-14
    richard 11-23-14 Member Since 2015
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    Where does The Beggar King rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Grover Gardner brings the story to life. It becomes more of a play than a story.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Zulu 08-13-14
    Zulu 08-13-14
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    "Glad the 1600s are over"
    If you could sum up The Beggar King in three words, what would they be?

    Friendship, mystery, torcher


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I didn't have one favorite character. I liked all the three main characters, Kuisl, Magdalena and Simon.


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Brought more life to the story.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Vanessa K. Adams 06-04-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Suspenseful and beyond!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Beggar King the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Beggar King to and why?

    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

    Mystery Masters
    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


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Virtually all of the scenes in the city with the Beggars, Monk and other characters of Regensburg.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Beggar King and why?

    It is a tie between the King of the Beggars and the Regensburg Executioner. Both characters were brave, loyal, risk-takers and consciencous.


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    Kitty Reno, NV 05-31-14
    Kitty Reno, NV 05-31-14 Member Since 2014

    I am rarely seen without my headphones on and my iPod clipped on my waist. I love my books.

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    "A Glimpse into the 1600's"

    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.

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    3/28/13
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    "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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    MANCHESTER, United Kingdom
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    "Another entertaining adventure with Magdalena!"

    if you have enjoyed other books in this series then you won't be disappointed. Some great new characters and another fantastic performance by Grover Gardner who really makes the book come alive.

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