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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 2012
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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 Member Since 2006

    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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    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 2002

    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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    Donald Fairfax, VA, United States 04-16-14
    Donald Fairfax, VA, United States 04-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    Listening to this book is like listening to someone read a comic book. Flat, superficial, predictable, and basically not very interesting.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Champaign, IL USA 01-31-14
    Amazon Customer Champaign, IL USA 01-31-14
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    "Fun, despite the increasingly cartoonish plot"

    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.

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    GrayWinst Carnation, WA 06-06-13
    GrayWinst Carnation, WA 06-06-13 Member Since 2012

    A father of seven and a lover of books.

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    "A Gripping Story"

    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.

    Well done!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Denise saint helens, oregon, United States 06-03-13
    Denise saint helens, oregon, United States 06-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Really enjoyed it"

    I can't say enough good things about this audiobook. I stumbled onto The Hangman's Daughter by accident and really enjoyed it, which led me to the Dark Monk which I didn't enjoy so much. I expected that this one would go down from there since that's the way it seems to go with most books, but boy was I glad I took the chance! This one was as good as the first, and didn't leave all the characters separated as the second one did (that's what I hated about it) It even ended really well and has me wondering what will happen next to our intrepid heroes.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Chico, CA, United States 12-31-13
    Carol Chico, CA, United States 12-31-13 Member Since 2013
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    "I love the Hangman and his daughter!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Assuming historicall correctness, I would recomend this to a friend. One who isn't too squeamish about the filth, and vermine of the time period. The Hangmans integrity, determination, and apparent indestructability, are nothing less than super human, yet believable. I enjoy the foibles and funniness of his daughter and her lover/boyfriend. You wouldn't think there could be anything about those years that could be funny, but the added humor help make the rest readable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Hangman of course.


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    His daughter, who generally acts first then thinks SECOUND, is truly his daughter.


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

    I listened to it a bit at a time, or I could go right through.


    Any additional comments?

    I have one more to go, then I hope Mr. Potzsch will write more.

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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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