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The Dark Monk Audiobook

The Dark Monk: A Hangman's Daughter Tale

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Publisher's Summary

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. The race is on, and the stakes are high.

Delivering on the promise of his first book, Oliver Pötzsch takes readers on a whirlwind tour through the occult hiding places of Bavaria’s ancient monasteries, bringing to life the compassionate hangman - who’s destined to join the ranks of literature’s most beloved characters.

©2012 Oliver Pötzsch (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    S. J. Aubin Upstate NY 07-12-15
    S. J. Aubin Upstate NY 07-12-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Sorry... not for me."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The author inserting himself less in the story.


    Any additional comments?

    The story didn't sit right with me. The author continually inserted himself like he was teaching a history lesson. The author also interjected himself repeatedly to explain things that were going on as if the reader is to dumb to follow the story line. The dialogue was weird and very unnatural. I kept thinking, "people just don't talk like this". I forced myself to carry on till the end because it was ranked 4 stars... I just don't see why it has that ranking. The premise of the story is good... but poorly executed in my estimation.

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    Rosemarie 07-06-15
    Rosemarie 07-06-15
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    "Familiar story with predictable outcome"

    If you have read any of these books, the storyline will be familiar and you will find comfort in the predictable nature of the outcome. A bit too corny some times, but a good listen.

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    Amazon Customer 04-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Who would think a hangman could be a sleuth?"
    If you could sum up The Dark Monk in three words, what would they be?

    enlightening, different perspective


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Magdelena, she was strong and daring.


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

    His voices were great. He did an excellent job of pronouncing the German names and places.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The excitement of being a hangman and hidden pillar of the community.


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    Michele Suarez 03-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Another good one"

    I enjoyed this book. I did like the Hangman's Daughter a little better .
    I look forward to the Begger King

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    Kirsten 03-09-15
    Kirsten 03-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Love!!!"

    I loved this story! The narrator is wonderful! I can't wait to read the next book in the series. Great translation.

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    JoAyn Maplewood, MN, United States 03-06-15
    JoAyn Maplewood, MN, United States 03-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "As good as the first."

    I am really enjoying this series and I hope they keep coming.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Angie Golish Salt Lake City, UT 02-17-15
    Angie Golish Salt Lake City, UT 02-17-15

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    "Another Addictive Hangman's Daughter Book"
    Would you listen to The Dark Monk again? Why?

    Yes, I actually probably would. It's just fascinating and the narrator has such a way of making it come alive.


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

    Grover Gardner has such a fantastic voice and way of telling this story. Personally, I'm glad I listened to it instead of just reading it because it was excellent and enthralling as he spun the tale and changed his voice for each character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    One of my favorite parts about this book was the epilogue. The Author tells you how he came to write the book using so much history from his family tree and how he actually descends from the Hangman and how he goes back to Bavaria to research all of the locations. He then takes you on a walking/bike tour of the Priest's Corner, and tells you exactly what to look for if you vacation there. I hadn't really thought too much about visiting Bavaria before, but now I really want to go!


    Any additional comments?

    Another amazing book in the Hangman's Daughter series. I'm really loving this author and his ability to tell a tale that incorporates historical realness with absolute creativity and imagination. This book was another stunning visual in the way he combined his words, and I like how he has the ability to connect his old story without it being related. I would not recommend skipping the first book in the series, but you could easily read this one without having read it and not be lost. The characters and storylines intertwine and the plot has fun up and downs without being entirely predictable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ammar 02-15-15
    Ammar 02-15-15 Member Since 2016
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    "vividly entertaining"

    It is an adventure. you will love the journey. it is by no means an insight to characters but a very accurate and detailed representation of the era.

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    Lily 01-27-15
    Lily 01-27-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Not My Style at All"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Unfortunately there's no way to know about a book until you read it. Reviews give you some idea, but the book may still be one you don't like. That's the case here.


    Has The Dark Monk turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Of the genre, no. Of this series, oh my yes! I was going to ask that someone send me the name of the villain, but after a few more chapters, I just don't care.


    What aspect of Grover Gardner’s performance would you have changed?

    I would not have chosen Mr. Gardner to narrate, but as he was chosen, I wish he had decided between just reading the book and providing voices. I didn't think his voice fit with the heavy Germanic characters.


    Do you think The Dark Monk needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    For those who like it, sure. For me, this is my first and last.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the book very slow moving with a bizarre cast of characters. I listened for several hours, so I think I gave it a fair trial.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia 01-13-15
    Cynthia 01-13-15 Member Since 2016
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    "still interested"

    Book 1 was fantastic as I love historical stories. hangman's daughter was a bit dry and was a struggle to finish but I am looking forward to book 3

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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