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.
Yes, I actually probably would. It's just fascinating and the narrator has such a way of making it come alive.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
For those who like it, sure. For me, this is my first and last.
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.
Probably- he's not a bad story teller- and the Hangman and his family are interesting characters to follow.
Disappointing in its unoriginality. He wrote a Dan Brown book- but set it a few hundred years ago. Right down to the mad monk, and a Templar mystery with clues in art and prayers. It’s not that it’s a bad read- but if I were Dan Brown- I’d sue.
No, but this was fine. He sounds like James Woods.
Mostly- you don't really have to make an effort to pay attention because you can see the story coming a mile away.
Maybe this guy is Dan Brown's secret identity and since he can only write one story he has to write under another name.....
I have listened to many audible books. This is not a biting your nails kind of book, but whenever I stopped listening, my mind wondered back to it curious to see how it would end. This is an easy story to follow, but entertaining. Grover Gardner does an execellent job bringing the characters to life. The translation from German into English was well done. I am looking forward to listening to book three.
I would reccoment this to anyone who is an historical fiction or murder mystery junkie. Great characters, good historical highlights, everything a novel should have to make the story come to life.
One of the fastest listens ever. I don't think i stopped for more than ten minutes from start to finish. I could not pull myself away.
I listen to books to be entertained... my favorite genre is a "Legal Thriller" I have actually been a member since 2001. Love my books!
I feel as though I am getting a history lesson as well as being entertained. This series has me fascinated with what life was like back in the 1600's. I love these books and will get the entire series... looking forward to the next one. I highly recommend this series.
My review of the first book in this series criticized the narrator as being somewhat flat and monotonous but that is not the case with this book. The story is pretty good but the narration is great! I wouldn't call this an "edge of your seat" mystery but it is definitely interesting enough to keep you hooked.
This second book doesn't contain as much detailed description of the hangman's job in the 1600s, i.e., the torture part. It's more of a scavenger hunt for the Knights Templar treasure. You also have the hunt for thieves who are preying on travelers. Even though this book didn't contain many torture scenes, it does contain a lot of violence. After all, you have a lot of different sets of people hunting for the same treasure, some of whom were religious fanatics. It gives you a glimpse of life in the 1600s. I'm just glad that was long before my time.
At the end of the book the author gives a nice travelogue of the area where parts of the story took place.
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