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The Hangman's Daughter Audiobook

The Hangman's Daughter

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Germany, 1659: When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play in his small Bavarian town. Whispers and dark memories of witch trials and the women burned at the stake just 70 years earlier still haunt the streets of Schongau. When more children disappear and an orphan boy is found dead - marked by the same tattoo - the mounting hysteria threatens to erupt into chaos.

Before the unrest forces him to torture and execute the very woman who aided in the birth of his children, Jakob must unravel the truth. With the help of his clever daughter, Magdelena, and Simon, the university-educated son of the town’s physician, Jakob discovers that a devil is indeed loose in Schongau. But it may be too late to prevent bloodshed.

©2011 Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translation) (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Lance United States 11-02-14
    Lance United States 11-02-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Educational & entertaining"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I liked the paradigm shift to criminal justice in the Renaissance when one civil functionary performed many criminal justice roles


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The hangman he had a cool analytical mind


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott McMinnville, OR, United States 02-08-14
    Scott McMinnville, OR, United States 02-08-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent historical fiction and mystery"
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    The book provides a engaging tale in early Reformation Bavaria. The mystery plot is reasonably well done, though there is no shocking surprises at the end. While there is an overall predictability to how things would end up, there are enough plot twists to keep it interesting. The descriptions of the witch-hunt mentality, from the aristocracy to the peasantry, appear authentic. The characters have believable and varied personalities that make them enjoyable, although one does not become deeply attached. I found it a very intriguing window into an area I knew only tangentially, and it made for most engaging listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alysia APO, AP, United States 02-06-14
    Alysia APO, AP, United States 02-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great historical story!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hangman's Daughter the most enjoyable?

    Very well read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hangman's Daughter?

    Good details of life of a hangman and how they lived on the fringe of society.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    After having heard Mr. Gardner's performance, even when I read other books from the series I hear his voice in my head!


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

    The narrator helps to bring the period to life and you get a sense of the lives of the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    A great read and listen. The series is wonderful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sailfish 02-06-14
    Sailfish 02-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A Nice Find"

    A bit grim at times but the story is laid out well and entertaining to listen to.

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    Gina Lincoln Nebraska United States 01-29-14
    Gina Lincoln Nebraska United States 01-29-14 Member Since 2013

    If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again there is no use in reading it at all. Oscar Wilde

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    "Very good story"
    Where does The Hangman's Daughter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Hangmans daughter was an excellent story I think it was 5 stars. I would have to say it was right up there with guernsey literary and potato peel society . Definatly worth the credit.


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

    No I have not listened to any of Grover Gardner's performances but I do think that he was very good.


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

    Life went on dispite all the dying.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-27-14 Member Since 2015

    Dozysparks

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    "The Hangman's Daughter"
    What did you like best about this story?

    It gave me a vivid picture of life in a 17th century village..


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    He got the German accent right..


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

    Yes - and I did..


    Any additional comments?

    A really thrilling story that I couldn't see the ending and was really surprised at who the villain was.. LOVED IT!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Rogue River, OR, United States 09-11-13
    Linda Rogue River, OR, United States 09-11-13 Member Since 2014
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    "I bought this under false pretenses!!"
    What disappointed you about The Hangman's Daughter?

    I was looking for a book and got an e-mail from Audible suggesting that if I enjoyed Robert McCammon's Mister Slaughter series (the Providence Rider et al), I would certainly enjoy this. I can only surmise after laboriously listening to the first half of this, that whoever came up with that has not listened to either one or both of these authors. I enjoyed every minute of Robert McCammon's novels. The mysteries were riveting and the author kept you completely immersed in the period. Everything was accurate - the language, the history, the descriptions of the locals, clothing, etc. And the narration was also superb. The accents, pronunciation, different voices were all in keeping with the narrative and the time period. So . . . that's what I was expecting. It is certainly not what I got.

    It started with the narration, which sounds more like someone doing a documentary than recording a historical piece and things went rapidly downhill from there. I don't know if it is perhaps the result of careless translation or if the translator was trying to make things sound up to date but there are many, many instances of words or phrases that are out of place in Anno Domini 1660. In once instance there is a fire and people hear the sound of
    "all the breaking glass in the windows". This is Europe in the 1660's! Glass in windows was reserved for the very, very rich. At another point, after referring to a group of children who were running away from him as 'the little bastards' a character them refers to them as those 'kids'. Again, not a commonly used phrase for the time. I find this sort of thing so off putting that it's pretty hard to even concentrate on the plot.

    I will most probably struggle through to the end just because it's hard for me not to finish what I start. But it is also probably the first book that I will use to take advantage of the new 'return' policy that Amazon has started.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm not sure yet.


    What didn’t you like about Grover Gardner’s performance?

    Yikes! A lot! I don't think I've actually ever listened to one of his recordings in the past and I'll listen to the sample very carefully before I do so again. The characters sound so much the same. I feel like someone is reading me a book he doesn't really care for. And notice I said reading, not performing.


    What character would you cut from The Hangman's Daughter?

    most of them


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Tyisha 07-26-13
    Tyisha 07-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Remind's me of The Scarlett Letter"
    If you could sum up The Hangman's Daughter in three words, what would they be?

    surprising, suspense thriller


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was different from other stories I've been listening to due to the change in setting (time period).


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    I liked how his voice was nice to listen to and changed when necessary.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Great Story!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nikola Oslo, Norway 10-15-11
    Nikola Oslo, Norway 10-15-11
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    "Murdering German"

    I find I quite enjoy this story. It is not life- changing in any way, but still slightly addicting and very entertaining. I do find that I wish I'd have gotten a version in the original language, however. This reader's attempts at reading any occurring German names, verses or phrases is so bad that I, a fluent speaker of the language, cannot understand what he is saying. If you understand German, I'd recommend you to not get this version, and rather take the trouble of trying to dig up a German one.

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    Traveling Munni 04-17-14 Member Since 2014

    culture creature

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    "Decent"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I guess I would, while at times the story was good I would have to know if they liked history based books before telling them to read/listen to it.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I enjoyed the detective aspect of the novel it was exciting to see the characters to try and solve things with out the tools of modern technology. The romance, it was kind of boring and I found pointless.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    The performance of this book was pretty good, but his voice was very relaxing and I found I had to listen to the book at an accelerated speed to prevent myself from falling asleep.


    Was The Hangman's Daughter worth the listening time?

    I'm not sure if this book was worth listening to because I'm still undecided if I liked the book or not.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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