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The Hangman's Daughter | [Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translator)]

The Hangman's Daughter

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. When more children disappear and an orphan is found dead with the same mark, the mounting hysteria threatens to erupt. Before the unrest forces him to torture and execute the woman who aided in the birth of his children, Jakob must unravel the truth.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    G.T. Saint Cloud, FL 01-24-14
    G.T. Saint Cloud, FL 01-24-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Great start to a great series"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hangman's Daughter the most enjoyable?

    The historical setting and personal connection of the author to the characters are all part of what make this so enjoyable. There is something about these characters that immediately hooked me. Grover Gardner's performance is, as usual, flawless.


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

    Yes; lots of little twists and turns and surprises.


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

    One thing most people will notice is his correct pronunciation of names, places and other things like herbs and weapons. If I had read this, I would have mispronounced just about every name. Gardner's voice is just awesome, though. Probably my favorite narrator out there.


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

    "Hangmen have feelings too."


    Any additional comments?

    The series only goes up from here. Seriously, as good as this first installment is, the rest only get better and better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jane/Neal 01-23-14
    Jane/Neal 01-23-14 Member Since 2012
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    "MEH"
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    Disappointing in its repetition, stock characters, and weak plotting. By the time I (finally) reached the end, I didn't care who had done what.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sally 11-08-13
    Sally 11-08-13
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    "Dreadful"
    What disappointed you about The Hangman's Daughter?

    I'm not sure if this is just a poor translation or what, but it's one of the worst books I've ever listened to. I stuck with it to the end, and was disappointed by everything--story, characters, and especially the dialogue.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Winter King


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Santa Monica, CA, United States 10-15-13
    Emily Santa Monica, CA, United States 10-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Was tired of it by the end"
    Was The Hangman's Daughter worth the listening time?

    I wouldn't listen to it again. I was over it before the story was done but kept with it just in case it got better. It didn't.


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    kat 10-10-13
    kat 10-10-13
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    "Killing and torturing with a conscience."
    Where does The Hangman's Daughter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story ranks in my top 15 but it might actually be 15. That's not a bad thing with the amount of listening I've done.


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

    There are many memorable moments. The author keeps you constantly on edge with the potential of something bad happening to someone good.


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

    I personally love Mr. Gardner's voice and delivery (ie: The Stand, Hangman's Daughter) His deliberate pauses and vocal inflection's based on the character speaking, make you forget there is just one person reading. What I get from listening to him is the closest thing to an ensemble performance.


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

    No, it was better to stretch it out over 3 days, to savor it. I never enjoy having a good book or series come to an end I always fear not being able to find another.


    Any additional comments?

    This story is nearly on par with The Mathew Corbett Mysteries (Robert McCammon). It's a similar setting and time. That's also a series that draws you in and won't let go.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A CLARKSVILLE, TN, United States 10-02-13
    A CLARKSVILLE, TN, United States 10-02-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Okay I guess"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, I didn't even finish the book because it could not keep my attention. My husband and I like to listen to audiobooks on long roadtrips, and we just could not listen to this one for very long before deciding it is awful.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 09-20-13
    Michael 09-20-13
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    "Slow down dude!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the narrator hadn't read so quickly.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Grover Gardner’s performances?

    Probably not, unless I knew he hadn't read so quickly.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe my brain is just slow, but this is the first audio book I've listened to that I couldn't keep up with all the details. I got the Audible version at a reduced price after buying the Kindle edition, and only listened for a few minutes before I was lost in all the descriptions that I couldn't keep track of simply because they came at machine-gun rates. I switched to reading the Kindle version and found I had missed about half of the details! I read books for the details, so this was unacceptable to me.I'm not a veteran audio book listener, but I've listened to well over a dozen in my time. I've never heard one narrated in such a rushed manner. Buyer beware!

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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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    Jill Locust Grove, GA, United States 08-26-12
    Jill Locust Grove, GA, United States 08-26-12 Member Since 2015

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    I really liked this story. The narration was a bit dry but I did appreciate the pronunciation of unfamiliar German words. I thoroughly enjoyed the character of The Hangman.

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    Codger Hyannis, MA USA 08-02-12
    Codger Hyannis, MA USA 08-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful concept - just Ok writing"

    The idea that the town's executioner should be more worried about justice than the burghers is a great premise. The story moves along, but the repetition in the prose is off-putting. Character development is slow and that's not always bad - but in this case, some of the major characters are still incomplete at the end of the book. Hints are given, but clarity would be nice. I found it strange that the reformation was totally ignored.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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