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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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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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    Sharon United States 02-04-14
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    A great mystery from the past. I thought the book was an accurate account of the torture practices of a hangman. I loved the story and the narration. The only downside was the names of the characters. Some were so similar, that it was hard to keep up with.

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    Gina murrieta, CA, United States 01-29-14
    Gina murrieta, CA, United States 01-29-14 Member Since 2011

    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.


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    Ms. S. M. Williams Australia 01-27-14
    Ms. S. M. Williams Australia 01-27-14 Member Since 2012

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    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..


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

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    "Intense, disturbing, great read."

    well-written period piece. Dark action, no boring lulls. I rarely venture outside of my nonfiction or classics but this risk was well worth it. Seemed pretty accurate, time-wise. Reaffirms my atheism with all the superstitious nonsensical beliefs of that era. Narration was pleasant.

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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.

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    Jane United States 01-23-14
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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.

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    Sally Napa, CA, United States 11-08-13
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    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


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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 Sutton, VT, United States 10-10-13
    kat Sutton, VT, United States 10-10-13 Member Since 2010
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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.

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    A CLARKSVILLE, TN, United States 10-02-13
    A CLARKSVILLE, TN, United States 10-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    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.


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