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The Hangman's Daughter Audiobook

The Hangman's Daughter

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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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    Kar-Wing Lau 04-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "How can a whole German city be so unlikeable? "

    The book's opening scene starts out strong and the narrator does an excellent job making it more vivid and giving it more depth. Unfortunately even he cannot prevent the story from becoming tiresome and shallow. The author has done many things right: interesting likeable protagonist, (which is not the hangman's daughter but the hangman himself) and an interesting setting. But many side characters (and there are A LOT) are just tediously one-dimensional. They remind me of townspeople of Belle's village in Disney's Beauty and the Beast but instead of yelling "Kill the Beast," it's "Kill the witch". And they do come across as cartoony.
    Also, the author's favourite suspense device is to keep things in the dark. You get glimpses of the villains' thoughts but it's repetitive and almost clumsily done. It's a shame. The book could have been much better.

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    Dorsi 04-02-16
    Dorsi 04-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved this historical thriller. Superb narration!"

    I loved this historical thriller from the 1660s in Germany. It was the story about a hangman, his daughter, and a young physician trying to prove the innocence of a midwife accused of murder and witchcraft. It got a bit graphic with the details of torture, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I thought the characters had depth and the story kept my interest. It was read by Grover Gardner who did a fine job with the narration. Story 4 1/2 stars. Narration 5 stars.

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    P. Kelley Atlanta, GA USA 03-22-16
    P. Kelley Atlanta, GA USA 03-22-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Could not get past the disturbing aspects of this"
    What would have made The Hangman's Daughter better?

    Nothing. I found the idea of making the hangman the 'good guy' quite revolting. And the interview with the author, talking about his ancestor, and kind of glorifying him, even more disturbing. Could not get past that.


    Has The Hangman's Daughter turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, just this author.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disturbing.


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    D. Fyler 03-13-16
    D. Fyler 03-13-16 Member Since 2014

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    "A pleasant listen"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This is a well written mystery with an original setting inRennaisance Germany.


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

    The setting in Germany was interesting. The mystery itself was rather workman like.


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

    Grover Gardner did an excellent job narrating. I have heard him narrate several novels and I have never been disappointed.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes . Christian Bale would make a great Hangman!


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    Barbara Romiti 03-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "What a disappointment"

    I love learning everything about German history, so this was right up my alley. I did learn about life in the mid-1600s. It was a rough period in history - witchcraft and serious misguided understandings of how the body works abounded. Luckily there were people, who were onto to something with their herbal remedies and who were suspicious of bloodletting and wary of the accepted belief about the humors of the human body.

    Other than that, this book really offered nothing. I was completely let down by this story. I only gave it the two stars I did, because I really liked the hangman and the physician characters. (Why the author named the book after the hangman's daughter I don't know.) I also thought the narrator did a good job presenting the hangman's dialog, although at first it bothered me that he didn't speak with a German accent.

    The story was way too long for the simple plot and in the end it fizzled out. I don't think I will read the next book in the series.

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    J. Parra 03-02-16
    J. Parra 03-02-16

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    "meh"

    "The Hangman's Daughter"---just the title drew me in, promising a story of murder and intrigue, surrounding or at least involving the title character. Well, there's murder, but none of it is intriguing, and none of it really has anything to do with the title that drew me in. There's a Hangman. He has a daughter, but she doesn't do much besides look pretty and occasionally say something that will make the real main characters jump to a conclusion about the rote mystery they are investigating. I found it hard to care what any of the thin characters were doing at any given moment, least of all her. The mystery isn't so much a mystery as layers of convolution to drag out the lax narrative. I will say the narrator's performance was pretty good, but when what he's reading is such a waste of time, who cares?

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    Cheryl Pynckels 02-29-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Kept me intrigued"

    There are some books that you look forward to getting the chance to read/listen to more. This was one of those books.

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    Jacalyn Cobb, CA, United States 01-24-16
    Jacalyn Cobb, CA, United States 01-24-16
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    "Historical fiction of author's ancestors"

    I love historical fiction, and especially enjoyed that it is the author's ancestors. The narration & pronunciation of people's names was interesting. So were the characters and social rankings of the times. It was descriptive that I could picture the story happening as I listened to it.

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    lana 01-02-16
    lana 01-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "was recommended by a friend"

    so glad I followed through, everything about this book was awesome. I'm usually not terribly into murder/suspense/mystery but this one had me by the gut from chapter one.

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    Kindle Customer 12-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very contemporary book."

    Wasn't what I expected, very symbolic and deep. A tad bit wordy. I learned a lot about Bavarian culture. I really this book.

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