We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
The Hangman's Daughter Audiobook

The Hangman's Daughter

Regular Price:$13.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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.

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.9 (2543 )
5 star
 (767)
4 star
 (970)
3 star
 (566)
2 star
 (150)
1 star
 (90)
Overall
3.9 (2258 )
5 star
 (722)
4 star
 (820)
3 star
 (495)
2 star
 (141)
1 star
 (80)
Story
4.1 (2265 )
5 star
 (912)
4 star
 (815)
3 star
 (378)
2 star
 (97)
1 star
 (63)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 04-13-15
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 04-13-15 Member Since 2015

    I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    3160
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    993
    960
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    242
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "PHAT WILL ALWAYS FLOAT TO THE TOP"

    THEN SHE KISSED HIM ON THE MOUTH. IT WAS BETTER THEN COFFEE.
    This book does start with a gory, painful execution. The Hangman is also the town torturer, maker of love potions, etc... and it is bad luck to even look at him. His daughter is beautiful, but as the Hangman's daughter, she is ostracized by the town folk. The story is a multiple murder mystery of children, an adventure and a great look at the 1700's in Germany. The way people treat each other is unbelievable to us today. It was a hard world, with lots of poor uneducated people, taken advantage of by the rich.

    As you would expect from a world like this, there are some strong characters. This is a character driven story of which the Hangman is outstanding. You will fall in love with his daughter who is also a strong willed character. She and a doctor (son of a bleeder) fall in love, but like Romeo and Juliet, it is not allowed. In the story a woman is accused of witchcraft and blamed for the death of the children. The Hangman knows she is innocent, but it is his job to torture her and get her confession. He with the help of the doctor must find out who is actually killing the kids before the accused witch confesses. Meanwhile the town starts accusing everything on witches and more people are accused of witchcraft.

    At the end there is an afterword by the author. He has thoroughly researched this period. He got interested because he was tracing his own family roots and he discovered this line of Hangmen in his family history. This is educational as well as entertaining, my favorite way of learning about history.

    I loved every minute of this book, and I am purchasing the sequel today. If you buy it before 4/21/15 you can get it for $6.99. If you like the type of books I like, I don't know how you can pass that up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Cynthia Hall 03-08-15 Member Since 2012
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    21
    5
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Couldn't put it down!"
    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    He made you feel like you were watching a movie. I felt like I was there in the village looking for the missing children, with the young doctor and the hangman.


    Any additional comments?

    I read the book using my Kindle Unlimited membership, I didn't realize I also received the Audio book free with the Kindle version. I couldn't put it down, I stayed up to 3:00am two nights in a row. The time would just disappear, I didn't want to put it down. The story was different than the books I usually read. I never knew or really thought about days when a Hangman was needed. I learned a lot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Veronica R. Barrett 02-19-15 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    74
    27
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Interesting"

    I wasn't sure that I would like it but I did. Wasn't a fan of that time period, was surprised.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Angie Golish Salt Lake City, UT 02-17-15
    Angie Golish Salt Lake City, UT 02-17-15 Member Since 2015

    Miss Angie

    HELPFUL VOTES
    20
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    19
    19
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Loved the History and Intrigue!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, and I have several times. I even bought it as a Christmas gift for my father.


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

    He has a great way of speaking and it was nice to hear how the names were supposed to be said instead of the way they read in my language. Such as the character "Simon" which sounds more like "Zeeman". I highly recommend it.


    Any additional comments?

    The author provided a very diverse set of characters and told the story from all of their different angles, and it was full of detail and background information that lead to a very intriguing tale and colorful world to both get lost in and be horrified by.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Michele Suarez 01-31-15 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    16
    8
    Overall
    "Unique story"

    I fully enjoyed this book. It kept me intrigued and entertained.
    I found the narration to be pleasing as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Avid Listener and Reader 12-15-14
    HELPFUL VOTES
    11
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    30
    15
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Couldn't Stop Listening"
    If you could sum up The Hangman's Daughter in three words, what would they be?

    A riveting mystery.


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

    The search for the girls in the tunnels. The hangman fighting with the devil in such close quarters. Gripping.


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

    His pronunciation and dialect removed me from sunny Florida and brought Bavaria to life.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, I didn't have an extreme reaction, but it did fully engross me.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely listening to the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Heather Shaw 12-11-14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    42
    7
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Sweet taste of history and fiction"

    A shot in the dark that I truly enjoyed. I enjoy books that can give you a real taste of what a time must have been like and this delivers. A 17th century back drop full of greed, suspicion and mystery. A tale of poverty, hardship and witchcraft. Only a few of the characters live by their wits and not their fears and up until the end you aren't quite sure which group of citizens of this small European town will win.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    JoAyn Maplewood, MN, United States 12-03-14
    JoAyn Maplewood, MN, United States 12-03-14 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    22
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    49
    45
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent but brutal"

    This was an excellent book. It grabbed you from the first and completely carried you along to the end. I listened much longer than planned on several occasions just to find out what happened next. The performance was also outstanding. This book reminded me very much of the Robert McCammon series "speaks the nightbird".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    DAVE SCHAFER 12-02-14 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    0
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    152
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "great historical journey"
    What did you love best about The Hangman's Daughter?

    the constant excitement of the story line and the presentation


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

    the believability of the characters


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was just anxious for the story and the characters to continue


    Any additional comments?

    a fun read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    richard 11-23-14
    richard 11-23-14 Member Since 2016

    My name is Richard and I am an addict.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    22
    20
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Careful, or you'll dance for the Hangman"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hangman's Daughter the most enjoyable?

    Characters, characters, characters. Jakob Kuisel has arrived. I'm just waiting for some CEO to buy the movie rights and bring this book to the big screen. Jakob Kuisel is the next William Wallace, without all the Scottish independance stuff.


    Any additional comments?

    No giving away hints or scenes or anything else. But the book, you won't be disappointed. Just try to stop yourself from buying all the rest. Amazon should start selling a whole series discount for those of us junkies who are living paycheck to paycheck trying to support our audiobook addiction,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.