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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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    Avid Listener and Reader 12-15-14
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    "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.

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    Heather Shaw 12-11-14
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    "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.

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    JoAyn Maplewood, MN, United States 12-03-14
    JoAyn Maplewood, MN, United States 12-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "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".

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    DAVE SCHAFER 12-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "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

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    richard 11-23-14
    richard 11-23-14 Member Since 2016

    My name is Richard and I am an addict.

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    "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,

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    Amazon Customer mid-Missouri 11-23-14
    Amazon Customer mid-Missouri 11-23-14 Listener Since 2005
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    "Narrator sometimes cahnges the author's words"
    Any additional comments?

    I am partway into the book and am reading/listening on a Kindle using immersive reading, so I see the text at the same time that I hear Gardiner's narrative.

    Gardiner is as always an accomplished and fluid narrator. His reading stays close to the Kindle book but occasionally strays as if he is reading from a different translation. Most of hese differences are insubstantial but sometimes they actually change the meaning - for example Gardiner says "new-fangled potion" in place ofthe Kindle book's "ominous potion." If you are a purist, besxt keep this in mind.

    I may edit this review after I finish the book, if Audbile allows that. I do find it hard to put down and all the main characgers are engaging. This first in the series is a good read and based on reviews books later in the series are an even better read.

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    "Very Enjoyable with Gothic touches."

    It was different and I loved that it gave hints to help us work out the plot. I liked most of the characters. I am writing the review quite some time after listening to it, however I do not think I had any issues with the narrator. It did start better than it ended and I may read another. The author may improve and smooth out his writing as the series progresses. I liked the character of Jakob he seemed well developed. His daughter and the doctor had some inconsistent flaws, possibly we lose something in translation. In general a solid 4 stars.

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    Robert Champaign, IL, United States 08-26-14
    Robert Champaign, IL, United States 08-26-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting characters but slow."
    Would you try another book from Oliver Pötzsch and Lee Chadeayne (translator) and/or Grover Gardner?

    Not by the author, narrator fine.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    "The Boy in his Winter; An American Novel"


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    The Hangman


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Hangman's Daughter?

    The graphic violence


    Any additional comments?

    Using his far distant ancestor who was a hangman in Bavaria in the 17th century as the main charcater was a great idea but the story developed very slowly and was quite repetitive (I can't count how many times a charcter reminded us of the main plot elements). Overall can't recommend.

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    Kitty 05-31-14
    Kitty 05-31-14 Member Since 2016

    Give me a good mystery and I am happy!

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    "I liked it very much..."

    I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery set in the 1600's in Germany. The author transports you back to a time before all of our modern conveniences and modern ways of thinking. How different things were back then. This is a fascinating series, and I will get them all. Well worth the credit and time.

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    TJDenver 05-15-14
    TJDenver 05-15-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Surprisingly good"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hangman's Daughter the most enjoyable?

    I went into this not knowing what to expect. First it was a translation, then it was historical fiction which differs a lot from my usual contemporary reads.

    It was an excellent "whodunit". I just wanted to scream at the ignorance and superstition of the German villagers, but after all, it was roughly the same time as the Salem witch trials, so it wasn't unique to German peasants.


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

    Just enough peril to the good guys, and I had no idea until the end who the mastermind was.


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

    Inflection and pronunciations.


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