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The Dark Monk Audiobook

The Dark Monk: A Hangman's Daughter Tale

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Publisher's Summary

It is 1648, a small village in the Alps: In the thick of a blizzard,a town priest discovers he’s been poisoned. As numbness creeps up his body, he summons the last of his strength and scratches a sign in the frost that will lead the town hangman, his daughter, and the town physician in pursuit of a treasure of the Knights Templar. But the priest’s murderer is already on their trail, and he’s not the only one after the legendary fortune: a dark monk is not far behind,and a band of thieves is roving the countryside, attacking solitary travelers and spreading panic. The race is on, and the stakes are high.

Delivering on the promise of his first book, Oliver Pötzsch takes readers on a whirlwind tour through the occult hiding places of Bavaria’s ancient monasteries, bringing to life the compassionate hangman - who’s destined to join the ranks of literature’s most beloved characters.

©2012 Oliver Pötzsch (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Sailfish 08-20-17
    Sailfish 08-20-17 Member Since 2013
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    "A 17th Century Whodunit and much more"

    The setting of this story is 17th century Bavaria amidst the backdrop to the Reformation aftermath. Ostensibly, this is a whodunitIt over an unknown secreted treasure hidden away for centuries by some Knights Templar of some renown and it is very good if simply left at that. However, Oliver Pötzsch enhanced the entertainment value by blending in lots of references to the culture of that time which were poignant as one realized how different they were compared to our more enlightened age. He even managed to to inject several Latin phrases and inscriptions in such a way as to make them interesting by having the characters translating them immediately afterward. Grover Gardner did a fine job of narrating the novel, further enhancing its value.

    On a side note, One the reasons I choose the added expense of purchasing the WhisperSync (audiobook+Kindle version) feature is that it proves invaluable in determining the correct spelling for whenever I write a review and I was even more pleased to see that Oliver Pötzsch took the time to include a Principal Characters section in the beginning that provided the names and brief description of each of them.

    If you enjoy whodunits within a period piece setting, you'll not be disappointed.

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    Rock 10-07-16
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    "Enjoyable Historical Fiction"

    I love Bavaria in all its quirkiness, and this series, and the edition are excellent diversions and a snapshot of life in Middle Ages Schöngau in the Priest's Corner section of Bavaria.

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    Ter 03-24-16
    Ter 03-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fun and Entertaining"
    What made the experience of listening to The Dark Monk the most enjoyable?

    This was a well written and researched out story. The characters were well developed and individuals with great details.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Hangman by far!


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

    The impression that you are actually watching and hearing the character's speak.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The Hangman's view of life's lessons.


    Any additional comments?

    After learning the author based the story on far reaching family history it left me appreciating the story even more.

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    Anita F. Hales Ketchikan, AK USA 02-27-16
    Anita F. Hales Ketchikan, AK USA 02-27-16 Member Since 2014

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    "the Dark Monk is a good read"

    very different from your average MYSTERY. WELL WRITTEN . Engaging characters. It felt like I was there

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    boot scooting lover Colorado 09-28-15
    boot scooting lover Colorado 09-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "AWESOME! !"

    I really enjoy listening to his stories!! I have recommended them to others!! Love the Hangman!!

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    Rosemarie 07-06-15
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    "Familiar story with predictable outcome"

    If you have read any of these books, the storyline will be familiar and you will find comfort in the predictable nature of the outcome. A bit too corny some times, but a good listen.

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    Woman with dog 04-11-15
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    "Who would think a hangman could be a sleuth?"
    If you could sum up The Dark Monk in three words, what would they be?

    enlightening, different perspective


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Magdelena, she was strong and daring.


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

    His voices were great. He did an excellent job of pronouncing the German names and places.


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

    The excitement of being a hangman and hidden pillar of the community.


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    Michele Suarez 03-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Another good one"

    I enjoyed this book. I did like the Hangman's Daughter a little better .
    I look forward to the Begger King

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    Kirsten 03-09-15
    Kirsten 03-09-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Love!!!"

    I loved this story! The narrator is wonderful! I can't wait to read the next book in the series. Great translation.

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    JoAyn Maplewood, MN, United States 03-06-15
    JoAyn Maplewood, MN, United States 03-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "As good as the first."

    I am really enjoying this series and I hope they keep coming.

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