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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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Great Medieval Tale !

Would you consider the audio edition of The Hangman's Daughter to be better than the print version?

Yes , Grover Gardner always adds a bit of humor to the characters. I found the print version uniteresting .


What did you like best about this story?

The star-crossed lovers. A "witch" is not suitable and a hangmans daughter at that. Also the fact of hangmen being a family business. The historical details were quite alarming .

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

The Hangman. Grover Gardner represented him as a 3 dimensional character. Despair, guilt, and devotion were the main aspects I was inpressed by .

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

Anytime the medicinal herbs were more effective than the old medical "beliefs" . I felt proud of nature vs science.

Any additional comments?

One of those books I so enjoyed, I devoted a whole day to. Loved it .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A great read.

I bought the first book on a fluke and loved every minute. Since then, I've listened to the whole series, and passionately awaiting the next issue.

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Great Story!

Loved the characters! Every one of them seems to come alive in this book and the following book which I've started. Who wouldn't like it, history, witchcraft, mystery, detective... has just about everything!

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Decent Historical Mystery

The story felt a bit long and drawn out at times, especially considering these are not very complex characters ... Overall, not bad if you enjoy this particular genre. But don't expect to be blown away.

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  • Lance
  • United States
  • 11-02-14

Educational & entertaining

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I liked the paradigm shift to criminal justice in the Renaissance when one civil functionary performed many criminal justice roles

Who was your favorite character and why?

The hangman he had a cool analytical mind

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  • Scott
  • McMinnville, OR, United States
  • 02-08-14

Excellent historical fiction and mystery

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The book provides a engaging tale in early Reformation Bavaria. The mystery plot is reasonably well done, though there is no shocking surprises at the end. While there is an overall predictability to how things would end up, there are enough plot twists to keep it interesting. The descriptions of the witch-hunt mentality, from the aristocracy to the peasantry, appear authentic. The characters have believable and varied personalities that make them enjoyable, although one does not become deeply attached. I found it a very intriguing window into an area I knew only tangentially, and it made for most engaging listening.

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  • Alysia
  • APO, AP, United States
  • 02-06-14

Great historical story!

What made the experience of listening to The Hangman's Daughter the most enjoyable?

Very well read.

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

Good details of life of a hangman and how they lived on the fringe of society.

What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

After having heard Mr. Gardner's performance, even when I read other books from the series I hear his voice in my head!

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

The narrator helps to bring the period to life and you get a sense of the lives of the characters.

Any additional comments?

A great read and listen. The series is wonderful.

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A Nice Find

A bit grim at times but the story is laid out well and entertaining to listen to.

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Medieval Mystery


the Post Script for this book was very interesting. It explains the inspiration was based on the author's family lineage: a family history of "public executioners".

The author found several manuscripts that confirmed his family's "business" was that of hangman, passed down from generation to generation. The author has chosen the "last hangman" to hang this story upon.

The story is a murder mystery. The hangman, named Jakob Kuisl, doesn't want to see an innocent person wrongly blamed for the crime, so he sets out to discover the truth.

The backdrop is an earthy backdrop of Medieval Germany, and brings sights, sounds, and smells of the past to life. The superstitions of the common folk are also keenly felt, and accusations of witchcraft and devilry complicate the hangman's task.

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The Hangman's Daughter

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..

Any additional comments?

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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