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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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    L. V. Hartman Ohio, USA 09-15-17
    L. V. Hartman Ohio, USA 09-15-17

    pursuing happiness

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    "appealing to readers of many genres"

    There are some graphic scenes in this book, but well researched & written. Enjoyable overall.

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    Carol A. Colburn Indianapolis 09-09-17
    Carol A. Colburn Indianapolis 09-09-17 Member Since 2017

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    This was an enjoyable book and told about the history of the era in an interesting story. It took awhile to get into it but was worth waiting for.

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    Leslie Colton 09-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "T he hangmans the Hannah's daughter"

    Brilliant,could not stop,not what I expected in the beginning had number of twist that were not expected.

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    Denise January 08-05-17
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    "Loved it!"

    I loved it...it was a very interesting story. Loved the historical nature. Will recommend it.

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    Joca Levy Brasil 07-29-17
    Joca Levy Brasil 07-29-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Nice story. Excellent performance."

    This is a nice story, which keeps attracting the reader's couriosity at every turn of page. The performance of the narrator is great.

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    Amazon Customer 07-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "The storyline dragged out unnecessary"

    The author seem to push the storyline unnecessary trying to build suspense dragging it out!

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    K. Shoutz 07-20-17
    K. Shoutz 07-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great history lesson."

    I enjoyed the book. I love history, because it always repeats itself. One way or another.

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    Amazon Customer 07-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "takes you back in time"

    very vivid description . Needed editing ,as description (while excellent) ,was tedious in places. The plot was clever,intricat, and exciting. Will take me awhile to read another one by this author due to editing problem but will be back for more in the future.

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    CJ45 06-20-17
    CJ45 06-20-17 Member Since 2012

    Over 70 in body, still 18 in spirit. I'd rather read than watch television. I find it's even more enjoyable w/audible added.

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    "I read and listened to all 6 books in the series!"
    Where does The Hangman's Daughter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Oh 1st, absolutely, it is one of the very best series ever! The narrator MAKES the books. He is dead on THE HANGMAN. He has the voice for it. You can see the hangman as if you know him. Yet the narrator does all the voice so well that you know who is speaking.


    What other book might you compare The Hangman's Daughter to and why?

    Oh totally different, but for impact, it's right up there with Dr. Zhivago (1965) which is an epic. This book is so memorable. I had never heard of or read anything about this period in history (1600s).


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

    Gardner just "makes it"; he adds everything to the books. I could never pronounce all the names and places with such ease. Saying Simon like "Zeeman" for example, just add to the time period of the place, which I believe is today's Germany area?


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh yes, I would have listened to this book in one sitting but I don't think it's possible. I wanted to get more and more, so as soon as I was done with book 1 I was headed on to book 2, etc.


    Any additional comments?

    I just can't say enough about this series. I'm a huge true crime and mystery lover and I am so glad I ventured into this series. I don't think you could read the first book and not want to learn more about the hnagman's family. I hope there's a book 7!!

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    Christy 06-17-17
    Christy 06-17-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Great Story and characters"

    I must say that I had difficulty getting into this book - not because of the story, but because of the narrator, who also narrates the Andy Carpenter books, in which there is a lot of humor - and his voice in this book seemed incongruous to me. HOWEVER - I got past this feeling and I'm now on the third book of the series and Grover Gardner does a great job in all of them!

    If you're a fan of historical mysteries and are looking for something new, this is a winner. It takes place in 17th century Germany and introduces the listener to new customs and some great characters. And the author weaves in a lot of authentic history, since it turns out that his ancestors were executioners and lived within the restrictive customs that he writes about. Prepare to be intrigued.

    Highly recommended!

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  • Rachel
    Ireland
    4/25/12
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    "The Hangman's Daughter"

    Excellent - don't pass this one up! I wish I could find more historical novels like this. Having grown weary of novels set in Tudor times, I found this little gem while browsing historical crime/thrillers. Set in seventeenth century Bavaria it involves a reluctant executioner, a midwife accused of witchcraft, a young physician and, of course, the hangman's daughter. The plot involves a village with with a less than scrupulous town council and the lengths some would go to in order to cover their greed. The characters were well drawn and the author made me feel I was right there living the story.

    If you like historical novels you will love this book. I do not know if the author has written any other books, but I will definitely be searching. Don't forget to listen to the author's notes at the end. Very revealing!

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  • JMW
    Cambridgeshire
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    "Spoilt by the narrator"

    This is a good story though a little slow to start. A promising start to the series. I may read the rest of the series rather than have them on audible because the narration is simply appalling. Like listening to a robot with an annoying american drawl

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • John Blackmore
    Ely, UK
    12/23/12
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    "different"

    I wasn't sure I was going to like this at first. Not even sure why I downloaded this. As it turned out once started I found it difficult to stop listening. Perhaps the fact that the story is based upon a real family history made it so believable. Certainly Grover Gardner delivers the performance that I have come to expect - just the right voice for this story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Arcticangel.
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    "Rivetting story"

    Unusual story which I struggled to put down. Found the narrator a bit off until I got used to him, after which it was fine. I love books about subjects which are new to me, and this was one of the better ones.

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  • lars
    6/25/17
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    "I wish I had found this writer's work sooner"

    I absolutely loved this book and so very pleased I took a chance on it. It is wonderfully written and fantastically narrated. I love historical fiction and this has now become my firm favourite. The story has its twists and turns and I got totally absorbed by it. I can't wait to read and listen to the rest of the books in the series. 100% would recommend.

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  • Mr. J. Forsyth
    Durham, England
    7/28/16
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    "Fair"

    Went on a little longer than expected and felt a bit confusing at times but likeable all the same. I will probably try another in the series, but not immediately.

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  • E. A. Williams
    England
    6/28/16
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    "A very unusual take on the usual crime/thriller .."
    If you could sum up The Hangman's Daughter in three words, what would they be?

    Unusual ...Medieval ...murder/mystery


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact the Hangman, who fulfils the traditional role of 'investigating detective' in a crime/thriller model, isn't 2-dimensional 'squeaky clean' - he's a hangman and also a torturer. So the usual tired formula of crime/thrillers doesn't apply here - he even has to torture completely innocent people, and yet remain a character that you think of positively.


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

    His narration is very appropriate for the type of story and the timescale. I think possibly without Grover I don't know if I would have got through the book simply reading it.


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

    Not particularly - it's a crime/thriller, probably in the genre of a Cadfael novel except the setup is with the Hangman as the investigator rather than a monk.


    Any additional comments?

    It has been a light, interesting insight into germanic medieval history. The author was inspired to write the stories after researching his family history and discovering he was descended from a medieval hangman. So, it is interesting to note the true-life historical elements of the story.

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  • MR C G ELKINGTON
    3/3/16
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    "Amazing"

    This story is fantastic a sort of ancient Bavarian murder she wrote although there is actual history and events written into the book. The narrator is perfect for this series and makes the books even better.

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