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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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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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The storyline dragged out unnecessary

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

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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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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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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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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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Good Book

If you like historical fiction you'll enjoy this story. The narrator is good as well.

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great book

loved this book. The narrator had a soothing voice that kept you interested. the book was well written and easy to follow.

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Amazing!

Wow! This books is so suspenseful and full of vivid details. It really prints a picture in your mind and takes you back in time. I'm so impressed! I hope there's more books honestly!

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Dark and realistic

I enjoyed this book, but mostly toward the end. I struggled to remember the names of the various characters in the Audible version; something that wouldn't have been a problem had I read the book. For the first probably 20 chapters I found myself bored now and then with the way the way the author unveiled the clues throughout the story and I think my interest waned even more by the dark nature of the setting in the Middle Ages. I did think it was well written and for that I kept listening but it is not a story I'll recommend to my friends. It held a bit more realism than I was comfortable with.