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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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    Frances Pheesh 11-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Incredible find!"

    Not only is the Hangman's Daughter one of my favourite finds of this year, but the narrator and the story fit together so flawlessly that the hours seemed to melt away. This book is the PERFECT read for the spooky months of the fall!

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    Lynn 09-20-16
    Lynn 09-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting main character"

    I found this book to be a bit difficult to get into, but the time period and setting kept me interested. The duties of a hangman in 17th century Bavaria are not what I would have imagined I'd enjoy, but I did. I found the reader to be a little too much like a newscaster, but I still listened for long stretches at a time. I will probably listen to the next book in the series.

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    "Excellent!"

    Interesting historical fiction. I listen to books to and from work and this one had me sitting in the car in my driveway, so I could listen more. Love the heroes. Wish they would make movie or Netflix series out of it!

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    kwt 08-16-16
    kwt 08-16-16

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    "Painful"

    It was difficult to see the redeeming qualities amidst all the torture, murder, and evil, disgusting characters. A vivid description of what witch trial were like - but not enjoyable in the least.

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    tvgaz Tempe, Arizona USA 08-14-16
    tvgaz Tempe, Arizona USA 08-14-16

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    "Overall an excellent mystery"

    Though sometimes slow moving with a disappointing, indirect delivery of justice in the end, overall an excellent mystery. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

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    laurabob05 08-03-16
    laurabob05 08-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Narrator is not great"

    Narrator sounds like he's in a rush the whole time, never giving his words gravity and often giving them the wrong tone.

    The story was good abd in an interesting setting but really gets dragged out.

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    J. Moorhead, MN, United States 07-05-16
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    "Hangmen are people too"

    Why is it that every book now seems to be about somebody who happens to have a daughter? Anyway, this is one of those typical Mideval mysteries in the spirit of Cadfael only instead of a monk, the detective is a hangman. This hangman has his compassionate side. He also seems to be intellectually overqualified for his job title, but this is a family business. There are the typical church ideologues, self-serving municipal functionaries and herbal remedies and poisons though the apothecary plot elements are handled by a young doctor instead of being a hobby of the protagonist. Historical series (Aubrey/Maturin or Poldark for example) always have to include a doctor. Well somebody has to sew up the wounded or discover the tincture of murder. It's not a bad story, it's just that I've read its kind so often before and the characters feel inserted into a formulaic plot like Lego pieces.

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    Cassi 06-29-16
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    "Sadly I cannot return this purchase"

    The narration of this book was in my opinion not well done. The tempo of the reader seemed off which made it very difficult to listen to. The storyline dragged on for what seems like an eternity.

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    Carolyn Boesse 06-15-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Another great story from Potzsch!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hangman's Daughter to be better than the print version?

    I have both and enjoy them equally. I tend to follow one author on audio or print but seldom in both media. The author creates very vibrant scenes and complex characters that come alive in both media.


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

    I've read all of Potzsch's books first. Gardner's interpretation of the characters meshed closely with what my imagination had constructed when I read the books. I would like to hear the son-in-law's (Simon) whininess a little more but Gardner's reading is enjoyable and easy to listen to.


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

    I believe I listened to this one while driving across part of Texas!


    Any additional comments?

    The Hangman series of books can be read independently from one another but are more enjoyable when read in order. His character development is superb and continues throughout the series.

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    Karen Carlson 06-13-16
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    "First audible...."

    great story, interesting characters, felt the atmosphere or the era. captivating from the very beginning of the book, I'm hooked!

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