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In 1668, hangman Jakob Kuisl, his daughter Magdalena, and her husband Simon are traveling to the town of Bamberg. But what was planned as a family vacation soon becomes a nightmare: there is a murderer in Bamberg leaving the severed limbs of victims in the trash outside the city. When rumors quickly spread that the murders are the work of a werewolf, Jakob Kuisl must prove the superstition wrong and embark on a search for the "devil of Bamberg". This thrilling fifth entry in Oliver Pötzsch's Hangman's Daughter series follows the continuing adventures and mysteries that surround the Kuisl family.

©2015 Brilliance Audio, Inc.; 2015 Oliver Potzsch

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A Great Historical Thriller!

Werewolf of Bamberg is an excellent addition to the Hangman’s Daughter series. It's a captivating mystery full of drama, suspense, action, and great characters. The author did an amazing job of researching the actual time period, and weaves enough historical places and people into the story making it very convincing and entertaining. While this a complex story with multiple POV's, it flows nicely and will keep you guessing.

Jakob, the Schongau hangman, and his family head to Bamberg for his brother’s wedding. They soon discover several citizens of Bamberg are going missing and some of their bodies turn up, and show signs of being tortured (or at least some body parts are turning up). Then there is talk about werewolf attacks, and soon the whole town is in a frenzy, and people are accusing others of being a werewolf.

While the mystery of who is conducting these werewolf attacks intensifies, there's plenty of family drama, especially with Jakob and his brother. They have not seen each other in years, and argue all the time. These two characters had me laughing. The family drama ties in nicely with the story, and there is never a dull moment

Jakob who is my favorite character is blunt, grumpy, tough, and drives his family crazy by keeping them in suspense when he comes up with a hunch or is devising a plan. His "particular skill" makes him a great detective, who else can pick up a severed arm, and determine the sex, age, the fact the person had Gout, was tortured, and what they did for a living.

The narrator was faultless and did an amazing job. Overall, this is great historical mystery with elements of truth. Anyone who is a fan of history, and loves a good mystery, will enjoy this story. Caution: if you have not listened to the other books in the series, I strongly suggesting starting with book one. All the stories are great, and the characters are developed over the series.

Worth the time and credit.

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Outstanding!!!

This is an entirely satisfying and entertaining historical mystery w/ noteworthy factual and fictional vividness... This is the best work of the series thus far, and the author shows some serious chops along w/ an ascendant improvement in his craft... The mystery itself is thoughtful and tantalizing, rife w/obvious and not so obvious clues, and simply delightful red herrings;). You'll get everything you need to figure it out, but good luck w/ that;). The historical setting compliments the mystery richly indeed... The pace of the story is perfectly set w/ punctuated action and thrills... The picture of class inequality, imprisonment, and bigotry is dark and sobering... Don't be so sure you know where the true monstrousness resides... There's assuredly some mirroring to modern prejudices... The characters are magnificent, both the likeable and unlikeable... All the Kuisls put the fun back in disfuntion;). I especially enjoy Jakob of course, but Bartol grew on me largely due to the genuine soul hidden beneath the torturer's shell... How can you not like a character that loves his dogs so much.... He's right, they do have better souls than us... The narration is nothing short of superb, and the total product is a book most anyone will thoroughly enjoy, especially fans of historical mystery fiction... Absolutely worth the credit, but you might want to start the series from the beginning to be fully in the know, but it can be read as a stand alone...

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Worth more than a single Credit.

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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The History Rocks!

I know I've said this about each Potzsch book I've read but I loved this also. I'm in the midst of a binge read and I'm going to be sad when I've finished all of them. Good research, wonderful characters, and captivating writing make for a great reading experience!

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Another solid book!

Another solid book with looks of suspenseful plot twists and turns! Also enjoyed the on-going storyline and character development of the family!

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Love this series

This was another great story in this series by Oliver Potzsch. It was book 5 and I hope there are more to come. I love the characters and writing style. I enjoy historical novels with a sense of mystery. In this particular time period, people were very superstitious. Whenever I read one of this author's novels, I chuckle to myself several times throughout because this author always describes bad smells; such as the smell of feces, rat droppings, and rotting garbage or flesh. I read the audio version of this book and the narrator is one of my favorites. It was read by Grover Gardner. I love his accents & voices. He adds so much to an already good story.

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great writer and great story

I really like the writer and you gotta love the way he wraps it all together.

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GOOD BOOK GREAT LISTEN

I would definitely recommend the Hangman's Daughter series of books. Especially if you like old world history. I really loved the narration of the book. However, I have listened to a particular series of books written by David Rosenblat that Grover Gardner narrates. I expected the character in those books to pop up at any moment and solve the mystery of the Werewolf of Bamberg.

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love love love

I've enjoyed every book in the hangman's daughter series thus far. this is no exception. and I love the voices Grover gives them. I'll definitely be listening to them again!

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  • Edward
  • Brooklyn, NY, USA
  • 08-22-17

A 20-hour comic book.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Quality writing, 3-D characters, believable situations

What do you think your next listen will be?

Wolff Hall

Would you be willing to try another one of Grover Gardner’s performances?

Yes. Grover is great when he does Will Durant's stuff. He has no range of character though. His women sound like he's trying too hard.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Werewolf of Bamberg?

Many, but the endless irrelevant jabbering during the climactic chase scene stands out.

Any additional comments?

Rather than twists and turns the plot reads like an elaborate lie. The flat predictable characters talk too much, like the two brothers who argue all the time. The situations are frequently implausible, like servants who blab information about their masters to complete strangers. The translation is poor, using words like "snuck." The verbs are easy to read as in juvenile literature. The adjectives are cliche--jet black, razor sharp, bone-chilling cold. Bone-chilling prose is more like it.

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  • lars
  • 09-18-17

Hooked!

I am absolutely hooked to this series of books by Oliver Pötzsch. The characters are so well developed, and as a reader find myself completely invested in them. The plot had great depth and pace kept surprising me throughout. I also love the narration by Grover Gardener, he vocally depicts exactly how I'd imagined Jakob to sound. I whole heartedly recommend this book, in both written and audio. I'm not going to go into writing a break down of the story overview...take a chance, and just read it/listen to it yourself, and I really hope you love it as much as I have come to.

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  • 09-05-17

The werewolf of bamberg

Well read with plenty of expresion and feeling the storyteller kept your interest and made you hang on every word

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  • MR C G ELKINGTON
  • 02-01-16

Great book

Real places semi real history. Keeps you guessing hard to put down twist in the tail.