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The Beggar King

By: Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne - translator
Narrated by: Grover Gardner
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1662: Jakob Kuisl, the hangman of a village in the Alps, receives a letter from his sister calling him to the imperial city of Regensburg, where a gruesome sight awaits him: her throat has been slit. When the city constable discovers Kuisl alongside the corpse, he locks him in a dungeon, where Kuisl will experience firsthand the torture he’s administered himself for years.

As nightmares assail him, Kuisl can only hope to prevail on the Regensburg executioner to show mercy to a fellow hangman. Kuisl’s steely daughter, Magdalena, and her young doctor paramour, Simon, rush to Regensburg to try to save Jakob, enlisting an underground network of beggars, a beer-brewing monk, and an Italian playboy for help. Navigating the labyrinthine city, they learn there is much more behind the false accusation than a personal vendetta: a plan that will endanger the entire German Empire.

Chock-full of fascinating historical detail, The Beggar King brings to vibrant life another tremendous tale of an unlikely hangman and his tough-as-nails daughter, confirming Pötzsch’s mettle as a storyteller at the height of his powers.

©2010 Oliver Pötzsch (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Boring

These books get worse the further into the series that I read. The author has a gift to bore his reader. There are piece of this book that peaks the reader’s interest but as a whole it isn’t very good. One think that I can promise after completing this series is that I will never read another book from this author. He definitely researches his topic which is close to his heart since his ancestors encompassed a lineage of hangmen. He researched and walked the streets of the villages he writes about, but as a whole his book lacks the ability to captivate the reader losing the reader in mundane dribble. I would not suggest this series to anyone.

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