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The Hangman's Daughter

Lu par : Grover Gardner
Série : A Hangman's Daughter Tale, Volume 1
Durée : 12 h et 57 min

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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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  • Jessica
  • 15/04/2013

Down to Earth Historical Fiction

Where does The Hangman's Daughter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I really enjoyed the first in this series. Hangman's Daughter is interesting from a cultural/historical point of view but also a compelling story - a murder mystery, basically. This historical fiction is "down to earth" compared to many books of its sort and I could easily relate to many of the characters while still appreciating the historical and cultural differences between us. Reading the second in the series now and enjoying as well.

Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Never listened to GG before but he is perfect in this audiobook. His pronunciation of the German names and locations made listening to this book far more enjoyable than reading it. Perfect!

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

The hangman's support of a condemned, lowly woman is significant!

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  • Margaret
  • 14/07/2013

Great but graphic

The Hangman's Daughter hooked me and I listened, engaged, to the end. It has everything I like in historical mystery - compelling characters, fascinating time period, fast-paced plot. The thing to know, though, is it also has torture. The author has not shied away from graphic depictions of the Hangman's trade and atrocities committed by mercenaries and soldiers of the time. For example, an infant is ripped from its mother and swung by its foot... I'll leave the rest out, suffice to say, it doesn't end well for the baby. But the book doesn't celebrate or in anyway glorify violence. It's just part of the world of 1658. So, it's up to each reader to decide. For myself, I'll be downloading the next book in the series.

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  • Judith A. Weller
  • 24/02/2012

Gripping Medieval Mystery

This was a mesmerizing audio. I could not stop listening. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. It was also a great recreation of Medieval times in Germany. The suspense is maintained throughout the entire narrative and the pace is hectic. The final climatic fight is well done and terrifying in the extreme. I can't recommend this book highly enough. If you want a good satisfying Medieval mystery this is it.

The period detail is spot on and despite the immense amount of detail about Medieval life and customs, it never intereferes with the story but actually adds to the atmosphere.

If you want a great historical mystery this is it. I understand a sequel is coming and I hope Audible get it.

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  • goddess_of_pipework
  • 17/10/2011

Fascinating

This was a fascinating book. Jacob Kuisl is the hangman of the town of Schongau, some years after the infamous Schongau witch trials. When two children are murdered under mysterious circumstances, the town midwife is accused of witchcraft. While Kuisl believes that the midwife is innocent, he must do his duty or lose his position. The book moves slowly in spots, but builds to an exciting finish. The details of town life, medicine, the aftermath of war, etc. give the book life and dimension. I highly recommend it.

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  • Sue
  • 18/01/2013

Excellent Tale

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I was between books and was looking for something that would be mildly entertaining. I noticed that these series of books had really gotten good reviews, so I thought, what the heck, I'll give it a try.

This story held my interest throughout the book and whenever I had to stop, I somewhat impatiently waited to have time to pick it up again. The story weaves in and out without losing the reader and the characters are fully developed. The story comes to a satisfactory end, not one that leaves you hanging.

As soon as I finished, I bought the next in the series. If you purchase this book/audiobook, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

PS: Grover Gardner is an excellent narrator, as usual.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Most definitely kept me on the edge. Peril lies at every turn.

Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

They are all performed superbly. Simon was my favorite character, but that is mainly due to the author's development of the character.

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  • Snoodely
  • 13/01/2013

Too Much Reality

I started trying to listen to "The Hangman's Daughter" a while back, then had to stop for a while, to prepare myself emotionally for a subsequent attempt. Yikes! This audiobook opens with a scene so horrific and gut-wrenching that I couldn't bear it. Having now finally finished listening to the entire audiobook, I feel a bit shattered. If you have a gentle heart like mine, I warn you away from this novel. Perhaps its scenes of cruelty, torture, and bloodthirstiness establish a reality true to seventeenth-century Germany. Perhaps modern people everywhere would behave that way under similar conditions and circumstances. I hate to think so, and I have insurmountable difficulty understanding such human behavior. In any case, I don't look for those kinds of scenes in my entertainment, and I doubt that I will muster the courage to listen to "The Hangman's Daughter" again any time soon. If you have enough emotional toughness to disregard my warning, then you may find some merit in this novel. It does offer a pretty good mystery and pretty good writing -- although I have some suspicions about the translation. Pötzsch does provide good character development; only I'm having a little trouble believing the main character (who, by the way, is not the hangman's daughter, but the hangman, himself). Can a person who performs torture, dismemberment, and murder for a living really have a warm, loving, compassionate heart, with the gift of healing? As an herbalist, I do appreciate Pötzsch's apparent knowledge of herbs and their healing properties. Grover Gardner, the narrator of "The Hangman's Daughter," has an odd, throaty, but not unpleasant voice. He does an adequate, if undistinguished performance of this novel, lacking drama. In summation, I would recommend against this audiobook, unless you take an interest in medieval superstitions and torture techniques.

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  • Larry Verburg
  • 18/01/2013

Great History Mystery

Where does The Hangman's Daughter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is one of the best ones I have listened to, and I have listened to hundreds over the years. (I have a 3-hour+ commute each day via Interstate.)

Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my first encounter with Grover Gardner, but I think his rendition is excellent and fits the tone of the book handily.

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  • Jenn
  • 18/07/2012

I really wanted to like this...

I really wanted to like this book a lot. As in '5 stars' a lot. In theory it has a lot of things that would interest me. German? Check. Accurate medieval history? check. Murder mystery? check. Somehow, though, it just didn't come together. The clues weren't very well spaced out so there were multiple chapters in which nothing happened, nothing new was developed (not even the characters) and then the next clue would be dropped only to spend the next 4 chapters or so reiterating the new clue. The literary devices were a bit tired: the modern audience is meant to understand that the physician's son is one of the good guys because he drinks coffee and believes in the circulatory system. The translation from German was pretty good, but there were times when I found I could reconstruct the German phrase from the clumsy English translation because the word order was spot on for German and awkward in English. As for the whodunnit: in the end it didn't matter. The great reveal about who was behind everything felt anti-climactic and had no effect on the wrap-up of the plot. The orchestrator could have been John Doe or any character in the book and the ending would have been the same. Somehow, that seems wrong.

All in all, I was disappointed in the book and learned my lesson about believing Amazon when they say that 'everyone is reading this book because it's the best book ever'. Turns out, it was published by Amazon's in house publishing company. Lesson learned.

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  • Aimee K Henderson
  • 19/02/2013

Thrilling tale

The story constantly kept me engaged. At several points, I thought I knew what would happen but I was completely wrong. I found this to be a very enjoyable listen. The narrator helped give the story life. He was excellent.I enjoyed hearing the names pronounced. I am not proficient in Polish pronunciation so it was extremely helpful! If you have listened to many books, you know the narrator can make or break the experience.

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  • george
  • 13/06/2013

Extraordinary tale from long ago.

I discovered this Author by chance and bought the title as a special. Within a few chapters I was hooked and found it hard to put down. (I will add that Grover Gardner is a favourite of mine also.)

The language , plot and characters are wonderfully woven and describe a period in European life that is long forgotten.

I think the emphasis on ordinary people , their lives , their joys and fears endears me to the Author and his story.

I have already purchased and read the second title - The Dark Monk.

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  • Bine E.
  • 24/03/2015

Gute Unterhaltung!

Ich kannte bereits das deutsche Buch sowie das deutsche (gekürzte) Hörbuch, vorgetragen von Michael Fitz. Sowohl das Buch als auch das deutsche Hörbuch haben mir gefallen.

Aber dieses englische Hörbuch schlägt das deutsche (Hör-)Buch eindeutig.

Voraussetzung ist natürlich die Buchvorlage, ein spannender historischer Kriminalroman. Hier möchte ich auf die zahlreichen positiven Kundenrezensionen bezüglich des deutschen Buches verweisen.

Warum das englische Hörbuch so gut ist, liegt am Sprecher Grover Gardner mit seiner sympathischen Stimme. Er trägt die Geschichte sowohl humorvoll als auch ernsthaft vor, immer ansprechend betont, und macht daher die Geschichte zu einem richtig lebendigen und sehr kurzweiligen Hörvergnügen.

Mein Fazit: Eines meiner Lieblingshörbücher!

Das gilt auch für die bisher erschienenen drei weiteren Teile der "Hangman's Daughter"-Serie.

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  • Frank Schury
  • 05/03/2020

Marvellous

Spannende Story und ein überragender Sprecher! Die Figuren werden zum Leben erweckt. Man fühlt sich in die Zeit versetzt.

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  • Dodo
  • 30/04/2018

Genialer Sprecher, gute Übertragung ins Englische

Wie hat Ihnen Grover Gardner als Sprecher gefallen? Warum?

Grover Gardner gelingt es wunderbar, jeder Figur eine eigene Stimme zu geben, ohne dass es unfreiwillig albern wirkt. Oft geschieht dies nur durch die Art zu sprechen, die Sprachmelodie oder die Betonung. Die eingestreuten deutschen Begriffe spricht der amerikanische Sprecher korrekt aus, was durchaus nicht immer der Fall ist (auch nicht bei Hollywoodfilmen).

Hat dieses Hörbuch Sie emotional stark bewegt? Mussten Sie laut z.B. lachen, weinen, zweifeln, etc.?

Das Buch/Hörbuch beginnt mit der dramatischen und sehr traurigen Episode, dass ein kleiner Junge tot aus dem Fluss geborgen wird, das letzte Kind eines armen Tagelöhners, der schon seine ganze Familie durch Krankheiten verlor. Der Junge ist allerdings nicht ertrunken, sondern wurde erschlagen und dann in den Fluss geworfen.
Angeklagt wird einfachheitshalber die Hebamme vom Dorf, die für den Kleinen eine Art Mutterersatz war. Doch der Henker ahnt, dass hinter dem Kindermord ein anderer steckt und dass noch mehr Kinder in Gefahr sind.
Das ist ein sehr packender Einstieg in die Geschichte.
Zudem erzählt Oliver Pötzsch sehr glaubwürdig vom Leben in der frühen Neuzeit, die noch sehr vom MA geprägt war, die Lebensumstände werden nicht beschönigt, die Moral der Menschen nicht zu sehr modernisiert.

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Es mag erst fragwürdig erscheinen, eine deutsche Romanvorlage auf Englisch zu hören, doch es lohnt sich, da man so auch gleich eine Menge an praktischen Vokabular bekommt, das man leicht aus dem Zusammenhang erschließen kann, wenn man die deutsche Buchversion kennt.