The Dark Monk : Hangman's Daughter

  • by Oliver Pötzsch
  • Narrated by Grover Gardner
  • Series: Hangman's Daughter
  • 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It is 1648, a small village in the Alps: In the thick of a blizzard,a town priest discovers he’s been poisoned. As numbness creeps up his body, he summons the last of his strength and scratches a sign in the frost that will lead the town hangman, his daughter, and the town physician in pursuit of a treasure of the Knights Templar. But the priest’s murderer is already on their trail, and he’s not the only one after the legendary fortune: a dark monk is not far behind,and a band of thieves is roving the countryside, attacking solitary travelers and spreading panic. The race is on, and the stakes are high.
Delivering on the promise of his first book, Oliver Pötzsch takes readers on a whirlwind tour through the occult hiding places of Bavaria’s ancient monasteries, bringing to life the compassionate hangman - who’s destined to join the ranks of literature’s most beloved characters.

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Great, Like a Bavarian Cream Cake

I really liked The Hangman’s Daughter, so I was hoping the sequel, The Dark Monk, would be just as good. Well, I actually liked the sequel more than the original book (by just a bit). The author, Oliver Pötzsch, is very good at pacing the narrative so it moves along quickly and never lags or falters. Either Pötzsch has a talented editor or he is graced with a marvelous gift for narrative. Admittedly, there are perhaps just a few too many cliff-hangers, but then you are carried along with the flow of the narrative and don’t realize that until later assuming you think about what you’ve read (or heard). I’m not sure the books are meant to do anything but entertain, but they give you a glimpse of life in 17th century Germany (and by implication much of Europe as well). Jakob Kuisl is the Executioner of Schongau, and he is the lens through which you view the interesting if brutal life of the time. The Hangman’s Daughter series is unique; it’s history mystery at its very best. As for Audible’s narrator, Grover Gardner, I can think of no one today whose voice and narrative skills would be better. His elocution and pronunciation are just right, and the voice seems appropriate to his subject.
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- Larry Verburg

The Swedes

4.0
It is never a good sign when the sequel in a series can only muster a 4.0 rating, as this book has at the time of this review. Only the people who really liked the first book are going to go on and get the second book, so a low rating is not a good sign. It is a better rating than the first book which is a 3.8 right now.

Mystery/Thriller/Historical
This is not a bad book. I like the characters, they are not totally bad or totally great. There are strong women in the story and I like the Hangman. It is a stand alone novel, the first book is better, but you don't have to have read it to understand this book. This book just did not grab my impatient interest. Book one started with a execution, this book starts with a monk eating poisoned donuts. The writing is good, in that I felt like I was in Bavaria in the 1600's. The Historical part is good, I learned some new things and was reminded that the Swedes as well as most countries where invading Barbarians at one time. The weakness is the Mystery and the Thriller parts. The mystery was not mysterious enough to keep my interest and the story wasn't thrilling.

Grover Gardener is one of those narrators who brings class to any story he reads.
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- Jim "The Impatient"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-12-2012
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio