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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.
116 of 124 people found this review helpful
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.
24 of 25 people found this review helpful
Excellent - don't pass this one up! I wish I could find more historical novels like this. Having grown weary of novels set in Tudor times, I found this little gem while browsing historical crime/thrillers. Set in seventeenth century Bavaria it involves a reluctant executioner, a midwife accused of witchcraft, a young physician and, of course, the hangman's daughter. The plot involves a village with with a less than scrupulous town council and the lengths some would go to in order to cover their greed. The characters were well drawn and the author made me feel I was right there living the story.
If you like historical novels you will love this book. I do not know if the author has written any other books, but I will definitely be searching. Don't forget to listen to the author's notes at the end. Very revealing!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This is a good story though a little slow to start. A promising start to the series. I may read the rest of the series rather than have them on audible because the narration is simply appalling. Like listening to a robot with an annoying american drawl
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up The Hangman's Daughter in three words, what would they be?
Gripping, addictive, entertaining
What did you like best about this story?
The story was fast paced and well written. I loved the characters from the good, the very bad and the downright ugly. I love crime stories and this has everything, it kept me guessing right to the end.
What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?
He was brilliant I loved his gravelly voice which could be soft and kind and in turn ominous.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No I thought it would be an audio I would listen to from time to time instead I found myself listening to it at every opportunity. I'm sad it's ended.