The Hangman's Daughter : Hangman's Daughter

  • by Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translator)
  • Narrated by Grover Gardner
  • Series: Hangman's Daughter
  • 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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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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- Margaret

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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- Larry Verburg

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-02-2011
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio