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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,698 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Oliver Pötzsch Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Hangman’s Daughter Series Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781455876419
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Pötzsch drags you into his beautifully rendered and dangerous seventeenth-century Europe and doesn’t let you escape until the final climactic page.”

    Glenn Cooper, international bestselling author of Secret of the Seventh Son

  • “Oliver Pötzsch has brought to life the heady smells and tastes, the true reality of an era we’ve never seen quite like this before.”

    Katherine Neville, bestselling author of The Eight and The Magic Circle

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 2/20/2014

    " His books keep getting better and better!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gord | 2/18/2014

    " Good but nat as good as the first two in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy Rockey | 2/11/2014

    " I'm looking forward to the next book in this series being translated into English. I have enjoyed the series so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane Shelton | 1/20/2014

    " Just finished this the third in the the Hangmans Daughter series. It is by far the best yet. It could stand alone but reading the first two gives additional richness to the experience. I do love historical novels and this one does not disappoint. Looking forward to the 4th in the series due out this summer. If you are looking forward to a good mystery, love story, and perspective of another time and place, this is a great read!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 1/16/2014

    " Good story, quick, lively. I won't say more for fear of spoilers.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 1/12/2014

    " This series is written in the 1640's in Barvaria and has as the main characters a hangman and his family. It's like a German Sherlock Holmes in Germany when the hangman was the one person in the village that was a necessary evil and that everyone hated. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charles G | 1/7/2014

    " A challenge to finish. It maybe the German, but the characters are flat and come across fake. This will be the last Hangman's Daughter novel I'll read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica | 1/7/2014

    " I have loved this series from the beginning. Was put off by the violence in the beginning but enjoyed it after the first three chapters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 12/28/2013

    " Great series! Looking forward to the next book in the series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 12/25/2013

    " The Hangman's Daughter series of books are enjoyable fluffy crime novels that take place in the 1600s. Unique take on the genre with a unique protagonist (three protagonists, actually). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine Thomas | 12/22/2013

    " Interesting and a fast read. Sometimes the language is stilted but I don't know if that's just the translation to English "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry | 12/3/2013

    " Oliver Potzsch just seems to get better and better. Loved the book and the way he would slip in something new when you thought you had it figured out. Kept me in the air and anxious to read more.l Look forward to his next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abigail (Abbe) | 11/12/2013

    " way better than book 2 :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen Shroy | 11/6/2013

    " This whole triology was a good read with a lot of German history. recommended "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Brown | 10/7/2013

    " Loved it! Read it so slow since the next one won't be available until June! I highly recommend this series. Never dreamed I would like this series and I don't. I love it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 9/10/2013

    " I enjoyed The Hangman's Daughter and the sequel more than this 3rd book. It was good, but it was a bit slow moving. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelleandderek Nakagawa | 8/3/2013

    " Once again, a fantastic read! Filled with suspense and intrigue, this book kept me guessing the whole way through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tsdidymus | 7/29/2013

    " Great read. Gives me the same feeling as watching an Indiana Jones movie. Some scenes go on for a little longer than they should but I don't regret spending the time reading them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jordanna East | 6/18/2013

    " The drama seemed a little forced in this installment, but an enjoyable read nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd Banner | 4/21/2013

    " Favorite in the series so far "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eliot | 4/4/2013

    " Probably the most enjoyable of this series. Of course that is a great deal of improbable events but the book held my interest and it was difficult to put it down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pamela | 2/27/2013

    " What a disappointment. I absolutely loved his first book. His second wasn't as good but still enjoyable. This one was so predictable and cliche and I would not recommend it unless you really have nothing else to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jani | 2/16/2013

    " I loved this but I love books from this time period (anything from the middle ages or reformation era). Great plot. Great characters. At times it read like a movie but other than that it was really engaging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean Farrell | 2/14/2013

    " Not as good as book 1, but a definite improvement over book 2. Full of adventure and intrigue, it's hard not to like this book, although by occurring so far from Schongau it loses some of the charm that that town imbues the series with. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn Ryan-smith | 2/2/2013

    " I was a little disappointed in this third Hangman' s Daughter book. loved the first two. This book was slow and hard to get into. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Willow | 1/13/2013

    " Not as fabulous as the previous two. Still worth a read if you like the series. "

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About the Author

Oliver Pötzsch, born in 1970, he has worked for years as a scriptwriter for Bavarian television in Germany. He is a descendant of one of Bavaria’s leading dynasties of executioners. He is the author of the bestselling Hangman’s Daughter historical fiction series, which has sold over half a million copies in English.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.