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Summary

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.

©2010 Oliver Pötzsch (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • ginny
  • hertford, United Kingdom
  • 28-03-13

a good yarn!

A good pacy story and I really enjoyed the author's words at the end. I am not sure if this is the fault of the translator but there were many instances of contemporary speech patterns which did not fir the historical context. The independent and unconventional female and her lover were slightly unconvincing. However on the level of an adventure story it was entertaining enough.

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An engaging tale of medieval mystery

I've become very fond of Mr Potzsch's books. His Schongau hangman and assorted members of his family, adversaries and colleagues are very well drawn. This book is the one I have enjoyed the most so far. The story moves to another wonderful German city and engages us with another hangman, who has a major dilemma for all concerned. My favourite new character in this novel was the Venetian ambassador, so excellently characterised right to the final chapter. As always, Grover Gardner's narration is impeccable. I can't wait to listen to the next in the series.

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Another amazing Instalment

This book had me gripped from start to finish. Fantastic character development and detail to history within Regensburg. I am not going to waffle of about the plot, as it is nice to discover the twists and turns yourself...but I whole heartedly recommend this book and the rest of the Hangmans daughter series!! Grover Gardener is completely synonymous to the characters for me now due to his excellent delivery of these wonderful books.

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Another brilliant book in the Hangmans Daughter Series

The series is brilliant filled with lots of actual history, family history, nail biting and thrilling imagination. Absolutely fantastic book.

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  • Helen
  • MANCHESTER, United Kingdom
  • 04-04-15

Another entertaining adventure with Magdalena!

if you have enjoyed other books in this series then you won't be disappointed. Some great new characters and another fantastic performance by Grover Gardner who really makes the book come alive.

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  • John
  • 19-06-16

Woth the Credit & more.

I bought the first book on a fluke and loved every minute. Since then, I've listened to the whole series, and passionately awaiting the next issue.

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  • C. S.
  • 04-01-15

Great Books

I love these hangman stories! Great story. Great performance! This is the 3rd Hangman's Daughter book I have read and I love them all!

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  • Angie Golish
  • 17-02-15

Probably my favorite installment so far!

What did you love best about The Beggar King?

The Beggar King was a fantastic book included into The Hangman's Daughter series. I feel like these stories are just getting richer and more complex as they go along, all the while still sticking with the same kind of language, theme, and well-loved characters. I enjoyed the change of location and all of the back story this one gave to the previous ones as well, and it seemed to wrap up an on-going story you were only barely aware of in the other books-and it makes you feel like you were dying to find out all along! I highly recommend it.

Also, after the epilogue, the author walks you through a tour of the locations as they stand now and compares them to the places and locations in the book. It's a great little tour, and really makes you want to visit!

Again, the audio book on this one is amazing. Grover Gardner has a fantastic way with his voices and I like hearing the names and places as they should be said rather than guessing.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Honestly, all of the characters were fascinating and well thought out.

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

Yes, I've listened to the previous Hangman's Daughter books done by him, and they were all wonderful.

If you could take any character from The Beggar King out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Probably Kuisl because he's just fascinating.

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  • Frank
  • 04-03-13

Great Read!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Beggar King to be better than the print version?

No. Both combined in immersion resd enhances both/

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Beggar King?

The Hangman, finding himself facing a hangman.

Which scene was your favorite?

Battle in the forest.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. I needed time to absorb all the twists and turns of the plot.

Any additional comments?

cant wait for the next book in series.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-08-17

best yet

they keep getting better, need to visit all the places, inhale the history, live the book

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  • Giddy Geek
  • 17-06-15

Outstanding!

The Beggar King, A Hangman's Daughter Tale, is a MUST own! Loved every word. I especially enjoyed the narrator Grover Gardner, as his voice adds a certain tone to the whole series.

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  • Kate P.
  • 01-02-18

great book

I love the travel guide at the end of the books. a great extra bonus.

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  • Wendy
  • 28-01-18

Great story!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I can't wait to start on the next book.

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  • Donna Wood
  • 18-01-18

Wonderful Narrator

I thank Mr. Grover Gardner and hope he will be the narrator for the rest of this series.

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  • Ásdís
  • 27-06-13

A great story.

What made the experience of listening to The Beggar King the most enjoyable?

The feeling of the past, bad and good people, bad and good deed.

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

Yes, it did keep me awake and listening intensely.

What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

His lively and sincere reading is very much to my liking.

Who was the most memorable character of The Beggar King and why?

As before it is the hangman and his daughter who sit still with me.

Any additional comments?

Just to recommend this tales to anyone who likes past tales of these ages where evil thrived but good people lived as well. Endless battle of good and evil.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful