• The Gravedigger’s Son and the Waif Girl

  • Volume 1
  • By: Sam Feuerbach
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (594 ratings)

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The Gravedigger’s Son and the Waif Girl

By: Sam Feuerbach
Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 2018 Fantasy Prize and Kindle Storyteller Finalist.

This is one secret he’s keeping to himself. And who would believe him anyway?

Farin, the gravedigger’s son, lives in the medieval village of Heap. The 18-year-old is an outsider who is bullied and ostracized by the villagers. His father has succumbed to a life of drinking, and the young man has no option but to take over the job of gravedigger.

But Farin’s life takes a dramatic twist when the village witch dies. As he prepares her for burial, he finds an amulet hanging around her neck, and he can’t resist trying it on....

©2020 Sam Feuerbach (P)2021 Podium Audio

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I’m ambivalent about this one.

I found this book entertaining and was engaged most of the way through. The characters were fun to learn about in spite of being a little YA. As for the writing, it was hit and miss, but mostly well edited.

The problem with this book is that the story did not progress very far over the course of the novel... At the same time I will most likely pick up the next installment.

To sum it up, if you’re like me and often feel like you’ve already listened to almost every worthwhile fantasy title on Audible, then this isn’t a bad choice to pass the time between new releases of audiobooks you’re actually looking forward to listening to. It’s probably not going to be your new favorite series, but you won’t have to return it after only listening to an hour or two.

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Proses makes novels (change my mind)

This novel would be a B- under normal circumstances, the narrator was incredibly loud here and there, there's some anachronisms, etc. I say this not to dissuade future readers, on the contrary, this a damn good novel. See the proses are what novels worth reading/listening to. If sufficiently good enough proses are put together than anything can be glossed over. Plotholes? clichés? it don't matter none, if it got prose, hun.
And thats why this novel is getting the full 5 stars in order to boosts good stories to greater heights because there's too many "novels" (Sufficiently advanced, litRPGs, Hayes) that are on the recommended list that are actually written for drunk toddlers. While a selected few may different opinions. They're wrong.
So because others have fail miserably, by comparison, this novel far excels

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A knightly adventure with a twist

The Gravedigger's Son and the Waif Girl (Part 1) is originally written in German. Not sure if the author, Sam Feuerbach, translated the story himself or someone else did it.

The story is based in the middle ages and starts out on the grim side, laying the groundwork of the conditions of the time and the rigid social structure during that period. As it unfolded it brought to mind many short stories and books I've read by KJ Parker that are set in a similar time period. But KJ Parker's stories seem more accurate somehow, while there are romanticized aspects in them (dragons, etc) overall there’s a sense it’s recapturing what it was really like if you lived at that time. Sam Feuerbach's story was shaping up to be in the same vein, then deviates with the waif girl's introduction. Her situation is still grim and keeping with the times, but she has very modern attitudes and it's reflected in her dialog as well. (Not sure if this is how it was written or the result of how it was translated.) She's a bit of an Artful Dodger, but thinks and sounds like she's on the mean streets of NYC. There's also a supernatural element introduced into the storyline that modernizes the story even more, transitioning it from a medieval period drama into an Arthurian style fantasy. It takes about a quarter of the book for this change, so stick with it. The grimness gives way to a lively adventure.

Gildart Jackson's narration makes every character distinct and stepping off the page. His emoting skills enhance the depth and dimension of the dialog, but he does get a bit screechy and shrill during some of the characters interactions. Aside from that the performance is entertaining.

I enjoyed Part 1 and Part 2 is already cued up with Part 3 on deck. Part 4 is available in ebook at this time, but I'm hoping the audio will be released soon.

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an instant favorite!

a great start to an interesting series. nothing formulaic about this one folks IMHO. looking forward to the rest of the series and it appears that it's just being translated from the German versions which are already on audiobook. Hope they get it done quickly cuz I really enjoyed them.

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Absolutely Entertaining in my Favorite Era

Absolutely Entertaining in my Favorite Era and easy to read ... thinking HURRY WITH BOOK 2 ON AUDIBLE!
Enjoyed characters and special guest 😃

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reluctant amazement

I admit, I struggled at the beginning. I was close to abandoning the book, but I forged ahead and was handsomely rewarded with a fantastically crafted story.

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Original and entertaining YA fantasy

I reserve 5 star reviews for masterpieces like Lord of the Rings. This isn’t quite up to that level, but it is original and has a lot of humor. It was a fun and fast read.

The main character, Farin, is the son of the local gravedigger in a medieval village known as Heap. His profession, as well as his father’s status as the village drunk, makes him a social pariah.

After stealing a magic amulet off a corpse he is preparing for burial, Farin becomes possessed by a demon, which he nicknames Stinky. The demon calls him Worm, and is always nagging him to act more like a man.

When Farin, with assistance from Stinky, defeats some local bullies who attack him, he comes to the attention of a powerful knight, who makes him his squire. Farin hopes to use the arcane books in the knight’s library to free himself from the deon, whom he experiences as a mocking voice in his head.

Meanwhile, the female lead, Aross, escapes from an orphanage headed by a cruel matron, only to run afoul of the local bishop, who suspects her of witchcraft. Aross’ main talent, besides eluding the authorities, is an ability to communicate with rats.

The two storylines run on parallel tracks in the first book, with emphasis on Farin’s. I’m hoping, as the title implies, that the two main characters eventually meet and form an alliance in future books.

There are scenes of violence and strong language that make this not a series for young children. I recommend it for age 13+.

This is book 1 of a 4 book series. I’m looking forward to Book 2 with anticipation.

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Slow but steady

The beginning is horrible. It’s slow, it talks a lot about grave digger tasks and have honestly nothing of value besides setting up the small town life. The transitions between stories and characters is sudden and confusing. However it gets a lot better toward the middle and end and ties everything together. If you are patient and like finished books despite slow starts this book is for you.

It’s very good and I’m on my way to the second book

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Surprisingly good story telling

I wanted an easy listen with a good story and character development. This book exceeded my expectations. The performance pulled me in and kept my interest. Halfway through I read the publisher summary and saw the well deserved storytelling awards.

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Great book

Character development was great. Seemed a bit slow at the beginning but by the end of the book it was extremely entertaining. The narrator really captured the individual voices of each character.

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  • Gillian
  • 06-08-22

Thoroughly Enjoying This Series

I wasn’t sure if this was going to be my sort of book but, I am so glad that I went for it. I am thoroughly enjoying listening to it and am going straight onto Audible to buy the next in the Series.
The Narrator is excellent and brings life to each and every character.
I would definitely recommend it to fantasy fans.

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  • ai83
  • 06-09-22

4hrs in, nothing happened

In the first four hours, the only thing that happens is that an old woman is strangled to death and the gravedigger's son takes a pendant from her corpse. That's it! She may be a witch or (more likely) everyone's a superstitious peasant. Impossible to tell.

The rest is composed of hours and hours AND HOURS of horrible people being horrible with each other for no other reason than that the author was incapable of creating compelling conflict so he resorted to the simple trick of making everyone have antisocial personality disorder. I was curious about the premise and wanted to know how this book ends but listening to it is so unpleasant as to be punishment. That initial curiosity is fading by the minute.

On top of everything, it's written in an inappropriate style, like it's a children's tale, which mixes awkwardly with the tons of sadism, adult themes, and general filth of the world. The desperate attempts to humor are generally unfunny and embarrassing to listen to.

The narrator has no fault in this and his work is great. Nice dry voice and wry manner.

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  • Craghyrax
  • 05-28-22

What a great surprise

For fantasy addicts, you have to put up with a lot of mediocre or average books while you wait for your favourite authors to release their next, or for new kids to arrive on the block. What a treasure these books were. A real delight! Strongly reminiscent of Robin Hobb, in my view. The characters and ground work takes awhile to bed in, but patience pays off.

I can't wait for Feuerbach's other books to be narrated in English!

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  • jason
  • 08-10-21

Great

It's nice to listen to a fantasy novel who's writer has real voice . A great start to a series . Entertaining . Well paced , unlike to many novels that rush pass the start or take so long I find them great to get to sleep with . The narrator does a wonderful job . If you love or even like fantasy ; or just a good story ; this is a must get

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  • Stuart McGowan
  • 05-23-22

Excellent.

Congratulations to everyone involved in the production of this audiobook. I thoroughly enjoyed it - from the well paced and enthralling storyline to the outstanding narration.
I can't wait to find out what the rest of the collection has to offer.

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  • M. Stuart
  • 11-16-22

Really different

I really liked this, medieval/fantasy but with modern feeling to the language, starts a bit slow but worth sticking with

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  • Robinbird
  • 10-19-22

Delightful fantasy

Narrator is brilliant with fabulous changes of character.
looking forward to the next chapter to find out how both unlikely heroes get on.

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  • JR2020
  • 10-06-22

Narration let’s it down

Sounding like a great story but it’s sort of monotone and rushed at the same time.

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  • Angela C
  • 10-02-22

What a delight

This grave digging hero and his band of friends, foes and love interest had me hooked enough to carry on the mystical, magical mystery tour with volumes 2 and 3. Congrats to all involved.. Such fun!

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  • Arthur J Loddo
  • 09-26-22

What a story!!

This is a brilliant story, reminiscent of Jonathan Stroud’s Bartemeus trilogy but different enough to be thoroughly enjoyable

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-21-22

enjoyed it

enjoyed the story, the narrator and look forward to hearing how the story proceeds and ends

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-28-22

Have you finished already?

It felt like 1/4 of a novel, not novel 1 of 4. No climax.

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  • Catherine Carney
  • 09-21-22

fun, witty and entertaining.

loved this light hearted story. it is very entertaining easy to follow with lots of retribution coming to the ugly sadistic antagonists. the varied characters give depth and amusement to the fun plot.

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  • Richard
  • 06-14-22

Gravedigger serf interned with CSI Miami

Gravedigger with an abusive alcoholic father is apparently very knowledgeable about forensic sciences and has an advanced medical degree in doing autopsies on dead bodies. It's a bit of "a wizard did it" special talent that makes no sense and is really worldbreaking. This is a shame since apart from that I really like the story and the concept. the demons aspect is very interesting and I could otherwise really get into it.
good as a freebook but I likely won't be continuing the series

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-11-22

Great story

Can’t wait for the next volume, great story line and some interesting twists and turns in the plot

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-26-22

Quirky story narrated really well

The story isn’t overly complicated and the end of the book is more the end of an episode than of a stand alone book, but I liked it enough to invest in book two. The narrator has a great manner and plays the characters well (I listened at 1.2 speed though as at normal speed it is perhaps a little slow). All in all a bit of easy escapism.