Until this book, I was unfamiliar with Reginald Hill's work. I'm not certain how I was pointed in his direction, but I'm so glad I was! This is a wonderful book; witty and literary at the same time. Unlike so many "literary" books, the plot is not waylaid by incessant philosophical ponderings. I found myself picking up this read at every opportunity, often when I ought to be doing something else entirely. Bravo.
Likewise, the narration was also stellar. The narrator appeared to struggle with a few German words in a chapter introduction… but this is forgiveable in the light of the remainder of his performance.
Avid reader. Constant Audible listener. Currently deep into foreign crime detective novels. Especially a fan of noire and police procedural.
Excellent! This is a compelling crime mystery interweaving elements of greed, loyalty, betrayal, truth, conspiracy and retribution. Excellent narration, building excitement as the mystery unravels, good pacing and spot-on accents. Really held my interest. Great fun!
Yes, and I did! Many times I restarted a chapter, to listen more carefully to details. The story never followed the path I anticipated... many unexpected twists.
I really enjoyed this book and give a it solid four star rating. I hadn't listened to any of Hill's work and between the sample and the publisher's blurb expected less from this.
Hill has an engaging style, sometimes writing quite brilliantly. He delivers a real gem in his portrayal of the supporting character, "Johnathan Nutbrown", creating a genuinely amusing man, perhaps a gentle savant, who sees the world with a morality free psyche. A wonderful detail. His other characters are well drawn and nicely likable, or hateful, with plenty of emotional and physical depth for this sort of genre.
I give a solid four stars to the story and no more, because I found the whole ax thing a little difficult to swallow. I'm older than the hero, and have spent a fair amount of time in the woods, and it's really unusual to find anyone using an ax in a traditional way. The idea that the lead character was brought up a master axman needed to be fleshed out in some way to explain this, because without that, it seems a little contrived.
In addition the denouement seemed weak and a little hurried, not as craftfully sculpted as much of the rest the story. Some elements of the scene didn't have much to do with the rest of the story and some of it seemed, well, awkward. It wasn't bad, but, judging from the quality of other sections of the book, it could have been better. That scene is the culmination of the story; for a five star rating it must be exceptional. And, I'm not sure that the opening scene was particularly pertinent, or very necessary.
Five full stars to Johnathan Keeble. He does a beautiful job, one of the rare male readers who, when voicing women, doesn't create a world full of six foot tall transvestites sporting 5 o'clock shadow. A rare talent. His other voices are very good. They must still teach elocution somewhere in the British Isles.
This is a good one.
This was a really good listen...I was taken back at first by the accent and could not understand what was said many times due to the dialect...but the story itself was very good....I liked the narrator, and his engagement- I just found the accent to be difficult to understand at times....but due to the narrators engagement, I found it to be a very good listen and I would certainly recommend.
Great read, the english accents in the first half are a bit distracting but the story gets better as one reads on and the characters are introduced.
It is one of the best books that was read to me. The narrator was great. Would highly recommend getting this.
Great story wonderfully written and narrated. One of my favorite fiction audio books. Action, mystery, well developed characters and many intrigues. Reginald Hill is a writer I had not heard from but I will be purchasing his other books.
This book was on an audible list of books that are worth listening to over and over. The list contained at least two other books I had read and agreed should be on the list. Not this one. It was billed as a revenge story but never really lived up to its promise. A lot of the ideas used in the story were clever and I liked the main character. The book is ok, maybe worth a listen but never worth more than one listen.
I have to admit that I'm a total Audible junkie. MUST have book going at all times. I may be the subject of a family intervention someday.
Wolf, of course. Resilient, clever, brave - I may be in love.
Excellent reader, rich, distinct performances that create a clear image of each character without going over the top. Everything he does calls attention to the writing, not the reader.
Chose this book because one critic compared Stuart MacBride to Reginald Hill. Being a mad hungry MacBride fan I had to give it a try and wasn't disappointed. Sad to hear that this was Hill's last book before he passed, but thrilled to know that he left behind dozens of books to explore. Starting the very first book now. What a find!