I loved this! Yes its long, yes it takes a long time to get into but so so worth the wait. The second half of the novel is a rollercoaster ride of twists, turns and amazement. I found myself yelling out loud in public in shock when I didn't see things coming.
I'm a big fan of criminal psychology so I really loved the early parts of the book but this might not be everyones cup of tea.
But defiantly stick it out to the end; you won't be disappointed.
List of favorite books: Woodcutter - Reginald Hill, Consent to Kill, First Deadly Sin - Lawrence Sanders, Sniper Elite - Scott McEwen
Great story. Great narration. I enjoyed it so much the first time and rarely get a book this good, I had to listen to it again.
I haven't written a review for a long time, because the audios I have chosen haven't been all that noteworthy.
This book is the exception, prompting me to write a review.
First off, I had never heard of this author. (shame on me)
Second, I only purchased this on the good reviews, and the storyline intriqued me.
It is the first book since Game of Thrones, that I absolutely did NOT want to stop listening to. (btw, game of thrones is a completely different genre, however, both the writing, storyline, and readers are excellent!)
This is a book that I am glad I listened to, rather than buy the hard copy to read.
The reader was exceptional. I could picture this entire book in my head as he read along.
I researched this author, and found that sadly, he had passed on last year I believe.
The literary world has lost a wonderful writer.
Fortunately for me, I listened to this one.
Retired book buyer/book manager for wholesale distributor in the 5 largest northeast states. Prolific reader who was inundated with ARCs.
This listen has it all-momentum, character development, twists and turns, a HUGE final surprise and a tension that keeps the listener listening. Every once in a while you come across a mystery/thriller of shere genius. This is it. This is so good that if I owned Audible I'd give a money back guarantee for this genre's fans!!
I was not sure at one point if I was going to continue with this book. I stayed with it and in the end was very happy that I did. The fact that this story is influence by the "Counte of Monty Cristo" is not hidden in the story, and the trials of the main character are monumental. The story unfolds in layers and soon the reader is hooked wondering where this tale is going to go. I would recommend this book but would caution that it takes a commitment from the reader to work through the character and story development phase, once accomplished the story takes off and moves very well, with great tension building for the exciting ending.
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This is an outstanding novel and very well read, nice twists and turns and a satisfactory conclusion. Very well worth the download
I have been a Reginald Hill fan for many, many years and love his Dalziel and Pascoe books almost to the point that I am disappointed when he has a new novel that does not feature the two detectives. But, the Woodcutter is Hill at his best - and that really puts it high on the chart. Jonathan Keeble is an outstanding narrator and I will look for other books he narrates. This book kept me guessing up to the very end. Hill's love of words always ensures that I will have increased by vocabulary after reading or listening to one of his novels, and he writes both wonderfully descriptive prose as well as intriguing dialogs. His character developments are first rate.
My only complaint is now I have to wait a while until Hill's next book is on the market.
The combination of Reginald Hill and Jonathan Keeble makes for an ideal audio book. The narration is well crafted and is full of cleverly constructed scenes and phraseology. At times the plot dips to the predictable but there are enough non-standard moves to keep it from becoming banal. Keeble's narration is excellent as he displays a wide range of voices and does much to help Hill create the characters. The author's pace is also complemented by the narrator's patience and consistency. This book may be one that is much more enjoyable to listen to than to read. In any medium, it is worth the experience.
What seems like a good story about a seemingly upstanding man turned very bad, turns into a great story about duplicity, the mystery of family, the legacy of spies and the ties of friendship. So many twists and turns - maybe one or two too many (but not really) - I could hardly put this book down. Jonathon Keeble is a terrific narrator. I highly recommend this book.
Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
I took a long time to warm up to many of the characters, and for some I never got there. Wolf was intentially evasive for good reason, but his manipulations, while understandable, kept him at a distance. Eventually he won me over and in addition to rooting for him, I felt real affection for him by the end. I had more trouble with Alva, whose relentless over analyzing while being amazingly obtuse at times stretched credibility and made her connection to Wolf somewhat unbelievable right through to the end. That relationship remained contrived to me and is the main reason for 4 instead of 5 stars. Supporting characters were more successful - really liked McLucky, Doll, and Trap. I did appreciate the writing with surprising dollops of humor (usually courtesy of Wolf) sprinkled throughout. Overall a good story, much better in the final 3-4 hours as things come to a climax. Recommended with the caveat to hang in there through the first 1-2 hours trying to figure out what is going on.