The story was great, but Mr. Keeble's narration made it that much better.
The characters and narration
The woodcutter would have never been on my list of favorites or sitting in the que of my wish list if it had not been for the glowing recommendations that I read in the reviews from other listeners. If you’re like me, you are judicious with your credits, and you don’t want to waste them, or more importantly squander 16 hours listening to a book that is disappointing. The book is set a few years into the future in England, and if you’re not careful, you may come away rehearsing your best British accent as I have been doing since about halfway through. The reader is spectacular, the pace is nearly perfect, but in a few scenes it felt like the author, Reginald Hill, could have gotten to the point quicker. It is written with a similar pace to P.D. James and Agatha Christie.
Hill gives a number of unexpected, but pleasant, some may say shocking, surprises; mostly in part 2. He ends the book with a swift, satisfying climax, which if you’re not paying attention, you’ll miss; not because it is too complex, but because it moves very quickly.
There are thousands of books screaming for my attention, and Reginald Hill’s voice just got a little louder.
Based on several source recommendations and audible reviews I tried this book out and I really LIKE it. After one book, I'm a fan of Reginald Hill and I have some of his other books in my wish list. The author is a fantastic writer of thrillers; especially with so many characters. He can build characters and keep several story lines going. He writes like very few others can with the plots and characters. I haven't even mentioned the twists and turns.
I cannot say that I enjoyed the book. It is not gripping or particularly well-written. The performance is fine, but the actor, whose voice is very well suited to the character, cannot save the lukewarm story. There is a fair amount of chasing, killing, climbing the cliffs, chopping off hands, and other thriller elements; and yet they utterly fail to excite the reader. I would've given up listening after the first couple of hours, but this was the only audiobook available to me this month and I really need something to listen to while I jog, so I finished it. I'm sorry to say the rest was just as bland as the beginning.
It's not possible to write a spoiler because nothing remotely surprising happens in the second half of the book. First half is not particularly inventive either, but at least the reader is still getting to know the characters so he is not completely bored. I've fallen asleep listening to this book more often than with any other audiobook ever before.
I have always loved reading. I have MS now. Reading is not as easy for me. I love audio books. I really love long books with great narrators
Yes. This is departure for me from the books I normally listen to. I picked this book purely on reviews and was very pleased. I found it to be a very entertaining listen.
Yes, got to love revenge stories.
I thought his performance was fine.
It kept me listening wanting to know what happened next. Fun book.
I will listen to this narrator again and look for more books my this author.
I kept wondering WHO THE HELL did what to who...and when it was finally revealed, it totally threw me. A few things left hanging, but overall, I liked this recommendation. The reader, J Keeble, was dark and meaningful... giving the story real depth and kept me wanting more.
Fantastic story with an ending that I surely didn't see coming! A fairly long book but one that was truly hard to "put down."
Really most of them, including all the major characters were well done. I've not heard Mr. Keeble before but I'll look for him in the future.
Be careful what you wish for!
Realistically, a movie couldn't do this story justice. There's far too much detail and development of character and intricacy of plot. Forget a movie... perhaps a miniseries?
I commute about an hour each way to work and listen to audio books enroute. Sometimes I don't want to get out of my car because I'm at a really good place!
I downloaded this book to listen to on our 48 hr driving trip. OMG, after 4 hrs we were amazed that we were only a fraction through the book. I took a nap twice during the trip and didn't miss a thing (my husband was still listening). If there is an abridge edition, buy it instead.
Perfect match of narrator and material, great story. Has me looking for a replacement.