A fascinating story and mystery. I never thought I would find a book and reader that touched upon perfection, but this comes close enough that the difference does not matter. To my mind, the author found the correct words to paint and portray every nuance of human feelings, and the reader never 'gasped' (all too prevalent) nor ever took you 'out' of the enthralling story for a moment. First rate.
The Woodcutter was a tiny bit difficult to get into at the very beginning, then it became almost impossible to put down.
Great characters, great story, great narration. I finished it in just a couple days.
Best book in a couple years. Loved everything about it, the plot, characters, narration. A rare 5 star review for me.
Yes! So many classic archetypes in this, I kept wondering about the symbolism. Was reminded of Hansel and Gretel, and Gaiman's American Gods. It's a fun multi level puzzle in regards to guessing things about the plot unfolding as well as mythological references.
Yes, he's turning into one of my favorite narrators. He seems to have a keen understanding of when a writer is implementing dry humor and maximizing it for the listener. Very engaging.
Not extreme, but I laughed quite a bit.
The reader's voice gave life to a well written story. I listened whenever I was in my car. It was often the only thing that could make me look forward to driving to work!
There were so many twists and turns that to list any of the memorable moments would be a spoiler!
I will look for Mr. Keeble's name as the reader on future purchases. I could listen to him read the contents on a box of cereal!!
It made me gasp more than once! I cried out a couple of times, driving down the road alone.
I'm old but fully restored, just like the tractor. Love audio books.
My first ever review, inspired by this book. Had this in my library for months before listening. It was much much better than I expected, one of my favorite books. Couldn't put it down. Now a fan of Reginald Hill & have downloaded others.
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.