Heck, even if the author makes a complete hash of the ending, the journey was worth it.
I listen to a lot of mysteries and thrillers; most of them are lightweight both in terms of plot and the author's writing ability. This is generally jim dandy; I'm here to be entertained. But The Woodcutter not only entertained but delighted. Well written, complex characters, interesting plot (I think I've figured it out but suspect I'll be wrong). The reader has a great voice and does the regional accents really well. Um, I think he does them well, guess you'd have to ask someone from England, though.
Give it a listen--it's smart, sometimes funny and, yes, entertaining!
One of the better books I've heard in the last couple years, reminiscent of Crooked Lettter, Crooked Letter, a favorite. The characters are written with such depth and feeling. One Audible reviewer complained, finding them stereotypical. On the contrary, I found them--the middle school bully, the killer, the school teacher, the cop, even the victim--complex and multifaceted. The story weaves in and out of the character's lives, back and forth thru time, revealing the part each plays in the sad drama.
Some reviewers were unhappy with the ending; I found it to be just right. To me the themes of the book were inevitability and lost chances; events unfolded in the only way they could and the ending perfectly illustrates this.
The reader was very good. She has a light touch which, oddly, works well here. A voice laden with portent (insert Scott Brick here) wouldn't be nearly as successful.
And that's in just the first hour.
Part X-Files' episode "Home" and part original "Hills Have Eyes" with evil, murderous Southern backwoods (why are they always from the South?) family preying upon hapless travelers. If you like this sort of thing, as I do, you'll probably find this book somewhat entertaining.
"Somewhat" because I wasn't able to listen for a couple days and completely forgot what I'd been listening to. Not super compelling but a fine diversion while weeding the yard.
Gave up after Part 1. I was so looking forward to listening all weekend as I worked in the yard but, alas, couldn't do it. Very good reader though.
For my taste, the story jumped around too much. A little jumping eh, OK, but Mr. Hill was all over the map. Literally.
Hmmmm, maybe I'm just not a fan of magical characters with superpowers. If you are, like the bulk of the reviewers, you'll probably be quite happy.
Very entertaining book. Good narrator, he kind of "acted" the characters if you know what I mean. But not in an obnoxious way. You have to suspend your disbelief for some of the character's foolish and dangerous actions*. Plus the ending was pretty predictable. But what the heck, sometimes we need a little fun, don't you think?
*Ha! Suspend disbelief in a review of a book about God speaking through chosen people. Snort!
well written, good story, talented narrator
They'll all so good. You know immediately which character is speaking .
Well, yes but mustn't give the story away
I've listened to a number of Mr. Robotham's books and have enjoyed them all. I think the narrator is very talented also. Doesn't particularly "act" the characters just lets them tell their stories.
Good story; the young heroine was particularly appealing. I hadn't read anything by Mr. Abrahams but will again. Nice mix of humor and suspense. Mr. Daniels did a great job with the characterizations and pacing.
This is my 2nd Lucas D. book; very entertaining and good story. The baddie is very bad. I like the humanity of the cops and their amusing interactions. Didn't hear any background voices or sounds as one reviewer noted.
Entertaining if you like thrillers with gory details (which I do). But, oh boy, the reader! This is my second book read by Steven Weber and while I usually just follow writers, he's the one reader I'll look for again.
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