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The Woodcutter | [Reginald Hill]

The Woodcutter

Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...
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Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

©2010 Reginald Hill (P)2010 WF Howes Ltd

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    Diana Fairfax, VA, United States 01-20-11
    Diana Fairfax, VA, United States 01-20-11
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    "One of my favorite Reginald Hill books!"

    I always expect quality from Reginald Hill, and have loved every book he's ever written.

    The Woodcutter surpassed even my high expectations with an engaging story, great characters and a study in justice that leaves a lasting impression. To me, Hill's greatest talent is to remain completely invisible as the story unfolds. Too often I read stories that, while interesting and thought-provoking, feel like a message from a writer on his soapbox. The Woodcutter is filled with moral ambiguity, and leaves the reader with much to contemplate, but, at least for me, my reaction was to events and aspects of Hill's characters. Not once during the entire book did I feel the presence of Hill's hand as the story progresses through bad acts committed by good people and surprising kindness from some "bad guys." There is suspense throughout, but it didn't feel dark ... occasional humor and never forcing the pace of action keeps the tragic elements of the story from overwhelming the reader. Highly recommended!

    63 of 64 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Wing Redlands, CA United States 05-20-11
    Kathleen Wing Redlands, CA United States 05-20-11 Member Since 2008

    I listen to audiobooks when I drive and when I hike.

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    "A really good story and a really good narration"

    I listen to audiobooks when I'm driving and when I'm hiking. With some books, I drift away from the story and have to rewind but not with this one. This audiobook kept my attention the whole way through and I was really sad to get to the end of it because I wanted more.

    24 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne K Russell Arlington, Texas 03-06-11
    Suzanne K Russell Arlington, Texas 03-06-11 Member Since 2008
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    "A Great Read"

    I wasn't sure about this book at first. I listened to the sample audio and decided to take a chance. It was well worth it. Kind of like the Count of Monte Cristo as told by a great-grandson of Charles Dickens. A compelling and intelligent thriller with humor and heart.

    24 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda UT 10-21-11
    Melinda UT 10-21-11 Member Since 2009

    So hooked by audio that I have to read books aloud. *If my reviews help, please let me know.

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    "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf!"

    Even if you read all of the "Best Sellers", the Man Bookers, the Edgars, the Hugos, the Pulitzers, Staff Favs, and the readers suggestions in your constant pursuit of good and/or entertaining reading material, this award winner's latest book may have sneaked by you--and what an epic MISS. Thanks to consistently high marks by Audible reviewers, I was schooled, and spent 16 engaging hours hanging on to a rollicking, smart, psychological thriller where the big bad wolf is the heroic axe-wielding woodsman, and sets out to prove that unconventional fact. It took me a couple of chapters to get used to the breakneck pace, and I would've been thoroughly satisfied with a nicely tied up ending at about the 12 hour point, but neither little personal gripe diminishes the experience. My first Reginald Hill--and from what I've heard from other readers, one of his best. A great choice...Thanks-previous reviewers.

    56 of 58 people found this review helpful
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    David Houston, TX, United States 06-30-13
    David Houston, TX, United States 06-30-13 Member Since 2008

    Actor/director/teacher. Split my time between Beijing and Seattle now. Listen to Audible on the subway and while driving. Love the reviews.

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    "You are in good hands"

    Some reviewers have suggested that the book gets stronger as it goes along. I actually felt just the opposite. I had not read any Reginald Hill before, but after only a few minutes of listening it was obvious that I was in the hands of a master storyteller. His unobtrusively artful use of language, the subtle brush strokes he used to paint his characters and the effortless way in which he moved through the exposition allowed me to relax and settle in to enjoy what was obviously going to be a fascinating and exciting ride. This impression was only reinforced by Jonathan Keeble's extraordinarily fine vocal rendering of both the characters and the narrative.

    Nor did I, like some other reviewers, feel the book went on for too long. It continued to keep me fully engaged all the way to the last word. My only complaint is that it did begin to feel somewhat more contrived and "slick" as the plot wound to its conclusion. Sometimes even a little obvious. And the literally "bodice ripping" climax (no pun intended here) could have come straight out of the pages of a modern Gothic romance. No question that it was powerful and shocking, but it was also jarring and incongruous in a book which had been so seamless and convincing up to that point.

    That said, Hill was such a fine writer and this was such a ripping good tale for most of its length that I could forgive much. I had a great time listening and I think most others will as well.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Berndorf, Austria 05-19-11
    Barbara Berndorf, Austria 05-19-11 Member Since 2008
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    "a great pleasure"

    People who are already familiar with Reginald Hill won't need to be told what they already know: that he is a master storyteller, mixing a suspense story with deep insights into the human psyche and a powerful ability to make the landscapes come alive. The Woodcutter is thoroughly enjoyable, and at a lenght of 15+ hours it really draws you into the cleverly plotted story. Enjoy!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 07-02-13
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2005

    Waiting on the next Department Q installment. My Audible addiction is not waining...

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    "I'll have Revenge please..."

    As I listened to this tale it became obvious how much I love revenge stories. The most thorough and satisfying tale of revenge would be The Count of Monte Cristo. The best modern tale, in my opinion, is the Dragon Tattoo series. Of course, Monte Cristo and the Dragon Tattoo are both biblical in length. But this is what makes them so brilliant, the authors spent as much time completing the satisfying and justified revenge as they did on the (unjust) destruction of the heroes.

    Which brings me to The Woodcutter. As the story develops we are introduced to a gruff, unsophisticated, powerful man who's humility immediately attracts the reader. He is betrayed and destroyed to the point that any part of what made him great in his world could never be redeemed. The conspiracy against him is every bit as sophisticated and developed as Larrson's trilogy. (If you haven't listened to the The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trilogy, stop here and buy it now.)

    What disappoints me here is the lack of depth and completeness in the revenge itself. There, I've said it. I listened to every minute of this book with relish. It is entertaining and clever. The mystery revealed is remarkable. However, its lack of detail and brevity left me disappointed.

    Still, its a great book, well worth your time!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Alison Balmain, Australia 03-16-11
    Alison Balmain, Australia 03-16-11
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    "Alison"

    I like to listen to audiobooks on my iPod as I walk. This story was so good and so well read that I almost had to walk the whole 16 hours in one go!

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    Michaela Unterumbach, Germany 02-07-11
    Michaela Unterumbach, Germany 02-07-11
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    Best book so far (out of 150+) brilliantly told, brilliantly narrated, a must for all audible fans

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    Virginia United States 01-31-11
    Virginia United States 01-31-11
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    "Loved it! Couldn't put it down"

    I loved this book. It keeps you guessing and waiting to see what's gonna happen next. One of the best books I've listened to in a while.

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  • Caroline
    ambleside, United Kingdom
    6/10/11
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    "This is how audible books should be narrated"

    This is so far, the best audible book I have listened too. Mainly the narrator and his skill. Listen and you will understand. A very very talented man, i am now looking for more books narrated by Jonathan Keeble.

    As for the story, very addictive listening, twists and turns all the way, I could not stop listening. I cannot recommend this book enough.

    Dont wait, download now and you will be amazed

    46 of 46 people found this review helpful
  • mrs
    ROCHESTER, United Kingdom
    5/23/11
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    "The Woodcutter"

    This is the first review i have ever done, I have to say i enjoyed this book from the first page to the last. I also have to mention the narrator, what an excellent compliment he has made to this book, so easy to listen to and switches characters with such ease and made them so believable. I will be looking for more by this author and the use of this narrator.

    Jackie

    37 of 37 people found this review helpful
  • Brian
    Preston, United Kingdom
    6/2/11
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    "SUPERB"

    What a good book, the narration is one of the best I have listened to. Good storyline with characters that come to life because of the brilliant narration. Wolf and Dol Trapp where two of my favourite characters.
    Please buy it you will not be disappointed.

    25 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Jill Besterman
    Jersey, Channel Islands United Kingdom
    3/6/11
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    "Reginald Hill - back to his best"

    A marvellous, intricate story that keeps one guessing until the end. Beautifully read by Jonathan Keeble - 16+ hours of real enjoyment that I did not want to finish.

    38 of 39 people found this review helpful
  • H. Tollyfield
    Sheffield United Kingdom
    5/29/11
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    "A compelling story"

    The combination of Reginald Hill's writing and Jonathan Keeble's reading make this excellent listening. I didn't want to pause the story and lot's of things didn't get done because I wanted to know what was going to happen next.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Gloria
    Didcot, United Kingdom
    3/3/11
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    "The Woodcutter"

    Brilliant! Good plot and wonderfully read which makes all the difference.More like this please Mr. Hill!

    26 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Rosemary
    Bembridge, United Kingdom
    6/9/11
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    "The reviews listed here are not wrong!"

    This is one of the best books I have listened to from Audible. As others have said, it's a compelling story in it's own right but Jonathan Keeble presents a masterclass with the narration. I chose it on the strength of the positive reviews listed here and I was not dissappointed. The characterisation in the book is outstanding and now it is at an end, I shall miss Wolf, Elf and the others. The story is a clever one but more than anything, the central character really pulls you in. On the face of it, we should loathe him from the story presented but I believed in him and found myself routing for him right through the book. This book is a combination of outstanding plot and writing that is then brought to life by equally outstanding narration.

    25 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Hatty
    Chilton Foliat, United Kingdom
    6/2/11
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    "Best book in ages"

    Seriously - this is great. I've read all of Hill's Dalziel and Pascoe novels, which I love, but this one is something else. Yes, it has a great plot, but the characterization is I think what makes the difference, Wolf, the protagonist, seems to have taken on a life of his own and its as if Hill is writing about someone real, rather than someone fictional. No matter where you are in the story, you can't help but engage with and root for this guy. Somehow I managed to cram 16 hours of listening into about 4 days and wished it would never end. If this ever gets produced for screen, its going to have to be handled really carefully because there is so much genius to mess up.

    25 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Annette
    Nouméa, New Caledonia
    5/4/11
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    "witty and entertaining"

    This is the first time I've listened to a Reginald
    Hill book and found it thoroughly entertaining. The
    pace of the story is good with the characters very
    easily recognisable as the narrator does a fine job
    with the accents. Quite often listening to a story it
    is difficult to catch the different characters because
    of the pace of the story telling and I sometimes need
    to listen several times certain parts to understand
    who is who but not in this case. A good listen.

    24 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Vivien
    Cookham, United Kingdom
    2/20/11
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    "One of the best readers ever."

    You know how a voice can make or break a book? Well, this is an excellent book made brilliant by the reader. His female voices are delicate, believable and distinguishable; how a white man manages to offer the rich rounded baritone sound of a well educated African is a mystery in itself. His other voices, the various accents of the northern counties, the oleaginous soft voice of the MI5 man, the east London voices of the solicitor and his wife - brilliant. This is just the kind of reader we need. Top marks. The mystery itself is unusual and well crafted.

    34 of 36 people found this review helpful
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