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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A wonderfully intricate and well crafted story. Well read by Jonathan Keeble. Would recommend it highly.
First let me say the Narrator Jonathan Keeble was terrific! I didn't have any difficulty identifying each character. Set in Great Britain, Jonathan has a wonderful set of accents which really adds to the atmosphere.
This is a unusual novel with a mystery in it. A brief summary would be: A likeable, flawed poor man who makes it good, gets what he wants in his life, gets it taken away from him and copes with his loss. The novel has numerous "clues" scattered throughout it which make you expect one thing, and then off you go in a different direction. Except for the prologues, you basically start at when Wolf Haddu loses everything. I've tried to not give anything away but the novel has mystery, some amount of thriller, smaller amounts of love stories and plenty of personal values by both the "good" and "bad" characters.
The story takes place a few years (2 -6yrs) in the future which was odd. Not sure if it added or detracted from the story. It basically just exists, but perhaps it allows for an agency to be present that isn't in todays world.
There are a lot of great reviews available, especially some of the longer ones. I found them useful afterwards to help re-think various scenes and actions. It was a wonderful book if you enjoy a slower paced action book with lots of character development and plenty of opportunities to consider why people do the things they do.
It was one of those books that once I got going, I'd walk in from work and keep listening except for a few brief comments and a kiss to my patient husband. I'd finally shut it down when I reached a good stopping point (or my guilt made to stop) : )
I'd highly recommend it!
Along with The Help, and Cutting for Stone, this book was one of the best I've listened to. The narrator is fantastic, and the writing excellent. The story holds throughout and is captivating and smartly written. A must. I was sorry when it was over. Jonathan Keeble should do more books. It was a superb narration.
The Woodcutter is a classic Hill story (without Dalziel and Pascoe), nice and long and keeps you glued to the ipod. It is a well built up story but goes a bit out of hand in the end (rather implausible ending although quite satisfactory). Well read although the main caracter has a very grumpy voice.
I really loved the twists and turns. The narrator is awsome and the character development is excellent!
The plot didn't exactly keep me on the edge of my seat, but I was very invested in the story. I wanted to listen straight through!
He went from character to character flawlessly.
A great story of rags to riches back to rags.
This book is a must listen. Totally worth the time!
Tried this on the basis of other positive reviews, and was not disappointed. The story was well crafted, to a point where you're never quite sure about the motives of the protagonist. Is he innocent or guilty? The tension is nicely stretched out, to go into depth to explore this confusion, without becoming boring. The narrator does a nice job with the primary characters, especially Wolf, and the Cumbrian accent is authentic. The Scottish accents are patchy, but acceptable. An exceptional book, thoroughly enjoyable.
Loved this book! Excellent story! Excellent narration! I'm now looking for more titles from Reginald Hill and also anything that has Jonathan Keeble narration. I can't think of any reason why I wouldn't reccommend this to a friend for reading enjoyment! One of the absolute best books I have ever listened too and is very high on my list of all time favorites. I want to hear more from Reginald Hill and Jonathan Keeble.
Initial introduction to both author and narrator. Excellent narration captures the essence of the main character, perfectly conveying the humor deftly intertwined with his sense of cold, calculating revenge. I will be back for more of Hill/Keeble. Definitely worth the listening time.
thrilling plot, great prose through Mr. Keeble's superb presentation all characters
come to life, like in a real radio drama. if novels are narrated to perfection one will be inclined to give up reading altogether. without being overly censorious, only the schmaltzy ending - not unlike many hollywood film scripts - prompted me to give only 4 stars out of the 5... better grant it 9 on the scale of 10.
A Traveling Listener
This has been the BEST listen I have had so far. I thought that The Help was amazing, then Branaugh's reading of The Heart of Darkness blew me away. Reginal Hill delivers a variety of easily identifiable characters in what might otherwise be a complex book to understand. I was hooked from the beginning, although I did re-listen to the first few chapters to be sure I understood the groudwork and characters. If you want a wonderfully involved cast and even more interesting subplots listen to this book. I think it would be better than ever reading it!
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.
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.
"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
Brilliant! Good plot and wonderfully read which makes all the difference.More like this please Mr. Hill!
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
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