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The Woodcutter Audiobook
The Woodcutter
Written by: 
Reginald Hill
Narrated by: 
Jonathan Keeble
The Woodcutter Audiobook

The Woodcutter

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Billye Athens, TX, United States 10-03-11
    Billye Athens, TX, United States 10-03-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Story"
    What did you love best about The Woodcutter?

    I really loved the twists and turns. The narrator is awsome and the character development is excellent!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    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!


    What about Jonathan Keeble’s performance did you like?

    He went from character to character flawlessly.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A great story of rags to riches back to rags.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a must listen. Totally worth the time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SproutedBrain Centennial, CO, United States 09-10-11
    SproutedBrain Centennial, CO, United States 09-10-11 Member Since 2011

    Pompey Fan

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    "Exceptionally good thriller, well narrated"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Terrence Candler, NC, United States 09-05-11
    Terrence Candler, NC, United States 09-05-11 Member Since 2011

    Fenian

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    "The Woodcutter"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Mount Dora, FL, United States 09-01-11
    Chris Mount Dora, FL, United States 09-01-11 Member Since 2009
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    "First but not last"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    peter Szentendre, Hungary 08-19-11
    peter Szentendre, Hungary 08-19-11
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    "thank you Mr. HILL..."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    p 05-22-11
    p 05-22-11 Member Since 2014

    A Traveling Listener

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    "I CLAPPED WHEN I FINISHED IT"

    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!

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    Anne Brisbane, Australia 03-25-11
    Anne Brisbane, Australia 03-25-11
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    "Excellent Read"

    Great story, Reginald Hill draws you and and keeps you there to the end. Narrator very good also. A 'must have'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ursula Kensington, MD, United States 04-23-11
    Ursula Kensington, MD, United States 04-23-11 Member Since 2016
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    "A great listen and would make a good movie"

    I couldn't stop listening. It held my interest and attention all the way through. The plot's twists and turns and the interesting characters made this a good listen.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Buskirk Neptune NJ 07-28-14
    Deborah Buskirk Neptune NJ 07-28-14 Member Since 2001

    deafsetter

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    "On and on and on..."

    There is probably some great ending to all this talk, talk and more talk.
    The plot was really interesting, but then the years rolled on without much progress. Is he guilty? Is he falsely convicted? Does he have an alter ego? What is the real story. I'm curious, but not enough to keep listening. Couldn't finish.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jenny 07-23-14
    jenny 07-23-14

    Reader novice. Looking for substance delivered with entertainment. Love psychological thrillers and dramas, but always love the classics!

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    "Story left you waiting"
    What did you like best about The Woodcutter? What did you like least?

    I liked the development of the downward spiral the character slipped down. You got a true sense of his beliefs of what his life was like and how good he thought he had it. It was a slap of reality that slowly hit and stung worse and worse with every event that passed. The action was very well thought out and exciting.

    Only disappointment was the ending. The main character went through A LOT for it all to end up very predictably. It was basically exactly what the character thought from the beginning....the twist of the James Bond-esq group was interesting, but not intimidating enough to seem like a concern. And the very beginning made the main character out to be of almost super hero like abilities, but it never really panned out. Other than that, a really great listen!


    What does Jonathan Keeble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent male character voices and accents. The female voices seemed to sound all the same aside from one, but the male voices were excellent. I was really able to envision the characters engaging with each other


    Was The Woodcutter worth the listening time?

    Yes


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Suzette McGhee
    4/10/16
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    "Good story and well narrated.."

    Good yarn, good narration, except for the Scottish character! But ye canny hae everything ah suppose!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Metalspider
    Belfast
    4/10/16
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    "Great narration"

    As with others comments the narrator was wonderful and the novel full of twists and turns you were never quite sure where you'd end up

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • N. Barker
    Farnborough, Hampshire, UK
    4/9/16
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    "Get it now !"

    I read the other reviews raving about this book so thought I should give it a go.

    I am so glad I did as the other reviews are not wrong - this is an excellent book but made awesome by the narrator.

    His voices alone bring so much to the characters that I am now looking up all the other books he has narrated so I can get them.

    That combines with a strong story with twists and turns throughout the plot make this a must have book - so get it now !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr M Skelton
    4/9/16
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    "surprising, entertaining and engaging story"

    knowing nothing of this book before beginning I was surprised, engaged and really enjoyed this story, complex and thoughtful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Arcticangel.
    Seaford, United Kingdom
    4/7/16
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    "Faultless"

    This has been an experience I would not have wanted to miss. I am not given to great outpourings of enthusiasm, but this book, I think, has been one of the finest pieces of fiction I have read for many years. if you have not read it, do so. Wonderful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mandy
    liverpool
    4/6/16
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    "good book"

    i enjoyed this book but to be honest i expected so mych more from the reviews i read this narrator is by far the best i have heard though

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Polly
    4/6/16
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    "Gripping"

    Loved this book, interesting characters, believable storyline, great reader and gripping to the end. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    Hamilton, United Kingdom
    4/5/16
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    "Enthralling"

    I bought this book based on the positive reviews and it didn't disappoint. You buy in to the main characters straight away and there are twists all along the storyline. I loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • fuzzy
    4/5/16
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    "Great"

    Smashing g book. Kept you wanting to listen to find out what happend next. Great

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tippgirl
    Ireland
    4/3/16
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    "Just as good the second time around"

    I really enjoyed this book and have listened to it more than once, one of my favourite downloads.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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