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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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    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 04-15-14
    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 04-15-14 Member Since 2012

    Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!

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    "This is a 10!"

    When I can visualize every scene, smell the smoke as it rises from the chimney, feel Wolf's scars, hear his scream on the mountain and taste the strong black coffee he drinks I know I have just listened to one of the most amazing stories I have ever read or heard. The narration was just as amazing in bringing this wonderful story to life. If you don't listen for yourself, you are missing out!

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    K. Ericksen South Dakota 07-13-13
    K. Ericksen South Dakota 07-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it!"
    Where does The Woodcutter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    On top


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Woodcutter?

    When his ex-wife throws herself off the cliff


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Keeble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No - at first I didn't like his accent - very hard to hear the story - but I got used to it, and it actually added to the aura of the story


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed The Woodcutter immensely!

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    Ninjachinchin 03-04-13 Member Since 2013

    Books make the world a better place

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    "MCLUCKY: WHAT'LL YOU DO? WOLF: SHARPENING MY AXE!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a smart story with complicated characters and an excellent plot that branches and twists while weaving doubt and uncertainty in the reader/listener's mind. This audiobook kept me listening deep into the night and I stayed interested and engrossed...right to the very end.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Keeble – was your favorite?

    There are characters with English accents and some with Scottish, Russian and a couple of other accents as well. The narrator is very talented and does an excellent job keeping track of the many characters. By far the most interesting character is Wolf Hadda. There is absolutely nothing nice about him but as the characters reveal and the reader/listener also comes to know, there is just something so undeniably alluring and attractive about Wolf Hadda. I absolutely loved the humorous banter between the young vicar, Hollins, and Wolf. Their conversations were endearing and helped to humanize Wolf who otherwise and up to that point offered an mostly abrasive, harsh and unapproachable demeanor.


    Any additional comments?

    Wolf Hadda is a smart, rich and successful man. He is married to his childhood sweetheart and it seems he has everything but an early morning knock on his front door changes his life forever. Arrested and jailed, Wolf protests his innocence but neither his family nor his friends try to help him. A failed escape from the authorities lands him in a coma after which months later, he awakens only to find that he is penniless, crippled, blind in one eye and completely deserted; not to mention single, since his wife has divorced him to marry his lawyer and good friend. Wolf is sentenced to a prison term and branded a pedophile but those are not the last of his worries. He lapses into silence and settles to serve out his jail sentence until he learns of his estranged daughter's tragic death.

    After seven years of silence Wolf finally begins to open up to his new prison psychiatrists, Alva Ozigbo, who dutifully treats him and sets his mind on the path to acceptance and recovery. When Alva becomes convinced Wolf is rehabilitated, she helps to get him released from prison on parole. Wolf returns to his simple, rundown family home in Cumbria and it is here, at this point, where the real story of Wolf emerges.

    We learn of his early life as the son of a simple woodcutter and his subsequent rises in position and wealth. Sir Wolf Hadda was a different man than the criminal he is later labeled. He is a man who most definitely has his faults but did he actually commit the heinous crimes he was found guilty of? Is he a pedophile or was he set-up...and does he have revenge on his mind?

    This is a grim, psychological story but it is not a straightforward revenge thriller by any means. I enjoyed the ruthless twists and the startling revelation right at the end, but just before this audiobook's stunning climax. I am sorry this audiobook came to an end but you can be sure I'll look to purchase more of this author's books.

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    jack englewood, CO, United States 08-20-12
    jack englewood, CO, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story"

    Set in England and read by the fantastic Reginald Hill you will be in England. A twisting tail that you won't easily figure out or be much able to put down.

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    JILL NOOSA HEADS, Australia 03-06-12
    JILL NOOSA HEADS, Australia 03-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "FABULOUS"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely would recommend, intriguing and can't put down type of read


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Woodcutter?

    None, it is ALL memorable


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Cant choose any they are all so good


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Will get more from this author

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 02-17-12
    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 02-17-12 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Definitely Hooked me"

    This is one of those books I can't say I truly liked but it hooked me early and I couldn't stop listening. I just do not like the English accent, I know it was appropriate. It was mostly well delivered. Well written story but these are not people you can like but this is a book you can enjoy.

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    Steve Waterloo, NE, United States 11-05-11
    Steve Waterloo, NE, United States 11-05-11 Member Since 2013
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    "A Mix of Good and Bad"

    Having just finished this selection, I felt I needed to write a review I would have wanted to read prior to purchase. The storyline is elaborate, complex with many well developed characters and the good and bad guys are often hard to pick out. I did find I wanted to see how this all turned out and was rooting throughout for the Woodcutter. However, this is no Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. In many, many of the scenes the dialogue just doesn't ring to me as things people would say. Often I found my self rolling my eyes at the too clever by half banter. And the dramatic climax at the end of the book was so over the top (literally!) that I said "you have got to be kidding me!" out loud. Almost parody. Word of warning to those who have difficulty with English accents. The narrator I liked a lot and was very good at a large variety of voices. Often though on some of the voices, which unfortunately includes the main character Wolf, I wouldn't get some of the words at first listen and would have to rewind. Reminds me of some of the more accented Masterpiece Theatre pieces with British actors. Overall, worth a listen but not on my list of best audiobooks.

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    Truitt Halifax, VA, United States 09-04-11
    Truitt Halifax, VA, United States 09-04-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Buy this"

    This was just a great story and a great narrator worth your credit and worth buying.

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    Esther Robina, Australia 04-12-11
    Esther Robina, Australia 04-12-11
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    "The Woodcutter"

    Loving every second of this story. Its different, so interesting and well read. Thanks to the write and the reader for a job well done

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    Brad rolling hills estates, CA, United States 03-22-11
    Brad rolling hills estates, CA, United States 03-22-11
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    "it gets good"

    For me this book was 4 hours too long. The first third of it I thought was completely stupid. The main character does things that no one would do and that lands him in jail. Also it takes the whole book to circle back around to what the heck happens in the beginning. That said about halfway through it got decent and I finished with some excitement.

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    "Gripped from the start"
    If you could sum up The Woodcutter in three words, what would they be?

    Highly recommended


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really enjoyed this book. It was meticulously planned and full of good twists and turns. Brilliantly read by Jonathan Keeble who really brought the story to life. I didn't wanted it to end.


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  • Jo Davis
    UK
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    "If I could give it more stars I would"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Woodcutter?

    Everything! The characters, the slow drip by drip revelation of the story, the twists and turns, the description of the Cumbrian countryside ...


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I really wish I could but real life kept getting in the way!


    Any additional comments?

    So very nearly gave up on this and am so glad I didn't, one of the best books I've listened to. Must go and see what else Mr Hill has written and indeed what else Mr Keeble has read.

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  • Matt
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    "Amazing!"

    This is an amazing book with a fantastic delivery from Jonathan Keeble. It's a story you can't stop listening too as you need to know how it ends. Reginald Hill does not disappoint with this book and the ending is unexpected! Don't miss it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zac
    tunbridge wells, United Kingdom
    2/26/14
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    "Very good"
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book very much. I've not heard of the author or the narrator before but I will definitely be looking for more of their work. A very good audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Morpeth, United Kingdom
    2/18/14
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    "Fine to start with - bit of a let-down ultimately"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not really. It starts with promise but fails to properly explore the various threads that it raises. It is just not a satisfying read, and the ending is ludicrous. Held my attention to about the half-way point - then I stuck with it only because I usually do finish a book. The narration is fine for Wolf's character - but not when Keeble came to 'speak' as other players in the book.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Change the ending for one thing. That just didn't work. Explore some of the rabbits that he set running in the opening chapters. Most are let well alone, which is a bit of a shame. The female characters were too stereotypical - come to think of it, most of the characters were.


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

    A very odd pronunciation of some words - first and foremost 'Pillar' - which he repeatedly pronounces as 'Pill' 'Are'. I did like his rendering of Wolf, though.


    Could you see The Woodcutter being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    Not at all. No.


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  • Karen
    Sheffield, United Kingdom
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    "the woodcutter."

    this is a fast paced crime thriller and I could not put it down. I was hooked from the beginning. stayed up until after midnight to find out what happened in the end.
    deserves more than 5 stars. a favourite.

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  • Robert
    Putney, United Kingdom
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    "Enjoyed it. Bit predictable. End twist stupid"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, probably. The basis of the story is good, I enjoyed the writing style - switching between first and third person but not confusingly. The characters were pretty captivating.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Would've had some more original names. Their surnames related too much to their characters, almost in a patronising way.
    The 'twist' at the end would've been removed.
    Would've played more the deceit.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Performance was very good, although a lot the variances in characters was posh or even posher.


    Was The Woodcutter worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Thought it was going to better than it turned out to be but I still enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wendy
    Braintree, United Kingdom
    1/24/14
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    "Excellent!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Woodcutter to be better than the print version?

    The book is extremely well written, so consequently I think it would also be just as enjoyable in print. For me I thoroughly enjoyed Jonathan Keeble's narration, he brought all the characters to life.


    What other book might you compare The Woodcutter to, and why?

    I haven't read anything that I can compare it with.


    What about Jonathan Keeble’s performance did you like?

    Thoroughly enjoyed Jonathan Keeble's narration, although some of the female characters did sound a little strange, not enough to make me stop listening though.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was totally gripped throughout. In parts it did induce the odd chuckle.


    Any additional comments?

    I would certainly recommend this book. I am now about to search for other Reginald Hill publications.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • neil
    stockton heath, United Kingdom
    1/23/14
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    "Great story and fab narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Woodcutter to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The woodcutter. The narrator brought the character to life.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    All


    Any additional comments?

    I will try more from this author but definitely look for the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wendy
    Ramsgate, United Kingdom
    1/20/14
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    "Absorbing and nicely twisting"

    Without wanting to give too much away, this does twist and turn and keep you guessing and changing your mind. Thoroughly satisfying ending, which is always nice. The narrator was great for the most part too - my only quibble is that I wondered if he'd been to the Dick Van Dyke school of British dialects to learn his Glaswegian - it was pretty weird and not the least bit Scots, let alone Glaswegian.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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