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
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!
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.
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.
Reader novice. Looking for substance delivered with entertainment. Love psychological thrillers and dramas, but always love the classics!
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!
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
"Good story and well narrated.."
Good yarn, good narration, except for the Scottish character! But ye canny hae everything ah suppose!
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
"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 !
"surprising, entertaining and engaging story"
knowing nothing of this book before beginning I was surprised, engaged and really enjoyed this story, complex and thoughtful.
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.
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
Loved this book, interesting characters, believable storyline, great reader and gripping to the end. Highly recommended.
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!
Smashing g book. Kept you wanting to listen to find out what happend next. Great
"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.
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