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
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.
I don't think this was a great story, I'd say almost good. I don't know why it has so many star ratings, which is why I chose it. So many characters it was hard to keep up with. But truthfully I just thought it was a poor story line. Yet I will say I thought it was a good performance. I would not recommend it - I'd say skip it.
The Woodcutter has great character development and an intricate plot that moves right along.
I liked the Deacon and the role he played in the plot and his relationship with the main character.
They all were.
The part when he learned he was not the biological father of his daughter. Did not see that coming.
A good yarn spoiled! Started off as a solid gripping story with superb narration but towards the end drifted into a lurid soap opera with as many twists and turns as a bowlful of fusilli. Worth it alone for the excellent narration and uncanny ear for accents
"5 Stars all round!"
This is one of the best Audible experiences you can have, a great story brilliantly narrated by Jonathan Keeble. It's so good I've listened to it twice and will probably listen to it again.
A real masterpiece, enjoy.
Very good story, told well. Lots of twists and turns in the plot and I did have to go back and listen again a couple of times.
"Loved this book!!"
Loved the story and the characters in this book. Jonathan Keeble must be one of the best narrators, all the accents and different voices are great, especially Wolf's accent. Recent convert to audible and this is my favourite in this format.
"What a surprise!"
Really enjoyed this. First read by Reginald Hill and would recommend it. Looking forward to exploring some more of his stuff.
"First time reading Reginald Hill"
As the title says, this is the first time I've read any of Reginald Hill's work, although I have seen the Dalziel and Pascoe TV series.
I really enjoyed this book and in fact it's one of the few I would listen to again. The only quibble I have with it was that towards the end Alva's self-obsession with her own motives really began to annoy me.
That said ... this is really worth listening to.
"This certainly cut the mustard"
What a brilliant storyline. Narration was superb. I found the book to be so gripping that I was loathe to take a break, which almost made my husband confiscate my ear pods!
Phone listening - equivalent of couldn't put it down. I was sad when it finished, I will be checking for books by the same author and reader.
"my first audiable book"
Fantastic story really does have you wondering if you have misjugded main character. Well recommend ed
I have very much enjoyed listening to this book. It is a very good story and Jonathan Keeble is the best narrater I have listened to since joining audible
I have listened to many books from audible but have never submitted a review but I felt compelled to do so for The Woodcutter because it quite simply that good. As someone else reviewing wrote - the other reviewers are not wrong about this book.
The story is excellent and is only slightly let down by the main female protagonist who is unfortunately somewhat one dimensional and she is the only character in the book whose "thoughts" are written about as she continuously analyzes everything - even to her feelings about doing the cleaning. Its a a small flaw in the book and the only one that I found as all other characterization is superb.
What sets this book apart though is the narration by Jonathan Keeble which is incredible. His vocal range is wonderful and his ability to distinctly characterize so many individuals is extra-ordinary. I will buy books that he narrates simply because he is so good and not because of the content of the book itself.
Buy this book.
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