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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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    Virginia United States 01-31-11
    Virginia United States 01-31-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it! Couldn't put it down"

    I loved this book. It keeps you guessing and waiting to see what's gonna happen next. One of the best books I've listened to in a while.

    22 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    ben Coquitlam, BC, Canada 03-27-13
    ben Coquitlam, BC, Canada 03-27-13
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    "WoW!!"

    I haven't written a review for a long time, because the audios I have chosen haven't been all that noteworthy.
    This book is the exception, prompting me to write a review.
    First off, I had never heard of this author. (shame on me)
    Second, I only purchased this on the good reviews, and the storyline intriqued me.
    It is the first book since Game of Thrones, that I absolutely did NOT want to stop listening to. (btw, game of thrones is a completely different genre, however, both the writing, storyline, and readers are excellent!)
    This is a book that I am glad I listened to, rather than buy the hard copy to read.
    The reader was exceptional. I could picture this entire book in my head as he read along.
    I researched this author, and found that sadly, he had passed on last year I believe.
    The literary world has lost a wonderful writer.
    Fortunately for me, I listened to this one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Alton Leesburg, FL 10-28-11
    Alton Leesburg, FL 10-28-11 Member Since 2013

    Retired book buyer/book manager for wholesale distributor in the 5 largest northeast states. Prolific reader who was inundated with ARCs.

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    "One of the best mysteries of the year"

    This listen has it all-momentum, character development, twists and turns, a HUGE final surprise and a tension that keeps the listener listening. Every once in a while you come across a mystery/thriller of shere genius. This is it. This is so good that if I owned Audible I'd give a money back guarantee for this genre's fans!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 10-22-11
    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 10-22-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Rewarding finish"

    I was not sure at one point if I was going to continue with this book. I stayed with it and in the end was very happy that I did. The fact that this story is influence by the "Counte of Monty Cristo" is not hidden in the story, and the trials of the main character are monumental. The story unfolds in layers and soon the reader is hooked wondering where this tale is going to go. I would recommend this book but would caution that it takes a commitment from the reader to work through the character and story development phase, once accomplished the story takes off and moves very well, with great tension building for the exciting ending.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Phil Naples, FL, United States 02-24-11
    Phil Naples, FL, United States 02-24-11

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    "outstanding"

    This is an outstanding novel and very well read, nice twists and turns and a satisfactory conclusion. Very well worth the download

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    John tallevast, FL, United States 04-04-11
    John tallevast, FL, United States 04-04-11 Member Since 2011

    List of favorite books: Woodcutter - Reginald Hill, Consent to Kill, First Deadly Sin - Lawrence Sanders, Sniper Elite - Scott McEwen

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    "Listened to it twice...."

    Great story. Great narration. I enjoyed it so much the first time and rarely get a book this good, I had to listen to it again.

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    antonio genthod, Switzerland 10-12-14
    antonio genthod, Switzerland 10-12-14 Member Since 2011

    A man's got to do what a man's got to do..

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    "A great read !"

    I was not familiar with the author, but a ravish review from a listener i am following - thanks Mindusk.-;) - triggered my curiosity and i finally decided to go for it. I am glad i did it : i spent 16 hours of pure enjoyment . The plot sounds trivial : the fairytale life of a successful businessman and adored husband comes abruptly to an end in 24 hours : betrayed by the people he loved and trusted, he is financially ruined, physically handicapped after barely surviving a car crash and jailed. From then onwards it is only a matter of survival and revenge . Sounds familiar ? It is , but this book is much more than a new take of the Montecristo count or similar stories. It is engaging, exceptional and complex and very well written. A pure enjoyment !

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Calliope 05-09-14
    Calliope 05-09-14
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    "Don't usually like revenge tales, but........"

    Revenge stories aren't usually my thing, but I found this one was really more about the people than the incident or the revenge, and that's why I liked it so much, I think. Interesting characters and subplots, with enough action to make the story make sense without the action of taking revenge being the main focus of the book - though we know Wolf wants and will get revenge, how he gets it isn't nearly as important to the plot as when and why. Some may find that different focus bothersome, but I found it was a big reason about why I enjoyed the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    mindusq san francisco 10-06-13
    mindusq san francisco 10-06-13 Member Since 2008

    Typical cat lady: lazy, sings off-key, craves spicy bloody marys.

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    "Characters you'll care about in a story of revenge"

    Exquisite writing and excellent narration make The Woodcutter a must-listen for those of us who love a mystery fraught with human foibles.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Sparks, NY, United States 12-02-12
    John Sparks, NY, United States 12-02-12 Member Since 2011

    NV, not NY

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    "Loved the characters, story, and reader"

    Hill has created a fascinating character in Wolf and Jonathan Keeble does a wonderful job in portraying him. The story, pacing, and well fleshed-out supporting cast make this book a winner. I'd love to see Wolf in another adventure.

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  • Tara
    Bedford, United Kingdom
    7/24/11
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    "Fantastic Narrator"

    What makes this audiobook is the fantastic narration by Jonathan Keeble, he really understands the characters and made the book come alive. It isn't the best thriller I've ever read but I enjoyed it and looked forward to listening to it on the way to work.

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    "100% brilliant!"

    A gripping book from the start right through to the last sentence. Not too many characters, so easy to follow in the unlikely event that you leave a bit of time between listenings (though you are likely to be making more time available to listen to this book, than you normally would). Total involvement in Wolf's character has made this the best book I have listened to so far. Not frightening, or horrific, but with a few violent scenes described without unnecessary gore. Brilliantly read - good quality throughout. Go for it, you won't regret it!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shani
    Colchester, United Kingdom
    10/4/11
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    "Just Brilliant - can't recommend enough"

    Excellent book, great plot that keeps you riveted - I also postponed doing lots of things because I wanted to listen more. The narrator is one of the best I've heard, with really believable accents and a difference to all the voices he uses so you have no difficulty distinguishing who you are hearing speak. Do listen - its well worth it.

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    Kilwinning, United Kingdom
    7/29/11
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    "Very good, but a little long"

    First, I agree with other reviewers that the reader of this book should be applauded. He does an really outstanding job. The story itself is well crafted and is definitely a 'page turner'. In places Mr Hill is outstanding in creating a driving pace during a chase which was excellent. There are some points where the suspense of disbelief is pushed quite alot and some cliches. And it is longer than I think necessary, but overall an excellent adventure that I recommend.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • bev
    3/17/14
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    "Vulpine fantasy!"
    If you could sum up The Woodcutter in three words, what would they be?

    Well paced, original and entertaining


    What did you like best about this story?

    Wolf Hadda is abrasive and devious enough to be an anti-hero and there are moments in the story when it's possible to doubt him; certainly, it's entirely possible to dislike him. However, thanks to the multi-strand structure, in which the adolescent Hadda appears in the shadowy past, the complexity of the character gradually emerges.


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

    Certainly, Keeble's interpretation of Hadda greatly enhances Reginald Hill's creation and I found myself undeniably attracted to the character, as many female listeners probably are! Surly, seductive and downright unpleasant in places, Jonathan Keeble's reading adds colour and depth.


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

    I actually welcomed a couple of sleepless nights which allowed me to complete this addictive book in record time! I felt I cheated myself by not lingering longer, especially over the final phase.


    Any additional comments?

    Thoroughly recommended as an intelligent 'read'.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Godalming, United Kingdom
    10/26/13
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    "The best book from Audible so far...."
    Would you listen to The Woodcutter again? Why?

    Yes in a little while. The story line was very good and the narrator was excellent, the best I've ever heard. I even looked him up on line I was that impressed.


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

    No, I haven't got another book I would compare it to.


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

    The main character of course, and because he was the smart thinking hero.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, but I can't say here as it would give a part of the plot away!


    Any additional comments?

    This book kept me listening keenly for hours. Both the story line and the narration are excellent and you will not be disappointed by choosing this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • chris
    London, United Kingdom
    8/22/11
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    "Really got me gripped"

    This was a new author for me and I was gripped from the start, not to mention the great narration. An unusual story line sets the scene for an unconventional thriller. Plenty of twists and turns to keep the interest up and full of excitement right to the end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Christina
    Banbury, United Kingdom
    7/19/11
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    "CRACKING PLOT & FABULOUS NARRATOR"

    This audio book has everything going for it; intelligent writing, interesting plot, great characterisations all enhanced by probably the best narrator, Jonathan Keeble. Keeble's ability to hit on the right voice for each of the characters added to the fascinating and utterly believable plot which kept me glued to my i-pod. In fact I think I became quite anti-social during the duration and was sorry when it had finished.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Judith
    MELLIEHA, Malta
    9/20/14
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    "Interesting"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Woodcutter?

    Realising he was fooling the physiatrist, brilliant


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

    No but I didn't read or listen to another until I had finished it.


    Any additional comments?

    Jonathan Keeble made the story for me, I don't think I would have picked up the hard copy and stayed with it. He gave all the characters personalities which made me want to know how they faired.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Barnstaple, United Kingdom
    9/12/14
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    "Cracking"

    Sometimes I can be disappointed by my favourite authors. yet this book surpassed my expectations in every way. The story was intricate, not "thrills a minute", but gripping to the point of resenting interruptions to my listening!
    A word for the narrator - Excellent. Great grasp of characters and nuances.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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