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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"4 for the story, 5 for the narration"
Bought this on the strength of the good reviews and have to say I agree wholeheartedly. Well-crafted storytelling from the author combined with superb narration by Jonathan Keeble made this a very enjoyable listen. You can tell you have a good audiobook when you deliberately keep taking the long way home in the car.
Is there the equivalent of a BAFTA for audiobook narration? If not, there should be, and so far this year Mr Keeble has my vote.
Thoroughly enjoyed the story and the narration, will be looking for other audible books narrated by Jonathan Keeble.
listened to a lot of books and this one comes very near the top of the list. Great story, very well read and when finished was immediately looking for another one by this author. You won't be disappointed..
this was a reasonably interesting and engaging tale, but i found the omission of certain details regarding how and why the downfall was arranged to be frustrating. i tend to like my stories wrapped neatly so i probably wouldn't recommend this.
"Brilliant story, superb narration."
If only Jonathan Keeble could narrate all of Reginald Hill's previous books, I think I would buy every one! As other reviewers have said, he gives a master class in his craft. I bought a Dalziel and Pascoe book he also narrated and was entertained throughout by his characterisations: particularly that of Dalziel. In The Woodcutter, which is quite a departure from his previous books, his ability to change the pitch and timbre of his voice is astonishing, and he is as comfortable with womens' voices as he is with the gravelly tones of the main character. I have long thought that the actor - or reader - makes or breaks an audible book and Jonathan Keeble has gone to the top of my list of favourites. Buy it!!!
"An Absolute Must"
Have to agree with all of the other reviews a superb book with a very intricate story brought to life by Jonathan Keeble. Please dont hesitate to buy it.
Excellent plot, couldn't 'put it down' but also beautifully read by Jonathan Keeble. In fact his reading was one of the best, and I have listened to many audio books. The 'voices' of the characters were so real you forgot it wasn't a complete cast.
"This book could have been made for me..."
Great action, takes place in the Lake District (one of my favourite places), features rock climbing (my passion) and the guy's a successful entrepreneur (not quite, but this time next year Rodney...) Loved it, well narrated and a really gripping plot. Fantastic characterisation as well as you delve into the minds and motives of the key players, with your opinion constantly being challenged and changed as the book develops.
Really glad I didn't know that this was the guy who wrote Daziel and Pascoe before I listened to this, as I'd probably not have bothered if I'd known that (not read the books, but the TV series seems so dull). But now that I have finished it, probably going to check out his other books like that.
This book is not one that I'd come across before Audible had it on one of their recommendations - I'm so glad that I bought it. It is excellent. Well narrated, I was hooked and found myself listening to it for great chunks of time whilst doing things around the house, whereas normally I only listen to my audio books whilst driving - all in all, a really good listen. Would highly recommend to others.
We listened to this during a long drive through Europe. Jonathan Keeble does a fantastic job of reading this excellent book. Buy it!
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