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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This is an excellent Book, superbly read and exciting and interesting to listen to as well. It is better if one can listen to the whole book at once as it is quite difficult otherwise to keep track of the cahrecters. We are going to listen to it again. A Fantastic super change from the terrible book "Sisters" which was very badly read as well.
"A gripping read"
I really enjoyed this book. The story keeps you involved and eager to hear more all the way through. There are quite a few hard to swallow coincidences and convenient meetings of characters just at the right time - but hey, it's a novel.
The narrator is very good and captures the characters well - apart from one character with a wandering 'Glaswegian' accent.
Overall, well worth a listen.
Heard many audio books, and never written a review, but felt I just had to make comment on the fact that this book is a good read but it is taken to a new dimension by the skills of the narrator Jonathan Keeble who is simply the best at bringing an audio book to life I have ever heard. Fantastic. Highly recommend this book due to the excellence of the narrator.
"Don't believe the hype !"
This begins as a reasonably engaging Revenge thriller. However as it progresses it soon becomes populated by predictable stereotypes. This is not helped by the narrators wish to place all characters into the categories of grumpy northerners, salt of the earth cockneys, gruff glaswegians, sinister eastern europeans or mustache twiddling upper class villians. The author either loses faith in his story or urged by his publisher than starts to throw additional well worn ITV Drama plot lines into the mix which are frankly unnecessary unless you have the attention span of a goldfish - its all so unbelievable and annoying when you've listened to 14 hours of the stuff. The narrator is also not at his best in portraying female characters and sounds like Dick Emery or David Wallams on a number of occasions. You can choose much better than this !
simply superb book couldnt get any work done as all i wanted to do was listen to this . it grips you from the start and i love how everything starts coming together . brilliantly read as well . a must for everyones collection
"I made excuses to listen"
Believable characters throughout and an excellent tale. I kept going from hating Wolf to understanding him. The story unfolded very well, though at first it was a little confusing. It's hard to rave about it without disclosing the plot and it's twist, you'll have to trust me on this one.
Jonathan Keeble's voice is excellent and I have purchased more read by him on the strength of this.
Excellent story, excellent narration. I listened and finished this audio book in two sittings. I'm off to find another book by this narrator though I have no credits left.
"Jason Bourne meets Corrie"
Having read other reviews i was really looking forward to hearing this book. But nope, how disappointing - it was awful, And the ending? Not a surprise - completely predictable.
"Absolutely as good as it gets."
We'd never heard of Reginald Hill before and stumbled across The Woodcutter quite by accident. What a joy! The writing is superb - suspense, intrigue and flashes of brilliant humour. We do quite a lot of travelling and listen to audiobooks to while away the hours. With this story we couldn't wait to get back in the car to listen to the next installment. I've already downloaded our next Reginald Hill book and will definitely be searching out more stories narrated by Jonathan Keeble.
Lost 4 days of my life because I couldn't put this down! brilliantly written and read.
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