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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"Good "old style" story"
I really enjoyed this book even though the language was a bit difficult for me in start, because I am more familiar when listening US English. Narrator really made this story live and I enjoyed his style to read the book and act the characters. Story was tempting and I found myself listening this book more often than normally.
"Beautifully structured and thought provoking book"
This is a fascinating book that I have almost finished and has kept me gripped all the way through. It twists and turns with its structure and complex characters and moves beyond addressing into more indepth exploration of some difficult subjects including prison, disability and paedophilia. Jonathan Keeble reads the book exceptionally well, adding to the appeal.
"A Woodcut Above"
Have never read Hill before, not even heard of him actually. The review sounded to my liking and thought to give it a go. Hill has a story spread over four periods of a mans life. Darting back and forth over 4 decades of fabulously simple highs to terribly vicious lows. A bit of Bond in there perhaps, a smidge more Lovejoy (the books not the pale imitation TV show). The story kept me going for the majority and near the end where I felt I had all the answers, it turns out I didn't. Well read by Keeble, some very good characters, I liked Hollins (bless him) haha. So we have greed, betrayal, revenge, not as violent as it maybe deserved to be. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend as easy to listen to and easy enough to keep up. Ideal for queues in airports.
"Brilliant and compelling"
What a brilliant listen, I couldn't stop! The plot was complex and and kept me very engaged throughout. I chose this as I have always enjoyed Reginald hill's Dalziel and Pascoe and i was definitely not disappointed. I would absolutely recommend downloading this audiobook.
I listen to audible books whilst walking my dog and I have to say his walks just got longer and longer, I read a lot of reviews before downloading this and .... they are all right, it is a really really good listen, fast enough, with twists and turns and reveals all the way through, characters believable and the reader makes it an absolutely wonderful listen. I have no hesitation in recommending this book, simply riveting.
"The Best of the Bunch"
I've downloaded over 100 Audible Titles, mostly in the Crime category, including all the best of the Scandinavian writers. The competition for my favourite combination of story and narrator when up against the likes of Henning Mankell and Sean Barrett is therefore very fierce but I can honestly say that The Woodcutter is the most enjoyable audible book experience I've had so far. If you haven't heard it don't waste another minute. GET IT NOW!
"A good thriller"
Nicely paced with good regional character the Woodman flows nicely and is intriguging to the end which one accepts as very unlikely but nevertheless satisfying as it ties up all the threads.
"Entertaining yet predictable"
The story is entertaining, well written and better narrated, the only downfall is its predictability.
"real world errors"
Yes I know this is fiction but it is set in the real world. Indeed I recognised the Cumbrian countryside with pleasure.
I wanted to be fair so have listened twice but still feel that the mistakes seriously detract from the great plot.
If there is a central character whose qualifications and work are central to the plot then there should be some research in this area. The doctor in the plot seems to veer between medical doctor and clinical psychologist.or psychotherapist-I got the impression the writer did not know the difference.
How could a medical doctor who studied science subjects guide the career of a budding psychologist for example?
A forensic psychiatrist would now be an employee of the NHS, in the past they could have been directly employed by the prison service or the home office.It is their usual role to detect and treat mental illness not to treat through therapy with individuals. They would not be so dependent on the prison as your character having appropriate professional networks outside. A therapist would have appropriate supervision.
These muddles got in the way of my enjoyment of this story and may misinform others who do not know the full extent fictionalisation.
"If I could give this 6 stars ...."
Such an engaging book, the story line had me baffled but gripped. The characters, especially Wolf, have complex believable characters. He's flawed but kind, ruthless but compassionate, and clever. The book roller coasters from bliss to a black swamp of despair and gradually climbs, via a steep path, back to contentment. I can't recommend this strongly enough.
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