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The Woodcutter | [Kate Danley]

The Woodcutter

Deep within the Wood, a young woman lies dead. Not a mark on her body. No trace of her murderer. Only her chipped glass slippers hint at her identity. The Woodcutter, keeper of the peace between the Twelve Kingdoms of Man and the Realm of the Faerie, must find the maiden’s killer before others share her fate. Guided by the wind and aided by three charmed axes won from the River God, the Woodcutter begins his hunt, searching for clues in the whispering dominions of the enchanted unknown. But quickly he finds that one murdered maiden is not the only nefarious mystery afoot....
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Publisher's Summary

Deep within the Wood, a young woman lies dead. Not a mark on her body. No trace of her murderer. Only her chipped glass slippers hint at her identity.

The Woodcutter, keeper of the peace between the Twelve Kingdoms of Man and the Realm of the Faerie, must find the maiden’s killer before others share her fate. Guided by the wind and aided by three charmed axes won from the River God, the Woodcutter begins his hunt, searching for clues in the whispering dominions of the enchanted unknown.

But quickly he finds that one murdered maiden is not the only nefarious mystery afoot: one of Odin’s hellhounds has escaped, a pixie-dust drug trade runs rampant, and more young girls go missing. Looming in the shadows is a malevolent, power-hungry queen, and she will stop at nothing to destroy the Twelve Kingdoms and annihilate the Royal Fae…unless the Woodcutter can outmaneuver her and save the gentle souls of the Wood.

©2012 Kate Danley (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Charles TULSA, OK, United States 05-23-14
    Charles TULSA, OK, United States 05-23-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Pointless."

    Irritating drivel and fluff. Terrible exaggerated narration, poorly written, and boring. Avoid this one. Returning it post haste.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Danica DAVIS, CA, United States 08-15-14
    Danica DAVIS, CA, United States 08-15-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Not for me"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I simply did not care for this. I felt it was formulaic and suffered some internalized misogyny. For example, the woodcutter (detective) finds the body of a dead princess and remarks out loud, "What did you get yourself into, girl?"

    I did not like the narrator. It was very breathy and forced almost as if it was a fake English accent. I don't know if she really is English, but it sounded like a college freshman who just landed the part of Wendy in a stage play of Peter Pan.

    I actually missed my junction because I was so focused on turning this book off. The good news is that I got back on the right highway and also remembered how much I liked the Dresden Files. I listened to Dead Beat for the rest of the five hour car trip. Excellent.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rose Kansas city, Mo, United States 08-07-14
    Rose Kansas city, Mo, United States 08-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Repetitive and lacking imagination"
    What would have made The Woodcutter better?

    If the author had developed an internal storyline more than just merging a collection of fables, it would have been intensely more commanding. Unfortunately, I found myself groaning at the "introduction" of each expected character.


    Has The Woodcutter turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, fables/fairy tales/folk lore is such a rich and imaginative form of literature. I cannot imagine missing out on great extensions of the classics just because this was such a mash up.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I found myself distracted by the attempted character voices.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ninjachinchin SOUTHWEST RANCHES, FL, United States 04-10-13
    Ninjachinchin SOUTHWEST RANCHES, FL, United States 04-10-13 Member Since 2011

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    "FRACTURED FAIRYTALES RETOLD FOR ADULTS…I LOVE IT!"

    What happens when someone or something interferes in fairytales? Well, this is not your typical Disney or Mother Goose story but knowledge of the classic fairytales your mother read you is the absolute key to recognizing characters like Cinderella, Snow White, Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, etc. and identifying their basic fairytale-patterns. Those familiar will appreciate the weaving together of several different tales. In truth, part of the fun is in figuring out the connections and how the author shifts each story from its original telling.

    This is a unique book and the twists in Kate Danley’s story of ‘many stories’ take you down dark paths, making The Woodcutter engrossing and entertaining for adults. The plot is well thought out, the writing is fast-paced and there is plenty of action. You can't help but fall in love with the unusual man who is this story's main character and true 'Prince Charming'. Although he does not cut wood he is known simply as the Woodcutter. He understands magic and the balance between the fae and mortals. He is the protector of the enchanted creatures and trees. He struggles to right the many fairytales-gone-wrong, ultimately sacrificing the greatest thing he possesses in order to keep the twelve kingdoms free from the sinister designs of the evil 'Gentleman and Queen'.

    It is not hard to see why this book took so many awards, such as the Garcia Award for Best Fiction Book of the Year. It does not disappoint and so I recommend this audiobook as a quick, fun listen for anyone who is grown up but nostalgic for those once upon a time, fairytale days.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Emily 07-20-14
    Emily 07-20-14
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    "Boring"

    Did not keep my interest. Did not care for narration either. Really let down because I love fairy tales

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Roswell, GA, United States 07-18-14
    Tracy Roswell, GA, United States 07-18-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Escape"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I really enjoyed this book. This is a great escape book to listen to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Woodcutter, of course! He was everything a protagonist should be. Strong, silent, smart, loyal.


    Which character – as performed by Sarah Coomes – was your favorite?

    The Queen. her voice oozed evil.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Part Dark Forest, Part Fairy Tale hero, all Woodcutter.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the story and how it pulled in other fairy tales, some were quite subtle and I found myself racking my brain to remember how the fairy tale ended so I could try to guess what the Woodcutter would do. Made me go back and read a few, especially the 12 Dancing Princesses.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy United States 07-13-14
    Kathy United States 07-13-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Pleasant Surprise!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I enjoy fantasy fiction. I also love the woods, and nature.....what an amazing find for me. Listening helps me to escape the everyday problems.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Woodcutter?

    When I realized characters from children's fairy tales were integrated into the story...it was a wonderful surprise. I hadn't thought of those stories for years!


    Have you listened to any of Sarah Coomes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I never listened to her before. Actually I looked for other titles she narrated and I don't think they are for me. I think some of the reviewers were harsh. Some voices were beautiful and fit the characters. I always think it is difficult for any man or woman reader, to do the opposite sex. I have actually stopped listening to several books because the narration was really irritating to listen to. I think she did a good job.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but I did find myself wanting to listen more and more. It did make me smile a lot,


    Any additional comments?

    I truly enjoyed this book. It is not Watership Down, but I found it more interesting then "The Bees"! The fact that I am taking time to write a review, means that I liked it!,,, I listen to a lot of audiobooks and don't always take the time to write a review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shelby 07-06-14
    Shelby 07-06-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantasic!"
    What did you love best about The Woodcutter?

    I loved how everything tied together, every second of the events that happened just blew my mind more and more every time!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Woodcutter?

    When the hell hound became a puppy! I know its silly but I loved it!


    What does Sarah Coomes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She brings a rare energy to the reading of the book and she captured each character with their own uniqueness.


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

    The ending when he finally gets to go home to his wife. Tear jerker, for sure.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen H. Poor Booneville, Arkansas United States 07-04-14
    Stephen H. Poor Booneville, Arkansas United States 07-04-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Ugh..."
    Would you try another book from Kate Danley and/or Sarah Coomes?

    I don't think I would try another book by either the author or the narrator. The story failed as a mystery, a fairy tale, and as just a plain old good story. The narrator also does a poor job. It's a female narrator trying to narrate a male protagonist. She does not succeed.


    Has The Woodcutter turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I am not turned off from books in this genre at all. This is one of my favorite genres, but I will be cautious of anything by Kate Danley in the future.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sarah Coomes?

    I would have picked a male narrator. Honestly, I don't know who, but anyone with a deep, manly, woodcutter type voice. Not a high pitched whine.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The premise was good, but the execution was lacking.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Souza San Diego, CA United States 07-04-14
    C. Souza San Diego, CA United States 07-04-14 Member Since 2012

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    "The Woodcutter gets his own fairytale!"
    What did you love best about The Woodcutter?

    I thought that was amazing as Kate Danley managed to bring dozen fairytales with numerous characters combining into many small of the cast along with The Woodcutter as one story. The Woodcutter is a compelling character with great honor, kindness and bravery!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Woodcutter?

    At the almost very ending when all Woodcutter friends join him in celebration after all his troubles.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The two scenes with Oberon and Titania (king and Queen of The Fey) were both beautiful described… I literally could envision in my mind as I listened The Narrator.


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

    Yes I actually did listen during one day. It was a beautiful story and the chapters are pretty short.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved Sarah Comes' voice !!! She has such a pleasant voice, plus her accents French and I guess I should Slavic (could be Russian or another slavic country) were really good. Her voice males were also well done. She has done an excellent job, I guess I should look for any of her work as a narrator. Now more about the book: although this is based upon numerous fairytales and a tiny bit of Norse Mythology, the author took her imagination to blend in many well known fairytales: Snow White, Red Ridding Hood, Jack and The Beanstalk, Rapunzel, Rumpelstilskin, Beauty and The Beast and other less famous. I must say this isn't one of those sweet Disney Fairytale either, THERE ARE SOME VIOLENT DEATHS… BUT NO SEXUAL CONTENT. In truth most original fairytales have death or some bad moments.. so in my opinion if your child can accept death in stories this is an excellent book that shows the bravery, generosity, compassion and endurance of the hero, The Woodcutter. Now unless I'm mistaken its never revealed his true name… although some characters do try to find out his name. The Woodcutter plays the part of hero, but also of a detective and in someways of a sort of godmother?!?! I guess its pretty clear I loved the book…almost wish there's a sequel but I'm also happy with the standalone book. I totally recommend it ! Enjoy it !!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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