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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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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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    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 6 people found this review helpful
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    Julie San Jose, CA, United States 07-22-13
    Julie San Jose, CA, United States 07-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Fairy Tale Noir"

    I found this book interesting enough to finish, so I gave it 3 stars. I like fantasy and mythology and enjoyed the weaving of traditional fairy tale characters into this mystery in which the Woodcutter plays detective, judge, and executioner based on an eternal agreement between him (and his paternal ancestors) and the Fay, the trees, and the earth. A subtle religious undertone erupts at the very end. The power of the earth, trees, and magic should have been sufficient to effect the happily-ever-after ending without invoking a resurrection. However, regardless of the plot, thematic, narrative flaws, it was the reading that was the worst aspect. This was truly a story to be read aloud, but the characters' voices, especially the woodcutter's, were forced and irritating.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    L. Lewis washington state 03-05-13
    L. Lewis washington state 03-05-13 Listener Since 2001
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    "Interesting story and overall a fun listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Woodcutter to be better than the print version?

    I didn't particularly like the way the book was read. While I thought some voices were beautifully done, overall I found it to be too dramatically read. For almost everything, including the chapter titles, she used a dramatic breathy voice. So I guess the answer to this would be yes, but conditionally.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the way the author played with the different fairy tales and wove them into the story. It was fun to recognize the stories...and yet...not. And to think about some kind of presence in the background making sure everything happens as it should and things don't spin out of control. Except they did...and that is the story :)


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator could have chosen her moments to heighten the drama with her voice more carefully.


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

    I don't want to give away any of the good bits. There were lots of moving moments. It is a fairy tale so there is lots of excitement.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Wolf's Mommy San Diego, CA 06-05-14
    Wolf's Mommy San Diego, CA 06-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Fairy Tales with a twist"
    Where does The Woodcutter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not one of my favorites but it was still very good. To be fair, this is definitely a different audiobook than I usually go for.


    Did Sarah Coomes do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    She tried but her attempt to do the male voices came off...weird. The Woodcutter's voice was different at times...it had an Irish? accent one minute than it was gone. Sometimes it was scruffy then not. It was slightly distracting. It was more like I was being read to as opposed to immersing me in the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved how there was a twist to familiar Fairy Tales and how they crossed paths. I mean murder mystery among the happily ever afters?...what's not to like but there were several times that I was confused as to what was going on. I mean why was someone alive that I thought was dead? Without any spoilers, there were several loose ends that I don't feel got resolved. To be fair, I was listening at work and could have missed an important page or two but overall I felt that there was a few holes left to explain.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy F Munier 08-01-14 Member Since 2012
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    "childhood revisited"
    What made the experience of listening to The Woodcutter the most enjoyable?

    trying to connect which fairy tale what went with


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

    the giants wife


    What about Sarah Coomes’s performance did you like?

    easy to listen too


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

    I Did


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ruthie Dundee, MI, United States 07-23-14
    Ruthie Dundee, MI, United States 07-23-14
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    "Whimsical story"
    If you could sum up The Woodcutter in three words, what would they be?

    Whimsical, captivating, detailed


    What about Sarah Coomes’s performance did you like?

    It was Sarah's performance that kept me listening. Her many voices made you envision each character. She is one of my favorite narrater. I will try any book she has narrated


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Natasa Jovanovic-Vuskovic San Diego, CA 07-22-14
    Natasa Jovanovic-Vuskovic San Diego, CA 07-22-14

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    "Phenomenal book/great reader"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! There is nothing like a great story re-written with a twist that makes the original story even better. Fairy tales were contrived to teach young people about the ways of the world, and Kate Danley managed to maintain that same principle while giving the familiar tales a whole new angle to look from.


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

    The idea of the Woodcutter as a unifying element to many different fairy tales.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the Woodcutter receives the kiss of true love.


    Any additional comments?

    How on earth did Audible.com allow to have only one of Kate Danley's books in their catalogue??! MORE MORE MORE!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharell Dallas, TX, United States 07-21-14
    Sharell Dallas, TX, United States 07-21-14
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    "This is awful"

    The narration is over the top. The story is terrible. Just don't bother. Save your credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Emily 07-20-14
    Emily 07-20-14 Member Since 2014
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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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