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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.

    4 of 6 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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    Amy crowley, TX, United States 05-27-14
    Amy crowley, TX, United States 05-27-14 Member Since 2010
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    "over all a fun listen"

    The way fairy tales show up in this story was cute... It was a rambling story and full of people so you needed to keep your mind on the story or you would get lost.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MR Hub of the Universe 06-09-14
    MR Hub of the Universe 06-09-14 Member Since 2002

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    "interesting, but..."
    Any additional comments?

    The story itself was interesting - incorporating many "princesses" of the fairy tale dynasty. The Woodcutter - who never chops wood was brilliant.

    And I realize that repetition, especially in fairy tales, can be a stunning tool. However, repetition must be used with care. When absolutely everything in the story is subject to heavy repeats it gets a bit dull. A few well placed pronouns would have sped the pace along.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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