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The Woodcutter Audiobook

The Woodcutter

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Michaela Unterumbach, Germany 02-07-11
    Michaela Unterumbach, Germany 02-07-11
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    "What to add ..."

    Best book so far (out of 150+) brilliantly told, brilliantly narrated, a must for all audible fans

    25 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Ryan Raleigh, NC 09-13-11
    Denise Ryan Raleigh, NC 09-13-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Would give it 10 stars if I could!"
    What did you love best about The Woodcutter?

    The narration was amazing, but the story was enthralling. I loved it all! One of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to and I've listened to hundreds. Highly recommend!!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Phil Naples, FL, United States 02-24-11
    Phil Naples, FL, United States 02-24-11

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "outstanding"

    This is an outstanding novel and very well read, nice twists and turns and a satisfactory conclusion. Very well worth the download

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    John tallevast, FL, United States 04-04-11
    John tallevast, FL, United States 04-04-11 Member Since 2011

    List of favorite books: Woodcutter - Reginald Hill, Consent to Kill, First Deadly Sin - Lawrence Sanders, Sniper Elite - Scott McEwen

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    "Listened to it twice...."

    Great story. Great narration. I enjoyed it so much the first time and rarely get a book this good, I had to listen to it again.

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Alison Balmain, Australia 03-16-11
    Alison Balmain, Australia 03-16-11
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    "Alison"

    I like to listen to audiobooks on my iPod as I walk. This story was so good and so well read that I almost had to walk the whole 16 hours in one go!

    24 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Reno, NV, United States 10-09-16
    Mark Reno, NV, United States 10-09-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Hints of greatness"

    A guy’s life is torn apart after being convicted of a horrendous crime and becoming disfigured and crippled in an escape attempt. Then he tries to get to the bottom of what happened. The woodcutter (and international businessman), the psychologist, the pastor and the dog were all so interesting, I would've liked a book about just them without the thriller plot. For me, the downside was twofold. First, it was a thriller but I never had any doubt how it would turn out. Two, the message — that grim necessity makes people do horrible things and there’s nothing that can be done about it — isn’t one that resonates well, with me anyway. I totally recommend the book, but ultimately, it’s a genre thriller, which is a bit disappointing because parts of it hinted at greatness. Bechdel test: pass. Grade: A-

    Stellar narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-06-16
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    "frustrating listen"

    weird psycho analysis scattered through. stupid sex scenes. brother and sister married each other. long unnecessary descriptions. Don't bother wasting your money.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marjorie Santa Rosa, CA, United States 08-08-15
    Marjorie Santa Rosa, CA, United States 08-08-15 Member Since 2017

    Life's good when I am listening to a great book.

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    "An Enticing Mystery Of Revenge and Redemption"

    This is a stand-alone mystery with a gothic, fairy tale-like quality to it. Set in the north of England and near the Irish Sea, the land feels cold and stark as does the story. The main character, Wolf Hadda, is narrated perfectly; with a deep, masculine timbre which embodies the character who is a strong, capable and intelligent man. Wolf is accused and imprisoned for a crime he did not commit and thus the story unfolds. I was captivated by Wolf's journey as he investigates who was involved in framing him and as he sets about to seek revenge. Wolf's prison psychiatrist, Alva, plays a big part in Wolf's journey and the relationship which develops between the two of them builds tension and depth as it continues throughout the story. My only warning about this book is that it is slow getting started. I almost gave up on it due to the slow start but am glad I didn't.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    antonio genthod, Switzerland 10-12-14
    antonio genthod, Switzerland 10-12-14 Member Since 2011

    A man's got to do what a man's got to do..

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    "A great read !"

    I was not familiar with the author, but a ravish review from a listener i am following - thanks Mindusk.-;) - triggered my curiosity and i finally decided to go for it. I am glad i did it : i spent 16 hours of pure enjoyment . The plot sounds trivial : the fairytale life of a successful businessman and adored husband comes abruptly to an end in 24 hours : betrayed by the people he loved and trusted, he is financially ruined, physically handicapped after barely surviving a car crash and jailed. From then onwards it is only a matter of survival and revenge . Sounds familiar ? It is , but this book is much more than a new take of the Montecristo count or similar stories. It is engaging, exceptional and complex and very well written. A pure enjoyment !

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Calliope 05-09-14
    Calliope 05-09-14
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    "Don't usually like revenge tales, but........"

    Revenge stories aren't usually my thing, but I found this one was really more about the people than the incident or the revenge, and that's why I liked it so much, I think. Interesting characters and subplots, with enough action to make the story make sense without the action of taking revenge being the main focus of the book - though we know Wolf wants and will get revenge, how he gets it isn't nearly as important to the plot as when and why. Some may find that different focus bothersome, but I found it was a big reason about why I enjoyed the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Sal
    7/29/15
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    "Go fall in love with a one-eyed man with a limp"

    I had a canter through reviews for Susan Hill's the soul of Discretion last week and a lady called Sue said that this was her favourite alongside that one. So I took a whirl and downloaded this one based entirely on that.

    Well, thank you Sue, I need to be getting to bed because I've not stopped listening to it.

    So much to tell you...The performance, from a single narrator, is like a radio play and the voicing is amongst the best I've listened to. You know how sometimes a man narrator doesn't quite get it with the female voices but you make allowances? Well, this guy does the women so well that you hardly notice. His voicing for the main character is powerful and the accent he chooses for 'Wolf' is perfect.

    Wolf (Sir Wilf) is one of those rough diamonds. You will warm to him very quickly. I'd sort of like to meet him now, if you get my drift? There is a dog at his side and I kindof want the dog too.

    Anyway, this is a complex tale of an extraordinary young man who was set-up and jailed. Listen carefully to the fist hour because I didn't and I had to go back to re-listen but that's OK too. On his release Wolf re visits his suspicions and lost love. Very clever mirroring of the set-up and the follow up. I don't want to tell you any more because of plot-spoiling but it is not mushy and the lost love is as complex a character as he is so don't reach for any tissues.

    No detectives, no sentimentality, just a story but this is worthy of a detective fiction pigeon hole.

    Yes, this is well worth a credit and I have been engrossed for the last few days.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mark H
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    7/29/11
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    "Very good, but a little long"

    First, I agree with other reviewers that the reader of this book should be applauded. He does an really outstanding job. The story itself is well crafted and is definitely a 'page turner'. In places Mr Hill is outstanding in creating a driving pace during a chase which was excellent. There are some points where the suspense of disbelief is pushed quite alot and some cliches. And it is longer than I think necessary, but overall an excellent adventure that I recommend.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • James H T Crewe
    12/1/15
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    "I bloomin loved this book"
    If you could sum up The Woodcutter in three words, what would they be?

    gentle, gripping, exciting


    What other book might you compare The Woodcutter to, and why?

    I really like Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman and while this is not the same genre, i was compelled to carry on in the same way. the characters were as engaging and the plot was great.


    What does Jonathan Keeble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    His voice is great. It is unfair to say but a lot of the old Audiobooks have suffered from a poor speaker and Mr Keeble nails it. he keeps a great pace, does all the voices and has a lovely voice himself


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

    I listened to this book in two sittings. but only because someone started talking to me. once I had disposed of them I was back on the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I miss Wolf.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • bev
    3/17/14
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    "Vulpine fantasy!"
    If you could sum up The Woodcutter in three words, what would they be?

    Well paced, original and entertaining


    What did you like best about this story?

    Wolf Hadda is abrasive and devious enough to be an anti-hero and there are moments in the story when it's possible to doubt him; certainly, it's entirely possible to dislike him. However, thanks to the multi-strand structure, in which the adolescent Hadda appears in the shadowy past, the complexity of the character gradually emerges.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Keeble – was your favourite?

    Certainly, Keeble's interpretation of Hadda greatly enhances Reginald Hill's creation and I found myself undeniably attracted to the character, as many female listeners probably are! Surly, seductive and downright unpleasant in places, Jonathan Keeble's reading adds colour and depth.


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

    I actually welcomed a couple of sleepless nights which allowed me to complete this addictive book in record time! I felt I cheated myself by not lingering longer, especially over the final phase.


    Any additional comments?

    Thoroughly recommended as an intelligent 'read'.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Shani
    Colchester, United Kingdom
    10/4/11
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    "Just Brilliant - can't recommend enough"

    Excellent book, great plot that keeps you riveted - I also postponed doing lots of things because I wanted to listen more. The narrator is one of the best I've heard, with really believable accents and a difference to all the voices he uses so you have no difficulty distinguishing who you are hearing speak. Do listen - its well worth it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Christina
    Banbury, United Kingdom
    7/19/11
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    "CRACKING PLOT & FABULOUS NARRATOR"

    This audio book has everything going for it; intelligent writing, interesting plot, great characterisations all enhanced by probably the best narrator, Jonathan Keeble. Keeble's ability to hit on the right voice for each of the characters added to the fascinating and utterly believable plot which kept me glued to my i-pod. In fact I think I became quite anti-social during the duration and was sorry when it had finished.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria Elizabeth
    5/16/15
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    "Engrossing and brilliantly read"
    Any additional comments?

    Well just finished The Woodcutter and am disappointed to have to say goodbye to Wolf. I will really miss him, loved his character and feel like I know him. Also loved the descriptives of his life and the Lakes, all very wild and engaging. Didn't much like any other characters in the book, except Ava the psychiatrist; everyone else seemed to have sociopathic, psychopathic and narcissistic traits but am guessing that was intended! Clever story that unfolds and unwinds well over a long tale and an all turned out well in the end feel.

    Incredible narrating made a great book brilliant here. I could listen to Jonathan Keeble all day and looking up his other books.

    Not sure I can add any more to the hundreds of reviews - haven't seen over 2000 ratings on any other book on audible so don't think I've stumbled on an unknown here!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Isabelle
    United Kingdom
    10/2/13
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    "I wish I could give this 6 stars"

    For me this book has everything. I found it interesting, thrilling, unputdownable, unpredictable, at times disturbing, other times heart-warming. Beautifully read by Jonathan Keeble, who was able to give distinctive voices to all the characters without them being annoying.
    This was my first Reginald Hill book and I'm looking forward to listening to many more.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Matt E
    7/25/16
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    "An amazing book and narration"

    Wow an amazing book for all.
    The story is absolutely brilliant, all the characters are brought to life with an amazing narration!
    I have listen to hundreds of books and this is in my top 5

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • David M
    UK
    6/3/16
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    "Bit like a good soap opera..."

    Firstly this was great narration by Jonathan Keeble. His range of voices is amazing. He brought the story to life. I'd like to buy more of his narrations.

    I say this is like a soap opera because of the wide range of diverse characters who all seem to meet and interact with each other at some point and the reader needs to keep careful track of who said what to whom, and when!

    Being set in Cumbria, London, and a little in Manchester, it's nice to hear about places that I as the (British) listener can relate to.

    The range of characters is diverse: we have drug dealers, businessmen, a cell of British intelligence, the police, prison management, Russians, aristocrats, a vicar, and 2 generations of woodcutters. Mainly we follow the story of the woodcutter himself, and Alva, his psychiatrist who is helping us all to understand what he is thinking.

    The style of writing is entertaining and witty. The main character, despite not exactly being a "goody-two-shoes", comes across as very likeable, as he is supposed to be, even in the early chapters as he punches a policeman, who we all think probably deserved it.

    The story is entertaining, no dull moments, but doesn't exactly have the reader sitting on the edge of their seats until perhaps the final hour, when we can see that something dramatic may be about to happen and we are all wondering if it will.















    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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