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The Woodcutter Audiobook

The Woodcutter

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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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    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.

    6 of 10 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 !!!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    L. Lewis 03-05-13
    L. Lewis 03-05-13
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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.


    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ninjachinchin 04-10-13 Member Since 2013
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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.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    jill mayberry 11-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "fun story"

    it was a little slow, but the story was entertaining. a pretty good twist on my favorite childhood stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. Young Olympia, WA 09-26-17
    R. Young Olympia, WA 09-26-17 Member Since 2016
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    "The best fairy tale adaptation"

    I don't even have the words to say how much I loved this book. So many fairy tales and myths wrapped up in one amazing adventure.

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    JP 09-19-17
    JP 09-19-17
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    "narrative is top notch."

    it's all good man you are getting some of the best things in the shop

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mamma mitch 09-19-17
    mamma mitch 09-19-17
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    "Masterfully woven together"

    Kate Danley did a masterful job of weaving and intertwining all the fairy tales, we heard as a child, into an interesting, intriguingly suspenseful and seamless magical story. She gave enough details to bring the characters and scenery to life but not so drawn out you became bored. Sarah Coomes' performance was spectacular. She read with such skill you felt as if you were watching a movie with many different actors playing the parts.
    This story isn't your action packed, suspense with hauntingly gruesome details. It has an under current of suspense that makes it hard to stop listening but is just plain old enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 09-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "So good!"

    I was very surprised by this story, it was way better than I ever expected! It made me wish I was reading the book, not because the narrator was bad, but because the story has so much detail that it would have been nice to spend more time envisioning the landscape and characters that are explained and described. I loved this story. The only thing is the narrators voices for some of the character was distracting. But overall I am very very pleased!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-30-17
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    "Fresh and delicious!"

    It was such a delightful story to listen to. I loved how it unfolded unpredictably, even as familiar characters were presented and took a new twist. Fun and exciting, and clean adult literature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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