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A ravaged wood, a man in uniform long dead - this is not a World War One battlefield but Wanwood House, a pharmaceutical research centre.
Peter Pascoe attends his grandmother’s funeral, and scattering her ashes leads him, too, into war-torn woods in search of his great-grandfather, who fought and died in Passchendaele. Seeing the wood for the trees is the problem for Andy Dalziel when he finds himself fancying an animal rights activist depite her possible complicity in a murderous assault and her appalling taste in whisky. A mind-bending puzzle leading us on the wild side of the pastoral.
©1996 Reginald Hill (P)2015 Audible, Ltd
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By Virginia on 08-12-15

Probably the worst Dalziel Pascoe Book

I have read and/or listened to all the Dalziel Pascoe books over and over. I had read The Wood Beyond just once, and wondered when I saw it offered on Audible, why I never picked it up again. Having listened to this audio version, now I know why. Its slow, not at all exciting, and most of the book is spent on Peter Pascoe's family history.

It seems that the current narrator of the Dalziel and Pascoe series, Jonathan Keeble, is here to stay. He is fine, but just fine. He does a good Andy, Peter and Weildy. But his womens' voices are truly awful.

Hope they bring back Shaun Dooley or Colin Buchanan. They are outstanding. I can't count how many times I have listened to the Dalziel/Pascoe books they narrate.

If you are a fan of this great series, you can skip this book and not miss a thing.

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By Steve on 01-30-17

Reginald Hill in fine form.

What did you love best about The Wood Beyond?

The level of detail that Reg Hill imparts is truly impressive. All the characters are well developed - you are invested right from the start.

What did you like best about this story?

The back drop of the Pascoe family history.

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

Keeble does a masterful job with all the characters but I guess I enjoy his Peter Pascoe the most.

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

If I had the time - yes

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By Nick Glanvill on 06-01-15

Slow start - great finish

Really slow to get going but really worth the effort to keep listening. Lots of twists in the plot right to last few minutes!

Excellent narration with good clef distinctive characters.

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By Hanrattyblack on 11-21-17

Dalziel and Pascoe are always a good read

I’ve enjoyed all the Reginald Hill books I’ve read. I was a little distracted by a few too many coincidences and odd moments (especially what happens in the lake at the end - weird).

I really don’t like the Dalziel voice or most of the female voices. Ellie sounds to me like a stereotypical “country bumpkin”.

Still a great book and overcame the spotty narration.

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