I honestly didn't like this book. None of the characters are likable. There was no point where the book climaxed and no resolution. Too much of a dose of real life for me.
I was left wanting something more dramatic to happen. Something... anything. I had to listen to the end so that I would know what happened but there was no joy in it.
Narrator was fine, almost a non-entity when dealing with this book.
No, I wouldn't recommend it.
This is not a book for the weak
Not really...story grim but not compelling...hopeless, poorly developed characters.
Return to the genre that she excels at...plenty of people writing dark, grim, stories of the hopelessness of people stuck in grim life circumstances.
Rowling has an extraordinary talent for engaging the reader, telling a story and generating ongoing interest..that talent was simply not exercised in this book. I hope she'll re-engage her talent and write more wonderful stories...the young and old alike enjoyed the Harry Potter tales...I hope she keeps us reading books we can all enjoy.
In a world where books like Fifty Shades of Gray and the Twilight Saga are glorified it is refreshing to actually have some real writing come into the mix. Seamless writing and a wonderful performance by the narrator this book is well worth the listen.
not really didn't even finish it, took too long to gain momentum and interest
I will not be recommending this book to anyone. While I will eventually finish it to find out how it ends, this book is easy to stop, put down, go watch TV or anything else before I am motivated to pick it back up and listen for a while longer. Ms. Rowlings would start to develop a character and explain what the silly title means and then she jumps to the kids. Hold on, because thenwe are jumping to another family. Then to someone else. And then to some place or some where else. It doesn't stop and you get dizzy trying to follow it all.
There might be a "real" story -- someday when I finish it ... maybe I'll find it. This is a very disappointing book from Ms.Rowlings. I can't believe her publishers and editors let her put this to print. I am wondering if only the Brits will like this - because there is no appeal to small town Pacific NW in Oregon... Right now, I don't have any motivation to finish it.
A Memory of Light, Robert Jordan/Brandon Sanderson
Do not waste your credit unless you want some same old story just now its being told by the infamous JK Rowling...who doesn't add any spark or anything that makes me care.
Narrator - Very good (about the only good thing going for this book)
Story - BLAH
I did not expect Hogwarts, but I surely did not expect this boring, choppy mess of adult thoughts and actions that are always negative. I haven't even finished this book yet. It is simply not something I would ever recommend. What was JK Rowling trying to do with this?
I have been a Children's Librarian for 30 years and considered J.K. Rowling to be one of the most talented authors ever. Knowing her gift of keeping the reader engaged, I decided to try her adult novel expecting at least something intriguing. Instead it seemed as if a Jr. High kid had just learned a bunch of bad words and wanted to show off his/her new knowledge in the most shocking and distasteful situations. I was disgusted with not only the language but the descriptions of teenage erection, masturbation, and sexual exploits. None of the characters were really likable, so I struggled to listen until something happened that could keep my interest. I really tried. As a professional I consider it unfair to judge a book without reading the whole thing, but I just couldn't force myself to download the 2nd and 3rd portions onto my Ipod. I gave up at the end of the 1st part, so this review is admittedly unfair. If I were to recommend this to a friend, I would definitely lose all respect from that friend. I think sexually curious Jr. High kids would like it a little better than I did, but they, like I, would find it boring. It had nothing to hold the interest of anyone I'm acquainted with.
I would have been embarrassed to have been the narrator and use the expletives so thoroughly. I have no complaints with the job he did. He was appropriately British.
Well, the guy who died at the beginning sounded like a decent individual. Too bad he didn't stick around longer.
I would try another JK Rowling book.
Yes, I would listen to another book by JK Rowling
I couldn't really get a reaction because I had such a hard time following it.
I may try to listen to this again, the speaker was great... it was the story I just could not figure out what was going on...
It needed to be more centered and focused
skipped writing the book it was all over the place
Have a better book
I'm glad I listened to the book if for no other reason than to prove that a writer outside of his/her comfort zone is not necessarily good. We read all the Harry Potter books and enjoyed them as much as our son. However, this book had none of the charm and appeal. The darkness was there, but no redeaming characters or ending. Overall, very grim and dark view of humanity.
The only likeable character died in the first chapter. It was downhill from there. A very dark and troubling impression of mankind.
Hollander was very good with what he had to work with.
Yes, but with the caveats above.
Don't expect excitement or a satisfying ending. Indeed, even the journey to the end of the book was tedious.