The story is slow and boring. I was expecting something as gripping as the Harry Potter series. I have forced myself into 3 hours of it and can't make myself continue. I was very excited that JK Rowling was writing another story, but I think I'll go back and listen to Harry Potter instead.
He is too monotone for my liking.
Not that I have found, as I can't get myself to finish it.
I would like to get my money back, if I could.
A total rewrite.
Boring, long winded, and disturbing scenes with teenagers that I am not interested in entering, I was looking for the substance and could not find it. As soon as a story line got compelling and interesting she cut it off and then made it just sad.
Irritation and disappointment that editors let something this bad go out it this incredible authors name.
I had to put this book down, it was that bad. Do not waste this much money on this book.
Very slow, or the book was to long, and the story was boring.
Don't waste your time.
I love a good murder mystery or any novel where good overcomes evil. Two of my favorite authors are Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker.
I've tried to read it twice but it isn't grabbing my interest. It's really a big disappointment. I expected more depth from J.K. Rowling. Perhaps she should go back to writing juvenile fiction.
Most readers familiar with, and expecting, JK Rowling's wonderful character development and writing that transports you away from the present will be sorely disappointed with this first effort for "adult" audiences. If you're looking for a group of completely unlikable people whose vocabulary consists of f**k every other word, than this is the book for you. I almost gave up after the first recorded section, but plowed through the rest of it in the hope that it - and they - would improve. It was hard to believe that one town could have so many truly unlikable people living in it.
Many authors are able to tell a gripping, moving story while still providing something redeeming - even in those characters that the reader either does not relate to or simply does not like. Authors like Jody Picoult, Anita Shreve and Chris Bohjalian are able to tell even dark tales without resorting to an overabundance of filthy language that really serves no purpose. I found the message being lost as I began counting how many times in one sentence the character said f**k.
Because of her outstanding writing in the Harry Potter books, I would still read the next "adult" book that JK Rowling writes, but if it's anything like this one, I'll pass on any future efforts. There are too many fine authors out there to waste time on this kind of drivel.
I am a structural engineer. I don't really like fantasy. My first book was Atlas Shrugged, which was great. I can't wait for the 2nd movie.
I don't think anything could have made this book better. It is boring and trite. I am surprised that JK has so many references to sex.
Yes, I don't like or understand British idioms.
I don't know, except that having a British narrator certainly is appropriate, if you understand the Kings English, and all of it's quirky phrases
The darkness of the book.
She must have growwn up in poverty and the dark part of the world to write so vividly about the class of people
No, most of my friends dont want to hear swearing.
Yes, I do like her writting style. But this one was too much "adult language" for me. Didnt get past chapter three before I turned it off.
It might be if you dont mind swearing. I was wondering where the story was going to go. And it peeked my interest. But stopped listening after the F word was ringing in my ears. Maybe the swearing stopped after that?
I dont enjoy swearing. I wish you could have ratings for audio books like movies. I think J.K. Rowling was trying to prove she could appeal to an adult audience. She missed the fact that there are many of us who appreciate a more mature book without all the language of real life.
JK has proven her ability to write beyond Harry Potter--but this book was tough to keep reading because of its difficult and dark story. I suppose we need to know that there are people like Crystal Weedon and her family, but why couldn't there have been at least one mostly good character (besides a dead guy)?!
I did finish the book, and even though it is thoroughly depressing, I was satisfied and felt closure at the end. I am now searching for something light and humorous to follow this up with, though!!
A better story, even one likable character.
Truth be told, maybe my expectations were too high. I knew not to expect any magic but I thought I'd at least get pulled in to a compelling story. Bummer.