I found it extremely difficult to stay awake while listening to this book. The various stories making up the novel seem disorganized, the transitions jarring and the perspectives muddled. The overall impression I get is a sort of Jackson Pollock semi-random arrangement of subplots. At various points I thought I had accidentally skipped some vital chapter as I was lost in a muddle of subplots and digressions. I frequently found myself questioning whether I was simply a Philistine incapable of appreciating what was probably a wonderful book by a great author. At some points I found myself crying out phrases like, "what dreadful, tedious drivel!" Listening to some passages was so painfully boring that I felt obligated to write this review to reduce the potential for others having to suffer through it.
I have no idea what the genre of this book is. It seems to be a genre like, "bland drama about the tedious lives British suburbia." I would not willingly subject myself to another book similar to this, but I'm not sure that genre is the culprit.
I would not actively avoid a book on the basis that Hollander narrated it. I would also not select out a book because he read it. His reading was uninspired and workman-like, but not bad. I sympathize with him in that he had to narrate this book.
Rowling has several clever sentences and a few interesting character descriptions. I appreciated that she was willing to use explicit descriptions and vulgar language when appropriate. I do not believe the author intended to create such a painfully dull book.
I like J. K. Rowling, I enjoyed the Harry Potter series, I enjoy a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books. I did not enjoy this book. The experience of listening to this book was not pleasant and was at times painful and tedious.
I was stoked to read what JK would provide to an adult audience, but I was bored with the story and the characters did not pull me in. I just didn't get the point/theme of the story.
good, emotional, engaging
JK character development was well done & maybe based on personal experience. Usually there are good and bad persons in a story that balance each other but I found the balance really very negative. Expectations were a positive read (After Harry) but found this book a tragedy.
Narrator did a good job of reading. Continued to that end of the book because it was an audible, I would have put the book down if I needed the engergy to read.
The book kept my attention but it was hardly a "can't put it down" audiobook for me. The writing was very good and I found the characters interesting but somehow something was just lacking. Loved the narrator - I am a sucker for British accents.
This book is the biggest waste of time. What could've been a great tale with a wonderful cast of characters slowly lumbers to be one of the biggest snores of the year. When it ended I was so disappointed, and shocked because it was so sudden, yet elated to be done with this horrible little town.
the characters are well painted for the listener.
There is a sense of constant futility. There are no heros, no seers, just weak, limited and confused non entities. The charecters many flaws, become a comedy of errors.
I've never read anything else like it. I still am not sure what i think of it.
The boys in the cave.
Rawling can write. I hope she tries again.
Great rhythm and quality.
Boredome as it took too long to get past the foundational character development .
After 5 hours I realized I didn't care about any of the detailed characters and their stories were just depressing I stopped listening .
It took a little while to get used to which character was which, but probably no more than it would have in the written version.
J.K. Rowling's ability to paint a picture of the character, the town, the scene.
The scene where Parminder lays into Howard Mollison, telling him (finally) exactly what she thinks, in front of the entire council.
Yes, but it would give away the ending, so I won't tell.
JK Rowling should stick to writing childrens books because this book is dumb and boring. I had to force myself to get through it. I am glad that I had a credit to purchase this book because I would have been pissed off otherwise. Don't read it. It's terrible.
I picked this book for my book club group. I thought for sure JK would have a hit. Unfortunately, it was just so boring. I actually took a break and listened to another book, then went back to this one, read a few more chapters, and then I finally just gave up. I couldn't find a plot (I made it about half way thru), the characters were well developing, but there were so many, and it just didn't seem to go anywhere. I have never, ever, not been able to finish a book. I gave it my hardest, but I just couldn't do it. I actually picked a new title for my Book Club group (since no one else had started it yet). Do not waste your money, nor your credit on this book. I am so disappointed. I wish I could get my credit back!