NO. Started out dark and and just declined from there. Horrible
No, because I've read better.
I would not recommend this to anyone. I know of two book clubs that have rescinded their suggestion to read and review this book and now I know exactly the reason. If this is J.K. Rowling's commentary on the human condition she can just keep it.
Lacks a story!! I was expecting a more gripping novel (like Rowling's previous works) - but in this book she spends pretty much her entire time building up her characters... whatever little story there was, was lost in (what I thought was) a terrible / rushed ending that didn't seem to follow the rest of the book very well...
The only thing that got me through this book was the narration - it required very little effort on my part to keep listening... I kept going in the hopes that the book will "pick up"... wouldn't have finished it if I was reading it myself.
Overall, I'm disappointed... I expected better from Rowling
There were many times I just wanted to give up on this book but I felt anyone who wrote such wonderful other books wouldn't let me down.The book was an extremely intimate portrait of characters I really didn't care about. It got a little better at the end because I better understood the relationships between the characters. All in all, a real disappointment.
I thought he did an admirable job of portraying all the charaters. Sometimes the accent was a little hard for me.
No. It was painful enough the first time.
no changes would do it
how dreary and uninterseting it was for me.
well written, excellent character development
I can't fault the craftsmanship. Rawling is an excellent writer. I simply didnt getexcited about a
book about tragic sosial issues . Think Theodore Driser meets mini Peyton Place. I was spoiled
by Harry Potter and brought those expectations to this book.
Maybe, but I'd probably like to know if it was a little less depressing
It was actually what I expected, no surprises
The performance was allright..consistent with the tenor of the book
No, I really don't need more information on these people
This book had no redeemable characters. I would never want to meet any of them. This book might actually make for a good mini-series, but as a book to read, these people were ugly inside and out.
Unlike the Potter series where you cared about a lot of the characters, in this book you kinda wish they'd all go away.
If this was the book JK always wanted to write, I am glad she wrote Harry potter first.
It was very depressing. The characters seem to have no redeeming features, they were all terribly flawed with nothing to like about them. The story seemed pointless and sad
I probably would not have finised the book if the reader had not read it to me while I could do other things
Warning--lots of sexual content.
While I occasionally lost track of which character was being discussed, I attribute that confusion to my practice of multi-tasking. Wonderfully written variety of characters interwoven in a small British town.
So many characters, so fast. I had no time to process them all before the story enfolded. But what disturbed me was that all of them were horrible. Not one I could sympathize with. That made it very hard to keep listening. The drama was so overwhelming that it was annoying instead of dark. Compared to for instance Denise Mina, where you can relate to some characters eventhough their lives are hard and tough two, Rowling didn't give me enough branches to cling onto.
Part four was the best part. The story really took a nice turn. But than it went on being all drama and no relief
It was super mundane the characters did not draw me in
Not on purpose
Boring subject matter and unappealing characters