I don't know if this book is truly a 4 or 5 star book because I can't get past chapter 2.
I am very disappointed in Rowling's attempt in this book. I haven't finished the book. Too slow to start. Not but in chapter 3. Not impressed with the lackluster sexual references.
I don't know if it's Tom Hollander as much as it is the material. In a word--Boring!
Since I've only read the first 3 chapters I can only judge on that and I would have to say--the first 3 chapters.
Terribly disappointed in this long awaited book from J K Rowling. But nothing can compare with Harry Potter.
I was curious as to how Rowlings would write for an adult audience. The Casual Vacancy kind of reminded me of an Anthony Trollop novel, a small town full of self important people, a lot of character development and not a lot happening until the end. I'm glad that I stuck with it, she really wrapped it up nicely, and Tom Hollander was a good choice for the narrator.
I was listening to a Tana French Dublin Murder Squad novel at the same time, and it was a bit jarring, the narrator's dialects were fairly similar, but what a difference in story.
In answer to a question in your guided review, I don't think that the book needs a follow up in the same location. I am curious how the teen agers who moved made out, but I'm done with the town council.
I only listened to the first part of 3. The book was so detailed that it was hard to follow the story line. I kept waiting on it to get better, but never got the sense that it would... so I deleted it. Sorry J.K.
If the book had not jumped constantly from one group of characters to the next without any since of continuity.
Rowling should go back to the formula that worked so well in the Harry Potter books. Fully developed characters, action and an interesting plot. This book is the most poorly written peice I have read since I stopped teaching and having to grade student essays.
At least three-quarters of them. It is hard to choose just one.
I would advise people to save their money and skip this book.
character development,follow up
couple more chapters would have been better. I get the whole premise of don't be a hater,however,what besides the tradgedy came out of the whole thing?
It was fabulous
little slow at first,then captivating......at the end,aside from the moral lesson learned, then what? What did the characters do with that change,you know,in their psyce?
There is not a single likeable character in this book. It's as if you are reading about the Dursleys and the people in their community. Such a disappointment. I could not even finish it. Not worth the time.
The author gave us no characters to like. Everyone was not only flawed, but truly defective.
I don't even know what to call this genre - sad, pitiful, horrifying glimpse at the lives of others?
The performer was fine, given the story.
Be warned, there is a rape of a child in this book. It is disturbing and no justice is either sought or found. Pretty awful.
good narrator. would listen to other books by him
I didn't like any of them
clwalker IT Admin
I was very much looking forward to Rowling's new book. I had been enthralled with the Harry Potter series and, while I didn't expect this to be another Harry Potter or even to be similar, I was looking for the writing to be just as readable and riviting. I rarely give up on a book once I start, but I was ready for this one to be over before I got halfway through part one. I made it into part two and had to put it down. While there is no question Rowling excels at the descriptive and with her use of language, I found this story boring, annoying and bogged down in onorous detail. I could not for the life of me keep the characters straight and was constantly trying to figure out who was who, which was very annoying.I never had this problem with her other books despite the multitude of characters in them. Reading this book has been drudgery instead of enjoyment. I have to think it might never have been published except for the Rowling name.
If you want to listen to a treatise on politics and the poor human condition with nothing uplifting about it, this might be for you. The narrator was very good, but even he could not make it enjoyable. I may yet try to finish it, but right now, I've had all I can take! I am considering returning this one!
This book was not good. I listened to the first 8 chapters and quit. The story didn't move and the reader put me to sleep. I would not recommend this book and if J.K. Rowling doesn't write better than this I won't get another of her books.
Dick Francis books
disappointment and horror that she would write something as bad as this