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
There were lots of different characters and the narrator was excellent.
Cristal Whedon because I had hope for her.
All the in-depth character studies and how it showed the person as a whole both the good and the bad. The same reason Harry Potter fans loved the series is how Rowling breathes life into each character is why this book gripped my attention and made it hard to put down.
Because it was such a break from the fantasy world of Harry Potter, I am proud she is free from the chains of that series and able to spread her literary wings enabling her to write what moves her.
Don't pay attention to the negative reviews. Don't go into this expecting an uplifting fantasy story of good triumphing over evil. If you want fantasy, go look at other great options offered here.
This is Rowling pulling back the curtain on ordinary, mundane, everyday British small town life, exposing the harsh realities, lies, deceptions, subterfuges, politicking, schemings, etc for the whole world to see. Very un-British, who are generally very private and put up a good front (Stiff upperlip and all that, what!!) for the public. Having lived in England in a little village similar to Padford, I can relate to and enjoy the story told.
I am proud of Ms. Rowling for writing this novel, even though she knew it would prove unpopular with most of her HP audience. It was a project she was very passionate to write about and I think she did an outstanding job.
The ways the characters are fleshed out as the story develops and how Rowling evokes your empathy for each and everyone one, I would compare it to my favorite The Time Traveler's Wife. Both are very character focused and quickly grab you then whisk you away into their lives.
At first, I was not a big fan of the reader because he was so new to me, but Mr. Hollander quickly won me over with his specific vocal characterizations that enabled me to keep each character straight in my head while listening.
All of them. As I have said above, each and every character is meticulously built and shown warts (or pimples) and all. Ms. Rowling's art of storytelling breaths life into each and every character. One would not be surprised to see one walking down the street she fleshes them out so well.
Put all preconceptions and reviews aside. Let this book stand on its own. Give it a chance and you will enjoy the voyeuristic escapism it provides.
I am going to read it in print. I could not even judge the book because after 1 1/2 hours I stopped. The narrator's voice made me lose interest. I could only give the book 3 stars because I didn't finish it and J.K.R is a wonderful writer.
I could only give the book 3 stars because I didn't finish it and J.K.R is a wonderful writer so I'm pretty sure it will be more.
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.