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.
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.