After listening to 5 chapters I realized there wasn't a single likeable character or one interesting story line in the mix. How disappointing after the wonderful Harry Potter series.
I had no desire to hear more of the story or get to know any of the characters introduced in the first five chapters.
It was OK.
I gave up listening after five chapters. If a book hasn't grabbed me by then it's not going to.
Only someone from Britain--it is so totally British that I couldn't relate.
The author needs to stick with the genre she has mastered--if not Harry then some other fantasy.
I couldn't even listen to all of it so I don' know.
After a few hours, I still couldn't get any point out of the storyline.
If there was anything at all up-lifting ... this story is just depressing. I gave up listening after several hours and asked my daughter how it ended. I think I made the right decision to look for another book.
I'll try listening again - and pretend I didn't listen to this one.
This book moves so slow and the reader speaks in such an unaffected voice that the story just can't keep your interest. One of the few books I've abandoned (after starting the book 3 times).
Some inflection in the reader's voice would have improved the listen ability.
I felt frustrated trying to get into this book. I expected to enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed Rowlings' other books.
This book was rather monotonous and slow going. I thought with the author's previous works, this book would be at the very least fair. I was strongly disappointed. It was a hard press to listen to the end.
Yes, based upon Harry Potter, not this book.
Its relentless negativity. It was very difficult to follow -- I spent four days trying to get through the first hour (literally). Once I got the characters straight I didn't even care because they were so unpleasant. I almost never give up on a book, but I can't keep wasting my life on this book.
I haven't figured it out yet.
I listen to audio books every day, completing several a week, but this book is almost impossible to get though. I even like slice of life, slow books, but not this one. My time is worth more than the unpleasantness of listening to this book. I wish I had listened to the reviews on this one.
This story seemed to ramble all over the place. I stopped listening to it about half way thru because I kept waiting for the plot to pull together... Boring...and painful...definately not up to the Harry Potter standards here...
Character and setting development and description would have been greatly appreciated. I never connected with or cared about the fate of anyone except Crystal and her little brother (of which I knew virtually nothing about as a character except he was a little boy). Where is the rich visually enticing description of Pagford that allows one to travel the streets and enter the lives of the townspeople? Where are the words describing those we are reading about that cause us to sincerely care about their circumstances, mishaps and ultimately their fates, visualize their postures and responses and feel what they feel? I find it very hard to believe that the person who wrote "Harry Potter" is same person who wrote this book. I did not expect a fantasy story but I did expect the same talent for writing and it was certainly missing here.
The Story Sisters
His manner, accent and voice are perfect for story telling.
The characters are essential to the overall story, however most are forgettable.
Development of story and character is something to look forward to in any book but was sorely lacking here. Most stories can be told in a few minutes but it is the telling that most entertains. Unfortunately this story should have been told in a few minutes - getting to the end was far too time consuming with far too little entertainment.
Yes, JK has an amazing handle on the very strange behavior of people.
Yes, As a high school principal I was impressed by JK's description of students abilities and interest. Student are very different in their academic abilities and their emotional states. The teenager's contempt for their parents and the small town pettiness of the adults shows JK's command of the human condition. She builds the story into an entertaining train wreck at the end.
Maybe NOT now.
Something from Clive Cussler
Caution! Extremely vulgar, degrading, seedy and sleazy. There are many more words I could use but I simply would say I do not recommend this book to anyone. Here's my thoughts:
So, I was very excited to read this new book for adults by JK. Sadly, when the promotions of the book said that is was an adult oriented book, I did not think they meant "for adults only". But that is what it is. Extremely R rated with non stop profanity and immoral sexual behavior.
I finally put the book down about 1/3 of the way into it. I couldn't stomach another f word, another description of teen sex, another graphic portrayal of pornography the teens were viewing, another cheating husband or wife, another drug use reference, or another selfish and completely self-centered act. The f word is used, literally, every 10 words...and it totally starts sounding like fingernails on a chalk board. From the very first pages, I kept hoping that she was just trying to shock readers at the start to scare off the over senstive, but I was wrong. It goes on and on and actually gets worse. I went into a book store and grabbed a copy to read the last few pages so that I could basically see where the story ended up, and also to see if the trash continued to the end...and it did...plus the ending is totally a bummer as the one character you hope gets redeemed from all this filth, dies. Glad I put it down.
I love you JK, for your Harry Potter series, but I had no idea your mind was so full of filth that you felt that you just had to share with all of us. I am so sad that millions of kids that loved the Harry Potter series, will now buy and read this book and think that since JK wrote it, it must be cool. Wow...talk about embracing the dark side of untold wealth.