This book sounded as though it would mix humor with small town lives and small town minds. It turned out to be dark and humorless with sad children and pathetic grown-ups. Now that I think about it, not that different from Harry Potter in that instead of being a cast of fearful characters fighting a villain, it is a cast of miserable characters who are villains in their own right.
Eventually (eventually) I came to be interested in how the story might end, to be curious about how the intermingled relationships of Pagford might develop. You do come to live in the world that J.K. Rowling created.
The story is full of miserable characters extolling their miserable thoughts chapter by chapter. It is mostly boring, though occasionally insightful into the human experience. I needed someone to root for, and was unable to find that character.
Very slow to get to any plot of interest :(
Yes, would not listen to another adult JK Rowling book
Perfomrance was fine
made it more nteresting
was very dissapointed in it . I finnally gave up about half way through it. not up to the potter series
I have been recommending against purchase on this one.
There was no real story or plot. The ending seemed rushed.
Narration was actually very good. I wish the story line was as well.
I was really disappointed in the over all story. It was very anti climactic.
JK Rowling has seemed to OVER compensate after the Potter series to differentiate herself as an adult author.
Something by Ken Follett, Michael Connelly or Lee Child
I don't know
Dissapointment for investing time and money in an uninteresting book.
All the characters are in a negative mood, and each has something against other characters, usually related to infinite negative nuances of social class. I don't get the sense that the author is writing with any sense of joy, but is grinding an axe to say how awful everything is. It is downbeat, and has no healthy characters or redeeming virtues.
Yes I loved the Harry Potter books this one was hard to follow and I got board. I will try to listen to is again but I am not optomistic
did not listen to the whole book it did not keep my interest
What a let down after the great Harry potter books
An interesting plot.
I think so. His performance didn't stand out as awful, nor did it help overcome the boring story.
I've never been a fan of the "literature" genre. I thought Rowling could make it interesting. I was wrong.
It would have been better had she used the story more to develop the characters. I also think it could have used less offensive language. I have read plenty of books that I have loved that have offensive language, but this seemed like she was trying to put in as many as she could. I have read many books that portray all the despair and realness of "real life" without all the language.
I am not sure what genre this even fits in. I even tried googling it and it just puts it in general fiction. After reading it, I don't know that it has a specific genre.
I really like his reading style. He had a perfect voice that did well to give voice to the characters in the story.
I don't feel like I got to really "know" any characters, so none stand out enough to say keep or don't keep.
I didn't finish this book and this is very rare for me. I understand Rowling's need to branch outside the realm of young adult/juvenille fiction, but I feel she has more talent than this book portrayed. I just didn't feel like I was "pulled in" to the story. I felt it spent too much time describing the characters than developing them through story and conflict. The only characters I feel she did this with was Crystal and her mother, which it took way too long to get to.
Yes, but only because of Harry Potter - The narrator was great.
I was very disappointed. I went into this knowing that it would be nothing like Harry Potter and with full understanding that this would be an adult read. That being said, the whole thing was drab, negative, and left nothing to love. I felt like JK detailed nothing but the worst in each character, though some had more interesting back stories than others. My real issue is the lack of plot. Ok, so they need to fill the seat on the council, but why should I care? There was no motivation for the reader to read on besides a few interesting character descriptions. I was highly disappointed, and not because Hagrid didn't make an appearance. I had higher expectations. You don't just produce an adult read by adding adult topics. I cringed often and felt like the whole thing was crude. I will still read another JK novel in the future in hopes that she learns from this mistake.