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.
A good story with a dissappointing ending. A good reader. A little too graphic for my taste.
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.
I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, it's really well-written social satire and dark comedy, and on the other, it's like women who wear unrelieved black all the time. You wish they'd throw a bright scarf over it sometimes, to lighten things up.
Book clubs would love this one; much to discuss. The very smallness of the concerns of self-satisfied small-town residents, NIMBY, generational gaps in understanding, the way she NAILED teen attitudes and obsessions, and the nuances of marriage and other relationships.
I didn't love it, but it certainly was a GOOD book. If you know what I mean.
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...