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.
I'm not sure who would like it - there was not much of a story line.
Not write it
I enjoyed the teenage books much better - stick to writing for teenagers!
i would give these two another try.
i feel like this was JK's attempt at a greek tragedy. i'm more a fan of her hero vs villan story
If you loved Jim Dale reading Harry Potter you will Love Tom Hollander.
i love JK's character developement so i dont see cutting anyone from this story.
for me this one was blah.
J. K. Rowling REALLY disappointed me on this story. Almost didn't even finish it at some of the "sick parts".
The reader did a very good job.
NO, I'll not attempt another of her books if it is like this one.
Eleminated all the sex and foul language.
A host of them.
This book would have been better if there had been at least one character with some redeeming qualities.
If the author was going for the antithesis of the Harry Potter stories, she succeeded. This book was so deeply depressing, it w as hard to finish.
Tom Hollander did a great performance - the characters were each well-done. I enjoyed listening to him.
Now that I've finished the book, I can say it wasn't bad. However, as I was listening, keeping the characters straight wasn't easy. After finishing the book, I went back to the first few chapters, it all made a lot more sense the second time. Perhaps reading a thorough review prior to listening would help.
This is by far the worst audible book I have ever purchased. I was expecting so much more from Rowling. I kept listening as long as I could, but didn't make it past the first section. It''s not that the writing is bad, it is that the story is horrible. I can't believe I wasted several hours of my life on this book. Too bad that I can never get them back. I would rather watch those stupid X Factor shows with my daughter than have read this. At least then, I would be spending mind numbing time with my daughter. My advice - stay away from this one!