Never having rad any HP I had no expectations. However, based on this book alone, I'd never pay for another of Ms. Rowling's books. I saw a TV interview she did a week before the release so I was prepared for an unhappy ending. Even so armed I found the reading arduous. I ached for a lighter moment sprinkled in here or there. But it was non-stop gloom & cussing. I think Ms. Rowling may have been exorcising some personal demons here. Her interview definitey gave me that impression. I know real life isn't all roses & sunshine, but reading a book is supposed to be entertainment, recreation. This book did not provide the sense of escape I most enjoy about reading. Once I started I had to finish but it was a chore. I feel badly for whoever inspired this novel.
I tried and tried to like this book...kept it going in the car, but its so boring and long winded and hard to follow! I could NOT finish it!!! Sigh...
Unlikeable main character and uninteresting story.
Nothing more from this auther.
I listened to only the first half of this book. Nothing was progressing in the story. Disliked main character. She was a mean, and bitchy person. Was not nice nor friendly to anyone. the rest of the main character's had no substense, I only liked the 2 teenagers. I had to stop listening, story wasn't anywhere and boring and could not tolerate main chacter any longer. I would not recommend this book to anyone. Perhaps the auther should stick to books more like Harry Potter.
I don't look anything like that figurine, just love the fact that she's holding a book like that.
As I read this thr first thing I thought was - wow the men in this book are severely flawed idiots that I wouldn't like to meet....
Then I thought - wow, the women in the book are severely flawed idiots that I wouldn't like to meet.
I've seen complaints about Rowling's character development, but I honestly don't think she has a problem there; I think her character development is fine, but I think we are quite uncomfortable with the characters she has developed. The thing you come to ask yourself is - are we are as a people really like this? And I think the sad truth is - yes, we are quite pathetic.
The way the book ended depressed me, but I dont think this book could have ended any other way and remain...authentic.
What a disappointment! After the amazing Harry Potter series, this book was a horrible work. It was dark and disturbing without one ray of sunshine. There was no mystery, no intrigue, and the entire first half was focused on the gossip of a small town. Then when you think it might actually redeem itself, it gets worse. If you like filthy language, sick and twisted humanity, perhaps you will enjoy this. I did not find it to be an enjoyable read.
It might have been better if there had been some kind of clear hero, but every character was disturbing in their lack of integrity. I hate to think any town would be so totally lacking in goodness.
If this is the trend she is taking, absolutely not. The next book would have to be vetted by a healthy sample before I invest any of my money in it.
The narration was okay but not something to get lost in.
Not really; I had to force myself to read this one. There are so many good works of fiction available that I only finished reading this one out of loyalty to my opinion of Rowling's work.
It was the most depressing work I have ever read. Every character in this book gives extreme disfunction a new meaning and is repulsive.
I am totally turned off to any other Rowling books
None what so ever
I was eagerly anticipating this novel from Ms. Rowling and purchased it as soon as it was released. Though after what I thought was 5 hours I look at my player and see only an hour has passed I was so bored it was disappointing.
The narrator is Tom Hollander is a great actor and I am fond of his works (a hidden gem is a Ridley Scott film titled, A Good Year with Russell Crowe and Marion Cottilard). .
It is a very adult novel (language), not for children or readers of her previous series.
Maybe it will grow on me, but I fear it may not.
Honestly, this is really only the third original work for the author. Yes she had seven plus wonderful books but they were a series and an set of short stories.
She is amazingly descriptive of people and locations and I do look forward to future works from her as she continues to grow as an author.
I love my audiobooks! Great for traveling.
When I first heard that JK was releasing an adult novel, I was so excited. I could not wait to read the angle of her novel. Would it be serious, would be it be comical, or a little of both? To my disappointment, I just can't get into the story. I think that JK's strength is in juvenile fiction. The novel is a snore unfortunately. I must say that I will be requesting my credit back for sure on this one.
not really - I missed the 'darkly comic' aspect, its was interconnected characters all mired in their own misery and downloading it onto others around them, I found none of the characters redeeming, at best you would pity one for a while and then just be frustrated with their actions, not one seemed to have a bit of common sense. It just became annoying.
The outline was interesting - it presented as a story with potential. What made me lose interest quickly was that chapter after chapter the events were circular and outcomes became predictable, its was like reading a documentry on the welfare system. The book was too long for the story to be told.
He worked well with the material but the nature of the book lead to the narration coming across as flat and monotonous
I recoginze the author is out to break away from past novels that were fantasy based, but in all honesty I found this book devoid of life, there were more realistic characters, flaws and all in the Harry Potter books.
We have all been waiting for the Rowling book that would come after the Harry Potter series. What has finally appeared, five years later, is well written with well developed characters, but the book itself was disappointing to me. The plot revolves around a man on the Perish Council, (for U.S. it would be town council, I think). The man who is the catalyst for the book takes his wife out for an anniversary dinner in the first chapter and drops dead on the restaurant parking lot from what they assume is an aneurism. But his death starts a whole series of events. There is a perish council election coming up, because of his death, to fill “the casual vacancy.” Whoever is elected will determine what happens next with the money in the perish. The man who died, named Barry, wants them to put more money into a drug rehabilitation program and provide more money for services for those who are poor. But most of the council does not want to even keep the program open. They want to cut back on providing any services to “these people who don’t work” and shut down the rehabilitation methadone program. So this is the backdrop for all the things that happen. We are introduced to amyriad of characters, most of them very unpleasant, with their children, equally unpleasant. The book reminds me of Elizabeth George’s “what happened before he shot her” but it is much more relentless with the most sympathetic character being the ungovernable teenage daughter of a drug addict. It’s also quite long. And if it hadn’t been Rowling, and if I hadn’t liked Harry Potter so much, I probably wouldn’t have finished it. The Harry Potter books were dark, but she managed to put some lightness in them here and there, and the reader liked several of the characters. That isn’t true here. So my final conclusion: the book is interesting but disappointing to me.