I was unable to purchase the printed edition of this book but it was so well read that I don't think I'll miss that a bit.
It is hard to select a favorite character because they are all so well written. Crystal is the one I was most sympathetic to, but for an mostly absent character, Barry is very compelling, too. It was interesting how, in spite of being dead early on, his character continued to develop.
Hollander's reading was so good that I didn't notice any best characters. Nothing was jerky, unnatural, or overdone.
I stayed up late several times listening to this book because I didn't want to stop the story.
This is a wonderfully complex story and the reader has no real idea where it is going to go, everything seems likely, nothing predictable, the characters were very well developed and consistent, none of them seemed shallow or stereotyped. The story unrolled in a very natural manner as well and my interest never flagged. There were plenty of surprises as well which kept predictability at bay even when you began to think you knew a character well, yet the surprise was within character. Really an excellent book.
Lots of characters, maybe too many for an audio version. Hard to keep track of them. Finally get them all sorted out about 3/4 through. Had many sub plots that by the end it was just ....over. just over,
Great story about the intimate inner workings of a small town.
Characters are real and believeable.
I forced myself to finish this book out of deep respect for the Harry Potter series. I deeply regret listening to this book at all. The narrator is good. The story is horrible.
Slow beginning and a lot of different, complex characters, but well worth the read. Very moving, and a great reminder to be more involved and paying attention to the community you live in.
Rowling is at peak performance. A myriad of complicated characters, each eliciting sympathy in a unique way.
The way she wraped every life in Pagford together was of usual brilliance for JK Rolling, and another side of her talent was revealed, her insight into people's minds making the characters relatable and believable with each new line. However, the story of how Barry's death unravels the little town seems a bit a drift, missing something I can't quite put finger on... It's not a page turner, but if you stick with it, it's a good read and it has great moments.
Enjoying life, taking time to be myself, trust me it's a hoot!
Yes, I enjoy her writing.
Focus on one or two main characters rather than try to bring in the entire town
No. I would definitely not read/listen to any more of the horrible little people in this nasty little town.
I just finished the audio book of Robert Gilbrath (J.K.Rowling) all 17 hours and 55 minutes of it. Every grueling second of it.
I couldn't tell if the random numbers being announced during the reading were chapters, scenes, or plot lines. i.g. 1 Barry 2. Mary They seemed to have no possible connection to the story. Not the narrator’s fault, he didn't write it.
If it were not for the quality of Tom Hollander’s reading, or if I had to read the book. I would have pitched it at chapter 17. If I could have figured out which chapter, part, I was listening to as they seemed to randomly be called out at some scene changes.
Over all it began to read like a script from Benefits Street reality show.
Did I learn who the characters are, and how a small inbreed community is able to draw lines of inescapable class warfare and create even creepier life choices. Yes, were there heroes and villains and did they grow and develop: Maybe. The story could have done better as a short story. Would I recommend it? Probably not.
Yes, I trust J.K. Rowling's, but this book was rubbish!
I'm not sure, but I do know I WILL REVIEW THE STORY FIRST NEXT TIME!
When the two boys were in the cave talking about wanting to experience sex.
The ones in the deli.