A compelling story with a masterful voice giving life to the characters and painting a vivid picture of a parochial existence.
Perhaps in the early part of the story the characters may have been a litlle less archtypical but each principal developed with the develpment of the plot and interaction with more characters.
I wasnt familiar with the reader Tom Hollander until I heard this book. I really enjoyed his characterisations and and the distinct personalities he brought to each. I may shop on the basis of his reading in future.
Yes, I expected a catastrophe to bring a climax to the story but the ultimate climax was quite a bit more and I really enjoyed that it so effectively revealed the reality of individuals, their flaws, their heroism and foibles. Life in a small town
It look me a few goes to get into this book but not sure why. After a few "starts" I got to know the characters and then I was totally hooked. I think it helped to have heard the interviews that JK Rowlings made to promote the book because it helps to understand the background and the reason why the book was written.
I loved Crystal and I felt so upset for her and that the other characters let her down.
Not in the same genre. Cannot compare really. Lots of characters to follow as for other JK tales.
Crystal's undoing! My heart broke!
I felt JK had a pretty harsh view of the middle class members of the fictional town. I know she has had lean times in her past but I felt this was an unduly harsh critique of middle class England. Easy to be so critical when you are so wealthy!
The reader really draws you in, doing voices without sounding silly. It took my a while to get to know all the characters but I loved the story and found it so brutally confronting. I couldn't wait to listen to more and was happy to be stuck in traffic jams! Well done JK on a novel so different to HP but equally detailed and a demonstration of your adaptability as an author.
A different story line, the story was depressing
It was well read
Did not like the story at all.
The characters in this book, most not particularly likeable, were just complex enough to grip you with interest yet not feel that they were unreal. I really liked the dialog - again some shy from the coarse language but this is the way people talk. The way people curse tells a lot about the character.
The Ripping yarn I believe comes from the interweaving of the many characters, shades of Ken Follett, relationships horizontal and vertical, is up and down the generations and across community.
The narration was really excellent, even, flowing and subtle with each character. The story though not much fun, kept me intrigued as to wanting to know what was going to happen next - to me it was an audio page turner .
A story with guts, some humour, intrigue, an I felt immersed and absorbed in the world of the the English midlands.
This book was raw and compelling. I wanted to keep listening, but didn't want it to be over too soon. None of the characters are not particularly likable, but as the story progresses, you learn reasons to feel empathy for most of them. The narration is excellent. I will listen to this again in the near future.
I don't think anything could save this story. The whole thing just dragged on.
Nothing could have improved the performance because the story was so boring.
No, as it got a bit tedious in parts
Teenage boy with acne!
No, I had to get away at times.
I would - I think it is an interesting contrast to Rowling's 'Harry Potter' series. It's style is very similar, although the content is definitely adult.
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I haven't heard anything else by him
It is interesting that although I have only just finished listening to the book, I do not remember any character as standing out more than any other. I do not recall being drawn to any one character either, each one had his or her good and bad points, but not so that I want to meet any of them
This book is, I think essentially English in its concept. I did not think that it could be generalised into all cultures for all people. It did not seem to hold any universal truths. Having said this, I liked being immersed in its Englishness and to have the sense of living in a country village.