The story was believable and the characters, although not all likeable, were very real.
Lots of interesting characters - flawed and real - and described so well by the author.
He is an excellent narrator - he brought each character to life.
Crystal Weaden - she was so believable - everything she did I could imagine I may have done under similar circumstances.
I have never read any of JK Rowlings Harry Potter books - and probably won't, as I don't like fantasy style books...I wish she would write more of this style now...if she can do that I will be a happy reader!
Tell us about yourself!
The first part was too slow to begin but Rowling took her time to fill in the background
Great reader perhaps the only reason I sat through the whole performance.
It's such a step away from other books I've listened to a much heavier plot and not an inkling of humour.
This is a totally different style from HP but I was very curious to see what a novel aimed at an adult audience would be like. JKR once again develops her characters with exceptional dexterity just a shame they are horrible and too fallible. It felt like an exorcism of the happy ending or child audience that she has been catering for over many years. Dark but I was compelled to see it to the end. I am interested in seeing what she comes up with next hopefully she will find her humour again, karaoke with Maureen was not getting a giggle going.
First time I have heard him but I think he gave life to all of the characters.
No needed to break it up.
I didn't know what to expect by this book, as I associate J.K.Rowling with Harry Potter, butI thoroughly enjoyed... The only "negative" about it, is that there are so many charaters in the story that at the beginning it takes few chapters to recall who is who and who is related to whom, but as soon as the characters are in place the story falls into place.Tom Hollander brought each person in this book alive just as I would imagine them to be.
J.K. Rowling is a top-selling author so I thought a book by her for adults would be good. It was just not my kind of story - I stopped listening after about a third of the book.
I'm currently listening to The Persimmon Tree by Bryce Courtenay, and it's brilliant - both the story and the performance by the narrator.
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.