good narrator. would listen to other books by him
I didn't like any of them
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I was very much looking forward to Rowling's new book. I had been enthralled with the Harry Potter series and, while I didn't expect this to be another Harry Potter or even to be similar, I was looking for the writing to be just as readable and riviting. I rarely give up on a book once I start, but I was ready for this one to be over before I got halfway through part one. I made it into part two and had to put it down. While there is no question Rowling excels at the descriptive and with her use of language, I found this story boring, annoying and bogged down in onorous detail. I could not for the life of me keep the characters straight and was constantly trying to figure out who was who, which was very annoying.I never had this problem with her other books despite the multitude of characters in them. Reading this book has been drudgery instead of enjoyment. I have to think it might never have been published except for the Rowling name.
If you want to listen to a treatise on politics and the poor human condition with nothing uplifting about it, this might be for you. The narrator was very good, but even he could not make it enjoyable. I may yet try to finish it, but right now, I've had all I can take! I am considering returning this one!
This book was not good. I listened to the first 8 chapters and quit. The story didn't move and the reader put me to sleep. I would not recommend this book and if J.K. Rowling doesn't write better than this I won't get another of her books.
Dick Francis books
disappointment and horror that she would write something as bad as this
If she writes another one like this the answer is yes.
None. I am not sure what her purpose was other than show the failings of the British human condition.
read Harry Potter.
she is a good writer that for some reason needed to air issues that appear to be relative to her personal background. While this is a bit presumptuous, the Queen will no longer honor her for this crass view of British life.
Admittedly. part of my reason for choosing this novel is curiosity. I wondered how Ms. Rowling would do after leaving Harry. I thought this novel got off to a slow start, but it built into a moving and involved plot, with good character development, particularly of the teenagers, as to conclude with great pathos and literary satisfaction.
Not sure at this time
He was fine, book how overall bad this book is.
I wii not read a book written by her again, how overall sad and sick this book was.
A great read, but don't expect a warm and fuzzy ending. Rowling writes a gut-wrenching story that is impossible to put down- 'cause you really hope the good guy will win in the end. If there IS a good guy.
My reviews are rather simple but only because I want to convey my impressions of a story. I leave summaries to the publisher. LOVE Audible!
Well, I have to say that I was pleasantly delighted with this new book by J.K. Rowling. I have to admit I was a little afraid to read this having read and LOVED the Harry Potter Series. I bought the book and was taken in right from the first chapter. The narrator was fantastic as well so the whole experience was positive.
Ok, I am not going to try like a professional critic here. I thought the story was great, I was fully engaged the entire way through. The characters were relatable and I cared about them as I heard the story. I thought the subject matter was really interesting and it made me think a lot about my own life the the lives of those around me. What kind of domino effect would take place if I died? Would it matter?
Great book. Highly recommend it!!
The entire experience. The performance was brilliant, and for days after, I was still in Pagford.
The detail JK Rowling puts into her books. She has a masterful ability to create a complete world and put the reader directly in the middle
The dinner party with Gavin, Kay, Samantha, Miles and Mary. Very real. It was difficult for me to listen to because it made me uncomfortable.
This is my first Tom Hollander performance. I thought he was brilliant.
I don't know what the tag line would be, but this book would easily be converted to a screenplay. I'm not sure I would want to be confronted with the difficult topics of the book visually, though.
This is not Harry Pottter and this is NOT a book for children. The author was very clear about this in her interviews prior to the book's release. This is also not a happy book. It discusses the haves and have-nots in society and all the ills associated with each. I don't normally read unhappy books because I have a job that confronts me with the ills of society daily. However, this book was excellent. I was amazed at the realism of the conversations and motivations of the characters, which made the book often difficult to listen to. Overall I am very glad I read it.
My only criticism is that I felt the end was a little drawn out and I didn't think all the events were necessary, but I may have been anxious to know what happened with the main characters.
Also, it is a very British book with British terminology. I watch a lot of BBC America so I knew some of the references, but I did have to look several terms up on the internet.