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.
I'm not much of a review-writer, but I feel compelled to write a few words about this book. This story leaves me breathless and sobbing.
I read some reviews myself before buying it, and I remember one in particular, advising people to read the reviews before buying. I think that is excellent advice, because those hoping for a new Harry Potter are bound to be disappointed.
That being said, this book shares some of the, in my opinion, best qualities of the Potter-series. Rowling really is one of a kind when it comes to character-building and setting a scene. Not many authors would be able to create an authentic parallel universe, in which people play quidditch, get their mail by owl, and apparate, but she did. She even managed it so well that adults queued outside bookstores at odd hours to be the first to set their hands on the new children's book.
Her characters are so REAL. There is something evil and selfish in us all, and yet nobody is without some good in them. People turn out the way they do for a reason. And jet, never in her books do you get the feeling that that is a reason not to hold them accountable for their actions.
Being a nurse, a mother and the child of a man strongly engaged in helping wayward teens, I easily relate to some of the characters in this story, but I think that most people can relate to these people, and this village, which Rowling describes so vividly. It is not a pretty story, it is no fairy tale. But it is the strongest, most touching story I have read in ages.
Satisfied Audible listener since 2002. I mostly listen to Sci-fi and anything by Stephen King.
Wow this book was hard to finish. The only likeable charecture dies within the first few paragraphs. Everybody else is so self involved that they can't see the damage they are doing to all those around them. The narration is excellent but does not make up for the general meanness on display here. Also I found some of the charectures motivations to be a little weak.
J.K. Rowlings meticulous planning pulls all of the details of the story together in the end. She is amazing.
There are quite a few sexually explicit scenes. Its not their context but the very observant and raw telling of these moments that stick with you.
Spot on. Perfect voices and emotions and timing.
I would take Sukvinder out, I would tell her it gets better. You can't read this story with out feeling a connection, and deep sympothy with Sukvinder.
This book was such a disappointment. I knew before purchasing that this was marketed for "adult readers" and that Rowling wanted to distance herself from the Harry Potter books. However, this book retained NONE of the charm or appeal of the Potter series. I suppose the author thought she had to make the book as vile and trashy and depressing as possible to make it clear she didn't write for children only.
I'm no prude, but the constant foul language was just too much.
More importantly, there wasn't a single likable character, and the plot was almost nonexistent. I was thoroughly depressed reading this, and when I finished the book, I just felt a tremendous sense of relief that it was over. I don't know why I read the whole thing except that I kept looking for something redeeming in the book. It never came.
The narrator did well. No complaints with the performance, just the text.
The one redeeming quality was Rowling's descriptions of the characters and their interactions with each other. As always, she did an exceptional job with this. If any of the characters had been worth knowing, the characterizations would have been charming. As it was, the characters were so unlikable, it was all just too depressing.
I've heard that Rowling has battled depression. If these are the things that run through her mind, I don't wonder at it. I was quite depressed myself while reading this book.
After listening for an hour and a half, I finally gave up. Just could not generate enough enthusiasm to continue.
The story was so tedious. No excitement. The characters fell short.
Save yout time and money.
I listen to audiobooks as I have a brain injury which makes it hard for me to read for more than 10--15 minutes. Jewish grandmother to twins
I think the only reason this book was published was the author's prior history: if it had been written by a first time author it would likely have been put in the trash can. It is a horrible piece of writting not worth the listen. While there is a semblence of plot and storyline, it is not worthy of the hype and certainly is not worth the price of the book.