Tom Hollander did a great job, J.K. Rowling delivered a flat story that will leave me waiting for reviews for future books.
Meh. Didn't feel connection with any of the characters.
I saw that the reviews were only so-so about this book, but I wanted to listen to JK Rowling's writing again, because the writing for HP was so good. Unfortunately, there just wasn't anything in this story to keep me interested. I stopped after a couple of hours.
People in Antartica for five years with nothing else to listen to.
Is this book in a gendra???
Bewildered, betrayed, sadness, pity. (for me for wasting time waiting for it to get good)
She should stick with what she knows.
To be honest I didn't finish this book... It was hard to listen to, and I just didn't get sucked into it like I usually do with a good book.
I LOVE HARRY POTTER!!!! I think that is why this wasn't my favorite... I'm still stuck in Harry Potter world.
I was a little disappointed with all the F-words that were used. I know JK is trying to hit more of an adult crowd, but there is more than one way to do that, and THAT MUCH swearing isn't necessary to captivate my attention.
Actually I did listen to it twice already.
It relates so well to the social and economical life in every community.
I honestly gave JK a blank slate, and latitude to write something completely different, but I was unprepared for such a depressing turn of events from an author who has brought me so much excitement and imagination. This book is not about moving a plot along anywhere, at all. Its all about how people think, feel, and act, and it is nearly enough to make you give up on humanity. Of the enormous multitude of characters that JK painstakingly (and SLOWLY) develops, you find yourself hesitant, at least for the first 2/3 of the book, to be rooting for any of these characters (who we are secretly afraid might have been meant to represent one of US), let alone hoping to find a hero among them.
The dark grittiness of the book was relentless. The intentionally crafted superficial, self-absorbed shallowness of most of the characters was disheartening and depressing. I'm not saying it wasn't very well written, or maybe a realistic look at the human condition, though I hate entertaining that thought. I have to admit, I couldn't put aside my subconscious expectation that JK would give us SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE along the line to really rally behind, that there should be something in the story that was bright and inspiring, even an injustice to right, that would gain momentum and build the reader up. Instead, every potentially positive or motivating aspect of the story was dirtied and marred by the narrow-minded, the vengeful, the selfish, or the ignorant actions of characters. The triumphs that are won along the way are important, but almost never the kind of clear victory you can cheer for, always being overshaddowed by the much greater, invasive and persistent losses.
JK has clearly made this Adult-Fiction by weaving all of the dirtiest kinds of adult material through the story, yet, the most likeable characters, flawed though they may be, were the teens. She did a remarkable job of typifying the teens into the most the different typical teenage stereotypes, then winding the unlikely lot together. Despite the offensive types of adult content (the junkie prostitue mother, rape, physical and psychologic abuse), it's a book I'd endorse my older teenagers read, as it is very insightful to the psychological etiologies of the "bad girl", the depressive-cutter, the disadvantaged, the abused, the cool, as well as the sometimes atrocious conditions and situation that seeming normal teens endure and evolve from. If you are appalled at the thought that I would want any teens to read this, the OLDER teens I have in mind know enough about such things from TV, movies, and unfortunately, High-School; I'm not suggesting thrusting such material onto naïve kids. I think one of the best illustrated points of this book is many teens know, or pursue, far more about adult subjects than their parents would care to admit.
- Very well written, but a slow moving story about human beings and their multitude of faults.
- A tragedy, more than a drama or black comedy, in my mind, for it's overall depressing nature. Though black comedy peeks through, I would qualify that as occasional relief, rather than the genre.
- The main inspiration gathered from this book is how NOT to be, an important, but slowly and painfully delivered message.
JK, I do love you, but please, oh PLEASE, give us something to cheer for next time.
Couldn't stomach it past the first chapter.
Turn down the job
Now I feel better. That's the first book I've disliked
Yes, because I wanted to know how she would write an "adult" novel.
The beginning was a little hard to follow the introduction of characters.
Not sure really. I just can't sit down and read a book with my busy schedule so I prefer to read through listening.
No, the characters purposes I think we're filled completely.
It's a good book where the central theme is, again, around the children that we learned to care about as the main characters. The adults were very much either very regular, with regular problems and concerns, or overly dramatic like the "real housewives", whom I could not give two hoots about. How the children intertwined and manipulated the adult stories was the lasting effect of the book on me.
The writing is very good, which was what we expected. The reader was good, but somehow I expected a woman reader. The subject matter was extremely depressing (especially if you work in the field). The plot was predictible. The language bothered me after a while, but that part was quite realistic. There are no happy endings at all. I had to force myself to finish it. The only reason I did finish it was because I had paid for it. I would recommend that you borrow this book first. If you like this subject matter, then buy it. I would read another book from this author if the story line is more uplifting. I don't know if I would listen to another book from this reader.
No, I have not listened to any of his other performances.
Not really! Some humor would need to be injected into such heavy material. Most people I know want to escape from real life and enjoy material of a lighter nature.
Don't think it is for anyone. Save your money.
Maybe I expected too much, but this was a big disappointment. I couldn't bring myself to care about anyone in the book.
I'd cut the whole book. I made myself finish it thinking it would get better, but no luck there.