Retired from academia and business, I am living in Guatemala. Few public libraries, not much access to books written in English. Audible!!
Get rid of the swearing, ugliness of the characters. I suppose there are those who like their reading materials raw, but please, warn the rest of us. I quit after about two hours of is, feeling like I needed a bath.
Publish it under a different author's name. I was expecting some of the lyricism of her other books, and though this was her first "adult" novel, I didn't think it needed to be this ugly. I expected more, or different.
I think the reader did the best possible with the materials. I just wanted to clean out my ears after a while.
Not for me. I would like to get my money back or a refund/credit.
In all honesty it took me a few tries to get through this book. It starts out slow and the author takes her time. The first few times I stopped reading thinking that Ms Rowling was really not reaching me. However, I somehow managed on maybe a 7th try to get through the initial parts, and I cannot recommend this book enough.
The slow start in retrospect does make sense, it sets up the mood for the main point of the book. The banality of the middle class struggle, the author develops characters like no other writer that comes to mind. She makes these regular people interesting through their mundane every day interaction. There is a level of empathy that is generated as the book progresses that is both subtle and staggering.
I think while this is a departure from Harry Potter, it is not a departure for Ms. Rowling. She has a tremendous gift for allegory, for relating her story and characters to the reader. For reaching us where live with things that matter, not statistically or conceptually but where we live without bleeding hearts or over intellectualized gibberish.
Exceptional character and plot development. Original storyline. Fantastic insight in to varied characters. The narrator gives an exceptional performance. The HBO version is rubbish.
I did not know what to expect when I started listening but it's so freakishly realistic. Well written and heart wrenching.
As an IT security professional I was surprised about the sql injection attacks but they were integrated well into the story.
I'm sure that this was totally fictional but omg I'm sure that there are tons of kids that live like the kids that are from the Fields - truly heartbreaking.
Decided to only listen while at the gym and cooking. I have spent a minimum of one hour at the gym every day and made a home cooked meal every night. I have never dreaded the ending of a book so much. The story is lavish and wry and the narration is excellent.
This book is very sad. It put me in a bad mood all week. I would not recommend it to anyone.
I was extremely disappointed in J.D.Rowling. As a Harry Potter fan I expected more from her. Very hard book to finish.
I'm not sure who would enjoy this book; I expected so much more than what I got.
The story line rambled on and on and on.. way to much over use of the F word-- Quiet ridiculous in fact.
The narration was fine.. but the story was never ending.
Disappointment.. a total waste of a credit.
Don't waste your time on this one.