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Couldn't Finish It

Description: For whatever reason, good, bad or indifferent, I couldn't finish it. Don't judge me. Add your abandoned reads. Thumbs down the ones that should be given a second chance.

Members: 36 participating members (show all)

All members' listSort: Score | Title | Author | Date
1
18,507 members, 1,010 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: 2wonderY, merrystar

Score: 2

Explanations:

merrystar (4): I'm possibly too old, but I found the beginning of this unreadable.

2
7,270 members, 101 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: merrystar, fuzzi

Score: 2

Explanations:

fuzzi (3): Despised the characters, why read about people with no redeeming qualities?

3
23,098 members, 1,374 reviews
4.38 stars (4.38 stars)

Lists: ahef1963

Score: 1

4
22,544 members, 310 reviews
3.68 stars (3.68 stars)

Lists: ahef1963

Score: 1

5
10,898 members, 934 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: barbharper, ahef1963

Thumbs down: pollux

Score: 1

6
5,822 members, 40 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: merrystar

Score: 1

Explanations:

merrystar (6): the only assigned book I have ever given up on.

7
5,618 members, 189 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: cej1027

Score: 1

8
4,264 members, 47 reviews
3.61 stars (3.61 stars)

Lists: cej1027

Score: 1

9
3,877 members, 178 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: cej1027

Score: 1

10
3,484 members, 51 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: Cecrow

Score: 1

Explanations:

Cecrow (7): Maybe it gets better, but an uphill battle through its opening chapter. Not worth the effort.

11
3,116 members, 68 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: cej1027

Score: 1

12
2,967 members, 45 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

Lists: katie4098

Score: 1

13
2,853 members, 32 reviews
3.38 stars (3.38 stars)

Lists: aulsmith

Score: 1

14
2,714 members, 60 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: Cecrow

Score: 1

Explanations:

Cecrow (4): Couldn't find the story or the point.

15
2,693 members, 34 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: Crypto-Willobie

Score: 1

16
2,396 members, 44 reviews
3.41 stars (3.41 stars)

Lists: Diane-bpcb

Score: 1

17
2,316 members, 36 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: merrystar

Score: 1

Explanations:

merrystar (5): Enjoyed the first half, but then it bogged down.

18
2,278 members, 55 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: ahef1963

Score: 1

19
2,255 members, 116 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: Diane-bpcb

Score: 1

20
2,087 members, 75 reviews
3.28 stars (3.28 stars)

Lists: Jullou

Score: 1

Explanations:

Jullou (1): I love satire and absurdism, rarely don't finish books. But I just couldn't get through this one.

21
1,969 members, 27 reviews
3.5 stars (3.5 stars)

Lists: starbox

Score: 1

22
1,790 members, 72 reviews
2.87 stars (2.87 stars)

Lists: SimoneA

Score: 1

23
1,761 members, 28 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

Lists: Cecrow

Score: 1

Explanations:

Cecrow (5): Not nearly so engaging as Watership Down, I thought.

24
1,646 members, 45 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: dara85

Score: 1

25
1,625 members, 29 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: Diane-bpcb

Score: 1

27
1,598 members, 73 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

Lists: eclecticdodo

Score: 1

28
1,397 members, 26 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: merrystar

Score: 1

Explanations:

merrystar (3): I generally love re-told fairy tales, but I couldn't make it through this one.

29
1,337 members, 34 reviews
3.51 stars (3.51 stars)

Lists: gilroy

Score: 1

Explanations:

gilroy (2): How can one sustain a story when you change points of view every two pages? Just horrible writing

31
1,139 members, 146 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: Bookmarque

Score: 1

32
1,063 members, 16 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: aulsmith

Score: 1

33
992 members, 14 reviews
3.21 stars (3.21 stars)

Lists: gilroy

Score: 1

Explanations:

gilroy (3): This came out when the Extended Epic like Wheel of Time was popular. Wheel of Time was bad, this was worse.

34
919 members, 15 reviews
3.5 stars (3.5 stars)

Lists: gilroy

Score: 1

35
752 members, 33 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

Lists: starbox

Score: 1

36
729 members, 30 reviews
3.61 stars (3.61 stars)

Lists: hoddybook

Score: 1

37
575 members, 13 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: Diane-bpcb

Score: 1

Explanations:

Diane-bpcb (2): was this edited?

38
467 members, 24 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

Lists: dara85

Score: 1

39
379 members, 11 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: gilroy

Score: 1

40
181 members, 3 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: arrwa

Score: 1

41
69 members, 1 review
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: Diane-bpcb

Score: 1

42
33 members, 2 reviews
3 stars (3 stars)

Lists: gilroy

Score: 1

Explanations:

gilroy (6): Where to start with what's wrong with this story... Horrid writing, stilted dialogue, too many cliches

44
0 members, 0 reviews

Lists: Crypto-Willobie, cej1027, Diane-bpcb

Thumbs down: LolaWalser, Cecrow

Score: 1

Explanations:

Cecrow (0): Skip the whaling detail chapters if you must, but they build sympathy for the whale and add a strong dose of realism.

45
29,811 members, 934 reviews
4.38 stars (4.38 stars)

Lists: lorax, merrystar

Thumbs down: john257hopper, Cecrow

Score: 0

Explanations:

Cecrow (0): Any fantasy aficionado read this as a breath of fresh air when it was first published, and the genre has not been the same since.

lorax (1): I actually finished this one, gave up after Book 2, but there's no one book to determine if you're a fantasy fan. You can dislike this, because of the violence or for any other reason, and still consider yourself a fantasy fan.… (more)

merrystar (2): Have to disagree with Cecrow; I have always read and enjoyed fantasy, but could not finish this when I tried to read it in the late 1990s.

46
22,392 members, 533 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: ahef1963

Thumbs down: pollux

Score: 0

47
12,893 members, 232 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: Diane-bpcb

Thumbs down: starbox

Score: 0

Explanations:

Diane-bpcb (7): Too painful for me; reminds me too much of my Protestant roots

48
10,240 members, 147 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

Lists: cej1027

Thumbs down: Cecrow

Score: 0

Explanations:

Cecrow (0): Best book in the series, I thought, both for humour and the most competent of the Baudelaires' otherwise frustrating prospects.

49
10,113 members, 87 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

Lists: SimoneA

Thumbs down: LolaWalser

Score: 0

50
9,849 members, 145 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: ahef1963

Thumbs down: Crypto-Willobie

Score: 0

51
7,604 members, 129 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: aulsmith, ahef1963

Thumbs down: LolaWalser, starbox

Score: 0

52
6,085 members, 98 reviews
3.5 stars (3.5 stars)

Lists: waltzmn

Thumbs down: fuzzi

Score: 0

Explanations:

fuzzi (0): Ripoff of The Lord of the Rings, poorly written, nothing original.

53
5,831 members, 82 reviews
3.51 stars (3.51 stars)

Lists: Crypto-Willobie

Thumbs down: john257hopper

Score: 0

54
4,533 members, 224 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: Dilara86

Thumbs down: hoddybook

Score: 0

55
4,445 members, 64 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: gilroy

Thumbs down: reconditereader

Score: 0

Explanations:

gilroy (1): Just couldn't get into it. Horrible, flat characters.

56
3,863 members, 121 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: Dilara86

Thumbs down: lorax

Score: 0

57
2,195 members, 33 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: merrystar

Thumbs down: peddler410

Score: 0

Explanations:

merrystar (7): Could not get through this when my librarian suggested it in 6th grade.

58
2,033 members, 34 reviews
3.28 stars (3.28 stars)

Lists: dtw42

Thumbs down: pollux

Score: 0

59
1,537 members, 111 reviews
3.42 stars (3.42 stars)

Lists: st_bruno

Thumbs down: fuzzi

Score: 0

Explanations:

fuzzi (0): Did finish, was a struggle.

60
1,499 members, 33 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: hoddybook

Thumbs down: reconditereader

Score: 0

61
815 members, 13 reviews
3.32 stars (3.32 stars)

Lists: Cecrow

Thumbs down: john257hopper

Score: 0

Explanations:

Cecrow (2): Not as easy to get into as many of his other novels, and not as engaging an idea.

62
435 members, 47 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)

Lists: katie4098

Thumbs down: starbox

Score: 0

63
90 members, 9 reviews
3.67 stars (3.67 stars)

Lists: Dilara86

Thumbs down: caimanjosh

Score: 0

64
28,093 members, 390 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: Diane-bpcb

Thumbs down: merrystar, starbox

Score: < 0

Explanations:

Diane-bpcb (3): have started this many times; never got far into it despite my being a Jane Austen fan.

65
21,785 members, 845 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: starbox, ahef1963

Thumbs down: specialkay, reconditereader, Bookmarque

Score: < 0

Explanations:

reconditereader (0): Maybe give it one more chance. But if you're not feeling it, nevermind.

66
18,590 members, 369 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: starbox, Diane-bpcb

Thumbs down: waltzmn, lorax, Cecrow

Score: < 0

Explanations:

Cecrow (0): One of the best animal perspective novels, if not THE best.

67
11,322 members, 216 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: Diane-bpcb

Thumbs down: Crypto-Willobie, starbox

Score: < 0

Explanations:

Diane-bpcb (1): Although I loved this book at first, owing to the dockside atmosphere and Proulx's use of hard consonants, I lost interest.

68
9,672 members, 149 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: ahef1963

Thumbs down: john257hopper, caimanjosh

Score: < 0

69
9,269 members, 136 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: starbox

Thumbs down: merrystar, pollux

Score: < 0

70
8,389 members, 316 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: eclecticdodo

Thumbs down: starbox, Dilara86

Score: < 0

71
4,489 members, 280 reviews
4.33 stars (4.33 stars)

Lists: hoddybook

Thumbs down: john257hopper, Crypto-Willobie

Score: < 0

72
4,368 members, 141 reviews
3.48 stars (3.48 stars)

Lists: Diane-bpcb

Thumbs down: Crypto-Willobie, starbox

Score: < 0

73
3,427 members, 41 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: aulsmith

Thumbs down: merrystar, lorax

Score: < 0

Explanations:

merrystar (0): This was actually my favorite of the David Brin novels when I was a teen.

74
2,305 members, 48 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Thumbs down: hoddybook

Score: < 0

75
709 members, 42 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: cej1027

Thumbs down: reconditereader, lorax

Score: < 0

76
55,318 members, 895 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: waltzmn, katie4098

Thumbs down: merrystar, Crypto-Willobie, cej1027, starbox

Score: < 0

Explanations:

merrystar (0): Required reading, or I doubt I'd have even started it.

cej1027 (0): Took three tries and the motivation of a better book if I'd just finish a chapter each day, but I made it through. I still think it's trash though.

waltzmn (2): Modern fiction. Bah. If you're going to assign a book in a literature class (which is the only reason I went near it), at least least let it be a book where you learn something from the unspoken background assumptions. This book is one of the reasons I prefer non-fiction. I freely admit that this is personal taste.… (more)

77
33,396 members, 1,554 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Thumbs down: cej1027, gilroy

Score: < 0

78
31,523 members, 413 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: Cecrow

Thumbs down: dtw42, Crypto-Willobie, gilroy

Score: < 0

Explanations:

Cecrow (6): Couldn't grapple with the writing style, but will try again sometime.

79
27,719 members, 324 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: Cecrow, ahef1963

Thumbs down: waltzmn, john257hopper, Crypto-Willobie, starbox

Score: < 0

Explanations:

Cecrow (1): Couldn't manage it as a teen, but will definitely try again.

80
25,041 members, 417 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Thumbs down: Crypto-Willobie, starbox

Score: < 0

81
15,167 members, 236 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Explanations:

merrystar (0): Not my favorite by this author, but still readable.

Cecrow (0): Defending: the language is thick, but the mystery is solid and based on the Sherlock Holmes model.

Diane-bpcb (6): Was not interested enough in the story to try to follow the complexity of it

82
3,977 members, 85 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)

Lists: SimoneA

Thumbs down: dtw42, reconditereader, lorax

Score: < 0

83
3,177 members, 50 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

Thumbs down: lorax, hoddybook

Score: < 0

84
2,608 members, 69 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

Lists: Cecrow

Thumbs down: haydninvienna, Crypto-Willobie, LolaWalser

Score: < 0

Explanations:

Cecrow (3): Intend to try again

85
0 members, 0 reviews

Lists: SimoneA

Thumbs down: merrystar, lorax, LolaWalser

Score: < 0

Explanations:

lorax (0): Thumbs downed with the suggestion that the OP try a different translation next time.

86
37,104 members, 540 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: Diane-bpcb

Thumbs down: merrystar, john257hopper, fuzzi, starbox

Score: < 0

Explanations:

merrystar (0): I finished it, but can't say I liked it particularly

fuzzi (0): Did finish, though I despised the characters.

87
25,808 members, 355 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: katie4098

Thumbs down: lorax, cej1027, caimanjosh, starbox

Score: < 0

88
9,784 members, 97 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)

Thumbs down: dtw42, LolaWalser, eclecticdodo

Score: < 0

89
3,778 members, 188 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)
90
37,923 members, 730 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: fuzzi

Thumbs down: merrystar, john257hopper, dtw42, cej1027, gilroy

Score: < 0

Explanations:

fuzzi (2): I didn't like anyone in the book, and it dragged on...

91
27,580 members, 466 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)
92
26,132 members, 343 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)
93
17,989 members, 242 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)
94
21,877 members, 669 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)
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Started by: sturlington (November 2013)

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