A friend once gave me a variety of rolling pins, plus I already owned one, so here's my take:
I grew up using a wooden rolling pin with handles. I like it, but I wish the surface was a bit bigger.
The French rolling pin is okay, but I am not always a fan of the tapering. It takes some getting used to.
My favorite is a wood one with no handles and no tapering. I like it because it's easier for me to keep everything even. It's wide enough for everything I do, it's easy to use, and it's not too heavy.
Then there's my marble rolling pin. It's *so* heavy that it's really easy to roll the pastry too thin. I don't really like to use it; the wooden one is so much easier for me. (Though I have told my husband that in case of the zombie apocalypse, I'm arming myself with the marble rolling pin.)