Maybe in England
He was fine, it was the story.
Do you also want to know my shoe size? Give up already. I'm not an editor and I just didn't enjoy the book
patches_gizmo just posted a review for the wrong book, how do I change that. What doesn't Kill her is the wrong wrong review
This book has not just a main character it has many many main characters, it gets confusing following. After finishing the book I am relistening to it, because I know I missed something. There is no real clear plot. There is a great deal of details on all the characters in the book, but who is the main character? Not sure if it would have been better with a different narrator.
I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha
I am sorry, but I really tried to tough it out where this book is concerned but it was just too depressing, boring & non entertaining. And if i had 50 cents for everytime the "F' word was used I would be a rich person. I honestly expected much more from this author. I think the world is in bad enought shape without adding to it with so many negative characters & situations. So I will answer my own question - in the garbage.
No! I was very disappointed and quit listening after Chapter 20. Too much foul language and had difficulty following the story line . It is not necessary for a book to contain a majority of words that begin with "F" to make a good "adult" book.
Yes, as I totally loved Harry and will hope she begins to reflect some of what made Harry so good in future books.
Don't even remember the character of Tom Hollander.
Yes, the story has many threads and plot lines, so given my poor attention span, it deserves a couple of listens to get every nuance straight
Hard to compare. It is a kind of social history story with a believable cast of modern day characters with modern day problems. I do not want to denigrate either story, bIts a bit like the Archers on steroids,
The social worker who came down from London on a promise. Seems like a genuinely decent person having a series of bad breaks.
This is not a pleasant story, the good guys end up really badly, but that is life. Strong language and uncomfortable situations, but there is no gratuitous violence, sex or language, people really do speak and act like this.
Sentient Being, Planet Earth
The narrative is excellent. The Reading was wonderful. The story went no where and it was "Predictable". I imagine it's unfair to JK as so much is now expected of her. I'd skip this read.
I was set to like this book. The mind who created Harry Potter should be able to wonderful things with any genre.
This one, however, is just stupid. There isn't a single likable character. There's no hero to root for.
Yeah, I get it. Life sucks and then you die. I don't need to spend hours listening to someone tell me. Yes, I know that no one is perfect. It helps, though, if the writer would at least talk about the good along with the bad.
Depressing story with no redeeming qualities. Uninteresting plot.
Cannot imagine who would enjoy this.
The story line; it did not peek my interest... depressing...
voices & inflection
Scratch it and start over...
Reading is one of life's greatest pleasures...and, now that I've found audiobooks, I can read even while performing mundane tasks!
If you're a Harry Potter fan, then you'll understand when I say that reading "The Casual Vacancy" is like reading a novel set entirely in Little Whinging. If you haven't read the Potter books, suffice it to say that throughout this listen I felt as if I were driving by a tragic car wreck...and just couldn't look away. The characters are real and flawed. The story is dark and raw. The plot twists kept me guessing. I didn't particularly love any of the characters, and yet I was drawn to them, and I wanted to know how things would turn out for them. But there was no relief from the meanness and pettiness of ordinary life in a small town like one finds in the Potter books, no Hagrid or Dumbledore popping in to whisk us away to the world of magic and adventure. Not that I was expecting that. I knew what I was getting myself into. But I couldn't help wishing for such a thing throughout the listen. Still, I resonated with the social commentary, and I found J. K. Rowling's writing to be just as satisfying as I always have. The narration was highly enjoyable. Tom Hollander did a great job of portraying each character with a distinct voice.
Yes because I love JK, which is why I gave this book a chance.
After reading the enchanting HP series this book was just to dull to catch my attention and the book had so many characters it was hard to keep track of them all.
I think the story was to blame.