he did a fine job
I am very disappointed in this book, however, I believe J.K. Rowling is one of the most brilliant writers of all time. This is her first published adult book to my knowledge for which I did not care for. I will def buy the next one that comes around though without a doubt. :)
Rowling is a master of words, and the plot intricacies here are interesting, but the book is just depressing. Nothing redeeming or inspiring or enjoyable about it. I quit 1/3 way through. I never read reviews before a book bc I don't want to be tipped off about what happens. So I was not expecting to dislike it. There was nothing to make me care about what happens to these characters. Zilch.
Absolutely. Tom Hollander's voice is like velvet, switching easily from one character to another without being too campy in various accents. The story was absolutely engaging from the first minute and I finished the book in record time. I lived in England for a short while, and as an American had a difficult time picking up on the subtleties of the British class system and it's changing topography. Rowling's book is an incredible insight into that murky world, and I learned just as much listening to her book as I did living for two years abroad. In the Harry Potter series, Rowling was able to show that she understood a growing 16 year old boy; and in The Casual Vacancy, she proved that she has the uncanny ability to get inside the heads of and describe the motivations, actions and thoughts of people from ALL walks of life. She treats the deepest darkest secrets of the conservative 50-something small-business man with as much care and consideration as she does the early-thirties single mom/social worker. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone interested interested in politics, the British social class system or psychology. However, be warned, if you are choosing this book because you loved the Harry Potter series, The Casual Vacancy is written with a much starker tone and deals with much darker issues and I would not recommend it for younger readers.
Excellent book. Not an adult Harry Potter but an adult literary masterpiece. Starts a little slow but definetly picks up. The ending is poetic
A better story line. I expected more from J.K. Rowling.
The horrible language. The story line is so weak. The characters so sad.
The narrator is fine.
All of them
There was no need for such horrible language. The constant swearing was offensive. I am not even going to finish this book it's so bad.
Yes, it was time well-spent. But as I said above I do not like stories that go back and forward in time. I lose the story line.
pleasant, good dictate.
Yes, I would.
My husband and I both tried to read . Neither of us could get past chapter 7.. felt it was a big waste of money and very disappointed in Rowling. I loved Harry Potter books
I made it about 20% into this book and I could not even make myself listen to one more minute. It was just so boring.
I spent 17 hours in search of a non-existent plot.
The only character that might have been worth getting to know died in the first five minutes.
I like hearing the British accents and pronunciations.
There is NO plot to this book. For heaven's sake, don't make it into a movie.
No plot, dull characters. Not worth the time or money.
Well I got into the story line and kept listening to it but around the holidays It was pretty dark and depressing.
But an interesting twist on fiction.
Not really unless they like unhappy plots.
I liked how Barry was such a hero to everyone and it was all centered around his death
No I don't think so. go with another theme