I read a slew of reviews before launching into this book, so I knew what I was tackling.
I don't know if I dislike it because it is good or if I dislike it because it is bad or somehow...both.
While I definitely do not need or want stories to be puppies and unicorns, I am not sure what the point is of writing a story in which everyone is miserable.
I've been pretty darn miserable during sad lengths of my life, but I still knew plenty of people who were fundamentally happy. I made it through the dark patches and proceeded to be pretty happy. If there are communities out there in which every single person is completely miserable, the citizens should consider moving!
The narrator was exceptional. He really gave the characters their personalities.
The lives of the characters were intricately interwoven and really gave an example of the complexity of human relationships, within a family and within a community.
Howard Molleson. You could just picture this huge, full-of-himself character.
Too long for one sitting. I certainly wanted to get back to it as soon as I could to see what happened next. I think it is good to absorb the social implications after a couple hours of listening before listening to the next part.
I highly recommend it.
After having listened to many, many books Casual Vacancy may be one of my all time favorites.
Casual Vacancy has much same genius of the Harry Potter series. J.K. Rowling has a wonderful talent for creating very rich, three dimensional, worlds. The characters in Pagford and are so fascinating, colorful and tragic. I was hooked!
Hollander is an inspired storyteller, he gets the tone of every character just right.
I don't think I would have read it with out his narration.It made it much more entertaining.
I had expected much more than this very depressingbook. Characters were w/o any redeeming factors. I had loved the Potter books and think shes a great writer but the story was no more than a depressing soap opera. did fast forward thru many spots and kept thinking it would get better then it ended.
Perhaps, I;ll try it again at a later date and enjoy it better.
Too many characters and it was difficult to understand the speaker.
I don't have time to read any books so I love the audio versions.
I guess I was expecting a lot more from J.K. Rollins. I was disappointed
The story is slow and boring. I was expecting something as gripping as the Harry Potter series. I have forced myself into 3 hours of it and can't make myself continue. I was very excited that JK Rowling was writing another story, but I think I'll go back and listen to Harry Potter instead.
He is too monotone for my liking.
Not that I have found, as I can't get myself to finish it.
I would like to get my money back, if I could.
A total rewrite.
Boring, long winded, and disturbing scenes with teenagers that I am not interested in entering, I was looking for the substance and could not find it. As soon as a story line got compelling and interesting she cut it off and then made it just sad.
Irritation and disappointment that editors let something this bad go out it this incredible authors name.
I had to put this book down, it was that bad. Do not waste this much money on this book.
Very slow, or the book was to long, and the story was boring.
Don't waste your time.
I love a good murder mystery or any novel where good overcomes evil. Two of my favorite authors are Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker.
I've tried to read it twice but it isn't grabbing my interest. It's really a big disappointment. I expected more depth from J.K. Rowling. Perhaps she should go back to writing juvenile fiction.