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.
Most readers familiar with, and expecting, JK Rowling's wonderful character development and writing that transports you away from the present will be sorely disappointed with this first effort for "adult" audiences. If you're looking for a group of completely unlikable people whose vocabulary consists of f**k every other word, than this is the book for you. I almost gave up after the first recorded section, but plowed through the rest of it in the hope that it - and they - would improve. It was hard to believe that one town could have so many truly unlikable people living in it.
Many authors are able to tell a gripping, moving story while still providing something redeeming - even in those characters that the reader either does not relate to or simply does not like. Authors like Jody Picoult, Anita Shreve and Chris Bohjalian are able to tell even dark tales without resorting to an overabundance of filthy language that really serves no purpose. I found the message being lost as I began counting how many times in one sentence the character said f**k.
Because of her outstanding writing in the Harry Potter books, I would still read the next "adult" book that JK Rowling writes, but if it's anything like this one, I'll pass on any future efforts. There are too many fine authors out there to waste time on this kind of drivel.
I am a structural engineer. I don't really like fantasy. My first book was Atlas Shrugged, which was great. I can't wait for the 2nd movie.
I don't think anything could have made this book better. It is boring and trite. I am surprised that JK has so many references to sex.
Yes, I don't like or understand British idioms.
I don't know, except that having a British narrator certainly is appropriate, if you understand the Kings English, and all of it's quirky phrases