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P. D. Cantrell

mainly mysteries

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  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2863)
    Performance
    (2515)
    Story
    (2535)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "compelling stories"
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    What did you love best about The Casual Vacancy?

    I loved that there were many individual stories (for all the characters) but they were all connected. You could follow each story through the book and they each had their own ending.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Casual Vacancy?

    One thing that stood out to me was what all the teenagers did to get back at their parents (whether they deserved it or not). It felt like a very real teenage action on all their parts.


    Have you listened to any of Tom Hollander’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    It's my first book of his. I really enjoyed his narration.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! It was a long book, but I managed to listen while jogging, cleaning, cooking and anywhere else I could sneak it in.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to have had the Rihanna song played at the appropriate place in the story. I would have been willing to pay an extra amount comparable to the cost of a song download. This would have been a powerful addition to the story. I bought the song on my own and now I want to reread the book so I can mentally insert it in there. Hope there will be an audiobook edition in the future with this feature!

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