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Beverly

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  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (175)

    When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early 40s, the 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 facade 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 first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    Michael says: "Don't have expectations!"
    "Rowling's Dark Side"
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    If you could sum up The Casual Vacancy in three words, what would they be?

    Character, compulsive, insightful.


    What other book might you compare The Casual Vacancy to and why?

    Rowling is like Isabel Allende. She gets to the dark heart of people through compelling story telling, beautiful language and gut wrenching insights.


    What does Tom Hollander bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This is my first long audio book. I expected to get bored by Tom's voice but his interpretation of the script and the characters had me agreeing and disagreeing with him. I really enjoyed what he brought to the story.


    If you could take any character from The Casual Vacancy out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would take Crystal of course.


    Any additional comments?

    I now have to go and read all of the Harry Potter books just to get more of this woman's writing style.

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