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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
    (2716)
    Performance
    (2380)
    Story
    (2396)

    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"
    "A Rough Look at the Reality We Fear"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Casual Vacancy the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was able to convey the many characters in a way that one could quickly differeniate them.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The adherance to the realities of life in the 21st century from the raw descriptions of life on the seedy side to the petty prejudices that all humanity can fall prey to.


    Which character – as performed by Tom Hollander – was your favorite?

    Crystal. The only character who seems to accept and wrestle with the realities of her life.


    If you could rename The Casual Vacancy, what would you call it?

    Its Just a Veneer


    Any additional comments?

    This was a difficult book to read. After you have read about half the book, you realize that the author is without hope for the 21st century western 'civilization'.

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