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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
    (175)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (159)

    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!"
    "Don't have expectations!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Casual Vacancy the most enjoyable?

    Rowling excels at providing the reader with complex characters - almost as if you are first looking at the shadow from a cardboard cut-out, a shallow cliche that slowly grows in complexity for good or ill. I came into the story with few pre-conceived ideas as to what I would find - other than there would be no magic.

    Indeed, there was none. There was life, in all its hard brutal reality, starkly painted and unforgiving.

    A book to enjoy for its difference.


    What about Tom Hollander’s performance did you like?

    Tom Hollander provides an even pace and warm tones that do not distract from the story.


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Finn Family Moomintroll

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Tove Jansson
    • Narrated By Hugh Laurie
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    Moomintroll lives in Moominhouse, nestled in Moomin Valley - a place where everyone does what they like and hardly ever worries about tomorrow. Together with Moominmamma and Moominpappa, Snufkin, Sniff and the others, Moomintroll has some marvellous adventures!

    Candice says: "If only to listen to Hugh..."
    "Moomin Goodness"
    Overall

    This was a book I remember well from my childhood. It was never read to me as a child, it arrived after I had already commenced reading for myself so it is a new experience to have it read to me. Hugh Laurie is superb as the narrator of the tale of Moomintroll, his family and friends. This is a highly recommended book and a wonderful rendering of the book into audible format.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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