After reading a good few reviews of The Casual Vacancy on Audible I was somewhat hesitant to choose this novel as my first ever audio book. I am extremely happy that I did, however!
For those who prefer very plot-heavy texts (or who are expecting Harry Potter), The Casual Vacancy might disappoint. For those who appreciate beautifully close attention to detail and an in-depth look into characters' psyches, I would recommend this book. I never once found myself bored or felt that the action moved too slowly. Rowling's frequent shifts from one character's point of view to another held my interest and kept the story flowing.
I found myself quite attached to the characters, in a way that I might not have been if I had simply read the book (I think I would have read some of the characters to be more harsh and abrasive)- this speaks to the skills of narrator Tom Hollander. For this reason I would highly recommend getting the audio version of this book rather than the print.
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