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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
    (2867)
    Performance
    (2519)
    Story
    (2539)

    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"
    "It's a small world, after all.."
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    If you could sum up The Casual Vacancy in three words, what would they be?

    Topical, shocking in it's frankness


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sukvinda (sic) appeared to be a repository for all the angst the other young characters were feeling. It was as if she represented the thoughtlessness of people's actions,without regard to the effect said actions would have on others around them. Her bloodletting caused a visceral reaction in me. By the end she had grown in the strength of her character...I also was struck how the opposing views of the townspeople so closely correlated with America's current political battles (personal responsibility versus the less fortunate). Guess this crap occurs all over the world...


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

    Clear, concise language. Listened to a book (vampire series, with an English character called "Bones") and couldn't get through the first couple chapters due to harshness of the narrator...taught me to listen FIRST before purchasing.


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

    Obviously,Crystal. She has options, but she can't see, and has not been taught to choose a less damaging path among those options (I work for Social Work Service)...Or Kay, for not fighting harder for Crystal, or picking up her daughter's life and relocating, following some guy who never gave her the tiniest indication he wanted to be with her outside of a bed...


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