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matthew

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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
    (197)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (178)

    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!"
    "no no no crude rude and I hate the C word."
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    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Casual Vacancy better?

    could not believe it expected exciting adult fun and its boring town council with crude words and teenage sex and drug taking.. did not expect it .. I am in my 50's so no child ...


    Would you ever listen to anything by J. K. Rowling again?

    give it a go


    What didn’t you like about Tom Hollander’s performance?

    dull and he even sounded bored with the telling.. but good voices


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Casual Vacancy?

    the amount of the swearing it was toooooo much. I do not care that it is the way of the world now but tooooo much for me. good luck to all that like it....


    Any additional comments?

    got warned sorry I paid to hear this and I have 1000's of audio books from a great variety of authors... including of course Harry Potter.. I did not want another Harry but wanted an experience of sensual adult excitement with no magic written.. I got mmmmmmmm.. new school kids that are rude and crude.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Gathering Storm: Interview with the Narrators

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Narrated By Laura Wilson
    Overall
    (460)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (235)

    Narrators Kate Reading and Michael Kramer have read the audio edition for every book in Robert's Jordan's epic Wheel of Time series. In this interview with Macmillan Audio Director of Production Laura Wilson, they talk about their work on The Gathering Storm, the latest installment of the series, co-written by Mistborn author Brandon Sanderson.

    Everend says: "Wonderful - (but incomplete)"
    "I understand it comes at no cost but.."
    Overall

    Where is the rest of the Audio? This is something I really wanted to hear and it came to such an abrupt end, rather unfortunate; still worth a listen at any rate.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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