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Lee

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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
    (2859)
    Performance
    (2511)
    Story
    (2531)

    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 fa├žade 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"
    "NOT Harry Potter...but a very good story"
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    Those of you who are expecting Harry Potter will be very disappointed. That said, I found it to be a very good story about prejudices, life patterns and expectations.

    I will say that is can be difficult to keep all the characters straight at first, but stay with it. About a quarter of the way through, I found myself dying to see what each of the characters would do next! This book is about warfare. Class warfare, economic warfare, generational warfare and - of course - the war between the sexes!

    It's easy to pigeon-hole the characters early on into the good, the bad and the ugly. As the story progresses, however, each character develops in unexpected ways. I won't give away the ending, but if you have any kind of social conscience at all, you will be rocked.

    This story was wonderfully narrated by Tom Hollander. He gave a very nuanced performance that caught the characters perfectly. I will look for more books read by this talented actor!

    While this book was certainly not written for youngsters, Rowling definitely understands how teenagers and young adults view and deal with the world. If I could offer any constructive criticism, it would be to round out the adult characters a little more.

    Overall, this is a very engaging story. Well worth the investment of time & money.

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