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Bert

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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
    (2737)
    Performance
    (2401)
    Story
    (2416)

    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"
    "Good, not great"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you’ve listened to books by J. K. Rowling before, how does this one compare?

    This is pretty good, although Stephen Fry's reading of Harry Potter can hardly be beaten


    What about Tom Hollander’s performance did you like?

    The fact that he let the story come to life without annoying accents or acting


    Was The Casual Vacancy worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    The Casual Vacancy is not a great book, but certainly a good one. Although the descriptions of the Field and its inhabitants are lengthy, they bring home the hopelessness and squalor. Then again, the well-off have problems of their own and are caught in their situations as well as the people in the Fields.
    I found the atmosphere thoroughly depressing. That goes to show that this book involves its readers.

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