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The Casual Vacancy Audiobook

The Casual Vacancy

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Publisher's Summary

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. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity, and unexpected revelations?

Blackly comic, thought-provoking, and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults.

©2012 J.K. Rowling (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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    Kelli 02-09-16
    Kelli 02-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Couldn't get into it"

    I made it through five chapters and had to give up. I'm a fan of all her other work, but this one was so...dull.

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    Mollie United States 06-28-15
    Mollie United States 06-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Rowling's young characters outshine her adults"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Casual Vacancy to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version. I saw the HBO mini-series, liked it, then decided to listen to the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like Arf. His storyline put him in contact with almost all of the other characters in the book. Truly, there is not a main character in this work; it's an ensemble piece, but I like the teens (except Fats) much better than the adults.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Arf decides to get revenge on his father by posting information on the Pagford Parrish Council's webpage as "The Ghost of Barry Fairbrother" was fun scene.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I don't want to give away anything, but the ending was very sad.


    Any additional comments?

    Tom Hollander's performance was really great! If I remember correctly, he was in "Pride and Prejudice" as well as the second and third "Pirates of the Caribbean" films. He has a very good voice, and I would certainly listen to other works with him as the reader.

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    Debra Johnson San Antonio, Texas United States 05-17-15
    Debra Johnson San Antonio, Texas United States 05-17-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Loved it. Can't put it down!"

    I loved it, although I wish it didn't end the way it did. It read like a cross between Skippy Dies and Major Pettigrew's Last Stand.

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    Elsiejay 05-15-15
    Elsiejay 05-15-15 Member Since 2014

    Retired from academia and business, I am living in Guatemala. Few public libraries, not much access to books written in English. Audible!!

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    "I'm so sorry I wasted my money"
    What would have made The Casual Vacancy better?

    Get rid of the swearing, ugliness of the characters. I suppose there are those who like their reading materials raw, but please, warn the rest of us. I quit after about two hours of is, feeling like I needed a bath.


    What could J. K. Rowling have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Publish it under a different author's name. I was expecting some of the lyricism of her other books, and though this was her first "adult" novel, I didn't think it needed to be this ugly. I expected more, or different.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I think the reader did the best possible with the materials. I just wanted to clean out my ears after a while.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not for me. I would like to get my money back or a refund/credit.


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    Professor Woland 05-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    "hard to start, but an amazing book"

    In all honesty it took me a few tries to get through this book. It starts out slow and the author takes her time. The first few times I stopped reading thinking that Ms Rowling was really not reaching me. However, I somehow managed on maybe a 7th try to get through the initial parts, and I cannot recommend this book enough.
    The slow start in retrospect does make sense, it sets up the mood for the main point of the book. The banality of the middle class struggle, the author develops characters like no other writer that comes to mind. She makes these regular people interesting through their mundane every day interaction. There is a level of empathy that is generated as the book progresses that is both subtle and staggering.
    I think while this is a departure from Harry Potter, it is not a departure for Ms. Rowling. She has a tremendous gift for allegory, for relating her story and characters to the reader. For reaching us where live with things that matter, not statistically or conceptually but where we live without bleeding hearts or over intellectualized gibberish.

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    K. Pittman Florence, MS 05-12-15
    K. Pittman Florence, MS 05-12-15 Member Since 2010

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    "Not for me."

    I can't get into this book at all. I love JK Rowling, but this one is just not up to her standards.

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    Stephanie 05-09-15
    Stephanie 05-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    "SO HEARTBREAKING"

    this book started kind of slow, but as it moved and you became attached to the characters it literally broke my heart. A heavy sad listen

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    Luther R Brittain 05-03-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Funny, Poignant Story & Outstanding Narrator"

    Exceptional character and plot development. Original storyline. Fantastic insight in to varied characters. The narrator gives an exceptional performance. The HBO version is rubbish.

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    Amazon Customer Lawrenceville, GA United States 05-01-15
    Amazon Customer Lawrenceville, GA United States 05-01-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Surpringly realistic!"

    I did not know what to expect when I started listening but it's so freakishly realistic. Well written and heart wrenching.

    As an IT security professional I was surprised about the sql injection attacks but they were integrated well into the story.

    I'm sure that this was totally fictional but omg I'm sure that there are tons of kids that live like the kids that are from the Fields - truly heartbreaking.

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    Amy Moscow, ID, United States 04-24-15
    Amy Moscow, ID, United States 04-24-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Absolutely spellbound"

    Decided to only listen while at the gym and cooking. I have spent a minimum of one hour at the gym every day and made a home cooked meal every night. I have never dreaded the ending of a book so much. The story is lavish and wry and the narration is excellent.

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