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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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    Desiree Hoengseong, South Korea 05-18-16
    Desiree Hoengseong, South Korea 05-18-16 Member Since 2016

    I'm a world traveler and avid reader. I come here when life doesn't give me time to turn pages :)

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    "Intriguing and Provocative"

    I was very curious about Rowling's A Casual Vacancy and I knew it would be very different from her famous Harry Potter series. She has proven herself to be able to cross genres and audiences. This book is not for children, to be sure and is set in real life. The way she wove together the lives of the several different characters was fascinating. I only give it 4 out of 5 stars because it was full of cursing which may not bother some as much as me. I could have done with less, although I can tell that Rowling was going for real life and not shying away from the rawness of it. So at the same time, I admire that.

    The narrator was excellent. He voice was very easy to listen to and he did a fantastic job of giving each character their own voice and nuances.

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    Nanamommie 05-14-16
    Nanamommie 05-14-16 Member Since 2013
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    "not what I expected"

    I've always loved JK Rowling . I even listen to her when she wrote under her synonym of Galbrath. Her books are entertaining , however this story was just the biggest downer. Her characters were very true to life . JK Rowling's understanding of human nature is astonishing. but the whole book just depressed me. So many times I just wanted to say forget it. That's all I can say .

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    Wanda Taylor Corsicana, TX United States 04-12-16
    Wanda Taylor Corsicana, TX United States 04-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Listen to it over and over"

    JK Rowlings look into the ripple effect that one man's death makes in small town England.

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    Sudsbrew Darien, CT, United States 04-08-16
    Sudsbrew Darien, CT, United States 04-08-16
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    "Dark"

    You listen to it. And you can't stop. And you can see where Harry Potter was. I don't want to read anymore like this.

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    John weller 04-01-16
    John weller 04-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Bad block"

    This is the strangest book I have listened. Depressing and disfunctional characters would not recomnend

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    John 03-28-16
    John 03-28-16
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    "Entertaining drama"

    Very nice permance by Tom Hollander. His voice gave an extra dimension.
    As a non-native English reader I enjoyed the characters distinctive voices. Somehow I could identify several real people portrayed by the characters.
    The swearing takes a little getting used to.

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    REBECCA SILVER LAKE, IN, United States 10-05-15
    REBECCA SILVER LAKE, IN, United States 10-05-15 Member Since 2013

    Loves Harry Potter, the Yankees, art and Audible!!

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    "The Casual Vacancy..underlying darkness and deceit"
    If you could sum up The Casual Vacancy in three words, what would they be?

    Real. Life. Drama.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The more we learned about Barry Fairbrother throughout the book made him my favorite character. His willingness to help others allowed him to create a special bond with Krystal, Robbie and Andrew.


    Have you listened to any of Tom Hollander’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but I enjoyed his performance of The Casual Vacancy. I always enjoy a good English accent.


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

    I would not remove any of the characters. I believe each of them is necessary to the story. This shows the incredibly inner-twinned relationships of the residents of Pagford.


    Any additional comments?

    At first, the book was rather shocking to me. After all, this is the same author who wrote Harry Potter. However, I thoroughly enjoyed The Casual Vacancy. It brings important issues of Pagford, which are often considered taboo, to the forefront. I admire Rowling's uncensored penmanship and for not sugar-coating the underlying stories. I found it interesting that Gavin was left out of The Casual Vacancy HBO mini-series. I believe his involvement with Kay and with Mary after Barry's death was an important part of the story. I also would have liked to see them include Sukhvinder Jawanda's story line. Self-harming is unfortunately an increasing issue amongst teenage girls.

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    janel 09-25-15
    janel 09-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "very disappointed. LOVED the Harry Potter books -"

    very boring - couldn't wait for it to end. I had high hopes due to reading and rereading the HP series.

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    Lauren McCool 09-22-15

    I'm a proud firefighter wife and a GSD mama! I'm a runner who enjoys listening to books!

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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The novel is very well written - as all of J.K. Rowling's novels are - but I was very disappointed in the story line.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was - in my opinion - just as disappointing as the rest of the book.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, I would not go see this book as a movie.


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    Amazon Customer Denver, CO USA 08-21-15
    Amazon Customer Denver, CO USA 08-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "stick to Harry potter books"

    What a waste if a book to purchase. I only listened to the whole thing because of how much it cost. What a terrible plot. won't be buying any other Rowling releases new, that's for sure

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