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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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.
JK Rowlings look into the ripple effect that one man's death makes in small town England.
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.
Do not Follow Me. Learn to lead.
This is a Chick Flick in book form. I'm sure there are people out there that will love this book, but I am not one of them. This is the first book I've read where there was not a single character I didn't dislike. Most books I read there are usually at least a couple of characters that I would enjoy hanging out with if I met them in real life. Not this one. All the people in the story are well developed and personalities are complete. The interactions of the characters are believable and follow a certain logic for their personalities if that makes sense to you. I just didn't like any of them. But if you like to explore interpersonal relationships among a group of antagonists this is a book for you. And for all the Guys out there Do Something HARD...read this book to the end...BE A MAN. lol OK no more beer for me.
A better more followable story line.
That it is just moving in too many directions and the storyline is awful.
Slow beginning and a lot of different, complex characters, but well worth the read. Very moving, and a great reminder to be more involved and paying attention to the community you live in.
Story and characters
Well built story with excellent characters in real-life circumstances. It has a bittersweet ending that is not foreseen, but is entirely balanced. This has become one of my favorite adult books. Not particularly appealing to teen or young adult audience, but consuming from the start for older readers.
I am a writer and the author of six non-fiction books. I enjoy anything by John Grisham, Ann Rule and Jodi Piccoult. I also love animals.
Yes, I really enjoyed meeting all the people in this small town. There are a lot of dynamics here and I felt I was really a part of it.
I can compare it to Peter Behren's The O'Briens in that the characters are all involved with one another and there are complex relationships among them. Also, the way the story unfolds is similar.
I like the English accent very much. If I were reading it in my own head, with my own voice, I don't think I would "know" the characters as they were written.
I would if I could!
I hope JK Rowling continues to write for adult audiences.
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