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
I was skeptical at first but JK Rowling proved me wrong. Great story, believable characters, completely different than Harry Potter.
After I became familiar with the characters, I couldn't wait to see their lives unfold. She makes you feel as if you almost know them.
Wish I knew of another similar to it!
I already miss this story.
Conditionally. It is well written and engaging but the characters are not very attractive--it is hard to find one to root for
Absolutely. She is a great writer
depth of the characters
Guya, she has potential to be more.
Whis the book was longer.
I did not purchase the book and can only imagine that the reader enhanced Ms Rowlings words and made it more unable to put down until it was over....and then wanting more.
He was so believable...I wonder if I would have been so moved without his voice.
Small Town Everwhere
I hope we dont have to wait so long for J.K. Rowlimgs next book.
Also, she portrayed so well the life of the abused and how when children are abused the entire rest of their lives can be destroyed, as well as everyone they come in contact with. I always knew I couldnt handle the life of a social worker( being a nurse was hard enough).
I highly recommend this book. It is a long story, but it really grew on me. It is a very interesting dissection of life in a small town including family dynamics, politics, etc. The narrator does an excellent job and really brings the scenes to life. The descriptions are very visual and clever.
The ending leaves many stories untold .... leaving it open for follow-on books about the town and families.
After reading a good few reviews of The Casual Vacancy on Audible I was somewhat hesitant to choose this novel as my first ever audio book. I am extremely happy that I did, however!
For those who prefer very plot-heavy texts (or who are expecting Harry Potter), The Casual Vacancy might disappoint. For those who appreciate beautifully close attention to detail and an in-depth look into characters' psyches, I would recommend this book. I never once found myself bored or felt that the action moved too slowly. Rowling's frequent shifts from one character's point of view to another held my interest and kept the story flowing.
I found myself quite attached to the characters, in a way that I might not have been if I had simply read the book (I think I would have read some of the characters to be more harsh and abrasive)- this speaks to the skills of narrator Tom Hollander. For this reason I would highly recommend getting the audio version of this book rather than the print.
I am a 60 year old female, recently retired. I listen to audiobooks usually while travelling, or while exercising. It keeps me motivated to walk or exercise. I live half of the year in Mexico and half the year in Alberta, Canada.
I listened to this story while travelling from northern Alberta to northern Mexico. The 4 days went by quickly while I got to know and sympathise with the characters. They were well developed and the listener could make out the characters immediately thanks to the excellent narration of Tom Hollander. The intricate dynamics between the characters was also easy and interesting to follow. Themes of poverty, intergenerational despair, abuse, mental illness, the complications of bullying, and stories behind closed doors intertwine towards a dramatic ending. It is a story that helps one to realize that things are not the way the seem to be. However, it is a story from England, so the English accent is a bit to adjust to, as well as references to things British.
At first I found the characters to be too everyday...too ordinary. There were no heroes, no one was glamorous or brilliant. But, one by one, each character became part of a fascinating tragedy. Everyone had a public side. Everyone had a private side. And the ways in which the characters related to one another were always complex and often heartbreaking.
I doubt if anyone else will think of Jane Austen, but that's what came to mind. J.K. Rowling simply wrote about ordinary people involved in everyday events. And what a tangled web she wove! The characters became quite compelling. I'm still thinking about them weeks after finishing the program.
I liked the reader very much. He brought the voices to life without slowing the narrative.
I once thought as I listened that an alternative title would be "The Ghost of Barry Fairbrother"
A well developed plot which combines humour and hardship in a thought provoking social commentary.
A must read.
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