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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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    Marie Nora Roald 01-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A very good and touching story"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story, but found the narrator a bit monotone, often missing the natural flow of the sentences.

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    Debbie 01-24-15
    Debbie 01-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Worth the listen"

    This is my first purchase from Audible and I was not disappointed. The story is well written with lots of interesting characters. I could have done without the profuse swearing throughout but I suppose it was perhaps appropriate for the characters.

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    E. Walsh Pittsburgh PA. 01-17-15
    E. Walsh Pittsburgh PA. 01-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not the idyllic English village."

    I couldn't help feeling that the shock value was a bit overdone
    But overall a good story

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    joenell luma 01-03-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Proof that Rowling can do much more than write HP"
    What did you love best about The Casual Vacancy?

    All the characters feel real. To the degree that all their behaviors and actions feel both genuine and disturbing! I loved how every single character had both their flaws and their redeeming qualities, and you can generate your own idea on who to sympathize with.


    What other book might you compare The Casual Vacancy to and why?

    Ordinary People. A wonderful book, also dealing with how a death affects a group of people, but mostly surrounding a single family,


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

    I have not, but wish to in the future!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wish I could have. Every time I had to put it down I couldn't wait for my next chance to listen!


    Any additional comments?

    This book proves Rowling can write. An amazing slice of grief and scandal!

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    Carrie 12-23-14
    Carrie 12-23-14
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    "Rubbish."
    What disappointed you about The Casual Vacancy?

    The entire town of ignorant, petty people. The writing is very mediocre.


    Has The Casual Vacancy turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Is there another book that takes 200 pages to introduce all 37 characters?


    What about Tom Hollander’s performance did you like?

    Very English, which is the exact treatment this book needs.


    What character would you cut from The Casual Vacancy?

    The entire book of gossiping, petty, horrible people.


    Any additional comments?

    If it's not clear by now, I hated this book. One of the worst books I've ever read.

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    SharkHunterSFO Las Vegas, Nevada 12-16-14
    SharkHunterSFO Las Vegas, Nevada 12-16-14 Member Since 2016
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    "A great cure for insomia"

    I'm a big fan of the Harry Potter series, But Ms. Rowling's t first detour into a more adult storytelling is a detour into a cul-de-sac, It is dry lifeless and boring, life in a modern day British village is just as mundane and boring as life in a modern middle class suburb in North America, The story line drags, by the middle of the book I had to say enough, Not even Mr, Hollander's very good Narration could save this story line.

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    Stephanie Seguin, TX, United States 12-09-14
    Stephanie Seguin, TX, United States 12-09-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing"
    What made the experience of listening to The Casual Vacancy the most enjoyable?

    Rowling's ability to draw you in to the most mundane town and yet capture you in their daily lives. I was hooked from the beginning and couldn't wait to see what happens


    What about Tom Hollander’s performance did you like?

    He was able to draw you into the story and had great voices/accents. Will definitely be looking to listen to anything else he narrates


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    Judy PERRY, GA, United States 10-13-14
    Judy PERRY, GA, United States 10-13-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A pretty good read"
    What made the experience of listening to The Casual Vacancy the most enjoyable?

    Getting to know all of the characters and how relationships, whether close or in passing, effect each person.


    What other book might you compare The Casual Vacancy to and why?

    I don't really know


    What does Tom Hollander bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is very talented. You could tell which character was which at any part of the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I thought it was pretty good.


    Any additional comments?

    In a way I felt that in trying to move from what was considered "kid's" stories, Harry Potter, she over used vulagar language. I am by no means a prude, but sometimes the vulgarity seemed forced.

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    Elizabeth A. Cvetic 10-12-14 Member Since 2016

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    "I REALLY wanted to like this book"
    If you’ve listened to books by J. K. Rowling before, how does this one compare?

    I had high expectations for this book based on the clever, witty, and energetic writing in the Harry Potter series, and I was disappointed on many levels. I had a hard time relating to or even liking any of the characters.


    Do you think The Casual Vacancy needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No - enough was said the first time!


    Any additional comments?

    I really wanted to like this book, I really did. I stuck with it, and it took me a long time to get through it. It was hard to keep track of all of the characters and understand their motives. The book is a mosaic of extreme personalities (and personality disorders!) from all walks of life, who are brought together by the untimely death of a council member. I feel Ms Rowling was trying too hard to be "literary". The book is heavy handed and plodding, with a predictable outcome, and I hate to admit it, I felt like I really didn't care much what happened to any of the characters.

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    Ursula Maple Valley, WA 09-08-14
    Ursula Maple Valley, WA 09-08-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Sad story but excellent writing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It depends on who the friend is. If the friend enjoys really good writing and isn't squeamish, I would. But for many it is way too sad a story.


    If you’ve listened to books by J. K. Rowling before, how does this one compare?

    I listened to this book because I had just listened to Silkworm and The Cukoo's Calling. I wanted to listen more to the author's excellent writing.


    What about Tom Hollander’s performance did you like?

    He has a wonderful voice for one and he brings the characters to life. I would love to listen to more books performed by him.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Casual Vacancy and why?

    Crystal (sp?). She was the one of the few characters I really cared about. I so wished a good future for her.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a very long listen. I don't regret listening to it. It was an eye opener and a view into a small town with small minded people and the distance between the haves and have-nots. It was interesting.

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