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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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    Lola 08-20-15
    Lola 08-20-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Extremely slow"

    Extremely slow and boring. The book had no point even in the ending. Will never read one of her books again.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S06N 08-16-15
    S06N 08-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Exceptional, Profound, Addictive"

    This was the best book I have ever read. Every character has a complete arc, a foil, and the plot is wonderfully intricate and startling. This book occupies my thoughts, and feels so real, I swear I'd just come out of Pagford.
    It is Rowling's masterpiece.

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    Grifgirl OK, United States 07-23-15
    Grifgirl OK, United States 07-23-15 Member Since 2012

    teacher & book lover

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    "Definitly NOT Hary Potter Quality"
    What would have made The Casual Vacancy better?

    This book has many, many characters, and I really didn't like any of them. I read this because I loved Harry Potter, but this is NOT that. I really disliked this book, as did every person in m book club. It was voted the worst book of the year by the group.


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    Kelli 07-22-15
    Kelli 07-22-15
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    "Another dimension from Hogwarts"

    I read this because I enjoyed JK's HP series so much, I thought I'd check out her other works of fiction. This book follows the intricate relationships of an old town trying to resist the changing times. I found it immensely interesting, and found myself having a vested interest in the characters. Lots of twists and turns...but as it builds, it becomes harder to turn away from it.

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    ara 07-19-15
    ara 07-19-15 Member Since 2010
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    "I LOVED this book!"

    Was so sorry when it ended but it ended perfectly. . . . . .

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    Linda Current 07-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Rowling can write!"

    Rowling proves she can write beyond Harry Potter in this very grownup story! Loved her detailed descriptions of interesting characters, and especially loved the storyline of Terry and her troubled kids Crystal and Donnie. She understands the many layers of poverty and the social ills that go along with it. Very much enjoyed this book!

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    maud boleman 07-14-15
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    "slow"
    What disappointed you about The Casual Vacancy?

    it took too long for the story to start moving


    What was most disappointing about J. K. Rowling’s story?

    2 hours into the story and we are still into the character development


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

    after 3 hours I stopped listening


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Glenda 06-28-15
    Glenda 06-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "unnecessary foul language is very disappointing"

    It was a very good storyline but the unnecessary foul language was very disappointing and made it hard to listen to at times.

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    Kevin Winter Garden, FL, USA 05-27-15
    Kevin Winter Garden, FL, USA 05-27-15 Member Since 2007

    Do not Follow Me. Learn to lead.

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    "Soap Opera"

    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.

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    AMANDA COLE 04-24-15
    AMANDA COLE 04-24-15
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    "Cannot Follow..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better more followable story line.


    What was most disappointing about J. K. Rowling’s story?

    That it is just moving in too many directions and the storyline is awful.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


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

    The author


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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