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
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.
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.
Ordinary People. A wonderful book, also dealing with how a death affects a group of people, but mostly surrounding a single family,
I have not, but wish to in the future!
I wish I could have. Every time I had to put it down I couldn't wait for my next chance to listen!
This book proves Rowling can write. An amazing slice of grief and scandal!
The entire town of ignorant, petty people. The writing is very mediocre.
Is there another book that takes 200 pages to introduce all 37 characters?
Very English, which is the exact treatment this book needs.
The entire book of gossiping, petty, horrible people.
If it's not clear by now, I hated this book. One of the worst books I've ever read.
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.
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
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
Getting to know all of the characters and how relationships, whether close or in passing, effect each person.
I don't really know
He is very talented. You could tell which character was which at any part of the story.
I thought it was pretty good.
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.
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.
No - enough was said the first time!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Crystal (sp?). She was the one of the few characters I really cared about. I so wished a good future for her.
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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