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 didn't expect the story line! After the author wrote the Potter books, I was so impressed with the change in Genre.
The accent and his tone when he was speaking of the different characters
The girl (can't remember her name) who was stuck in an envirounment she had no control over. I would discuss with her how to break the cycle she was born into.....her ending broke my heart!
The vast array of characters were intertwined in a complex web. Because I'm not great at absorbing information aurally, it was hard for me to keep the characters' relationships to one another straight through an audiobook.
The first third of the book felt like drudgery, but I was determined to listen in full and I'm glad I did. Rowling did not disappoint. An avid HP fan, I was skeptical about what Rowling could accomplish for adults. There really is no overlap between HP and The Casual Vacancy except for the omniscient POV. Vacancy explores characters more deeply with an omniscient narrator who rotates through the townspeople.
This was a great book, but one I wish I'd read in print because I'm quite sure I missed some of the intricate details Rowling laid out. If you are better able to focus than I, you will probably enjoy this slightly more than I.
J. K. Rowling's ability to weave so many characters into intricate plot and subplots was my favorite part.
I'm surprised that a male narrator was chosen. The characters roughly bounce between male and female, with slightly more than half being female.
If you are looking for Hogwarts you won't find it here! But if you want a change of pace this novel is salacious and gossipy with no hero in sight. However, I found that even without someone to root for I couldn't put it down.
The people are believable and the story presses forward to a gloomy, but inevitable conclusion. The issues are compelling.
Now that you ask, I wonder why it was I persisted in finishing the story. Probably because I hoped for redemption somewhere, preferably among the kids.
The Doctor's explosion at the Council meeting.
Write more, but please some of the cleverness that lead to Diagonally.
Reading and listening are personal preferences so I would never say one is better than another. However, when you have Ton Hollander narrating, it's not to be missed.
Freedom maybe? It's a soap opera but with a bigger meaning
His versatility with accents and attitudes.
No, just great appreciation for J.K. and her relentless creativity
Yes. Performance was outstanding and I'll love to revisit Pagford.
Krystal, obviously. Her continued ability to push on and try to gain control of her situation was evident right through to the end.
No, I listen while driving usually.
What a great opportunity for us all to get another chance to live in the mind of JKR. I loved the shocking, funny, traumatic, mundane scene she set. She obviously understands us as a human race far beyond anyone else I've read. Funny that it took a withdrawal from fantasy to let her break the chains of accepted subject matter.
Life in a small town
We can not live without influencing the lives of others. Most of the time we are unaware how much. Great story!
I approached this book with trepidation as it did not sound interesting to me. I had to give it a chance. It was a wonderful literary experience. It was heartbreaking. Rowling once again excels at the descriptions of children - they are real, not stylized, not stereotyped. Also the children moved the story to its climax. Decide if you can balance the pain with the beauty.
When things did not turn out as planned which was most of the time.
This book had a number of modern day components. The thing I thought was most interesting was the attitudes between the different classes of people. Political process 2012 in a nutshell. Depending on what your experience is dictates how well you are able to deal with differences and challenges. It also dictates how well you sympathize. But when the challenges come closer to home is when compassion begins to surface.
Yes. It was very nice to listen to the book in the English accent. I think it added something to the story that a print book would not have given.
All of the characters in the book.
This was my first Tom Hollander's performance. I thought he did an excellent job with the bok.
The lives of a small town
Overall I though the narrator did a great job. At the beginning of the book, I felt like there were way too many characters to follow but it was masterfully how Rowling linked the lives of all of the characters together. The storry is a sad and a little dark.
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