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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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    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

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    Andrew Thibeault 04-20-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Surprisingly engrossing"

    I picked this up because, well, it's J. K. Rowling! What followed was am amazingly well written drama involving the complex strife of a small town, sobering depictions of some serious topics, and occasional whimsical distractions from the otherwise gritty and moving sorry.
    I highly recommend this book.

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    jlineback 04-13-15
    jlineback 04-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Too long for too Little"

    This but did not meet my expectations for this author. It was very long and drawn out with very little interest to be had.

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    Jo Binghamton, NY, United States 04-10-15
    Jo Binghamton, NY, United States 04-10-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent"
    What did you love best about The Casual Vacancy?

    Great story about the intimate inner workings of a small town.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Characters are real and believeable.


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    Rachael 04-10-15
    Rachael 04-10-15 Member Since 2007
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    "I can never get these hours of my life back"

    I forced myself to finish this book out of deep respect for the Harry Potter series. I deeply regret listening to this book at all. The narrator is good. The story is horrible.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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