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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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    NR 03-02-15
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    "Just intense !"

    I've never felt so strongly confused whether to like the characters or despise them but feeling either ways very intensely throughout the book ! Unexpected from my favorite childhood author !

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    nejla 02-16-15
    nejla 02-16-15 Member Since 2017
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    "A Sad Commentary!"
    Would you try another book from J. K. Rowling and/or Tom Hollander?

    Yes, I trust J.K. Rowling's, but this book was rubbish!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm not sure, but I do know I WILL REVIEW THE STORY FIRST NEXT TIME!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the two boys were in the cave talking about wanting to experience sex.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Casual Vacancy?

    The ones in the deli.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Neil 02-15-15
    Neil 02-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Touching"

    I have not experienced a story like this in a long time, if ever. These characters will work their way into your heart and mind and change the way you think about the world. Rowling writes each of their stories and personalities with simultaneous dispassion and compassion, contradictory as that may seem. I cannot recommend this book highly enough, but be ready to deal with all the emotions that will arise.

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    edquigle 02-12-15
    edquigle 02-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "amazing story!"

    I love this book! There is so much more than just a story in this book. This book really brings me at a loss for words I highly recommend it!

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    Ryan Cullivan 02-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointing"

    This book was a huge disappointment, I expected much more from an Author I loved.

    The Harry Potter books were such a well spun story with surprising twists and turns, but when I started to listen to this book I actually fell asleep a few times. The story is mismatched and all over the place. the characters were well developed but the book just dragged on.

    I will admit I simply couldn't make it through the entire thing. I stopped somewhere in the middle and really have no intentions of listening to it again.

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    Chazaam 02-09-15
    Chazaam 02-09-15

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    "A Few Mistakes But Pretty Good"

    I loved this novel and really enjoyed having this audiobook as a companion to the ebook. His rate of speech was a bit slower than I liked and I didn't too much care for the option to speed him up either--it made him sound robotic. And there were times when the narration didn't always match the text, but this could have been due to the slight variations in the British and American texts. All in all, the narration gave a more authentic rendering of the story, which was exactly what I wanted.

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    Maczeg Sylva, NC United States 02-06-15
    Maczeg Sylva, NC United States 02-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant!"
    Where does The Casual Vacancy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5%


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Casual Vacancy?

    The ending was masterful!


    Which character – as performed by Tom Hollander – was your favorite?

    Chrystal


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

    I enjoyed listening to it a chapter at a time before going to sleep at night, but in the end I listened to the last few hours at one sitting.


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    Alexandra 02-06-15
    Alexandra 02-06-15
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    "A little slow"

    I thought the story was a little slow in getting going but once it did I was hooked. Great narrator, too.

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    GMRGRL II 02-02-15
    GMRGRL II 02-02-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Really great book : )"

    This was a good read! I liked both the narrators performance and the plot. He gave life to the characters and I enjoyed how Rowling interconnected all the characters in the story. Hope to see another book from her soon.

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    Jamie 02-02-15
    Jamie 02-02-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great character development!"

    This book did not disappoint!
    Both the story and the narration were excellent!

    I look forward to JK Rowling's next masterpiece.

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