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The Casual Vacancy Audiobook

The Casual Vacancy

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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for: UK Author of the year – Specsavers National Book Awards 2012

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early 40s, the 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 facade 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 first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish 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?

A big novel about a small town, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults. It is the work of a storyteller like no other.

©2012 J.K. Rowling (P)2012 Hachette Digital

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  • Amazon Customer
    Exeter, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
    Overall
    "Tragedy not magical in any way"

    Whilst I guessed from listening to the Harry Potter books that the author is obsessed with death I hadn't quite expected this.

    In this books defence there are some interesting connections between characters but I think this is the first book I've listened to in which I have not liked a single character. It is a tragedy, which is no my cup of tea anyway but I did not enjoy this at all and sent it back.

    I'm a villager so thought I'd like to see her take on village life, I was very disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David Morfill
    4/7/13
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    "A lovely surprise"

    Like many I'm sure, I was slightly sceptical about how JK Rowling would manage to get away from the Harry Potter style of writing but this book was amazing. The first 4 letter word was something of a shock but it soon became clear just how much grit and realism she had managed to cram in. The characters were flawed and, in some cases, downright horrible, but there was never a doubt about their authenticity and the narrative flowed along brilliantly.

    I recommend it wholeheartedly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Fantastic change of pace from JK"

    Loved it. Rowling proves her versatility in a character led story of village life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rhea
    Oldham, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
    Overall
    "Quietly Brilliant"

    The pace is fairly slow yet you have to keep listening. The characters are very realistic as the story portrays a believable and insightful view of society. I kept thinking about the story for days after I finished - a sure sign of a good read.



    If you're looking for an all-action adventure this isn't for you, but if you want a beautifully written and moving, character based book, I can't recommend it highly enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suzanne
    SWADLINCOTE, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
    Overall
    "Tad disappointing!"

    I did not take to the narrator of this book and it put me off listening to the whole thing, I may go back and persevere but I kept falling asleep on initial listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Katharine
    watford, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
    Overall
    "Not what I expected"

    I chose this book because of the author and her previous books. I wasn't expecting Harry Potter - but I was very surprised with what I read. As a previous reviewer had put- you have to stay with it. I am a social worker and the storyline about this side was very true. I sometimes found the language a bit much. But overall I enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alice
    Derby, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Disappointed"

    I really enjoyed the Harry Potter books, so being an adult, I thought I was sure to enjoy a book written for adults by JK Rowling. However I found this disappointing. I found the story bleak and her evident dislike of all the characters distressing.



    I have given two stars because, in spite of the above, I was engaged by the story and wanted to complete it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • April Cottage
    Kent, UK
    4/7/13
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    "Was not sure but"

    Not a fun book, but how life probably is. Very moving as well as stirring up a variety of feelings about the various characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nic D
    CORSHAM, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
    Overall
    "More enjoyable than expected"

    I am not a Harry Potter fan, but having heard that JK Rowling was releasing a book for adults I was intrgued. When I saw the size of the actual book I changed my mind - and downloaded the audio book!

    I wasnt disappointed, the orator is easy to listen to (which in my opinion can be the difference between enjoying and hating a book). He isnt too OTT with the voices but really makes you believe there is more than one actor reading.

    As for the book, there is a lot of time where nothing happens and it is a lot like a village soap opera. I gusss growing up in a small town helped me buy into the premise.

    Give it a go, real life sucks and this novel has it all!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    UK
    4/7/13
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    "what an amazing book"

    Great surprise. Amazing characters. It is a very small story, very local yet it describes the British society in rich colours. The characters are amazing, especially the bullying descriptions. Rowling describes the essence of community and makes it interesting. Very little action or happening, yet a great read, one of the best audio books I listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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