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When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, 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 fa ade 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 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.

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"What secrets lurk in the hearts of the residents of Pagford? This is the central question in Rowling's dark novel that charts the cutthroat competition for an empty seat on the town council. In this audio edition, the challenge for narrator Tom Hollander is the book's varied cast, which features a dozen main characters and many minor ones — all requiring unique voices and accents. Additionally challenging is the fact that Rowling's characters often act one way in public and another way — a rather horrid way — in private. Much to his credit, Hollander handles all of this with great aplomb, whether he's voicing the boozy Samantha, her pompous father-in-law, or Fats, a skinny teenager who very well might be a sociopath. Hollander exhibits particular skill creating a full range of voices for the book's male characters, e.g., the timid squeaks of the commitment-phobic Gavin and the curt, deep grunts of duplicitous Simon Price. Hollander's narration captures the sardonic wit of the novel, animating the author's acerbic observations of human weakness with intelligence and style. Hollander even sings, offering a solid rendition of 'Morning Has Broken' in a pivotal funeral scene. A Little, Brown hardcover. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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selective reader, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by selective reader)
I did not like this book very much. It was my first expeerience with J K Rowling. I never read any of the Harry Potter series so it was as if she was a new author to me. I chose the audio version as I thought it would be hard to get through the actual book. I was especially disappointed with this because there were so many 'F' words and I felt this may have been a better book without them. There was a lot of disfunction to the story. I also did not feel there were any really likeable characters that I could relate to. Despite all this I did finish the book and was really surprised by how the author chose to end the story.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781619695009
Author:
Rowling, J K
Publisher:
Hachette Audio
Author:
Rowling, J.K.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Language:
English

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "What secrets lurk in the hearts of the residents of Pagford? This is the central question in Rowling's dark novel that charts the cutthroat competition for an empty seat on the town council. In this audio edition, the challenge for narrator Tom Hollander is the book's varied cast, which features a dozen main characters and many minor ones — all requiring unique voices and accents. Additionally challenging is the fact that Rowling's characters often act one way in public and another way — a rather horrid way — in private. Much to his credit, Hollander handles all of this with great aplomb, whether he's voicing the boozy Samantha, her pompous father-in-law, or Fats, a skinny teenager who very well might be a sociopath. Hollander exhibits particular skill creating a full range of voices for the book's male characters, e.g., the timid squeaks of the commitment-phobic Gavin and the curt, deep grunts of duplicitous Simon Price. Hollander's narration captures the sardonic wit of the novel, animating the author's acerbic observations of human weakness with intelligence and style. Hollander even sings, offering a solid rendition of 'Morning Has Broken' in a pivotal funeral scene. A Little, Brown hardcover. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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