The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy

Audiobook CD - 2012
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When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, 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."
Publisher: New York, New York : Hachette Audio, 2012, ©2012.
ISBN: 9781619695948
1619695944
9781619695009
1619695006
Branch Call Number: Fic
PR6068.O93 C37 2012u
Characteristics: 15 sound discs (about 18 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Hollander, Tom 1967-

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unexpressed
Sep 22, 2016

Depressing. Much prefer the world of Hogwarts.

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Jun 01, 2015

unbelievably insightful, amazing well written. I was emotionally drained after reading this book and it stays with you long after you have finished reading it.

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FVReader
May 10, 2015

A story about the importance of a communal safety net and community coming together.
Barry Fairbrother dies and out of this comes "a casual vacancy" on the Council seat. We're in for all the infighting, the causes & reasons of Council business, lies, suspicions. There's also teenage angst and rebellion. Then, under that all, are those without a voice and who Society is happy to ignore and brush aside.

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agibitz
Oct 15, 2014

I did not enjoy this book, mainly because of the misogynistic thoughts of one of the characters. I simply could not get past the vulgar language. I'm sure there is some literary value in the book, but I simply could not wade through the muck to get there.

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Sewnsew
Mar 06, 2014

What a disappointment. I listened to the Audiobook and was disgusted with the gratuitous use of the "F" word. The storyline was depressing and, having grown up in UK, consider it rather overdone. Stick to children's books please.

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kwehner1987
Nov 08, 2013

I hated this book. I found it depressing, which can be fine with some books, but it just didn't let up with the grimness and was also boring in general. It had a few redeeming moments, but I wouldn't recommend this at all.

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Octillion
Sep 15, 2013

I don't recommend this book in the Playaway format if you plan on casually listening to the book. The chapters aren't broken down into a smaller number of tracks so one chapter is one track. Normally I don't find this to be an issue, but each chapter is broken down into several sub-chapters and told from the POV of different characters so it's pretty easy to get lost. Regardless of the format, the story isn't bad. It reminds me of a dark BBC drama - like Luther. I recommend the book.

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HilarySquires
Sep 03, 2013

A great book! I read the audio version and only had to skip ahead once when I sensed a graphic scene coming. It was definitely dark, but based on the comments that I read I expected much moreso.

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sandsbrown
Aug 05, 2013

As was stated below just too many characters doing too many things. I found it hard to follow and eventually just gave up, which I normally dont do. A disappointment but I can see how some could enjoy it, just not me.

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jvdeby
Apr 25, 2013

This is not an easy book to read, but it is well worth the effort! Once you have sorted out the many characters, it all starts to make sense. Although I didn't really like any of the characters in this book, I was reluctant to put it down. The book is very well written and compelling, and I found myself thinking about the characters and looking forward to the next time I could read. The story is gritty and not very happy. The profanity is believable. Do something nice for yourself after you read it.

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May 21, 2013

BlacknWriteReviews thinks this title is suitable for 19 years and over

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