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The Casual Vacancy

著者: J.K. Rowling
ナレーター: Tom Hollander
再生時間: 17 時間 50 分
カテゴリー: 洋書, Fiction

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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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  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 2012/10/05

Stick with it

Like some of the longer Harry Potter books, I found this a bit ponderous at first. But the characters, humour and the fantastic way J K Rowling has of drawing things together made for a final 3rd as addicting as any of her previous work. I greatly enjoyed Tom Hollanders reading and accents too. So stick with it if the first downloadable chunk doesn't grab you. I was very glad I did, this is the best book I have listened to this year.

I was sad to hear that some quarters of the Sikh community have been critical of the portrayal of one of the teenage characters. The same advice applies here too, stick with it - I think the treatment of Sikhism is actually very positive.

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  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Janet Hughes
  • 2016/04/24

Not what you'd expect from JK Rowling

Would you listen to The Casual Vacancy again? Why?

Probably not, because the story line was very slow.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The last few chapters were the most interesting because something finally happened. The least interesting part was the beginning, it was quite tedious in parts.

What does Tom Hollander bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Tom Hollander was the saving grace of The Casual Vacancy. I would have never made it through to the end if I were reading for myself.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Some parts of the ending were tragic, but I wasn't engaged enough in the story to cry.

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 2012/10/04

'The book to listen to'.

A five star book with a 10 star narrator, well done Tom Hollander, you made a great book even better.

I have read so many reviews and as usual they are very mixed, all I can add as both a parent and a 'foster carer' this book is so true to life it will hopefully open peoples eyes to the reality of life for so many kids whatever class or creed they come from. We neglect our children at our peril, thank you

for pointing this out to the vast majority that hide their heads in the sand.

This book will be around for a long time to come.

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  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Audible
  • 2012/12/13

Mixed feelings for a book with high expectations

A Review by the Audible Staff Book Club:
About the book:

The Casual Vacancy really got us talking, we were expecting a lot from Rowling, and had mixed opinions about the results. Set in a small town, peopled with a large cast of not-terribly-likeable characters, we thought the world she created was detailed but unforgiving. Unlike Harry Potter, where her world could be fantastical and wonder-ful, Pagford was realistic, almost brutally so. We all agreed that while JK Rowling is a good prose writer, the size of the cast, though interesting individually, made the thread of the story a bit difficult to follow in audio. As she was so detailed about painting the picture of the individual lives in this small town, we felt like the action dragged somewhat, and all felt like it was a long slog. Rowling’s observations were brilliant, we agreed that she can hit the spot with a poignant one-liner, but overall we felt the book itself - if not by Rowling - would be deemed by many more as mid-tier – nothing extra special or out of the ordinary.

Narrator:

All of us were initially surprised that the narrator was male, though we discussed whether he was chosen as the voice of Barry Fairbrother… Our general opinion of Tom Hollander was that he did a good job, especially as we felt the characters as written were a little caricatured. He did not fall into the trap of performing stereotypes, especially in regards to female characters - always difficult for the opposite sex to strike the right balance. If we were able to rate separately for narrator, he would have got 4 stars.

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    1 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Mrs. D. E. Wallace
  • 2015/02/11

Couldn't finish it..

Persevered but failed to finish. Brilliantly read but the story was just too slow and lacklustre. However Galbraith I love.

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Athula
  • 2012/10/01

Fantastic Read!

I don't probably have to comment on the mastery of the undisputed "Queen" of fiction's ability. This is undoubtedly a masterpiece. But, here, my comment is on the narration and the narrator. Tom Hollander is just the icing on the cake crafted by Rowling. His reading is wonderful, a la-carte, music to the ears. I hope all narrators use this as a "classroom" lesson on narration. I am glad Audible has added this to their collection (I am sure they would not have missed). For the first time I felt listening to the book is better! Highly recommend. Although I must say, I did not see the point in so much swearing, was it a necessity or somebody out there was trying to prove a point?

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • h
  • 2012/10/14

Brilliant.

A fantastic story with wonderful characters. I finished it last night and now I miss Pagford.

I love the multiple perspectives we get from all the interrelated characters. In this respect it reminds me a little bit of Irving Welsh novels, but it is not as brutal.



Tom Hollander is the very best narrator I've listened to. More from him please!

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Miss L V Bennett
  • 2012/10/10

Excellent!

I really enjoyed this book, it is incredibly well written, so much so i decided to write a quick review. Living in Somerset I totally identified with the community dynamics and how the characters operate. The character's are very real, tender, tough, sometimes hideous and always true. The issues are vital and really matter and are explained in a very touching and humourous way. This is a very entertaining, well plotted and important book. I recommend it to anyone who likes reading about people. Oh and Tom Hollander does a great job of bringing it to life.

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  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Judy Corstjens
  • 2012/10/07

Well obviously it was going to be competent

I've just read the review in the Guardian by Theo Talt, who coined the phrase 'Mugglemarch.' I had almost thought of that myself, and boy I wish I had. But George Elliot had kind eyes for some of her players and I could sympathise with Dorothea and Dr Lydgate, and (call me sentimental) I have to be able to love some of the characters in a novel, to find it worthwhile. Who is there to love in Pagford? So is JKR saying we are all selfish beyond redemption, get real? Please give me nobility in the novels I read, even if it does not exist in REAL life. But, to be fair, didn't put it down except to eat.

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ath
  • 2012/10/01

Fantastic Read!

I don't probably have to comment on the mastery of the undisputed "Queen" of fiction's ability. This is undoubtedly a masterpiece. But, here, my comment is on the narration and the narrator. Tom Hollander is just the icing on the cake crafted by Rowling. His reading is wonderful, a la-carte, music to the ears. I hope all narrators use this as a "classroom" lesson on narration. I am glad Audible has added this to their collection (I am sure they would not have missed). For the first time I felt listening to the book is better! Highly recommend. Although I must say, I did not see the point in so much swearing, was it a necessity or somebody out there was trying to prove a point?

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lindal Brown
  • 2016/08/06

Fantastic

Thoroughly engaging story about everyday lives. Brilliantly written and read. Sad, funny, just a great story.

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Helen
  • 2017/05/04

really want a sequel!

J.K has done it again. step into a world devoid of magic, muggles or hogwarts. Instead, become surrounded by the idyllic countryside of Padford. Delve into the hearts and minds of Padfords community members and become consumed with the inner workings of their friendships, politics and family secrets bursting to come to light.
thank you J.K Rowling!

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 匿名
  • 2019/07/16

sobering but brilliant book

I've always loved the way Rowling weaved values and politics into the Harry Potter books. The writing in Casual Vacancy draws the reader into the characters and is a sensitive balanced story of class issues and local politics in the UK.

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  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Phil Dungan
  • 2017/04/22

A Weird Story

If you like petty politics and people who hate their children and partners this is the book for you. Slow moving, hard to maintain interest. Only stayed with it in the hope it would improve.
Expected better from. J. K.R.

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • soochoon
  • 2017/03/27

A casual vacancy

Tom Hollander's brilliant narration has brought every single character in this exceptionally good story to life.

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  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Mrs Katherine Davey
  • 2016/07/26

Reviewed

Interesting book, but too many plots intertwined. Would have been better if kept simpler and one main plot.

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jacqui
  • 2016/02/25

Be Prepared for Some Self Evaulation !!

Where does The Casual Vacancy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I had listened to the three Cormoran Strike books before I listened to this one and it was a difficult transition to go back to this type of novel. At first I didn't like it, a bit slow to get going and thought it was just about small town gossip, but its so much more than that. Very though provoking and some introspection takes place, not always bring oneself out in a good light.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I think my favourite character was Krystal. So tough and yet so vulnerable.

Have you listened to any of Tom Hollander’s other performances? How does this one compare?

My first experience of Tom Hollander. Took me a while to get into his style but he settled down to a slower more even narration which was rich and round and I loved his various accents.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were lots of moments in the book which were quite moving, the treatment of Andrew & Paul by their father, the hopelessness of Terri's situation, the bullying of Sukhvinder. But I think the saddest part at the end was what happened to Krystal and Robbie.

Any additional comments?

A good read. Not a happy read, but very worth while.

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  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • rhys
  • 2016/10/01

The Casual Vacancy

This was an interesting book. As usual, it is always hard to imagine J.K. Rowling writing anything other than Harry Potter; however, I have been very suprised at her ability to write for adult's. This book takes time starting to get aquainted with the characters. This takes time is well worth the wait as you really get the feel for the the characters and there lives. Overall, well worth the read. Cheers J.K.

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 匿名
  • 2019/09/10

a real change

very powerful stuff...really got me at the end...I laughed and cried a lot towards the end

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 匿名
  • 2019/09/06

Eye opening

I enjoyed all the varied characters who are quite mad and lead dysfunctional lives. Entertaining, intriguing and compassionate. Thank you JK Rowling 😀

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