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  • The Casual Vacancy

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,592
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,593

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stick with it

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-10-12

More than half way through and I can not finish

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-10-12

I have been an Audible customer for years and go through dozens of books a year. However this is first time I have not been able to finish a book.



I saw some of the mixed reviews, and thought the poor ones were just people who were expecting Harry Potter and disappointed not to get Harry Potter. Where I knew ahead of time this was not Harry Potter, so thought I would give it a go.



However, this book to me is just a collection of people in a village that together have all the despicable and horrible traits modern humans can have. I was trying very very hard to make it through the story and not judge it until the end. However there is no main character, and there is not a single character in the story that I care about at all. When I realized that no matter what ever can happen to anyone, later in the story, I just do not care at all.



I will say that I am not a fan of Soap Operas, and that is all this story seems to be. But maybe if you are a fan of a Soap Opera like story, you may really enjoy this. Rowling is very good at getting in the minds of completely different characters with very different thoughts and motivations. All the characters in this story are rich, and believable. They just are not the type characters I personally care about getting to know.

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  • A Dance with Dragons

  • Book 5 of A Song of Ice and Fire
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 48 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,450
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,450

The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Dance with Dragons. HBO’s hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A Dance with Dragons is the fifth volume in the series. The future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrative a little disappointing 😕

  • By Anna on 06-05-15

Starting to lose interest.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-03-12

I seem to be of a different thinking from many of the reviews on this book. I don’t really have a problem with Roy Dotrice as a narrator. However I am finding I am getting bored with the story and how it does not seem to be going very far. I got hooked on these books and love all the characters, cultures and depth that Martin has created in this world. However I really get the feeling that even Martin has no plan on where this story is going. We found out in book 1 that ‘winter is coming’ but still? Is this saga even going have an end? Or will it have no idea how to end, like the series Lost? I am someone who normally does not get impatient with a story taking it’s time to build, however on this one I am starting to wonder if I will keep investing my time into this series.

29 of 35 people found this review helpful