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  • ISBN: 1619695944
  • ISBN: 9781619695948
  • ISBN: 1619695006
  • ISBN: 9781619695009
  • Physical Description: 15 sound discs (about 18 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
    sound disc
    CD/sound recording
  • Edition: Unabridged.
  • Publisher: New York, New York : Hachette Audio, 2012, ©2012.

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Creation/Production Credits Note: Produced and directed by Nicholas Jones ; post production by Jordon Killiard.
Participant or Performer Note: Read by Tom Hollander.
Summary, etc.: 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 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 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?
System Details Note:
Compact disc.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews - Audio And Video Online Reviews 1991-2018
    *Starred Review* Barry Fairbrother drops dead of an aneurysm, and his sudden death creates a casual vacancy on the Pagford village council, setting up rifts among council members. Fairbrother, who grew up in the picturesque English village, championed such projects as low-income housing and a drug-treatment center. Leading the opposition is council chair Howard Molleson, who is determined to trim the budget and secure the vacant council seat for his son. Some other council members feel it is important to carry on Fairbrother's work. Pagford seems to have more than its share of dysfunctional families, with battle lines drawn between family members as well as village residents, including teens. Hollander does a terrific job with the large and disparate cast of characters. He juggles regional British accents and speech patterns, authentically voicing smug, pompous Molleson and his business partner, a smoker with a permanently hoarse voice. Hollander adeptly portrays the teen voices, including that of Krystal Weedon, whose fury at her drug-addicted mother, fearfulness that her younger brother will be taken away, and powerlessness over her situation are palpable. Whether Krystal is giving a bored reply to someone in authority, screaming obscenities at her mom, or cuddling her brother, Hollander's tones make us care about her and all the characters of Pagford. The audio elevates Rowling's first adult-fiction title, following the blockbuster Harry Potter series. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

J.K. Rowling is the author of the bestselling Harry Potter series of seven books, published between 1997 and 2007, which have sold over 450 million copies worldwide, are distributed in more than 200 territories, have been translated into 73 languages, and have been turned into eight blockbuster films.

As well as an Order of the British Empire for services to children's literature, J.K. Rowling is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees, including the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord, France's Légion d'honneur, and the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and she has been a commencement speaker at Harvard University. She supports a wide range of causes and is the founder of Lumos, which works to transform the lives of disadvantaged children.

Subject: England Fiction
Country life England Fiction
Local elections Fiction
City council members Death Fiction
Genre: Audiobooks.

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