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Publisher's Summary

Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He isn't as young as he used to be. He drives a Saab. He points at people he doesn't like the look of. He is described by those around his as 'the neighbour from hell'.Every morning he makes his inspection rounds of the local streets. He moves bicycles and checks the contents of recycling bins, even though it's been years since he was fired as Chairman of the Residents' Association in a vicious 'coup d'état'.

But behind the surly pedant there is a story, and a sadness. And when on a November morning his new (foreign) neighbours in the terraced house opposite accidentally flatten Ove's letterbox, it sets off a comical and heart-warming tale of unexpected friendship which will change one man - and one community - from their very foundations. Quirky and bittersweet, heartbreaking yet outrageously funny, A Man Called Ove is a life-affirming fable for our times.

©2014 Fredrik Backman (P)2014 Hodder & Stoughton

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Great story, disliked the narrator


Overall a great story but i found the narrator annoying and would have preferred a male voice since the story was about a man.

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excellent book, volume recording inconsistent

The volume was inconsistent, therefore had to turn up and down multiple times throughout (either too loud or too quiet at times).

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A must read

Excellent novel . The narrator’s English accent was a bit annoying to me but not so much so that it took away from the story. I would still highly recommend.
Brought tears and laughter in equal measure.

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Highly Recommend

I’m not going to lie, at first I was annoyed by the sheer grumpiness of Ove but that just shows the brilliance of Fredrik Backman because by the end I was almost in sobs by how much I loved that grumpy old man!
Highly recommend.

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Such a beautiful story

I don’t know why people are hating on the narrators voice, I thought she did great. I was engaged the whole time and didn’t want the story to end. This was such a good story that had me laughing and crying and I highly recommend this to anyone and everyone.

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I have a new favourite!

I am actually sad that this book is over. Such a wonderful story of an unexpected hero. I laughed, cried and thought endlessly about this character. Narration was spot on. Can't say enough about this book, and am just so glad its in the world.

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Beautiful

will read this over and over again. This is such a beautiful, heart warming story.

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I am in love Ove

A heart warming story of love, loss and continuation. Do not leave this book on the shelf. I laughed out loud and I cried. Just read it and enjoy Ove as a neighbour.

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a lovely story that made me laugh and cry

The story is very simple and this is its greatest strength. I will listen to it again.

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Beautiful, enriching

A very worthwhile read. Didn't love the narrator's intonation patterns but well done nonetheless. Required reading for anyone inclined to be dismissive of others, and aren't we all?

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  • Judith R King
  • 2014-08-14

Perfect book

Would you listen to A Man Called Ove again? Why?

Yes. It was one of those books that I never wanted to finish. And when finished, I missed Ove and knew it would be hard to find a book I enjoyed as much.

What did you like best about this story?

Ove is a composite of people we all have known. He is an ethical curmudgeon but we are ever hopeful for some sign of compassion from him.

Have you listened to any of Joan Walker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but I will now look for other books she narrates. She has become one of my favorite narrators.

If you could take any character from A Man Called Ove out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Pavana would be an interesting character to have dinner with.

Any additional comments?

I listened to this book as I walked in the morning. There were times I laughed aloud and a couple times when I was teary-eyed. When I got home, after my walks, my husband would ask, "So, what's new with Ove today?"

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  • Don L.
  • 2014-09-19

5 Stars is not enough

This is one of those rare books you wish would never come to an end. I loved it and will recommend it unhesitatingly. Joan Walker did a fabulous job. I look forward to more from Fredrik Backman.

Don L.

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  • Cezara
  • 2020-11-14

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Loved every moment of it, and I will definitely be recommending it to all of my friends.

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  • Hanna Gudmundsdottir
  • 2021-08-05

A loveble sort

This book and it's characters are so loveble and no e more than dear Ove. Listened to it a few times now and it always gets me. Get ready to laugh, cry and enjoy.

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  • Andrea Castillo
  • 2021-07-26

I want to listen again!

I absolutely loved this audiobook. The story is fantastic at combining humorous and serious aspects of life. It's so... human. There was a bit of every character in me, and that was quite enjoyable. The author's style is equally wonderful. This book made me laugh hard and cry subtle tears. The narration is really engaging, and I found the production to be flawless. I would definitely (and probably will) listen to this book again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-07-14

Wish it never ended

I love this story. I didn’t want it to end but couldn’t stop listening to it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-06-30

Wonderful

Beautifully written, perfectly performed. Every chapter has a gem in it. Could not stop listening until the end.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-06-17

Narrator ruins story

This book had great reviews and promise but the narrator was terrible and ruined the story for me, I couldn’t keep listening. Will try reading instead.

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  • Ligia Lozano
  • 2021-05-21

Absolutely beautiful.

You will not regret listening to this book. It is unexpected and bittersweet. I loved it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-05-17

easy listening

narrator was fabulous, story was lighthearted in a meaningful kind of way. easy and enjoyable to listen to.

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  • Justin
  • 2018-09-20

Great story

I loved this story about a grumpy , misunderstood old man. the performance was very good , butvtge story was brilliant and heart breaking in places.