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  • A Man Called Ove

  • Written by: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (837 ratings)

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A Man Called Ove

Written by: Fredrik Backman
Narrated by: Joan Walker
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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

Editorial Review

Under one curmudgeon’s tough and grumpy exterior lies an undercurrent of sadness no one could have predicted. Follow along as an unexpected friendship transforms one grumpy old man’s life in A Man Called Ove.

A bittersweet and heartwarming listen, A Man Called Ove, written by Fredrik Backman, delivers everything you could want in a modern fable. From Ove’s days as a ‘bitter neighbour from hell’ pushed out of his role as Chairman of the Residents’ Association to the life-changing turns his life takes when an Iranian immigrant family moves in next door, this is a hilarious and emotional life-affirming tale. What unfolds is a story about compassion, grief, life, love, and the importance of community.

The tale written by the Swedish author of other beautiful novels such as Anxious People and Britt-Marie Was Here, A Man Called Ove became a New York Times bestselling novel. Now available as an audiobook on Audible, listeners will quickly be inspired to look at those around them with more compassion and understand why countless others worldwide have been transformed by Ove’s moving story. This bestseller has also inspired a new Hollywood film called A Man Called Otto. The film stars Tom Hanks and is set to be released in early 2023.

The A Man Called Ove audiobook is a surprisingly funny and emotional tale of redemption and life’s ever-changing journey that will leave a mark on all who listen. The multiple five-star reviews further cement the beauty and impact of this audiobook. Perfect for a book club selection, once listeners meet Ove, they will never again be the same.

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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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A story that gets you right in the feels.

The reader’s voice was was nice to listen to and was easy to follow when she switched characters.
The story made me laugh out loud and fog up my glasses with hot tears. A heartwarming story about life, death and living.
Would definitely recommend.

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Such a beautiful story - would definitely recommend

A beautiful story about the family we choose and the ups and downs of life. Have your tissues ready though because even though this book will have you laughing out loud, it’s also a real tear jerker!

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loved it

heartfelt book, teaches you how to live. beautiful story and very well written never knowing how will the story unfold

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  • Jasmine
  • 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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  • Leeanne
  • 2022-05-04

My current bedtime story

it's just a well written story. I listen to this book regularly because I love it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2022-01-21

Funny and heart-warming

Truly enjoyed the story and the narration. Understated humour and surprising twists. Haven't enjoyed anything this much in a long while.

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  • Dorothy Lo
  • 2021-10-05

Brilliant and sweet book

When I first started the book, I was almost going to give it up, as it felt like the first chapter was going nowhere. I’m so glad I didn’t. The author brings all the characters to life, and they’re so lovable. The ending was so sweet I couldn’t help but cry (even though I was in a public area, and had tears stream down). Totally recommend this book

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  • Cezara
  • 2020-11-14

Excellent


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

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  • rana
  • 2023-02-03

From hate of Ove to loving him

At first i did not like Ove but reading the book i fell in love with the funny wit, the writing of the author and Ove. I love it Mr Saab:)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2023-01-23

The Best!

Loved it! Going to watch the movie next. Hope it stands up to the book.

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  • Silvia Viidik
  • 2023-01-06

Wonderful

So well described characters that feeds the reader’s imagination as water to a thirsty one.
The story is humbling and very humane at the same time. Very much recommend it!

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  • Rachel Maritz
  • 2022-10-14

The most beautiful story ever

It has been a long time since a book has made me cry and laugh like this. What incredible, believable characters! The narrator was excellent at conveying the emotions and moods. Loved every second! Will now read the hard copy book as well.

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  • kunsh
  • 2023-01-17

An emotional ride

I loved it. Very emotionally engaging, couldn't put it down for even a second. What a story! wow!

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  • Mme LEVEN-MARCON
  • 2022-10-27

Dare I say it’s “a modern day fable“

There is nothing new in the overall plot:- a grumpy old man mourns his wife and decides that he will join her in death. But the result is not a drively-idiotic-book that one regrets buying : - the ensuing story instead transports one instantly - as only a well written fable can. The author has filled his writing with lightness, with irony , with depth, and with a certain amount of love. His imagery is skilful and exceptionally subtle and he managed to maintain the energy of the writing at a constant rate throughout.
I doubt that very much has been lost in the translation to English (well done Henning Koch).
At some point in the book you might find yourself wishing that you had a man called Ove in your life.

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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.