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A Man Called Ove

Written by: Fredrik Backman
Narrated by: Joan Walker
Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (193 ratings)

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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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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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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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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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Adored this book

A story that lifts the heart. An opportunity to look at life through another’s eyes. A testament to people needing a purpose...and each other

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A great book, beautifully read.

Beautiful story and wonderfully narrated. Was recommended to me by a friend and haven’t put it down since I got it.

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ove a man who inspires

It has been such a pleasure to read this story, it warmed my heart ,made me laugh and feel for the first time in a while, I loved it

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Funny and Heart Warming

It took me a few chapters to get into but by the end of the story I was a puddle on the floor. Ove is a grumpy man that you can't help but love. My book club ladies and I all agree that this was an excellent story and I've recommended this book to many of my friends as well.

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You’ve met this man before. Now you can know him.

You’ve met a man like Ove. I’ve met several myself. I never really knew these people though. They’re closed off and distant and most of all stand offish. Not all of these men are Like Ove exactly, but when you’re done this book I can promise you that you may understand who they are just a little better. This is a heartwarming story that a man like Ove would certainly hate, but you will not. Very well performed. The woman sounds like Emma Thompson.

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Wow!

The ONLY bad thing I can say about this book is that it ended. The narrator is OUTSTANDING, and perfect for this book. (As an aside) I saw there is a movie, but it's Swedish with English subtitles. I could not bring myself to watch it because this character is so very British, and I just cannot see how it would translate. This Audiobook is FABULOUS.

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Heartwarming, Funny and Profound

Stick with it and you will end up in tears of satisfaction, inevitable for a reader of an amazing story well told.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-07-28

A nice story (but nothing you've not read before)

A nice story, with loveable characters. Although The events and story tropes are nothing new, it still tugs at your emotional strings at times. I would've personally preferred if it had been shorter and focused more on the drama than anything else. But all-in-all, a harmless, (sometimes emotional) story, worth picking up if there's no other books on your to-read list.

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  • Prashant Kashyap
  • 2020-07-26

A must read!

Every book reader MUST read this and those who dont read should definitely read it to understand why book reader's read so much because the characters, the words and the story of this wonderful book just move you like only magic can!!

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  • Shadi
  • 2020-06-23

Boring and predictable

Could not finish. I found the story repetitive and predictable. The characters flat and lacking in nuance.

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  • Katrina van Wees
  • 2020-04-19

Excellent listening, heartwarming story!

From start to end a heartwarming story that kept me completely engaged. Joan Walker does an excellent job narrating, her inflection spot on!

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  • Manda
  • 2020-04-12

Achingly Beautiful

I fell in love with Ove as much as Pervana did. Made me cry and laugh at the same time.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-01-25

What a man!

There's a little bit of Ove in all of us. He's Relatable. Fantastic Swedish humour. Heartwarming

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  • Cam
  • 2020-01-08

Beautiful

Beautiful story Beautifully written Beautifully narrated A story I can relate to in more ways than one

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  • Rahul K.
  • 2019-11-25

Wonderful!!

I had read the book and honestly don't know why did i download an audiobook when i knew the story, guess i could not get over "Over" All i can say, my late night tiring drives back home from work were filled with the voice of Joan narrating this beautiful story. So much so, that i noticed when i intentionally slowed down so as to listen to more and may be finish the chapter! Thank you.

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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.