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Publisher's Summary

For as long as anyone can remember, Britt-Marie has been an acquired taste. It's not that she's judgmental or fussy or difficult - she just expects things to be done in a certain way. A cutlery drawer should be arranged in the right order, for example - forks, knives, then spoons. We're not animals, are we?

But behind the passive-aggressive, socially awkward, absurdly pedantic busybody is a woman who has more imagination, bigger dreams and a warmer heart than anyone around her realises. So when Britt-Marie finds herself unemployed, separated from her husband of 20 years, left to fend for herself in the miserable provincial backwater that is Borg - of which the kindest thing one can say is that it has a road going through it - and somehow tasked with running the local football team, she is a little unprepared.

But she will learn that life may have more to offer her than she's ever realised, and love might be found in the most unexpected of places.

The number-one European best seller by the author of A Man Called Ove, Britt-Marie Was Here is a funny, poignant and uplifting tale of love, community and second chances.

©2016 Fredrik Backman (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

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slow start but really good overall!

it's a bit of a slow start but if you get through the beginning it gets really good. I loved the ending.

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Brilliant!!

This story was an unexpected joy to read. The reader expressed the full humour of the text. Not to be missed.

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Good story but not my favourite

I really love Fredrik Backman’s stories. They’re so unique and hit straight to the heart. He has this funny way of agitating the heck out of you and them making you fall in love by the end.
Britt-Marie was more agitating then lovable and it honestly took a great deal of patience to finish the book. Honestly I almost didn’t.
That being said it’s a cute story and refreshing.
I do recommend it but only half heartedly.

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dear Britt-Marie, you can make it!

I'd even go 5 stars; Backman is one of my new favourite authors. He captures the essence of how i think we live as social human creatures and does so with such a delightful warped sense of humanity, that I often find myself shifting from fits of giggles straight to tears in a matter of seconds.
I can identify with our dear lonely heroine, never living for herself until her hand is forced. Soccer is not my thing at all either, and therein falls my rating down to 4stars, but she discovers she can be flexible and to love and listen, and make friends. And feel her own brand of sorrow without collapsing into the void or black hole of her former husband (who's a jerk btw).
I love the ending. Backman's got an awesome twist at the end of every book I've read of his. I laughed I cried I cheered. I will look a little differently now at every tiny has-been town I drive thru and think about all the lives that get lived within it's dissolving boundaries.
Definitely recommended.

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Slow

Couldn’t finish it. I loved all of the author’s other ones but, this story was just slow and I couldn’t get in to it.

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sweet story

This is the second book I've read from this author and once again, I loved it. The character of Brit-Marie grows on you from irritating to endearing. This narrator is one of my favorites as well.

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another heartfelt delivery by Fredrik Backman

Great listen, the narrator did a wonderful job. Loved it, Backman's characters never disappoint. I will search out more from this author.

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One of my favourites

Wonderful, gentle story with unforgettable characters. Read as if the characters are real. Amazing performance!

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Wonderfully narrated, great story.

I don't think this book would have been as good had I read it, the narrator IS Britt-Marie. I'm a big Fredrik Backman fan and like his others this one did not disappoint.

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Slow start

Love this author, but nearly gave up trying to get into this one. So glad that I didn’t!

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  • Michelle Procter
  • 2021-02-09

A Thorough Pleasure

Fantastic character development, as you would expect from this author. Wonderful narration. I binged it.

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  • Dayna
  • 2020-08-22

Beautiful, funny & completely engaging

Loved the characters and character development.

At first blush, reading the summary, I thought this sounded so very like the authors other books so much so, I wondered why would I purchase this one too. Even so, given I love his work & I could return it if I was really unhappy, I decided to give it a try. I’m very glad I did!

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  • Gail Bortz
  • 2020-08-08

Britt Marie was here with me too!

An unforgettable read. I will never look at bicarbonate of soda the same again! wonderful.

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  • sjvb
  • 2019-10-07

delightful. amusing quirky. i Loved every minute

Britt-marie , recently separated, needs a job. and so she takes a position in Borg.
this gentle amusing story about a woman who had lived in the shadows all her life, unfolds gently and yet without hesitation. Borg is packed full of amusing interesting characters.
the language is terrific. the people are wonderful. there nothing to dislike here. the narrator was perfect. A fave I will probably listen to again

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  • MegC
  • 2018-06-18

Wonderful

I loved this book. Beautifully drawn characters, and a storyline that was funny, sad, engrossing, uplifting. An excellent narrator too.

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  • kristen
  • 2017-08-11

A Woman Called Ove

Who was your favorite character and why?

Everyone in this story was great, and really easy to picture and associate with.

What about Joan Walker’s performance did you like?

It was incredible.

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This book is almost the exact same principle as A Man Called Ove, but staring a woman. If you enjoyed that story and wish you could read it again (as I did), I highly recommend this one!

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  • NH
  • 2017-04-01

She's no nag bag!

What made the experience of listening to Britt-Marie Was Here the most enjoyable?

The narration by Joan Walker is superb. She brings the characters to life as if they're jumping out of the audio and acting out live in one's mind.

What did you like best about this story?

The colourful characters and the unexpected story line. And how it keeps one guessing until the very end.

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

Yes! She does not disappoint. But a lot more restrained in this one, compared to the other books by Fredrik Backman she's performed.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really, because I wanted to savour every minute and I needed it to last throughout my week-long commute.

Any additional comments?

I love the works of Fredrik Backman and the outstanding performance by the narrator Joan Walker. These two are the ultimate dynamic duo!

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  • Laura R
  • 2017-02-20

Such an enjoyable character

A heartwarming character read by a very believable narrator. I truly didnt want it to end.

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  • Roger
  • 2016-05-27

An Enjoyable Read

After falling in love with Backman's A Man Called Ove, I decided to read all of his books that I could get my hands on. This one was enjoyable. It was a bit slow going at first, and the character voice changes were a bit on the ear piercing side ;) but around halfway through, I found myself yearning to listen and yearning to find out what happens as the story unfolds. I won't spoil the ending, but even though I enjoyed it, I was a bit disappointed. Overall, I recommend anyone who enjoyed Ove also give this a listen as well.