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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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Slow Start to a Delightful Story

Took me awhile to get into the story, but in the end not only did I develop a new appreciation for soccer, but I also came to delight in Britt Marie. #Audible1

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I would like to meet Britt Marie

Once again Fredrik Backman gives us a lead character who is both so normal and exceptional at the same time. The story brings you in until you care and are interested in the character. Britt Marie, with all her faults, elevates the story. And the secondary characters are also allowed to shine. #Audible1

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Would make a great movie

Emma Thompson should star as Britt Marie... I saw her as the main character through out this novel... she would be awesome! Heartwarming story... loved it!

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  • Meg SA
  • 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.

Any additional comments?

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.