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  • Britt-Marie Was Here

  • Written by: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (221 ratings)

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Britt-Marie Was Here

Written by: Fredrik Backman
Narrated by: Joan Walker
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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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  • 2019-04-08

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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Great

Great story about great people, just like all Backman’s books. Full of emotions and compassion.

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Pretty Weak for Backman

Just not that good. No great characters and not that interesting. Pretty weak book for Backman and I’d skip it

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Strong character

Loved the main character and all her quirks. Mostly I loved the comparisons or everything. They cracked me up. It had some duller moments or slowness to it.

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A slow burn to start

A slow burn to start but major payoff about life and sacrifices made for the sake of others but at the cost of your own happiness.

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Another fabulous character that speaks to those with Scandinavian elders!

People finally get a glimpse at the elders we Danes/Swedes/Norwegians grew up with! So to heck with some comments or the Americanization by changing our treasured names or not seeing the subtle differences!
The deep morals/anxiety ridden lives that equate tidiness and neatness and lists and being true to your word - that every Scandinavian has witnessed and teased and laughed at our elders with, while still automatically not putting fingers on walls and having coasters and tablecloths!
Love the feel of football (soccer only in North America?), love languages spoken differently and growth not by being banged over the head but truly getting to know others.
Fantastic story - where is she now?!? LOL

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Quirky with a side of wholesome

Great book! i was alittle worried at the beggining 30m since it was alittle slower but quickly fell inlove with Britt-marie and her charm. Amazing book. If your looking for a quirky, romantic, comedy vibe. this is the one for you!

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This book worth to listen more than one time!

Love the message of the book and it's even more pleasant when you listen to Joan!

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