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The Red Address Book

Narrated by: Xe Sands
Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
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The global fiction sensation - published in 32 countries around the world - that follows 96-year-old Doris, who writes down the memories of her eventful life as she pages through her decades-old address book. But the most profound moment of her life is still to come....

Meet Doris, a 96-year-old woman living alone in her Stockholm apartment. She has few visitors, but her weekly Skype calls with Jenny - her American grandniece, and her only relative - give her great joy and remind her of her own youth. 

When Doris was a girl, she was given an address book by her father, and ever since she has carefully documented everyone she met and loved throughout the years. Looking through the little book now, Doris sees the many crossed-out names of people long gone and is struck by the urge to put pen to paper. In writing down the stories of her colorful past - working as a maid in Sweden, modelling in Paris during the '30s, fleeing to Manhattan at the dawn of the Second World War - can she help Jenny, haunted by a difficult childhood, unlock the secrets of their family and finally look to the future? And whatever became of Allan, the love of Doris’ life? 

A charming novel that prompts reflection on the stories we all should carry to the next generation, and the surprises in life that can await even the oldest among us, The Red Address Book introduces Sofia Lundberg as a wise - and irresistible - storyteller.

©2017, 2019 Sofia Lundberg; Alice Menzies (English translation) (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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  • LOYL-00
  • 2019-01-15

A story to remember-sad, happy, true life 5/5

Thank you Sofia Lunberg and Alice Menzies for your efforts. A story I will remember.
I saw Xe Sands as narrater, and I said just take it ---she is an excellent reader/narrator/actor. She wears all these hats.

The story is set in Pre WWII--in Sweden. Showing the strife and hardships of life and what paths you must take due to situations you have no control over. It also shows how real people react to problems and deal with life and what is put in front of us along our journey.

This was a very real book---one I could invasion happening and feel the bumps and bruises along the reading, as they occurred. A story I will remember.

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  • erasm
  • 2019-02-17

good story line

well written, likeable characters, a bit predictable at the end, but very sweet indeed. I liked it.

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  • ozoze
  • 2019-04-16

Excellent!

I loved the characters and the story. It is a fascinating love story that helps everyone appreciate their one lost love. Will recommend to my family and friends as must read!

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  • wb
  • 2019-03-27

Beautifully written love story

This is a beautifully written love story with captivating images and dialogue. A must read for all hopeless and hopeful Romantics.

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  • Haveenoughstuff
  • 2019-02-11

Unusual story, love Xe Sands narration

Very interesting novel that spans the life of a woman of 96 in the20th century. The address book chronicles all the people , good and bad,she’s met during her life told in stories about them to her only relative, a great niece. We all have flaws and secrets and above all if we’re lucky, love.

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  • SF girl
  • 2019-01-15

slow and Sappy

Had high hopes for this but it was just ridiculous and sappy to boot. I couldn't identify with the characters and the motivations seemed muddled.

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  • Janet L. Hamilton
  • 2019-02-22

narrator was overwrought <br />

It was sort of a good story, a bit maudlin though. the narrator was awful , lots of superflous inflections...very unnatural sounding. she tried too hard for pathos, over-acted. it was hard to listen to because of that.

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  • Cindy C.
  • 2019-01-29

A Swedish reader would have been better.

I love Xe Sands, having heard her in another book, but the performance was lessened by the lack of a person who spoke Swedish giving some authenticity to the Swedish bits.

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  • Elizabeth S Smith
  • 2019-01-21

disappointing

I chose this based on Frederick Backman's review ( I have loved all his work) and I have previously very much enjoyed the narrator. This book was melodramatic with unsympathetic characters without depth. The story was not believable. I found it to be annoying and a waste of time and a credit.

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  • Debra Celovsky
  • 2019-03-26

Too much exaggerated pathos

This is a book I expected to enjoy much more than I did. The overall concept is interesting - an elderly Swedish woman relives her life through an address book she has kept for many years. After a while the events she recounts began to feel cobbled together. While I understand the necessity of telling the story in the voice of a woman far up in years, this particular narrator was simply exhausting to listen to by the final chapters. The chapters recounting her modeling years in Paris (“Paree” got old, too) were the most interesting- a view into a world one doesn’t often see explored.

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