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My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises Audiobook

My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises

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Publisher's Summary

The hilarious, heartbreaking novel by the author of the international best seller A Man Called Ove.

Granny has been telling fairy tales for as long as Elsa can remember. In the beginning they were only to make Elsa go to sleep, to get her to practise Granny's secret language, and a little because Granny is just about as nutty as a granny should be. But lately the stories have another dimension as well. Something Elsa can't quite put her finger on....

Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is 77 years old and crazy. Standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus crazy. She is also Elsa's best and only friend.

At night Elsa runs to her grandmother's stories, to the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas. There everybody is different, and nobody needs to be normal.

So when Elsa's grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has hurt, it marks the beginning of Elsa's greatest adventure. Her grandmother's letters lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and totally ordinary old crones - but also to the truth about fairy tales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.

My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises is told with the same comic accuracy and beating heart as Fredrik Backman's best-selling debut novel A Man Called Ove. It is a story about life and death and one of the most important human rights: the right to be different.

©2015 Fredrik Backman (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton

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    Barbara 06/06/2016
    Barbara 06/06/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "another wonderful book by this author!"

    Wasn't 100% sure when this book started, but it got better and better. Can't wait to read the next one. Fantastic narration too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth anderson 23/03/2016
    Ruth anderson 23/03/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "brilliant"

    brilliantly written, a great viewpoint of an almost eight year old. loved the world created by granny

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Megan Humphries 02/02/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Just couldn't finish it."

    I wanted to like this and I kept listening even though I had lost interest.
    I find the child completely unbelievable and incredibly annoying and the story very difficult to get into. Having recently heard 'Lost and Found', which was brilliant, this felt like a poor imitation (though I'm sure there are more differences than similarities)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer2 13/06/2015
    Jennifer2 13/06/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Fly by night."

    I struggled with this book and in fact did not finish it. Only Joan's brilliant reading made it reasonable. The ideas in the book could be great, but then the author came up with imaginary 'kingdoms' each with own names and they keep surfacing ad nauseam.
    Granny's intent was to take Elsa out of 'normal' life into imagination so she can escape if she struggles with people and situations and sometimes she succeeds. Granny is an irascible (unbelievable for an intelligent) learned individual. Elsa is a precocious 7 going on 35 year year old.Her understanding and response to people is not real for age. She has a special language known to her and Granny and recognises later that other friends of her grandmother also 'spoke' it. Spare me!
    I don't like the roughness of the book or the swearing. All round rather an odd story that needs overhaul. Some concepts reminded me of 'To Kill a Mockjngbird' but where that is a classic, this is a fly by night.

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  • Catherine Smith
    27/08/15
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    "wonderfully engaging, great story well read."

    As the story unfolds it grips you, a wonderful complex story which keeps you interested to the last 'page'. The narration is delightful.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • GarnetBooks
    20/07/15
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    "Great story with memorable characters"
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises to be better than the print version?

    Yes - the storyline is creative and imaginative which is so much more fun to listen to, than read. The style of writing is conversational, too which is better to listen to. The narrator fits perfectly with the style of the novel.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters and imaginary elements - a very true representation of the things parents and grandparents do to reassure children.


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

    I haven't before but would listen to other performances by her.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The relationship between Elsa and Granny is one that a lot of people could relate to - I didn't cry but I did laugh out loud and smile at the anecdotes.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Lulu
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    29/07/15
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    "Irresistible, Funny and Delectable"

    The book starts off with some laugh-out-humour which makes you think, "hmmm, just what the doctor ordered."
    At this point too, I thought, my 12 year old needs to be in on this so, I let him listen to a few chapters and confirmed its a book for both young adults and adults. However, it is not long into the book when the fairly complex and very childlike fairytales seem to take over the real story. And one might be tempted to either skip the parts with the fairytale (which would prove tedious given how intertwined the fairytale parts are with the underlying real story) or give up reading the book altogether on the premise that for adults, the film (when it does come out) would be better tuned to keep adults engaged!!
    But, dear readers, hang on and try to follow the tedious fairytales which in fact, you will come to realise, are the life stories that in turn explain the problems/issues faced by the different characters in the book... Sorry, I refuse to say more in fear of releasing spoilers!!
    Anyway, I think the underlying stories of each of the characters were well thought of and the whole story in itself, very touching and delivered with both empathy and humour in good measure so preventing readers from drowning in sorrow or being torn apart by heartbreak.
    At some point, the author introduces a few twists to the story, adding a bit of thriller that just compels you to read on and think!!! The ending was worth every struggle through the sometimes overbearing fairytales!!
    This book is worth every penny and time spent on it!! It should be in the running for bestseller and would make a great film!!

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • fiona
    19/07/15
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    "Very good"

    At first I thought this was going to be too much like a children's book but soon came to love and need to know the full story 😄

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Milly Q M Webster
    24/06/15
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    "Loved it!"

    Great story, perfectly read! It was a bit of an emotional roller coaster though, very funny and also deeply sad in the very same breath.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Kelly
    United Kingdom
    24/06/15
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    "Heartwarming"

    I wasn't overwhelmed by the story but it's a heartwarming listen and told from an interesting perspective. If only my family were as unique!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Catriona Ferris
    Guildford, Surrey
    14/08/15
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    "Really different story beautifully told."

    It feels a bit like teen fiction but it is not. It Ida complex plot of relationships, fear. But mostly it is about a grand mothers love and loving being different.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Mr M.
    5/07/15
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    "A roller coaster of emotions."

    Was initially a little dubious but tend to listen to different books than I would read, so gave it a go. Amazing book, I have laughed out loud and sobbed my heart out in the same minute. Fabulous. Would recommend to everyone.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • MaMaMason
    Lake District, UK
    16/01/16
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    "I loved a Man Called Ove, this doesn't come close."

    I listened to A Man Called Ove and loved it, so thought I'd try this - I've had to give up listening as I'm finding it utterly tedious. Just my opinion, but it's not particularly funny and it's not resonating with me.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Gavin
    Dunbar, United Kingdom
    25/09/16
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    "Great Story but not quite Ove"

    A man called Ove was one of my favourite books for years and this is close but not quite up there. It is a witty and well crafted novel with just enough depth to make it a joy to listen to.
    Told through the eyes of a child the story is far from childish and there are enough adult topics explored to challenge the reader.
    The constant stream of reveals is brilliant and there were many surprises.
    And then I ma told the next book is even better....

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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