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A Man Called Ove Audiobook

A Man Called Ove

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Publisher's Summary

Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He isn't as young as he used to be. He drives a Saab. He points at people he doesn't like the look of. He is described by those around his as 'the neighbour from hell'.Every morning he makes his inspection rounds of the local streets. He moves bicycles and checks the contents of recycling bins, even though it's been years since he was fired as Chairman of the Residents' Association in a vicious 'coup d'état'.

But behind the surly pedant there is a story, and a sadness. And when on a November morning his new (foreign) neighbours in the terraced house opposite accidentally flatten Ove's letterbox, it sets off a comical and heart-warming tale of unexpected friendship which will change one man - and one community - from their very foundations. Quirky and bittersweet, heartbreaking yet outrageously funny, A Man Called Ove is a life-affirming fable for our times.

©2014 Fredrik Backman (P)2014 Hodder & Stoughton

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    Anne 11/01/2015
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    "Best book i've read in a long time!"

    Wonderful book and beautifully narrated. So many beautiful moments - full of pathos and understated emotion. Want to read it again as I'm sure I'd get something different out of it with each reading. Made me laugh and cry

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anne 04/07/2016
    Anne 04/07/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "A very human insight"

    A very human story of a man slightly depressed after his wife's death and how he is saved by unexpected friends and a cat. Very enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara 24/05/2016
    Barbara 24/05/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book!"

    I don't often finish a book and want to start again, but I do now!!



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    patricia 18/04/2016
    patricia 18/04/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "A man called Ove Splendid"

    So sorry to have finished this intriguing book. Would highly recommend. Innovative and funny whilst always engaging.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eleni 26/11/2016
    Eleni 26/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Beautiful little tale"

    Such a lovely story, written so beautifully as it unpacks life's difficulties with such humour. At its ending, I felt I was all the better for reading it. Highly, highly recommended!

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    3Tinlids 04/11/2016
    3Tinlids 04/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Booked the year"

    I loved this book so made me laugh out loud, cry and feel good. Best book in a long time.

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    Kylie Blackburn North, Australia 01/09/2016
    Kylie Blackburn North, Australia 01/09/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful and enjoyable novel"

    At times I laughed out loud and at others had tears streaming down my cheeks, what a beautiful tale about human relationships and the power of kindness.

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    Erin Aukland 24/08/2016
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    "Overwhelmingly good"

    If you loved The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, then you will completely adore this book. You can't help but fall in love with every character. I simply don't have words to explain how good it is. I have that bereft feeling you get when you finish a truly amazing story and may have to just start it again from the beginning!

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    Lisa 24/07/2016
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    "Touching, enthralling, highly recommended"

    Touching story with characters that will stay with me for a long while. Wry humour and emotional moments entwine. Deft touches by the author reveal the old man's history & explain his present. You can't help but feel affection for Ove as do his neighbours and yes, it did make me cry.

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    Birgit 21/05/2015
    Birgit 21/05/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Story of a Grumpy Old Man"

    Ove is a grumpy old man. Ove is 59, his wife died 6 months or so ago and he has just been made redundant from his job. Ove wants to die to be with his wife, he has nothing left. Ove lives in a housing complex which has rules which must be followed and they WILL be followed. A family of four with another one on the way move into the vacant house next to his.
    Initially Ove comes across as a sad lonely grumpy man who just wants to die. As the story developes and he gets to know Parvana and her family next door who unwittingly thwart a few of his suicide attempts we get to know Ove and the sort of relationship he had with his late wife.
    The story goes from past to present to past etc and we get to know Ove and what makes him tick and also his present relationships and gradually he starts to get less grumpy and realises that maybe there is something to live for.
    Its a lovely story with what I thought a predictable ending with a bit of a laugh.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Donald A. Leischman
    Corvallis,, Oregon United States
    19/09/14
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    "5 Stars is not enough"

    This is one of those rare books you wish would never come to an end. I loved it and will recommend it unhesitatingly. Joan Walker did a fabulous job. I look forward to more from Fredrik Backman.

    Don L.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Judith R King
    La Crescent, MN, US
    14/08/14
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    "Perfect book"
    Would you listen to A Man Called Ove again? Why?

    Yes. It was one of those books that I never wanted to finish. And when finished, I missed Ove and knew it would be hard to find a book I enjoyed as much.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Ove is a composite of people we all have known. He is an ethical curmudgeon but we are ever hopeful for some sign of compassion from him.


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

    No, but I will now look for other books she narrates. She has become one of my favorite narrators.


    If you could take any character from A Man Called Ove out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Pavana would be an interesting character to have dinner with.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this book as I walked in the morning. There were times I laughed aloud and a couple times when I was teary-eyed. When I got home, after my walks, my husband would ask, "So, what's new with Ove today?"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mattias
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    28/10/16
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    "A wonderful story with amazing characters"

    I started to like the character Ove from the very start. It is like the book says: "People like Ove is not made anymore". A lovely story with a good narrater. I highly recommend you to read this and then see the film

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • adnil
    17/10/16
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    "Boring and predictable"

    Boring and predictable enough that I couldn't finish it. Narration a bit too over the top. Maybe there's a surprise ending that makes it worth it? If so I didn't get that far. Sorry to the author but this one just wasn't for me. Tried twice and gave up in exasperation. Perhaps I'm just as old and quirky as Ove....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • lucy
    17/07/16
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    "One of the best books I've read"

    I had high hopes for this book and it definitely did not disappoint. This is one of the sweetest and most beautiful story on love, family, friendship and learning to not judge a book by its cover. It will be worth every minute of your time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jeanette
    Sydney, Australia
    29/04/16
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    "A Well Written Excellent Story"

    This was a beautiful story about A Man Called Ove. I don't want to give any spoilers but it was well written, had an interesting story line and well developed characters. It was delightful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bernard
    23/04/16
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    "Fantastic book"

    This is a fantastic book. I laugh I cried and I wish it never finish .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharron
    Robinvale, Australia
    28/09/15
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    "Good way to use a credit"

    Ove will make you laugh and cry as he plans to "finish" things. He's grumpy and single-minded about everything but cannot avoid becoming involved with those around him - a stray cat, a pregnant neighbour and old friends. What a delightful man!
    I loved this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    4/08/15
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    "Loved it."

    Beautiful story. The character of Ove was so recognizable and her transition so believable.
    Enjoyed the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Norma Dieppa
    Key West
    23/02/15
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    "Simple and entertaining"

    I wasn't too sure about the story line but I took a gamble anyway and purchased it. I am glad I did. The story was sweet and funny and heartbreaking. It was also unique. I loved it and recommend it highly.

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  • Kaggy
    United Kingdom
    22/09/14
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    "All you need is Ove"

    Ove is one of those characters you wish existed in real life. This is one of those books that you want to never end. Highly recommended if you want to read something funny, sad but most of all uplifting.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Lynn T.
    19/09/14
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    "BEST BOOK EVER!!!!"

    Fantastic characters, well written, heartwarming story. Stick with the first few chapters as I wasn't sure if it was "my thing" but I loved it!!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • john morton
    14/07/14
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    "Want to recommend to everyone!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Man Called Ove the most enjoyable?

    Joan Walker's performance compliments the style of the book perfectly.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Loved the way the author slowly builds the character of Ove up. Opening up his story gradually so he becomes less of the "grumpy old man" and into the neighbor you'd love to have


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

    This is first of Joan Walker's performances I've heard but think she done an amazing job narrating this book and her style reminds me very much of Victoria Wood.


    Any additional comments?

    This book will delight and surprise you. Guaranteed.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Kari
    11/11/14
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    "Ove's grumpiness becomes loveable"

    Ove ( aka señor Saab) makes me laugh from the start. At first he's just funny. I know grumpy old men like him - mentioning no names.

    But then gradually I become privy to Ove's personal history and his character and his values. And so I start to understand him, and even agree with and - dare I say - respect his crankiness!

    And even as someone who is not remotely interested in cars, I was fascinated to learn that there are differences (but acceptable differences) between a man who drives a Saab and a man who drives a Volvo. But BMW? How very dare you? And let's not even mention Renault.

    I laughed out loud. I felt for him. I cried.

    Ove doesn't compromise his principles - no matter what happens, he follows the rules. On Ove's watch, no car is allowed to enter the residential area - even if it is an ambulance. And even if it is coming for him.

    The story of Ove has been compared to Allan's in The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared. But Ove and Allan are completely different. The characters are both Swedish. Yes. And the structures of their stories rely heavily on flashbacks to help us understand them - because they are both older main characters, I suppose. But Allan is the opposite of Ove. He seems to saunter through life without a care in the world. Ove is annoyed about everything! His story remains down to earth and tugs at the heartstrings.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Martin
    London, United Kingdom
    27/07/14
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    "For fans of the 100-Year-Old-Man and Harold Fry"
    Any additional comments?

    'A Man Called Ove' is another one of those The-Unlikely-Pilgrimage-of-Harold-Fry, The-Hundred-Year-Old-Man-Who-Climbed-Out-of-the-Window-and-Disappeared and The-Universe-Versus-Alex-Woods-books which are really easy to listen to, humorous, sometimes uplifting and make you think about life a little more. The lesson to learn from Ove's life is that humans are not always as they seem to be on the outside. Ove might give the impression to be a grumpy old man, but you can't dislike him. Behind his moody facade there's a man whom it might take a little while to let people into his heart, but who's also going to be a friend for life once he did.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • glenda
    29/09/14
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    "Brilliant"
    What other book might you compare A Man Called Ove to, and why?

    Haven't read anything to compare. All of human life is here, brilliantly described and read.


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

    No but I will be looking for more now.


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed this book as much as any other I have read. I know these people in fact I'm married to one. Human nature is so well portraid and the amusing side of life brought out to keep us smiling.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Suzanne
    Innsbruck, Austria
    4/12/14
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    "A wonderful. heartwarming, funny book"

    I heard about this on the radio, and when I started listening, I thought I'd made a mistake. Ove is cranky. He is difficult. But listen a little longer, and you can't help but get engrossed in his life, the people he "adopts" (whether they want to be adopted or not), his relationship with his wife (so sad) and so much more.

    This is a story about a man living to die, to join his wife, but he just can't seem to get around to dying, thanks to all the weird and wonderful people who come into his life, usually unexpectedly.

    I loved this so much that I bought 7 copies for friends and family.

    From a narration point of view, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the book (important for me as I know only too well how an unappealing narrator can ruin an otherwise good book).

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Tara
    7/06/15
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    "Narrator a little robotic ."

    it had some very endearing moments. Loved the premise but got bored throughout and didn't feel any of the characters came alive.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • helen
    2/10/14
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    "Brilliant, funny, sad"
    Where does A Man Called Ove rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    at the top.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ove.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    All the characters are well drawn but with such a lightness of touch. This book can wring so many emotions out of you without ever being cloying..


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • S. W. Holdings
    St Martin
    21/09/14
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    "I am married to Ove"

    I feel like I am married to a man like Ove. Angry choleric on the outside, soft and terribly romantic on the inside.
    Lovely and heart warming story about a man who after his wife's death, struggles to find a reason to live other than keeping the order in his housing community and having to help his useless new neighbours.

    The character of Ove is being uncovered in small steps, while the story of his past and presence unfolds.

    Nice Sunday listen

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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