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The Scandal Audiobook

The Scandal

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Publisher's Summary

Late one evening towards the end of March, a teenager picked up a double-barrelled shotgun, walked into the forest, put the gun to someone else's forehead and pulled the trigger. This is the story of how we got there.

Beartown is a small town in a large Swedish forest. For most of the year it is under a thick blanket of snow, experiencing the kind of cold and dark that brings people closer together - or pulls them apart. Its isolation means that Beartown has been slowly shrinking with each passing year.

But now the town is on the verge of an astonishing revival. Everyone can feel the excitement. Change is in the air, and a bright new future is just around the corner. Until the day it is all put in jeopardy by a single brutal act. It divides the town into those who think it should be hushed up and forgotten and those who'll risk the future to see justice done.

At last it falls to one young man to find the courage to speak the truth that it seems no one else wants to hear. With the town's future at stake, no one can stand by or stay silent. Everyone is on one side or the other. Which side would you be on?

©2017 Fredrik Backman (P)2017 Penguin AudioBooks

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"As popular Swedish exports go, Backman is up there with ABBA and Stieg Larsson." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    "I guess I had high expectations "

    Well written, enjoyable - but I was always waiting for the climax which I felt never real came.

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    Eddie May 22/09/2017
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    "another great book from Hendrik"

    Another wonderful story. superbly written again and spoken with feeling and intensity. didnt want it to finish.

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    Carmen Schöffel 17/09/2017
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    "Brilliant, weekday a story teller."

    The final chapter had my goosebumps up for six minutes. So very well written. Loved it.

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    "A well written tale"

    I was slowly dragged into the lives of this small ferocious community. Felt sad to say goodbye to the many well-drawn characters .

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    Judith 09/09/2017
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    "Insightful and gripping story"

    An insight into people and small communities that makes it hard to stop listening. A moving portrait of a small town coping with sporting obsession.

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    "Learnt a lot about ice hockey!"

    I really enjoyed this book, a great story but also loved the context, as it's a setting I knew nothing about. The characters were extremely well developed and you can empathize with them all. It was also great to listen to a story set in ice and snow in the middle of a Madrid 40 degree summer.

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    "Also published as Beartown"

    Disappointing in every way. Poor story and bizarre narration. Where did those accents come from?

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    .... like all his other ones ;-) great story and very sensitive observations on the human condition.

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