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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

What the Critics Say

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

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    Anonymous 25/08/2017
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    the art of learning 15/11/2017
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    "Bit of a boring story."

    At times, you lose interest due to the story being dragged out. The story goes back over it’s self a few to many times.

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    Claire 08/11/2017
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    "Compelling "

    Touched on so many aspects of life and how society behaves and responds.
    I would recommend this book to everyone and think it should be on school book lists because it addresses such a wide range of behaviours and would encourage discussion.

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    Janet 13/10/2017
    Janet 13/10/2017 Member Since 2016
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    " Very disssapointing"

    If you absolutely love ice hockey read this book
    Very long winded and repetitive throughout.

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    Eddie May 22/09/2017
    Eddie May 22/09/2017 Member Since 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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  • Elaine
    1/09/17
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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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • John Bullard
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    "Also published as Beartown"

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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • HeilanBling
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    1/10/17
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    "Great story, terrible voices!"

    I absolutely love Fredrik Backman so was really looking forwards to this book. it's very different to his others but still totally gripping and brilliant.
    I did however have a seriously hard time getting used to the narration; nearly returned the download at first to swap to my kindle but stuck with it as it meant I could listen to it while I work. It's fine for the narrator type tracts but the kids voices were just awful! Like some bad Nickelodeon cartoon where adults are obviously trying to sound like kids. I dunno, it just sounded off...I'd be interested to see what other people thought of it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Darkstomper
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    "Slow to build but in the end strong"

    This took awhile to get into. I’m not sure if it was the narrator or the content. Very strong end and enjoyed. Nothing at all wrong with the narrator per se but it just didn’t seem to fit the story.

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    "I want to read this again"

    This was the most amazing story of love, hate and emotion it made me cry then laugh. What a talented author, I have loved all the books I have read so far and I’m hungry for more!

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  • Clare
    19/10/17
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    "Disappointing"

    Such a misogynistic story. I hope those kids don’t really exist anywhere with their bullying attitudes to their juniors and sexist to the point of disgust attitude to girls of their age.
    I’ve read a few books from the same author which I loved but can’t recommend this one

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  • Carsten
    14/09/17
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    "Amazing book!"

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

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