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  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (625 ratings)

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My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises

By: Fredrik Backman
Narrated by: Joan Walker
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International best-selling author of A Man Called Ove, Fredrik Backman, delivers a stunning second novel with My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises, narrated in this audiobook edition by Joan Walker. Young Elsa and her grandmother aren’t like other people. When her grandmother dies Elsa is devastated but she leaves behind an adventure for Elsa to go on which delivers her right into the heart of the fairytales she used to tell her. This book is both tremendously funny and deeply moving – underlying it is the heartbreaking reality of a little girl who struggles to find her place in a world that fears those who are different. Available now from Audible.

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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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Superb book

Loved the book...an easy and entertaining read. Funny, Sad...family life, school life, a young girl growing up and dealing with so many things . Just a wonderful read. The narrator was magnificent and I felt like I was in the story...didn't want it to end.

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Some books change you forever

This book has easily cemented itself as one of my favourites. Beautifully written, the story effortlessly unfolds and makes you fall in love over and over again.
We all need super heroes like granny and Elsa in our lives.

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Fredrick Backman

Narrater - Joan Walker, you bought this magnificent story alive thank you. Fredrick unbelievable, full of love and magic

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Great Listening

I loved this quirky book with lovely narration with great expression throughout tge story. The story told through a childs eye and with imagination and humour.

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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)

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brilliant

Absolutely loved this book...made me laugh cry think ponder reflect and think about my family

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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.

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brilliant

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

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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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I loved it!

The narrator did a fantastic job with this story. I was riveted from start to finish. I can only wish I had this kind of whimsically wonderful relationship with my Grandmother!

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