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Us Against You

Narrated by: John Sackville
Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Us Against You by Fredik Backman, read by John Sackville. 

A small, broken town sits on the edge of a frozen lake surrounded by a forest, its wounds still raw from a tragedy that tore its fragile community in two.

Beartown has lost its way. Now the cold and dark that surround the snowbound town creep in, and so do new conflicts and tensions. What was once a friendly rivalry with the neighbouring town is beginning to turn sinister and Beartown braces itself for another tragic blow.

How far will the people of Beartown go to preserve their reputations for a second, deadly time?

Us Against You is a spell-binding exposition of small-town life in all its flawed complexity.

©2018 Fredrik Backman (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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Excellent

So so good, a great listen. Not the happiest of stories, but then we don't always get a happy ending in life and Beartown embraces its flaws and celebrates its successes, as we all should.

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If I could give it 6 stars I would

I cried and laughed and my heart ached when I listened to this sequel. Backman touches the reader’s soul like nobody can. It’s one of those books that will stay with you forever. Simply amazing writing which finished way too soon.

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Anotherv wonderful story

Fredrik Backman writes such wonderful works. This one is no exception. So many moments of breathtakingly beautiful human interaction amid an engaging narrative. A balm for a tired heart. Great performance by John Sackville. Thanks to you both.

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Great book

This book is full of emotions followed by a really good story. I got hooked with the first book and the 2nd was no regret.

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Not as good

I am a huge fan of this author, in fact he wrote one of my favourite books, A Man Called Ove, and enjoyed all the others as well but this one was so depressing without the usual hope that goes with the sad. Wouldn't read again.

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All amazing!

My favourite author, and now favourite narrator, don't disappoint! Inspiring, heartbreaking, loveable, laughable, tragic. Best.

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Gritty but powerful

The characters are so imperfectly real that they draw you into the story and provoke strong reactions in the reader. Nothing is black and white and the complexities of small town life are captured perfectly.

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  • Vassilevskai
  • 12-02-2019

First part was excellent but this one was better

Great book, lot more emotions then in first part. Story is compelling and keeps you tangled not allowing you to stop listening. At times I really struggled to stop reading. Highly recommended.

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  • soretha
  • 09-09-2018

Loved it...

As always, amazing book and performance! Would recommend it to anyone looking for a real story...

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  • Linda Hrönn Eggertsdóttir
  • 05-08-2018

Grate book, grate author. My favorite

Amazing book, so full of motions and descriptions of human nature. Would recommend everyone to read his books




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  • Jesutofunmi Mojeed
  • 25-07-2018

In Awe of This Man

Never has a book made me shed so many tears, in so many public places.
I am in awe of how Frederick Backman writes.
How he’s able to make you feel things you didn’t know you were capable of feeling.

Thank you for this book, so timely. We all needed it.

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  • Dans.
  • 20-07-2018

He always makes me cry

About 3/4 of the way through I thought, I love this, but not as much as Bear Town. But oh, the ending had left a big lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. And I just was Benji to be a real person. Because how can you not love Benji?

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  • Sam
  • 16-04-2019

Great but nothing on the original

I liked this book but I loved the original to it. Although the first one did kinda cut us off short and it was nice to find out what happened to everyone it was ultimately a fairly depressing read. Well written, great ideas, just a bit heavy

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  • Ms B. Fonay
  • 22-01-2019

Outstanding

Incredible sequel to Beartown. Fredrik Backman is an outstanding writer. The depth of compassion and thoroughness he approaches these big issues with is mindblowing.
These books explore masculinity, in view of toxic masculinity. But there is nothing black and white here though. First book explored it more from the feminine viewpoint (and despite being a male writer he did 110%justice to it), second explored it more from the male point of view.
I have cried like never before while listening - my heart broke over and over in the most beautiful way. Catharsis is rarely reached by reading, but God knows these two made it happen.

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  • Stephen
  • 04-01-2019

Brilliant

wasn't sure if I wanted a second book after the first was so very good but this does not dissapoint. absolutely brilliant story that should be listened to again and again.

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  • Jackie
  • 15-11-2018

brilliant .

my new favourite author . will be buying his books as Christmas presents. listening again.

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  • 12-11-2018

A disappointing sequel

Didn't finish this. The prose was overly complex and repetitive with nothing happening. A shame.

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  • M. Cofferon
  • 08-11-2018

I want to live in Beartown

Following swiftly on from Fredrik Backman’s Beartown this is another stunning novel. Ove got me reading printed text again after quite a break (I’m a fussy reader). I started Beartown on the kindle but moved onto the audiobook version after a couple of chapters and some long car journeys. I’ll not discuss characters or plot but would say I really enjoyed John Sackvilles narration. The use of rural accents for the characters adds to atmosphere created by the author and helped me immerse myself in the story. Fantastic.

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  • McSmith
  • 21-09-2018

The audible version wasn't for me!

Backman writes a great story, as ever but for a story set in Sweden, the odd slightly Welsh then west country accents of the narrator threw me totally!

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  • Lucy
  • 29-07-2018

An observation of life and relationships

Loved this. A gentle story dealing with significsnt life events and how this affects the wider community. All with the back drop of ice hockey.
This is the 4th book I've read by the author, who is becoming one of my favourites. Good narration, and hard to put down.

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  • Thewilsonman
  • 24-07-2018

Damn you Backman!

This man toys with my emotions. These Beartown books are bleak and hopeful at the same time.
The characters are brought to life by excellent writing and brilliant narration.
I don’t normally go for books of this nature however I bought them on the strength of Backman’s previous excellent works.
Just as you expect a normal nice thing to happen it doesn’t and exactly the opposite too!
Highly recommended!!!

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  • June
  • 13-07-2018

Wonderful sequel!

Fredrick Backman, an author who portentiously portrays emotions. Don’t miss it! I’m looking forward to his next novel. Can’t wait!