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Us Against You

By: Fredrik Backman
Narrated by: John Sackville
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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 Audio

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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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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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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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Heartbreaking

Another wonderful, heartbreaking story of the Beartown residents. I laughed, cried, got angry and genuinely felt for all the characters. It will take me a while to recover but I am looking forward to the final instalment.

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Beautiful story

Very well written story of a small community and a beautiful insight into humanity, the power of togetherness and the ups and downs of life. New favourite author!

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Riveting

Read book 1 and 2 in succession…amazing…thought provoking… the worst and best of human kind.

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A fantastic follow up in the series

This town, these people, their faults, their passions - it all comes together to bring about a tale that will leave you heartbroken and riveted, heartwarmed and captivated. Laughing one minute, crying the next. Backman is an extraordinary writer, a story weaver that has you under his spell. You feel like you know these people, like you live in the town and their experiences become your experiences. You want it all to work out.

This season we have a new surprising coach, a new team with (with some old faves still in it), a smooth talking politician (how does he keep juggling everything??) and a new love story. It's so wonderful to see the town favourites back (Romona, Benji, Sune), their wise words and brave actions are the backbone of this town.

But it's the everyday observations that Backman writes about that gets me. Things you don't think about until he says them, then you can't stop thinking about them. They're my favourite parts and it's what makes me read more of his books.

A shout out to the amazing talent of Jack Sackville who narrated the audiobook. I could listen to him forever.

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Loved it!

Loved it from start to finish!
People, places, thoughts and feelings described in the most beautiful and real way...
Cannot wait to start the next one!

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A moving story

Beautifully written, if at times a little repetitive. I did get a little bored part way through but glad I kept with it.

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One of my favourite novels

I loved this book so much, more than the first one, which I thought was hard to top. The author has such a unique and quirky style, as does this narrator who made the whole listening experience amazing and peaceful. I was in shambles at the end and have rarely been as moved by a book. Really interesting character construction, and very real. Will forever love this series

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