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A Man Called Ove

Lu par : Joan Walker
Durée : 9 h et 12 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (16 notations)

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Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He isn't as young as he used to be. He drives a Saab. He points at people he doesn't like the look of. He is described by those around his as 'the neighbour from hell'.Every morning he makes his inspection rounds of the local streets. He moves bicycles and checks the contents of recycling bins, even though it's been years since he was fired as Chairman of the Residents' Association in a vicious 'coup d'état'.

But behind the surly pedant there is a story, and a sadness. And when on a November morning his new (foreign) neighbours in the terraced house opposite accidentally flatten Ove's letterbox, it sets off a comical and heart-warming tale of unexpected friendship which will change one man - and one community - from their very foundations. Quirky and bittersweet, heartbreaking yet outrageously funny, A Man Called Ove is a life-affirming fable for our times.

©2014 Fredrik Backman (P)2014 Hodder & Stoughton

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Great story

I loved this story about a grumpy , misunderstood old man. the performance was very good , butvtge story was brilliant and heart breaking in places.

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  • Don L.
  • 19/09/2014

5 Stars is not enough

This is one of those rare books you wish would never come to an end. I loved it and will recommend it unhesitatingly. Joan Walker did a fabulous job. I look forward to more from Fredrik Backman.

Don L.

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  • Judith R King
  • 14/08/2014

Perfect book

Would you listen to A Man Called Ove again? Why?

Yes. It was one of those books that I never wanted to finish. And when finished, I missed Ove and knew it would be hard to find a book I enjoyed as much.

What did you like best about this story?

Ove is a composite of people we all have known. He is an ethical curmudgeon but we are ever hopeful for some sign of compassion from him.

Have you listened to any of Joan Walker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but I will now look for other books she narrates. She has become one of my favorite narrators.

If you could take any character from A Man Called Ove out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Pavana would be an interesting character to have dinner with.

Any additional comments?

I listened to this book as I walked in the morning. There were times I laughed aloud and a couple times when I was teary-eyed. When I got home, after my walks, my husband would ask, "So, what's new with Ove today?"

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25/01/2020

What a man!

There's a little bit of Ove in all of us.
He's Relatable. Fantastic Swedish humour.
Heartwarming

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  • Cam
  • 08/01/2020

Beautiful

Beautiful story
Beautifully written
Beautifully narrated
A story I can relate to in more ways than one

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  • Rahul K.
  • 25/11/2019

Wonderful!!

I had read the book and honestly don't know why did i download an audiobook when i knew the story, guess i could not get over "Over"

All i can say, my late night tiring drives back home from work were filled with the voice of Joan narrating this beautiful story. So much so, that i noticed when i intentionally slowed down so as to listen to more and may be finish the chapter!

Thank you.

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  • s janse van rensburg
  • 22/11/2019

An amazing surprise.

I groaned when I started it. But hung onto every word by the end. Loved it

A beautiful story and completely unexpected to enjoy it as much as I did.

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  • Cliente de Amazon
  • 25/10/2019

Provoca reflexión, risas, llanto. Muy recomendable!

Es una historia súper linda, bien contada y excelentemente narrada para el audiolibro. Un libro para ponerse de buenas cuando buscas algo ligero, que te deje con un muy buen sabor de boca.

Excelente narradora, se nota que disfruta de la historia y los personajes, hace diferentes voces, cambia de entonación, enuncia muy bien.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18/10/2019

Heart warming book with brilliant humor

At first, narrator being a woman seemed to drop my concentration whenever she spoke Ove's words.
However, either I got used to it or she fell deeply into her roles and being finished, it was awesome.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04/10/2019

So much better than i expected

When i chose to start listening to a man called ove, i didnt expect it to wow me at all. But I have just reached the end and i must say it is an excellent book. So many emotions have ran through me while listening to this book. Ove is no doubt the most touching and inspiring character i have encountered in a while.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09/07/2019

By far the best audiobook!!!

This storie is literally the best book i have ever read/listened too. I made my whole family read it!!!

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  • BikerJoe
  • 04/08/2016

Grumpy old man with a big heart

Reading Fredrik Backman's "A man called Ove" makes you feel good. It is a moving story, it will make you laugh and maybe shed a tear now and then. Sometimes you might fear that it is getting close to become a little bit corny, but Fredrik Backman skillfully stays clear of that. Joan Walker is the perfect voice for this narrative and it is a pure pleasure to listen to her.

The heart and soul of the story is the grumpy old man, called Ove. When he lost his wife, his world fell apart and he became a broken man. He spends his days, inspecting the neighbourhood for misdemeanors or he is visiting the grave of his wife to talk to her. He became bitter and lonesome and since there is nothing left to do for him, he decides to end his life. Easier that than done, each and everytime he is prepared to do it, somebody needs his help. It might be a small freezing kitten, a helplesss neighbor, who cannot backup his trailer, a neighbor with a handicapped husband and so on. Ove's prickly appearance might fool you, he has a big heart and he will solve the problem.

All the characters in this story are drawn with so much love and detail, you will be tempted to look for them in your neighborhood. In a way they are stereotypes, but regardless of that, they form an enchanting kaleidoscope of todays urban society.

It is beautiful story, nicely told and the prose is more than adequate. It is simply a good book.

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  • Claudia
  • 29/12/2014

schönstes Buch seit langem

dieses Hörbuch ist das schönste, das ich seit langem - wenn nicht sogar überhaupt - gehört habe. Im Vergleich zur deutschen Version fand ich die englische Sprecherin mitreißender. Für mich ist die Geschichte des schrulligen Ove eine tolle Kombination aus berührend, lustig und herzergreifend. Teilweise erinnert sie mich an den Film Gran Torino und ich würde mich freuen, auch Ove irgendwann im Kino zu sehen ; -)

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  • The Wine Glass Boutique
  • 02/02/2019

Asolutely fantastic!!!

Joan did an exceptional job as narrator.
Unique, beautiful sorry in an outstanding English translation.
A must read/listen to ;)

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  • Katharina Wunder
  • 01/12/2017

wundervoll!!

Das Buch ist einfach wundervoll! Herzerwärmend, lustig und einfach schön. Die Sprecherin ist erste klasse!

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 02/09/2017

einzigartig

tolle Sprecherin und wirklich berührende Geschichte. Humorvoll erzählt. Kann es wirklich nur empfehlen. Viel Spaß!

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  • Lama
  • 07/07/2017

Humor und Traurigkeit

Die Story ist sehr bewegend
Die Charaktere so verschieden und einmalig
Die Sprecherin imitiert alle hervorragend

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  • Jessmon
  • 15/06/2017

Lovely!

I really love the narrators voice! Beautiful story of Ove and his neighbours. Not the last time that I heard it!

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  • Katharina L.
  • 05/06/2017

Amazing

I've never "read" a book so touching. I couldn't stop myself from smiling and crying even if I wanted to. What a lovely story!

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  • Dina S.
  • 18/05/2017

Just lovely!

This story made me laugh and cry numerous times - and I just loved the characters! Furthermore the reader has a pleasant voice and perfectly 'acts out' the different scenes. What a great listening experience!

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 16/05/2017

Awesome

Loved it! Laughed and cried the whole way through! The characters are superbly written & very relatable!