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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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  • Global
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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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  • Chloe Leong
  • 05/06/2018

A light-hearted good read

I like how the narrator uses different tones to express the mood and perspective of the characters. Overall, a very enjoyable audiobook of a man whose life seems unfair but persist to fight on, until he thought he has nothing to fight for anymore. I did cry at the end of the book. An overall light-hearted book. For me, it tells that we all need to belong to something, a network of support that gives us some kind of purpose in life when all you thought you had are gone. It is true, we don't see man like Ove anymore. An honest man with strong principles, and loved his wife.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21/04/2018

Such a moving book

I truly enjoyed this book. It’s funny and heart wrenching and yet utterly heart warming too. The performance of the characters is really good - Joan Walker narrates it beautifully. I’m so sad to come to the end of this book.

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  • Robert N. Stephenson
  • 18/03/2018

Yes, ireally is this good

If you could sum up A Man Called Ove in three words, what would they be?

Simply sublime

What did you like best about this story?

It has a gentleness and humour that was, makes you laugh and makes you cry. Quite special qualities.

What about Joan Walker’s performance did you like?

Very calm and measured and engaging. Will find other book she has performed

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Already a film out

Any additional comments?

Do yourself the favour. Must is said about a Man Called Ove, it really is that good.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01/12/2017

With tears with laughter with Ove unimaginable loss

It such warm feeling... whilst experiencing Ove’s unimaginable loss...I could not help but wonder.... the ones love can bring the world, can also take away the thought of living

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  • Meg SA
  • 18/11/2017

Wonderful! An absolute must!

Such wonderful imagery and characterisation. Great narration. Really feel-good story. I loved it and will listen to it again.

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  • Krosje
  • 07/11/2017

The story is good but the reading is terrible.

the voices are so exaggerated and unnatural. not nice to listen to although the story itself is good

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  • Elissa
  • 08/10/2017

Tedious

Did not finish...
I tried to like it after reading so many positive reviews.
Found the character annoying.

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  • Philip
  • 11/09/2017

story too simple but well narrated

I loved the beginning but struggled to finish if because I was expecting a lot more excitement. the narrator did a good job though and it is an easy read for those who like those kinds of books.

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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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  • 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

  • Global
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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!

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  • Ali
  • 12/03/2017

wrong pronounced name

it was narrated good except the name Parvaneh. it is like par(like bad)_vaa_neh(like meh). All three parts are long.