A Man Called Ove

A Novel
Narrated by: J. K. Simmons
Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
Categories: Fiction, Humor
5 out of 5 stars (1,006 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Fredrik Backman’s blockbuster best-selling debut novel is now available in a brand-new recording narrated by Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons!

In this “charming debut” (People) from one of Sweden’s most successful authors, a grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.

A feel-good story in the spirit of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Fredrik Backman’s novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others. “If there was an award for ‘Most Charming Book of the Year,’ this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down.” (Booklist, starred review).    

©2019 Fredrik Backman (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Best book ever!

This hilarious, touching, deep and at times sad story is the most amazing book I have ever read. I was so sad when it ended. I have hundreds of titles in my library and this one tops the lot! I will be listening to all the authors works for sure. I will also watch the movie now that was made from the book. Don’t hesitate to invest in this purchase, you won’t regret it!

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I think I’ll buy a Saab

I’ve been listening to audio books for years, this is the best. I really did laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time.

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Excellent Audio Book

One of the best narrator / character matches. Really great to listen to. Ove came to life.

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Hilarious!

I belly laughed. A lot.
J.K. Simmons was perfect in his interpretation of this very well written story.

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So, SO good!!!

I can’t believe how much I love this book. It’s so sweet and touching. I just love everything about it! A must read!

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A must Read

I laughed and cried during this book. I can picture so men of the men in life acting this way. It is a must!

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The best

I laughed. I cried. I laughed again. This was an amazing story. And the narrator was awesome!

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great book

A wonderful story and the narrator voice was perfect for this book. highly recommend you read or listen to the book.

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sad, funny, heartwarming, AMAZING!!!

Man, this one hits ya right in all the feels. Saw waaaay too much of myself in Ove. Great story, didn’t want it to end.

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Beautiful but cutesy

I loved this sentimental story that captured something about human love and faithfulness. I thought the ending was too perfect... would have preferred something more realistic that would have left me with the feeling these characters were real people and this story could have really happened. As it is, the knots were tied just a bit too perfectly. Still I enjoyed the story.