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The Scandal Audiobook

The Scandal

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Publisher's Summary

Late one evening towards the end of March, a teenager picked up a double-barrelled shotgun, walked into the forest, put the gun to someone else's forehead and pulled the trigger. This is the story of how we got there.

Beartown is a small town in a large Swedish forest. For most of the year it is under a thick blanket of snow, experiencing the kind of cold and dark that brings people closer together - or pulls them apart. Its isolation means that Beartown has been slowly shrinking with each passing year.

But now the town is on the verge of an astonishing revival. Everyone can feel the excitement. Change is in the air, and a bright new future is just around the corner. Until the day it is all put in jeopardy by a single brutal act. It divides the town into those who think it should be hushed up and forgotten and those who'll risk the future to see justice done.

At last it falls to one young man to find the courage to speak the truth that it seems no one else wants to hear. With the town's future at stake, no one can stand by or stay silent. Everyone is on one side or the other. Which side would you be on?

©2017 Fredrik Backman (P)2017 Penguin AudioBooks

What the Critics Say

"As popular Swedish exports go, Backman is up there with ABBA and Stieg Larsson." (The New York Times Book Review)

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  • Elaine
    9/1/17
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    "Learnt a lot about ice hockey!"

    I really enjoyed this book, a great story but also loved the context, as it's a setting I knew nothing about. The characters were extremely well developed and you can empathize with them all. It was also great to listen to a story set in ice and snow in the middle of a Madrid 40 degree summer.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • John Bullard
    Salisbury, England
    9/20/17
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    "Also published as Beartown"

    Disappointing in every way. Poor story and bizarre narration. Where did those accents come from?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • HeilanBling
    Inverness
    10/1/17
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    "Great story, terrible voices!"

    I absolutely love Fredrik Backman so was really looking forwards to this book. it's very different to his others but still totally gripping and brilliant.
    I did however have a seriously hard time getting used to the narration; nearly returned the download at first to swap to my kindle but stuck with it as it meant I could listen to it while I work. It's fine for the narrator type tracts but the kids voices were just awful! Like some bad Nickelodeon cartoon where adults are obviously trying to sound like kids. I dunno, it just sounded off...I'd be interested to see what other people thought of it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Carsten
    9/14/17
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    "Amazing book!"

    .... like all his other ones ;-) great story and very sensitive observations on the human condition.

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