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The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules

A Novel
Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
Series: Little Old Lady, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
Categories: Fiction, Humor
3.5 out of 5 stars (204 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel meets The Italian Job in internationally best-selling author Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg's witty and insightful comedy of errors about a group of delinquent seniors whose desire for a better quality of life leads them to rob and ransom priceless artwork.

Martha Andersson may be 79 years old and live in a retirement home, but that doesn't mean she's ready to stop enjoying life. So when the new management of Diamond House starts cutting corners to save money, Martha and her four closest friends - The Genius, The Rake, Christina, and Anna-Gretta (aka the League of Pensioners) - won't stand for it. Fed up with early bedtimes and overcooked veggies, this group of feisty seniors sets about to regain their independence, improve their lot, and stand up for seniors everywhere.

Their solution? White collar crime. What begins as a relatively straightforward robbery of a nearby luxury hotel quickly escalates into an unsolvable heist at the National Museum. With police baffled and the Mafia hot on their trail, the League of Pensioners has to stay one walker's length ahead if it's going to succeed.

Told with all the insight and humor of A Man Called Ove or Where'd You Go Bernadette?, The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules is a delightful and heartwarming novel that goes to prove the adage that it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years.

©2017 Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Interesting possibilities. Terrible narration.

This may be delightful. The possibilities for the story are great. Halfway through the first download, I just had to quit. The shrillness of the narration was just too much.

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Too wordy

This book was a struggle, it would have benefited from some serious editing. Maybe it was the translation, maybe the reader.

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OMG I thought it would never end!

The book dragged on f-o-r-e-v-e-r. This story would have done well as a short story, period. There were too many characters and some were completely irrelevant. The narrator’s voice got on my nerves as well. With that said, I don’t think I’ll be listening to any sequels.

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A good one!

Very entertaining. Performed well by the narrator. Maybe getting old is more exciting than I thought!

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Cute but slow

There are many opportunities for comedy, but the plot is so drawn out that the intended punchlines are lost by wandering attention. This narration is good for harmless, background noise. Put your money on Heron Carvic's Miss Seeton series, if you are looking for some guffaw- out- loud moments. Too bad Audible has only produced a few of them!

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fun, educational, and encouraging.

this is a clebertsle told by an elderly person with wit, Grace, and cleverness, for mostly all ages.

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Poor

Boring from page one long and very poor story line would like a credit to my account for this book

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A bit rambling

Cute but... uh.... I never thought I'd utter these words:

This would have made a better movie than a book.

Seriously, I could have really enjoyed this as a borderline slap-stick comedy movie. Maybe something was literally lost in translation, but the long, winding descriptive passages didn't spark the reader's imagination in the same way that JK Rowling's description of a feast in the Great Hall at Hogwarts does.

That said, loveable characters, silly premise -- not a total waste of time.

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Clever Plot

Listen to this selection as an antidote to these stressful times. Great characters and lots of fun.

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value our elders.

My book club choose this lighthearted novel for our December read. Although very different from anything I would normally select I did enjoy it.
I did have to rewind several times as it didn't hold my attention in some places. Some of my take-away thoughts are that in everyday life many of our elder citizens are under valued for their ideas and longing for adventure.
I visited a retirement home during the time I was reading this book and was telling some of the residents there about it. They thought it sounded like a great read and plan to get it!
Might be a new group of Pensioners forming in the midwest of USA!!