The Red Address Book

Narrated by: Xe Sands
Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
4 out of 5 stars (448 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The global fiction sensation - published in 32 countries around the world - that follows 96-year-old Doris, who writes down the memories of her eventful life as she pages through her decades-old address book. But the most profound moment of her life is still to come....

Meet Doris, a 96-year-old woman living alone in her Stockholm apartment. She has few visitors, but her weekly Skype calls with Jenny - her American grandniece, and her only relative - give her great joy and remind her of her own youth. 

When Doris was a girl, she was given an address book by her father, and ever since she has carefully documented everyone she met and loved throughout the years. Looking through the little book now, Doris sees the many crossed-out names of people long gone and is struck by the urge to put pen to paper. In writing down the stories of her colorful past - working as a maid in Sweden, modelling in Paris during the '30s, fleeing to Manhattan at the dawn of the Second World War - can she help Jenny, haunted by a difficult childhood, unlock the secrets of their family and finally look to the future? And whatever became of Allan, the love of Doris’ life? 

A charming novel that prompts reflection on the stories we all should carry to the next generation, and the surprises in life that can await even the oldest among us, The Red Address Book introduces Sofia Lundberg as a wise - and irresistible - storyteller.

©2017, 2019 Sofia Lundberg; Alice Menzies (English translation) (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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Unusual story, love Xe Sands narration

Very interesting novel that spans the life of a woman of 96 in the20th century. The address book chronicles all the people , good and bad,she’s met during her life told in stories about them to her only relative, a great niece. We all have flaws and secrets and above all if we’re lucky, love.

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A Swedish reader would have been better.

I love Xe Sands, having heard her in another book, but the performance was lessened by the lack of a person who spoke Swedish giving some authenticity to the Swedish bits.

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good story line

well written, likeable characters, a bit predictable at the end, but very sweet indeed. I liked it.

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narrator was overwrought <br />

It was sort of a good story, a bit maudlin though. the narrator was awful , lots of superflous inflections...very unnatural sounding. she tried too hard for pathos, over-acted. it was hard to listen to because of that.

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A story to remember-sad, happy, true life 5/5

Thank you Sofia Lunberg and Alice Menzies for your efforts. A story I will remember.
I saw Xe Sands as narrater, and I said just take it ---she is an excellent reader/narrator/actor. She wears all these hats.

The story is set in Pre WWII--in Sweden. Showing the strife and hardships of life and what paths you must take due to situations you have no control over. It also shows how real people react to problems and deal with life and what is put in front of us along our journey.

This was a very real book---one I could invasion happening and feel the bumps and bruises along the reading, as they occurred. A story I will remember.

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intimate and heart warming

I loved how it flows between present day and memories of her past. very enjoyable to listen

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slow and Sappy

Had high hopes for this but it was just ridiculous and sappy to boot. I couldn't identify with the characters and the motivations seemed muddled.

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Moving and insightful.

Great book. Very moving and insightful to a full life. This book helps one to realize the importance of learning the stories of the elderly which are so often ignored. Recommend to all for the different perspective when most of us are just busy living.

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What a great listen!

This book was hard to put down. The performance was the best I have heard. The story pulls you in to Doris’ life. One of my favorite Audible books

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Sad but beautiful

This story is such a war torn love story, but told in the most beautiful way. It is beautifully written and read.

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