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  • A Man Called Ove | Fredrik Backman

    A Man Called Ove

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Fredrik Backman
    • Narrated By George Newbern
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    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 behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

    Bill says: "I Laughed and I Cried"
  • My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry: A Novel | Fredrik Backman

    My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Fredrik Backman
    • Narrated By Joan Walker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is 77 years old and crazy, standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus crazy. She is also Elsa's best and only friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother's stories, in the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

    Book Addict says: "Amazing author"
  • Beartown | Fredrik Backman

    Beartown

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Fredrik Backman
    • Narrated By Marin Ireland
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    People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semifinals, and they actually have a shot at winning.

    Gillian says: "A Barrel To The Head, A Slug To The Gut--"
  • Britt-Marie Was Here: A Novel | Fredrik Backman

    Britt-Marie Was Here: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Fredrik Backman
    • Narrated By Joan Walker
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    Britt-Marie can't stand mess. She eats dinner at precisely the right time and starts her day at six in the morning because only lunatics wake up later than that. And she is not passive-aggressive. Not in the least. It's just that sometimes people interpret her helpful suggestions as criticisms, which is certainly not her intention. But at 63, Britt-Marie has had enough. She finally walks out on her loveless 40-year marriage and finds a job in the only place she can: Borg, a small, derelict town devastated by the financial crisis.

    Sara says: "A Gem"
  • And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer: A Novella | Fredrik Backman

    And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer: A Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 9 mins)
    • By Fredrik Backman
    • Narrated By David Morse
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    Grandpa and Noah are sitting on a bench in a square that keeps getting smaller every day. The square is strange but also familiar, full of the odds and ends that have made up their lives: Grandpa's work desk, the stuffed dragon that Grandpa once gave to Noah, the sweet-smelling hyacinths that Grandma loved to grow in her garden.

    Jmo930 says: "Heartbreakingly Perfect"
  • A Man Called Ove | Fredrik Backman

    A Man Called Ove

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Fredrik Backman
    • Narrated By Joan Walker
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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'.

    Don L. says: "5 Stars is not enough"
  • The Scandal | Fredrik Backman

    The Scandal

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Fredrik Backman
    • Narrated By John Sackville
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    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.

  • Britt-Marie Was Here | Fredrik Backman

    Britt-Marie Was Here

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Fredrik Backman
    • Narrated By Joan Walker
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    For as long as anyone can remember, Britt-Marie has been an acquired taste. It's not that she's judgmental or fussy or difficult - she just expects things to be done in a certain way. A cutlery drawer should be arranged in the right order, for example - forks, knives, then spoons. We're not animals, are we? But behind the passive-aggressive, socially awkward, absurdly pedantic busybody is a woman who has more imagination, bigger dreams and a warmer heart than anyone around her realizes.

    kristen says: "A Woman Called Ove"
  • Ma grand-mère vous passe le bonjour | Fredrik Backman

    Ma grand-mère vous passe le bonjour

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Fredrik Backman
    • Narrated By Bernard Gabay
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    Elsa est une enfant solitaire et sa seule amie est sa grand-mère. Mais un jour, la vieille dame meurt : la petite fille fera son deuil en allant transmettre des lettres que sa grand-mère avait écrites pour de nombreux destinataires : lettres d'excuses, de regret et d'amour. Elle comprend petit à petit que les contes qu'elle lui racontait s'inspiraient de personnages bien réels.

    Oregon School Psych says: "Delightful!"
  • Ein Mann namens Ove | Fredrik Backman

    Ein Mann namens Ove

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Fredrik Backman
    • Narrated By Heikko Deutschmann
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    Ove ist der Nachbar aus der Hölle: Jeden Morgen macht er seine Kontrollrunde, schreibt Falschparker auf, räumt Fahrräder an ihren Platz und prüft die Mülltrennung. Aber hinter seinem Gegrummel verbergen sich ein viel zu großes Herz und eine berührende Geschichte. Seit Oves geliebte Frau Sonja gestorben ist und man ihn vorzeitig in Rente geschickt hat, sieht er keinen Sinn mehr in seinem Leben. Doch als nebenan eine junge Familie einzieht...

    Oksana says: "Great listen"
  • Oma lässt grüßen und sagt, es tut ihr leid | Fredrik Backman

    Oma lässt grüßen und sagt, es tut ihr leid

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Fredrik Backman
    • Narrated By Heikko Deutschmann
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    "Versprich mir, dass du mich noch lieb hast, wenn du erfährst, wer ich gewesen bin. Und versprich mir, auf das Schloss aufzupassen. Und auf deine Freunde." Oma zu Elsa. Oma ist 77, Ärztin, Chaotin und treibt die Nachbarn in den Wahnsinn. Elsa ist 7, liebt Wikipedia und Superhelden und hat nur einen einzigen Freund: Nämlich Oma. In Omas Märchen erlebt Elsa die aufregendsten Abenteuer. Bis Oma sie eines Tages auf die größte Suche ihres Lebens schickt - und zwar in der wirklichen Welt.

  • My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises | Fredrik Backman

    My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Fredrik Backman
    • Narrated By Joan Walker
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    The hilarious, heartbreaking novel by the author of the international best seller A Man Called Ove. Granny has been telling fairy tales for as long as Elsa can remember. In the beginning they were only to make Elsa go to sleep, to get her to practise Granny's secret language, and a little because Granny is just about as nutty as a granny should be. But lately the stories have another dimension as well. Something Elsa can't quite put her finger on....

    NH says: "Elsa is my hero!"
  • En mand der hedder Ove | Fredrik Backman

    En mand der hedder Ove

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Fredrik Backman
    • Narrated By Thomas Gulstad
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    Ove er 59 år. Han kører Saab. Folk kalder ham bitter og en nabos værste mareridt. Men Ove er for helvede ikke bitter, bare fordi han ikke smiler fra morgen til aften! Der er heller ikke meget at grine ad, når Ove hver morgen står tidligt op og går en inspektionsrunde i kvarteret. Flytter cykler, rusker i låste døre og kvalitetstjekker naboernes affaldssortering i skralderummet. Men under huden på den rigide regelrytter findes en historie og en sorg.

  • Vieux, râleur et suicidaire: La vie selon Ove | Fredrik Backman

    Vieux, râleur et suicidaire: La vie selon Ove

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Fredrik Backman
    • Narrated By Bernard Gabay
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    Dans le lotissement où il vit depuis quarante ans, Ove est connu pour être un râleur de la pire espèce. Mais depuis qu'il est sans travail, il se sent seul et inutile. Il erre dans sa maison, fait des rondes de quartier pour relever les infractions des habitants. Jusqu'au jour où, las de cette routine, il décide d'en finir. Corde au cou, debout dans le salon, il est prêt à passer à l'acte... C'est sans compter l'arrivée de nouveaux voisins et d'un chat abandonné. Interrompant involontairement ses tentatives de suicide, ceux-ci vont peu à peu pousser Ove dans ses derniers retranchements et le ramener à la vie !

    Robin says: "Great narrator, wonderful story"
  • Britt-Marie war hier | Fredrik Backman

    Britt-Marie war hier

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Fredrik Backman
    • Narrated By Heikko Deutschmann
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    Britt-Marie ist pedantisch und ziemlich zugeknöpft, sagen die Leute. Borg ist ein Kaff und ziemlich abgehängt, sagen die Leute. Britt-Marie hat wegen ihrer Ehekrise nichts mehr außer ihren Putzmitteln und ihren Balkonpflanzen. Borg hat wegen der Wirtschaftskrise nichts mehr außer ein paar Fußballverrückten und einem Jugendzentrum ohne Hausmeister.

  • Alles, was mein kleiner Sohn über die Welt wissen muss | Fredrik Backman

    Alles, was mein kleiner Sohn über die Welt wissen muss

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Fredrik Backman
    • Narrated By Heikko Deutschmann
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    "Ich bitte dich um Entschuldigung. Für alles, was ich in den kommenden achtzehn Jahren tun werde. Für alles, was ich versäumen werde. Alles, was ich nicht verstehe. Für all die Situationen, in denen ich dir schrecklich peinlich bin. Alle Ferienlager, bei denen ich mich freiwillig als Helfer melde. Alle Freundinnen, die du niemals zum Essen mit nach Hause bringst. Für das eine Mal, wenn deine Schule alle Eltern zu einem Brennball-Turnier einlädt und ich die Sache ein kleines bisschen zu ernst nehme.

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