A Man Called Ove

  • by Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by George Newbern
  • 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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. 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.

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I Laughed and I Cried


You probably know the feeling.

You stumble into something unexpectedly beautiful and touching. The world stops. Your chest fills and gently hugs your heart. Your eyes mist.

The sensation only lasts a moment and you wish it would last longer but aren't quite sure you could endure that.

Then the feeling passes. You take a deep breath. And you sit quietly while the world settles around you.

If you recognize such an experience, you know it is a gift. And you will find that kind of gift in A Man Called Ove.

Ove is a curmudgeon who has been worn down by personal tragedy and a world apparently concerned only with bureaucratic niceties. He is ready to give up. But first, he has to teach the new neighbors how to drive that moving van. And then there's that clown at the hospital. And the mangy neighborhood cat. And is everyone a bloody fool? Can't a man get a little peace??!!??

This is a story about character and loss and love and purpose and redemption and, ultimately, victory. It is a beautiful book; the best I have read or listened to this year. Newbern's narration is flawless; Backman's characters are memorable.

You will not find a better use for an audible credit.

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- Bill "The Path Between the Seas to The Great Bridge ~ Kagan's Peloponnesian War to Gaddis' Cold One ~ Mornings on Horseback to a River of Doubt ~ Tom to Huck ~ Lennie to Charley ~ Cadfael to Cross ~ Rhyme to Reacher ~ Blomkvist and Salander to Wallander and Wallander ~ Moving Cheese or Eating Frogs ~ On the Road and Into Thin Air ~ The End of History to A Short History of Everything to ... well ... everything else."

The best I've listened to in years!

Would you listen to A Man Called Ove again? Why?

I've already listened to this book more than once. I love the characters. They feel like family to me - quirky, funny, and multidimensional. This is a book that reminds you of what's extraordinary about the ordinary, and hints at the complex spirit inside the people we meet and think we know. I love the way the author sets the stage of various times and places through the chapter titles.


What other book might you compare A Man Called Ove to and why?

I wish there were another book to compare. This one really stands alone for me.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I found Ove's conversations with his wife moving. Her upbeat spirit and how she loved Ove, despite his curmudgeonly ways, reminded me of those rare, gem-like people you meet a few times in your life who just glow from within.


Any additional comments?

"A Man Called Ove" and "The Good House," though both extremely different from one another, are two of the best books I've listened to in years.

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- Tomodachi

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-05-2014
  • Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC