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."

Thoughtful and meaningful novel / an unusual novel

This is a different kind of book-the only similar novel is one I read this year called "The Trustee of the Toolroom". Both are about different men who don't 'do' social very well and have no idea of the kind of impact they have on others.

In Ove's place, this surly and sometimes mean protagonist swears he hates cats but adopts a freezing cat. He meets the one love of his life and she keeps him mostly human until she dies. He begins to plan his own demise but can't seem to accomplish it because people have started to depend on him.

This is a wonderful listen and one of the best I've heard this year.

Narrated by 2 different voices, a man and a woman. I listened to Newberns narration and am tempted to purchase the other narration just to see how the feminine perspective changes the story.

Well worth a credit.
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- Elle (AKA PlantCrone) in the great NorthWest "ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance"

Book Details

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