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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. 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.
©2014 Fredrik Backman (P)2014 Dreamscape Media, LLC
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By Bill on 08-22-15

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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By Jesse on 06-19-15

Maybe my favorite book ever!

I absolutely loved this book. There are so many wonderful books, books that have filled my life with emotion, knowledge, or just pure wonderment. I'm not exactly sure why "A Man Called Ove" placed itself in my heart and mind but I will be forever grateful that this book is now a part of me . Reviews are certainly subjective and it is sometimes hard to quantify or justify a personal review but this book touched me in a very meaningful and special way and I hope others can enjoy this book to that same degree!

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