• Britt-Marie Was Here

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 05-05-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Sceptre
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (83 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 realises. So when Britt-Marie finds herself unemployed, separated from her husband of 20 years, left to fend for herself in the miserable provincial backwater that is Borg - of which the kindest thing one can say is that it has a road going through it - and somehow tasked with running the local football team, she is a little unprepared.
But she will learn that life may have more to offer her than she's ever realised, and love might be found in the most unexpected of places.
The number-one European best seller by the author of A Man Called Ove, Britt-Marie Was Here is a funny, poignant and uplifting tale of love, community and second chances.
©2016 Fredrik Backman (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton
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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By kristen on 08-11-17

A Woman Called Ove

Who was your favorite character and why?

Everyone in this story was great, and really easy to picture and associate with.

What about Joan Walker’s performance did you like?

It was incredible.

Any additional comments?

This book is almost the exact same principle as A Man Called Ove, but staring a woman. If you enjoyed that story and wish you could read it again (as I did), I highly recommend this one!

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5 out of 5 stars
By NH on 04-01-17

She's no nag bag!

What made the experience of listening to Britt-Marie Was Here the most enjoyable?

The narration by Joan Walker is superb. She brings the characters to life as if they're jumping out of the audio and acting out live in one's mind.

What did you like best about this story?

The colourful characters and the unexpected story line. And how it keeps one guessing until the very end.

Have you listened to any of Joan Walker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes! She does not disappoint. But a lot more restrained in this one, compared to the other books by Fredrik Backman she's performed.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really, because I wanted to savour every minute and I needed it to last throughout my week-long commute.

Any additional comments?

I love the works of Fredrik Backman and the outstanding performance by the narrator Joan Walker. These two are the ultimate dynamic duo!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 11-13-16


A wonderful tale . This is the story of Britt Marie and a place called Borg, an uplifting tale with excellent narration. If you enjoy quirky stories with interesting characters and genuine emotion then you'll enjoy this. I'm looking forward to reading more by this author.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By jasmin on 05-13-16

Beautiful and uplifting

Love all of Fredrick Backmans books. This is another gem. Poignant and full of hope. Can't wait for his next one.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Shakya on 06-18-17

Okay but not great

This would have enjoyed it more if not for his other books being so amazing. A Man Called Ove and My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises were 5 stars all the way so it is hard to write this review honestly. I probably would have rated it higher if I had read it first. Having said that I still enjoyed it.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 03-14-18

ending was dissapointing...

brilliant book but i was so disappointed with the ending, could of been wrapped up a lot better

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