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A Man Called Ove

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Fredrik Backman

Narrated By: George Newbern

Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC

Date: July 2014

Duration: 9 hours 11 minutes


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.

"As Newbern reveals the events that made Ove into such a curmudgeon, with too big a heart, his straightforward, tender performance will have listeners laughing through their tears." - AudioFile Magazine


  • Fred

    Everyone told me to read this book and it was every bit as good as they said it was! Not only extremely funny, but a poignant tear-jerker as well!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Denise S

    The sweetest story ever!!! This book is much deeper than you think. The end will melt your heart!!

  • T Newman

    It started slow, but after chapter 3 or so I really got into the story and enjoyed the book.

  • K Lindsey

    I was completely bored, I kept trying to push through and listen to get to something good but after a few hours I couldn't do it anymore!

  • James K

    Get through the first few chapters and you will find a beautiful story. The narrator is one of the simplest I've ever heard, but it definitely works for this story.

  • Christine P


  • Nina S

    This is a book that is engaging, funny, heartbreaking, and touching. The narrator did a fantastic job capturing the characters and projecting their traits. My only regret is that I didn't actually read the book first.

  • Emily W

    Not a book I'd typically be interested in but it was recommended by a family member so I thought I'd give it a try. Cute story! The movie is also a good supplemental piece.

  • Kathy Z

    I absolutely loved this book! What a wonderful story of a grumpy old man with the world's biggest heart!

  • Anonymous

    A wonderfully positive book. Highly recommended. It deserves the awards it received.