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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


  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • E Williams

    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.


    Excellent book and narration! A must read! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Peg K

    Really enjoyed this book! The Narrator did a fantastic job.

  • Jerry V

    What a wonderfully fantastic book with great narration!

  • J R

    At first I kept thinking that I would listen a while longer and figure out if I wanted to continue & why. It just kept drawing me in, and revealing the character so I kept listening. I really enjoyed the book and reader. I'm glad I stayed with it. I agree that this may have been harder to get in to if it were a book that I was physically reading.