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Anxious People: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Fredrik Backman

Narrated By: Marin Ireland

Date: September 2020

Duration: 9 hours 53 minutes


Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller

A People Book of the Week, Book of the Month Club selection, and Best of Fall in Good Housekeeping, PopSugar, The Washington Post, New York Post, Shondaland, CNN, and more!

“[A] quirky, big-hearted novel…Wry, wise, and often laugh-out-loud funny, it’s a wholly original story that delivers pure pleasure.” —People

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove comes a charming, poignant novel about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined.

Looking at real estate isn’t usually a life-or-death situation, but an apartment open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes a group of strangers hostage. The captives include a recently retired couple who relentlessly hunt down fixer-uppers to avoid the painful truth that they can’t fix their own marriage. There’s a wealthy bank director who has been too busy to care about anyone else and a young couple who are about to have their first child but can’t seem to agree on anything, from where they want to live to how they met in the first place. Add to the mix an eighty-seven-year-old woman who has lived long enough not to be afraid of someone waving a gun in her face, a flustered but still-ready-to-make-a-deal real estate agent, and a mystery man who has locked himself in the apartment’s only bathroom, and you’ve got the worst group of hostages in the world.

Each of them carries a lifetime of grievances, hurts, secrets, and passions that are ready to boil over. None of them is entirely who they appear to be. And all of them—the bank robber included—desperately crave some sort of rescue. As the authorities and the media surround the premises these reluctant allies will reveal surprising truths about themselves and set in motion a chain of events so unexpected that even they can hardly explain what happens next.

Rich with Fredrik Backman’s “pitch-perfect dialogue and an unparalleled understanding of human nature” (Shelf Awareness), Anxious People is an ingeniously constructed story about the enduring power of friendship, forgiveness, and hope—the things that save us, even in the most anxious times.


  • Barbara F.

    Listened to 14 chapters it was AWFUL.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Mary F.

    The narration was terrific but the story was so confusing. I listened to the first hour twice. Can get that time back... Kept hoping it would get better. For me it didn’t.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • K O.

    This was a great book. Desperation in certain circumstances makes or breaks people. I was shocked at one event impacting a number of people. Their lives were revolves around a singular situation.

  • Delilah L.

    I enjoyed this immensely. I would laugh out loud while driving. WOW! So intricately woven. I've read at least 3 of his other books, but this one showed me a deeper character understanding, wit and intelligence.

  • Darlene D.

    Excellent and highly imaginative

  • Bianca1976

    It was okay, it wasn't my favorite of his books

  • Rich C.

    Couldn’t make it through 5 chapters

  • Gina M.

    Backman gives us another winner! Surprises at every turn. You’ll laugh and cry and long to find yourself in the closet, too!

  • Terresa

    As an anxious person this book spoke to my soul.

  • Bruce R C.

    Narrator made this listen feel like I was attending a live theater performance. She was terrific. The story is fun and refreshingly unusual in how it was crafted. Great read during very difficult times.

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