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Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Fredrik Backman

Narrated By: Marin Ireland

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Date: April 2017

Duration: 13 hours 10 minutes


NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY: LibraryReads • BookBrowse • Goodreads

“You’ll love this engrossing novel.” —People

The bestselling author of A Man Called Ove returns with a dazzling, profound novel about a small town with a big dream—and the price required to make it come true.

People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever-encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.

Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.

Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain. In this story of a small forest town, Fredrik Backman has found the entire world.


  • Cyn K.

    Like other reviewers, I enjoyed this book. I appreciate all of Backman's work, but I wouldn't rank this one as a favorite. The expanse of character development is impressive, and that I was able to keep everyone straight is a testament to Backman's abilities. I think it was the plot line that didn't grab me as much as his other novels. Still, I highly recommend.

  • Patricia L

    Amazing! The literary skill of the author is superior. Loved this book..

  • Brint D

    This is a very enthralling tale! Both story and character development are very good and it held my interest throughout. A powerful message about human nature, the pros and cons of a small town and the risk of judging people too soon? Loved it!

  • anna k

    One of the most amazing books I've recently read. You will laugh, you will cry and you will laugh again ?

  • B├íra Agnes K

    His best book of those I have read so far due to so many things regarding the characters and struggle of life in general. And the narrator simply the best one since I started in Audiobooks.

  • Karin S

    The story and the narrator brought me into this story and kept me riveted the entire time.

  • Kerri N

    Loved this one, although it was very different from his others. Characters were interesting, and it was a very well written from several different character perspectives.

  • Melissa F

    I enjoyed this book. You will feel like you know the characters personally. I have loved ever one of his books.

  • April C

    Well developed characters and story-line. Very enjoyable.

  • Marty A

    If you think this is going to be a 'feel good' movie like "A Man Called Ove" or "My Grandmother Wants Me to Tell You She's Sorry", you're in for a shock! This one has shocking darkness and people who are so self centered that they have no morals......


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