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Britt-Marie Was Here: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Fredrik Backman

Narrated By: Joan Walker

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: May 2016

Duration: 9 hours 18 minutes


From the bestselling author of the “charming debut” (People) A Man Called Ove and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, a heartwarming and hilarious story of a reluctant outsider who transforms a tiny village and a woman who finds love and second chances in the unlikeliest of places.

Britt-Marie can’t stand mess. She eats dinner at precisely the right time and starts her day at six in the morning because only lunatics wake up later than that. And she is not passive-aggressive. Not in the least. It's just that sometimes people interpret her helpful suggestions as criticisms, which is certainly not her intention.

But at sixty-three, Britt-Marie has had enough. She finally walks out on her loveless forty-year marriage and finds a job in the only place she can: Borg, a small, derelict town devastated by the financial crisis. For the fastidious Britt-Marie, this new world of noisy children, muddy floors, and a roommate who is a rat (literally), is a hard adjustment.

As for the citizens of Borg, with everything that they know crumbling around them, the only thing that they have left to hold onto is something Britt-Marie absolutely loathes: their love of soccer. When the village’s youth team becomes desperate for a coach, they set their sights on her. She’s the least likely candidate, but their need is obvious and there is no one else to do it.

Thus begins a beautiful and unlikely partnership. In her new role as reluctant mentor to these lost young boys and girls, Britt-Marie soon finds herself becoming increasingly vital to the community. And even more surprisingly, she is the object of romantic desire for a friendly and handsome local policeman named Sven. In this world of oddballs and misfits, can Britt-Marie finally find a place where she belongs?

Zany and full-of-heart, Britt-Marie Was Here is a novel about love and second chances, and about the unexpected friendships we make that teach us who we really are and the things we are capable of doing.


  • Kerri N

    Fredrick Backman is my new favorite author! I love this book, but I would definitely recommend reading "my grandmother asked me to tell you she is sorry" before reading this one, as Britt Marie is introduced in that book. I love this book, and everything else he has written!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Heather L

    Loved this book and the character development!! The narrator is one of my all time favorites too!! Highly recommended!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Eric C.

    A beautiful story. Throughout this book, I kept getting this warm fuzzy feeling. I loved the narrator, and she nailed all the accents, mannerisms of Britt-Marie and everyone else. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I highly recommend it.

  • Beatriz S.

    I absolutely loved this book. I giggled and then I cried. this book is gold....everyone should have a Britt Marie in their life to be reminded of the frailty of the human spirit.

  • Pam W.

    Utterly adored this book. Made me chuckle out loud at times. Not many books do that to me. The narrator was phenomenal. I will listen to ANYTHING she narrates.

  • Jasmine M.

    Freaking LOVE this story & the narrator. Such heavy, philosophical subject matter with true- to- life humor & a spotlight on how miraculous the life of ordinary people truly is. The narrator nails it with every character. ???

  • B Jones

    I realize I am in the minority, but I was seriously disappointed in this book. The story goes nowhere, you never seem to get to know the main character and I found the book dull instead of heartwarming or interesting. normally I like British narrators but I found this one difficult to understand at times. Don't waste your time!

  • Dion S

    Fredrik Backman is becoming one of my new favorite authors! His books make you feel, you may dislike the characters at first but then you feel deeply for them. Brit Marie was quite annoying but in the end I could relate. I love the many characters and nicknames given to them and you feel like you know someone like them. I'm a soccer mom so I was very surprised how soccer(football in the book) played a huge role. It was a nice addition to the story. I would urge anyone that is thinking of reading this, to first read, My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry, in which the character of Brit Marie is introduced. That book is one of my favorites!

  • Warren Worsham

    This book is like nothing I've ever read before. It was a good book everybody should have to read this book was a good lesson she can learn from this book

  • Jim Eller

    This was as good as "A Man Called Ove." What a graceful and fun read.

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