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My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Fredrik Backman

Narrated By: Joan Walker

Date: June 2015

Duration: 11 hours 2 minutes

Summary:

A charming, warmhearted novel from the author of the New York Times bestseller A Man Called Ove.

Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy—as in standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-strangers crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories, in the Land-of-Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother’s instructions lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and old crones but also to the truth about fairy tales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry is told with the same comic accuracy and beating heart as Fredrik Backman’s bestselling debut novel, A Man Called Ove. It is a story about life and death and one of the most important human rights: the right to be different.

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  • Lorie C

    I loved the relationship between Elsa and Granny. This was a beautiful story about relationships and how, when given the chance, people can understand and love others despite their differences and flaws. This is the 3rd book of Backman’s I have read (A Man Called Ove and Bear Town). I have enjoyed them all. Backman creates characters that become part of my world—even after I’m done reading the book!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Suzy C.

    This is such a beautiful story! The characters are so well developed and seeing things through the view of the girl enhanced the enjoyment for me. This book enticed many different emotions. I will treasure this book and read it more than once.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Cyn K.

    utterly charming, I found this book by turns funny and melancholy. there's a wonderful complexity to it that unfolds as the story goes. The ending didn't quite measure up to the expectations I had created based on the delight and adventure of all that came before but I still loved the book and want to read more by Backman.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Karey C

    This novel was a delightful surprise. I laughed and cried. It is a great one, especially if you miss your grandmother.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Lisa H.

    Loved this story and hated for it to end. The characters were so well developed and quirky and enjoyable. Granny's fairy tales almost created a story within a story and there is great humor throughout (other than a part towards the end that will have you crying, but no spoilers here!). It's a great lesson and reminder that you never really know people - you can't judge the cover, you must learn the backstory to understand why folks are the way they are. And, once that's accomplished, you may actually find you've got some friends. Will definitely look for more books from this author (and hopefully, they're read by the same narrator who was a pleasure to listen to).

  • Bianca1976

    What a sweet story of a relationship between grandmother and granddaughter. The do over after doing it wrong the first time around and the beautiful stories of all of the tenants in an apartment house. I really enjoyed it and the narrator was great!

  • Anonymous

    Creative, unique story...quite beautiful. Narrator is AMAZING!

  • Nancy C.

    I found the book to be "hard to stop listening to it". Very intertwined plot. Characters were well developed and you get to know them. The narrator did a superior job in reading of the story - her voice was easy to listen to and she did a very good vocal characterization. I strongly recommend this book. This is my 4th book of Backman. He is becoming my favorite author at this time because his words flow.

  • Eric C.

    I absolutely loved this book. The title kind of makes you think it'd be a bit sad and a bit light-hearted, but the story goes deeper. A lot of the things that the characters say especially from Granny and Elsa are mean inner thoughts that people have but don't voice them, but Granny, and eventually Elsa, just say what they mean. Loved it! I read 'Britt-Marie Was Here' before this, so I was able to sympathise with the character a bit more, even though she could be a bit mean in this book.

  • Jessica D.

    I really enjoy the author’s writing style.

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