Jan 262017


A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Narrated by: George Newbern
Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:08-05-14
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC

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.

What I Thought
I started this audio book a few months ago but didn’t finish it. Then I started it again, and again I didn’t finish it. To be honest, Ove got on my nerves. I thought he was a grumbling grouch. I decided to give it one more try since I kept seeing so many 5 star reviews for it. This time, finally, Ove’s gruff personality didn’t seem so annoying. I actually started liking him. I laughed more than a few times at some of the things he said and thought. I especially thought the names he gave everyone were funny…the lanky one, the pregnant one, white shirt etc.

Poor Ove can’t stand things that are not what he thinks they should be. It truly angers him. He says “right is right and wrong is wrong” quite often throughout the book. And he can’t trust anyone who doesn’t drive a Saub, among other things.

I loved learning about Sonia, I liked her a lot. I felt bad for Ove because I know what it feels like to lose your spouse.

There a quite a few characters in the book, all personable except for two (not counting Ove), and I enjoyed each one of them. I loved all the different stories from Ove & Sonia’s past, and how Ove’s relationships with the other characters grew into something that surprised everyone who lived in his neighborhood. I was surprised too. I  learned that there was a kind soul behind all that gruffness. I loved how Ove fought so hard for the right thing concerning the people he cared about, just because “it’s the right thing to do”.

I’m so glad I gave this audio book another chance. It made me laugh a lot, and even made my eyes leak a few times.

This was the first book I’ve listened to that is narrated by George Newbern. I’m very picky about narrator’s, but I thought he did an amazing job with all the voices. He made the book very easy to listen to.

Although it took me a few times to start enjoying the book, (I don’t think I gave it enough time the first two times I started it), I ended up loving it, and I even ended up loving Ove.

I highly recommend this, both print and audio.

 Posted by at 2:27 PM

  10 Responses to “A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman”

  1. I loved this book! I read it rather than listen to it! I, too, know what it’s like to lose a spouse and I think that is what made me love him so much. Thanks for this great review!

  2. I’ve read the beginning a couple of times now, but maybe the third time will be the charm for me, too!

  3. This is on my TBR but I haven’t been in a hurry to read it because the blurb never really appealed to me. After this review I’m thinking I really need to read it as I love everything you have to say about it – especially how Ove names people. I will have to read this soon and it sounds like you made the right decision by giving it another chance!

  4. It’s always nice when you can stick it out and be rewarded for it. Glad you enjoyed!

  5. Vicki, I’m glad you didn’t give up on this one and that you ended up loving it. I’m most interested in seeing the movie.

  6. I loved the print version and am glad to see the audio is well done too.

  7. Good for you give it a few chances. I loved the audiobook and, of course, the lovable curmudgeon Ove. 🙂

  8. George Newbern is one of my favorite narrators. I want to give this one a listen.

  9. I have it on hold at the library through the eBook loan, also, I heard they are making a movie from this book. Can’t wait to read it.

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