Jun 252018
 

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
Narrated by Joan Walker

Audible Audiobook
Listening Length: 9 hours and 18 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Audible.com Release Date: May 3, 2016
Whispersync for Voice: Ready
Language: English
ASIN: B01D3AQO8U

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.

Thoughts
I first got to know Britt-Marie in Backman’s book My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry. She and her granddaughter Elsa, were such great characters that I’ll ever forget them and they will definitely be among my all time favorites.

Oh how I love Britt-Marie. She is such a great character you have to understand. She’s a cleaning machine and a stickler for “proper” things like never sitting a cup on a table etc. without using a coaster.

Britt-Marie is 63 yrs. old and leaves her husband. She finds work in a little tiny ghost of a town named Borg and does things that she never thought in a million years she would do. The people grow to love her and she them. The characters are endearing, the story is both funny and sad, and is one I won’t soon forget.

The narrator also narrated A Man Called Ove & My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry.   She did an amazing job in all 3 books and made the stories come alive.

I loved this book and would recommend any of Fredrick Backman’s  books. I read Beartown and now can’t wait to read Us Against You (Beartown #2). If Backman can write a book about hockey and make me love it, he has to be an amazing author.

  18 Responses to “Audiobook Review:
Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Blackman”

  1. This sounds very charming, Vicki! I’d love to listen to this one. Britt-Marie sounds like a wonderfully drawn character.Terrific review!

  2. Britt-Marie really grew on me 🙂

  3. I really need to read this author! A Man Called Ove is on my kindle, but maybe audio is the way to go…

  4. I’m happy to hear that the audio version worked out well. I was curious about the narrators and thought I might try Beartown and his latest book (a sequel) on audio.

  5. Sounds interesting, maybe I can find the book.

    • I suggest you read My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s sorry first. It’s really good and where we first meet Britt-Marie. Maybe you’re wife would like to read them too.

  6. I liked Ove very much and am happy to hear this book was good as well. Leaving after 40 years of marriage?! I look forward to this one.

    By the way, you commented about that Chowder book I posted about. there are lots of seafood recipes but there are chicken and corn chowders too, there is even one called St Patrick’s say with corned beef! Additionally, and I should have mentioned that in my post, there are recipes for good accompaniments such as bread, salads and desserts.

    • Yes, that’s why I commented that after I saw your post I started thinking about getting the book again. I love chicken and my son loves chowder so I may end up getting it.

  7. I loved A Man Called Ove and need to read more of his work.

  8. I’m so glad you liked this book. I’ve been wanting to read this one and now I have no reason to let it just sit on my list. Thanks, Vicki.

  9. Interesting review. Thank you.

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