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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 must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?
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.
Fredrik Backman’s beloved first novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others. “If there was an award for ‘Most Charming Book of the Year,’ this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down” (Booklist, starred review).
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A Man Called Ove Audiobook Narrator
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|Narrator||J. K. Simmons|
|Length||9 hours 13 minutes|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio|
|Release date||March 21, 2023|
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The publisher of the A Man Called Ove is Simon & Schuster Audio. A Man Called Ove includes the following subjects: The BISAC Subject Code is Fiction, Literary
The publisher of the A Man Called Ove is Simon & Schuster Audio. The imprint is Simon & Schuster Audio. It is supplied by Simon & Schuster Audio. The ISBN-13 is 9781797108261.
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September 30, 2016
Update: I had planned to leave this post as it is, but after seeing the continued kind responses, I thought it best to inform you that my grandad passed away just before Christmas. Thank you to everyone who commented about this review and about him, but it seemed wrong to not let you know. It's always hard to lose someone who has been such a huge part of your life from day one, but please know that he died a happy old man, peacefully, surrounded by his family. And isn't that the best any of us can ever hope for?~ Emily ♥ .......................................................................I'm going to share something with you.My grandad is the very definition of curmudgeonly. He's an eighty year old man who likes to complain about anything and everything: youth today, UK politics, my dad, the weather, technology... you name it. He calls me and my siblings up most days to tell stories punctuated with rants and numerous "bloody hell"s. I'm not worried about him seeing this post because he doesn't trust computers and hasn't even grasped the concept of the internet. Most new technology is referred to as "those bloody things", except for FaceTime, which he has recently taken a liking to. He makes use of it by popping up on my iPhone multiple times a day to deliver a bout of doom and gloom in which I see nothing on the screen but his chin. All my friends are a little afraid of him and are never quite sure when he's joking. He is nothing short of a grumpy old man. Except, in truth, that's only half of it.The other day I opened the mailbox to find an envelope which contained this picture of me and him from my graduation:And with it came this note:Thing is, behind whatever my grandad may seem on the outside, he is a loving man who lost his wife - my grandmother - several years ago. He bugs us constantly with his moaning about life because he's lonely and because he misses us. He has a heart and he has a sense of humour, even if most people don't really get it. And it was in Ove, the protagonist of this novel, that I recognized pieces of my grandad. “People said he was bitter. Maybe they were right. He’d never reflected much on it. People also called him antisocial. Ove assumed this meant he wasn’t overly keen on people. And in this instance he could totally agree with them. More often than not people were out of their minds.” I loved Ove. Parts of this novel punched me right in my emotions. I think I would have been okay if this novel was merely a sad, moving tale about a man who has to get on with his life after his wife died. I could have shaken off the emotional manipulation - as I did with The Fault in Our Stars - and not shed a tear. But this story is so much more than a tearjerker.Ove shouldn't be a character we love; he's so miserly and grumpy and skeptical of everything... but he's also hilarious. He charms us with his completely uncharming ways. Because, though I don't share his worldview, what he says actually makes sense and sometimes it's really funny. Take this: “Ove glares out of the window. The poser is jogging. Not that Ove is provoked by jogging. Not at all. Ove couldn’t give a damn about people jogging. What he can’t understand is why they have to make such a big thing of it. With those smug smiles on their faces, as if they were out there curing pulmonary emphysema. Either they walk fast or they run slowly, that’s what joggers do. It’s a forty-year-old man’s way of telling the world that he can’t do anything right. Is it really necessary to dress up as a fourteen-year-old Romanian gymnast in order to be able to do it? Or the Olympic tobogganing team? Just because one shuffles aimlessly around the block for three quarters of an hour?” Plus, there's a wonderful cat who our lovable protagonist grudgingly befriends, which just improves this book even more. I think perhaps the saddest part of this book is not found in the most obvious place. Ove's loss of his wife touched me, but I was even more affected by the underlying tale of old age and how many old people can be left feeling lonely and out of place towards the end of their lives. How difficult it must be to live alone in a world that becomes more foreign to you every day, with its new gadgets and trends that you don't understand or care to entertain. It was moving and thought-provoking.I'm going to call my grandad now.Blog | Leafmarks | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr
December 09, 2020
Shout out to this absolutely fabulous book in my latest booktube video - all about the best books I read each month and 2019's bookish stats (and yes, I really did read 365 books in 365 days!).Now that you know this one made the cut - check out the video to see what other ones made my top 12 list!The written review: He went through life with his hands firmly shoved into his pockets. She danced. Ove is the quintessential grumpy old man. He lives in a little development, where he spends much of his time patrolling and reporting rule-breakers.Even when he was younger, Ove has always been...particular. He had a steward set of principles and absolutely compromised them. Men are what they are because of what they do. Not what they say. But then...Sonja came into his life. She just smiled, said that she loved books more than anything, and started telling him excitedly what each of the ones in her lap was about. And Ove realised that he wanted to hear her talking about the things she loved for the rest of his life. And immediately, Ove's life was forever changed. Ove had never been asked how he lived before he met her. But if anyone had asked him, he would have answered that he didn’t. But, after many, many blissful years of marriage, Ove is grieving. Grieving far harder than he ever would have thought possible. Death is a strange thing. People live their whole lives as if it does not exist, and yet it's often one of the great motivations for living. Ove has always been grumpy, but since the loss of his wife, those characteristics have grown tenfold.Most, if not all, of the neighbors avoid him as much as possible...and with nothing left for him, all Ove can think about is finding a way to join Sonja...that is until a young family moves in next door. The bumbling husband and his young (and VERY pregnant wife), Parvaneh, move in, along with their two children. And suddenly his world becomes upended for the second time in his life.Three points:1) where has this book been all my life?!2) according to the audiobook, he's "Oo-vah". It's weird, and I'm honestly disappointed that it's not "Love" but without the "L"3) this is, quite possibly, the best book everTo summarize - this one was truly one of the best books I've ever read. It is so well-written and it's has the perfect blend of heartwarming and heartwrenching. I can hardly believe how many times I almost cried...only to burst out laughing. My emotions were a roller coaster in the best way possible.The characters were incredibly real - I really felt like I could have a full conversation with all of them.And Ove! Ove is a charming old grump - and I love how this book emphasizes humanity - how even the old man down the street needs love in his life.It's just so good - PICK IT UP TODAY!Audiobook CommentsRead by George Newbern - and he really nailed it. The audiobook was so perfect - so incredible!YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Snapchat @miranda_reads
May 11, 2014
Received as an ARC from the publisher. Started 5-8-14. Finished 5-11-14. First let me explain what happened to me while reading this book aloud to my wife as she was preparing dinner. I'm 70; she's almost 70. I'd read the first page, laughed out loud and decided she'd like to hear it read. I read, we laughed and nodded knowingly, then I got to the end of chapter 4 and completely lost it---I couldn't continue through those last few sentences. My wife said I should quit since she knows that I cry at supermarket openings! Now how many books have you read that can cause that kind of a physical and emotional response?! On the other hand, this book is hilarious, insightful, touching and just plain awesome. It seems pretty simple at first but there is more depth to this book than any I've read in forever. As I got near the end, I thought that there really should be a sequel, then the plot changed-----definitely no sequel. But I'm thankful I had the opportunity to read this. You will too.
October 23, 2019
This is a tale that makes you appreciate life!I vote *OVE* as 'character-of-the-year'! The author has created the most memorable character to be found in a novel --in years. *OVE*, is an unassuming man. He likes routines, and rules. He's an honest man. Doesn't smile and give compliments -- but he's a man of integrity. To watch OVE grow - heal the loss of his wife -and allow his neighbors to love him (and love them back) -- is is a treasure. This book has great humor & great heart!Its a personal gift for 'all' readers! DON'T MISS THIS GEM!
July 28, 2017
This novel, set in Sweden, tells the story of Ove, who can best be described as a curmudgeon. The story takes place after the death of his wife, and shows how healing can occur with the unlikeliest of people, in the unlikeliest of ways.
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February 12, 2023
The One Who Does Not Read Books sat down and listened to the audiobook and started chuckling. The One Who Does Not Read Books also has a Saab.Ove is a grumpy old man who finds himself alone. However, things begin to change quickly when his new next door neighbors run over his mailbox as they move in. Can Ove find new value to bring in this Starbucks laden, InterNET infested world?This is one of the funniest books that I have ever read. Backman perfectly nailed the character of Ove. Personally, I was laughing so much because The One Who Does Not Read (and also owns a Saab) shares many of the same characteristics as Ove that I was laughing so hard!There is one member of my family who has emphatically insisted that he does not read (The One Who Does Not Read). After initially refusing, I heard him chuckling in the other room. Eventually, he sat down next to me and listened to some of the audiobook. Overall, this book hit the perfect spot! It definitely delivered on the funny!2023 Reading ScheduleJan Alice in WonderlandFeb Notes from a Small IslandMar Cloud AtlasApr On the RoadMay The Color PurpleJun Bleak HouseJul Bridget Jones’s DiaryAug Anna KareninaSep The Secret HistoryOct Brave New WorldNov A Confederacy of DuncesDec The Count of Monte CristoConnect With Me!Blog Twitter BookTube Facebook Insta
October 15, 2022
Fredrik Backman is one of my favorite authors who has unique gift to create deeply layered, unforgettable, quirky, irritating characters who achieve to conquer our hearts when they show their true colors by sharing their vulnerability honestly, sensitivity genuinely. Ove seems like one of the grumpiest characters of the literature history. He never smiles. He doesn’t like saying nice things to people around him. He has his principles. He likes his special routine. He is straightforward, telling his opinions with pure and ugly honesty. But when you learn his traumatic past and how he loses his wife, your biased thoughts about him start to change and as he starts to connect with his neighbors and touch their lives, we realize he has a golden hearted, interestingly one of a kind man who steals a special part of your heart. This is one of my favorite works of the author and I chose to listen its audiobook for my flashback Saturday reading. ( when mercury is in the retrograde, those flashback reading become more meaningful!) Narrator George Newbern ( I know him as Scandal series’ quirky contact killer Charlie! ) did an amazing job! I highly recommend you to give it a try! Here are my favorite quotes of the book: “We always think there's enough time to do things with other people. Time to say things to them. And then something happens and then we stand there holding on to words like 'if'.”“Men are what they are because of what they do. Not what they say.”“You only need one ray of light to chase all the shadows away”“But sorrow is unreliable in that way. When people don’t share it there’s a good chance that it will drive them apart instead.”
July 26, 2021
Ein Mann Namens Ove = A Man Called Ove, Fredrik BackmanA Man Called Ove is a 2012 novel by Fredrik Backman, a Swedish columnist, blogger and writer. It was published in English in 2013. On U.S. edition cover jacket "Ove is 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.” However, 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 heart-warming 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."عنوانهای چاپ شده در ایران: «مردی به نام اوه»؛ «مردی به نام اووه»؛ نویسنده فردریک بکمن؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش روز بیست و هشتم ماه اکتبر سال دوهزار و شانزده میلادیعنوان: مردی به نام اوه؛ نویسنده: فردریک بکمن؛ مترجم حسین تهرانی؛ تهران، نشر چشمه، 1395؛ در 361ص؛ شابک 9786002296979؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان سوئد - سده 21معنوان: مردی به نام اُوه؛ نویسنده: فردریک بکمن؛ مترجم فرناز تیمورازف؛ تهران، نشر نون، 1395؛ در 392ص؛ شابک 9786007141779؛ عنوان: مردی به نام اووه؛ نویسنده: فردریک بکمن؛ مترجم محمد عباس آبادی؛ تهران، کتابسرای تندیس، 1395؛ در 374ص؛ شابک 9786001822124؛ عنوان: مردی به نام اوه؛ نویسنده: فردریک بکمن؛ مترجم مهسا دوستدار؛ ویراستار بابک حقایق؛ تهران، آوای چکامه؛ 1396؛ در 387ص؛ شابک 9786008173380؛عنوان: مردی به نام اوه؛ نویسنده: فردریک بکمن؛ مترجم جهانپور ملکی الموتی؛ تهران، سپهر ادب، 1396؛ در 296ص؛ شابک 9786009852871؛عنوان: مردی به نام اوه؛ نویسنده: فردریک بکمن؛ مترجم اسدالله حقانی؛ ویراستار نسیم احمدی خلیلی؛ تهران، انتشارات آتیسا، 1396؛ در 440ص؛ شابک 9786008399957؛ عنوان: مردی به نام اوه؛ نویسنده: فردریک بکمن؛ مترجم فرشته افسری؛ ویراستار هوشنگ بازگیر؛ تهران، آسو، 1396؛ در 397ص؛ شابک 9786008755166؛عنوان مردی به نام اُوه؛ نویسنده: فردریک بکمن؛ مترجم: آیدین پورضیائی؛ ویراستار بهمن رضایی؛ تهران، راه معاصر، 1396؛ در 360ص؛ شابک 9786006585499؛ عنوان مردی به نام اوه؛ نویسنده: فردریک بکمن؛ مترجم جواد شاهدی؛ قم، نظاره، 1397؛ در 384ص؛ شابک 9786008870609؛عنوان: مردی به نام اووه؛ نویسنده فردریک بکمن؛ مترجم سعید گوهری راد؛ ویراستار علی احمدی؛ تهران، نکوراد، 1396؛ در 356ص؛ شابک 9786006443256؛بکمن در رمان «مردی به نام اوه»؛ بینشی انتقادی به اجتماع دارند، و احساساتی همچون «عشق»، و «نفرت» را، به زیبایی به تصویر میکشند، جامعه را در لفاف طنز، زیر پرسش میبرند، و انزوا و ریشه های مشکلات بشر مدرن را، میکاوند؛ نثر کتاب، ساده و روان است، و خواندنش لذتبخش، مفاهیم ژرفی در بر دارد، که از دیدگان تیزبین و ذهنهای منتقد، هرگزی پنهان نمیماند؛ روزنامه ی «اشپیگل» درباره ی این رمان نوشته است «کسی که از این رمان خوشش نیاید، بهتر است هیچ کتابی نخواند»؛تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 20/05/1399هجری خورشیدی؛ 04/05/1400هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی
August 06, 2015
This was such a nice story! It's about the transformations we go through in life and how different events within our life affect, shape us, and make us who we are today.
June 19, 2017
Since I have been reading more and more, I have realized that it is not always beneficial to give each book a 5 star rating just because you got to the end of it. This book, I mean THIS BOOK deserves a 5 star rating. If I could give it more than I would, but alas I cannot. :(So, here's the review. Greif is a strange thing, I have heard many people say. I have lost people in my life, but not in the way that Ove has in this book. Ove mother dies when he is young, leaving Ove and his father. His father taught Ove how to be a man in so many ways. He was taught that a Saab was the best car to purchase, which Ove goes above and beyond to stay loyal to that car company. His father taught him how to work and cook and love. Then, Ove looses his father when he is 16. This leaves Ove in a bad place, he literally becomes a hermit in a way and doesn't talk or bother with people anymore. He takes over his father's job. Then there were some issues with that, but Ove was honest and trusting and he came out on top of that issue!Ove then meets Sonja when he is on a bus. Buses have a lot to do with this story come to think of it. Ove finds his wife and the love of his life on that bus that day. He also looses a lot on a bus on a different day - but you'll have to read the book to find that part out ;). Ove and Sonja moved into a row home together and shortly after Sonja passes away. This leaves Ove with nothing and he doesn't know what to do with himself. He lived his life to please her and now she is gone. Here's the thing about grief, people deal with it in all kinds of ways. Ove was dealing with it in the worst way you could, until his new neighbors moved in. This is where the book gets going really, and I don't want to say too much because I think it is really important that if you want to read this book that you get the entire story how it was intended by the Author. Moral of my little review, Ove was a mean, grumpy, miserable man until those neighbors moved in and that brought Ove out of his shell. He was needed by people again and he felt wanted. He became a family with everyone in the neighborhood all because of that little family who lived across the street.Some things to remember when you are reading this book:1.) Buses2.) Pink Flowers3.) Saab's4.) Rules - Ove was NOT a rule breaker5.) Love6.) Hands - an odd one, but true!7.) White ShirtsThis is the end of my review. I loved this book and I feel like I will reread this one many times when I feel alone or upset or just want to read a damn good book!If you have any questions or want to know more about it than I have told you, please private message me.Enjoy reading this wonderful book! :)
August 10, 2020
Wow!A Man Called Ove, is like a breath of fresh air. What a wonderful book. This one is going to endure through the ages. I have always advocated that voice is the “everything,” in writing and Ove is just about all voice. The high level-superior writing craft made the voice work so well. The chapters alternate between past tense and present tense seamlessly and add to the level of craft and storytelling. Another amazing thing about this book is that it’s all about Ove’s grief and depression over the loss of his wife Sofia and yet the author holds the reader entranced with the old curmudgeon as he continues to evolve through the story. There are minor subplots and micro-conflicts that service the plot all the while the evolution of the character services the theme. There is only one thing I did not enjoy about the writing; the over use of adverbs and I wonder if it happened in translation.This one took a little longer because I wanted to savor the craft, the story, the wonderful method the author utilized. It put me behind on my reader challenge on Goodreads. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. David Putnam author of The Bruno Johnson series.
May 17, 2022
FINE. I’M CHARMED.Everyone said it. Everyone in the whole world agreed: this book is lovable as hell. Everyone stated, in unison, “It is impossible not to fall in love with A Man Called Ove.”I, the queen of unpopular opinions (yes people definitely call me that, and not just me, in an attempt to get people to think it’s a nickname and start using it), thought I knew better.I did not know better.This book sneaks right into your heart. Even if you think you have a heart of stone, surrounded by a tall wall and lava and three moats with sea monsters in them, this story will crawl in when you’re not paying attention and it WILL NOT LEAVE. It will use its wittiness and its likable Scandinavian style and its grumpy protagonist and its ragtag cast of characters and its unsentimentally related moments of pure sadness, and it will make you love it. If aliens wanted to invade the world, and they wanted to take over through the sheer power of affection and charm, they could do it with A Man Called Ove and we would all be powerless to stop it.My recommendation: Don’t try to stop it. Read this book.(And HELP ME THE ALIENS HAVE GOT ME they’ve got everyone they’re COMIGN FOR YOU NEXT DON’T READ THIS BOOK--IT’S HOW THEY GET YOU--IT’S HOW THEY INVADEEEFGJHSEGFSHJDFSHHFS///////////////////////Bottom line: I, Emma, recommend this book and have definitely not been taken over by aliens!------------pre-reviewokay FINE so maybe everyone was right. review to come------------currently-reading updatesif I don't like this book, I'm pretty sure I'm allowed to sue the whole world
January 27, 2020
oh, the feels! this story is charming, heartwarming and touching. it is not surprising this book has received so much praise and attention. this is the book that made me fall in love with fredrik backman as a storyteller. he has crafted a story that undeniably tugs at your soul and causes your heart to double in size. it was such a delight to watch ove learn how to love his life and those around him. this is everything you could want from a feel-good story and more!↠ 4.5 stars
September 11, 2016
This is an excellent heartwarming and humorous book. Basically, a series of short stories about a man called Ove that all combine together into an awesome all-encompassing storyline.Ove is a grumpy old man who has a cynical approach to everything. But, how he got this way, combined with the relationships he "accidentally" develops lead to a lot of unexpected twists and turns.One of the things I loved about this book is that seemingly serious situations end up hilarious, while scenes that seem to be completely for comic relief can really pull on your heart strings. I went from laughter to tears on the turn of a dime while I listened to this book.Also, If you like interesting characters, this is the book for you. Every character is fascinating in their own right. I will miss them all! Can't say for sure, but I think most people will enjoy those book.
November 13, 2020
Wow!A Man Called Ov, is like a breath of fresh air. What a wonderful book. This one is going to endure through the ages. I have always advocated that voice is the “everything,” in writing and Ov is just about all voice. The high level-superior writing craft made the voice work so well. The chapters alternate between past tense and present tense seamlessly and add to the level of craft and storytelling. Another amazing thing about this book is that it’s all about Ov’s grief and depression over the loss of his wife Sofia and yet the author holds the reader entranced with the old curmudgeon as he continues to evolve through the story. There are minor subplots and micro-conflicts that service the plot all the while the evolution of the character services the theme. There is only one thing I did not enjoy about the writing; the over use of adverbs and I wonder if it happened in translation.This one took a little longer because I wanted to savor the craft, the story, the wonderful method the author utilized. It put me behind on my reader challenge on Goodreads. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. David Putnam author of The Bruno Johnson series.P.S.I thought that I'd posted this review and just found it blank. I added the review. Sorry if there is another out there with the same review. I don't know how it happened.
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Speechify is one of the best apps for audiobooks. The pricing structure is the most competitive in the market and the app is easy to use. It features the best sellers and award winning authors. Listen to your favorite books or discover new ones and listen to real voice actors read to you. Getting started is easy, the first book is free.
Research showcasing the brain health benefits of reading on a regular basis is wide-ranging and undeniable. However, research comparing the benefits of reading vs listening is much more sparse. According to professor of psychology and author Dr. Kristen Willeumier, though, there is good reason to believe that the reading experience provided by audiobooks offers many of the same brain benefits as reading a physical book.
Audiobooks are recordings of books that are read aloud by a professional voice actor. The recordings are typically available for purchase and download in digital formats such as MP3, WMA, or AAC. They can also be streamed from online services like Speechify, Audible, AppleBooks, or Spotify.
You simply download the app onto your smart phone, create your account, and in Speechify, you can choose your first book, from our vast library of best-sellers and classics, to read for free.
Audiobooks, like real books can add up over time. Here’s where you can listen to audiobooks for free. Speechify let’s you read your first best seller for free. Apart from that, we have a vast selection of free audiobooks that you can enjoy. Get the same rich experience no matter if the book was free or not.
It depends. Yes, there are free audiobooks and paid audiobooks. Speechify offers a blend of both!
It varies. The easiest way depends on a few things. The app and service you use, which device, and platform. Speechify is the easiest way to listen to audiobooks. Downloading the app is quick. It is not a large app and does not eat up space on your iPhone or Android device.
Listening to audiobooks on your smart phone, with Speechify, is the easiest way to listen to audiobooks.