A Man Called Ove Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He isn't as young as he used to be. He drives a Saab. He points at people he doesn't like the look of. He is described by those around his as 'the neighbour from hell'.Every morning he makes his inspection rounds of the local streets. He moves bicycles and checks the contents of recycling bins, even though it's been years since he was fired as Chairman of the Residents' Association in a vicious 'coup d'état'.
But behind the surly pedant there is a story, and a sadness. And when on a November morning his new (foreign) neighbours in the terraced house opposite accidentally flatten Ove's letterbox, it sets off a comical and heart-warming tale of unexpected friendship which will change one man - and one community - from their very foundations. Quirky and bittersweet, heartbreaking yet outrageously funny, A Man Called Ove is a life-affirming fable for our times.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 12 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||03 July 2014|
|Publisher||Hodder & Stoughton|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 288 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
10 in Literary Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
57 in Literary Fiction (Books)
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I agree with reviewers who have mentioned that the characters and storylines are simplistic and unrealistic. To me, the author writes with the tone and rhythm of a fable and so the simple narrative is fine in that context. I liked Ova and his neighbours, but not initially. A lot of them are annoying or too one-dimensional to be truly engaging. However, by the book's end I was accustomed to their world and was sad to say goodbye. It's an imperfect novel but enjoyable nonetheless. What I appreciate about this book is that it's a timely reminder that the elderly aren't treated particularly well. A Man Called Ove gives this largely invisible demographic visibility, empathy and a voice. Read the book, then go give your grandparents a visit. They might need it more than you know.