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review 2017-06-23 04:27
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books

I really enjoyed this audiobook. This isn't the kind of book that I would have normally picked up but I saw so many wonderful reviews for it that I decided to give it a closer look. When I caught it on sale on Audible, I decided to go for it. I am so glad that I took a chance on this one because I completely fell in love with Ove over the course of this story.

Ove is exactly what you think of when you try to picture a grumpy old man. He knows how things should be done and expects others to have enough sense to do them the right away. He believes that rules are there to be followed regardless of who you are. He is the man who makes rounds in his neighborhood to make sure that the rules are being enforced. 

There is a little more to Ove that is revealed bit by bit during the story. He isn't quite as unfeeling as he would let you believe especially once his new (and very patient) neighbors enter his life. Suddenly, it seems that everyone needs his help with things and if he wants to make sure that they are done right he has to help. I really enjoyed seeing Ove making connections with others and learning about his history. The more that you learn about Ove the more you love him. 

George Newbern really brought Ove to life. I really felt like I was with Ove as he was telling me his life story. I haven't listened to his narration before this book but I would definitely look for him in the future. He had such a nice voice to listen to and really was able to bring a few emotions to a character that likes to keep them hidden. I was able to listen to this book for hours at a time largely because of the narration.

I would highly recommend this book to others. I think that just about everyone can think of someone in their life with a few of Ove's characteristics. Everything about this story felt very authentic. There were moments that I laughed and other moments that touched my heart. This was the first book by Fredrik Backman that I have read and will not hesitate to read his work again in the future.

Initial Thoughts
I fell in love with Ove over the course of the story. I saw a lot of the traits of many of my family members in Ove. His collection of extremely patient neighbors were all wonderful. I liked how Ove's history is told little by little throughout the story because it really gave some insight about his character.

Source: audible purchase

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review 2017-06-11 23:55
A man called Ove by Fredrik Backman
A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman

I'm marking this as read just now, because it took me like almost an hour to stop crying. I loved this book. I knew it would break my heart but I also knew it was going to be an amazing read.

 

I recommed this book to everyone. It's amazingly written, and it portrays the characters in a way that you just fall in the story and feel like you're part of the neighbours loving every single one of them (except that blond menace). And Ove. Oh, my beautiful Ove with his beautiful soul. I loved you the most.

 

with this book I cried, I laughed, I loved and felt to angry because the unfairness of life. The kind of book and characters that will always have a place in your heart.

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review 2017-05-24 01:23
I loved that grumpy ole bastard!
A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman

A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman 

 

I had heard from many book friends that I would enjoy this book.  And clearly they know me better than I know myself because I was reluctant to try this book.  But from the first scene in the Apple Store, I was hooked.  

 

Ove made me laugh, made me roll my eyes, made me angry, and in the end made me cry. This story was full of just so much, but I loved the man's journey to find his way after life had dealt him yet another blow.  One that he didn't think he would ever be able to get past.

 

My family more than once looked at me like I was crazy as I was laughing out loud at one outrageous scene after another.  I have no idea how this man got in the situations he did.  But, man did I love the guy by the end.

 

I had this on whispersync and I had started reading it, but once I heard the narrator reading this, I couldn't go back.  He did an excellent job, and being that he's a new narrator for me, I was very pleasantly surprised.

 

A MAN CALLED OVE is one of those books that I know is going to be sitting with me for a long time.  I loved every second of it and was so sad to see it end.

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review 2017-03-21 22:44
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, narrated by George Newbern
A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman,George Newbern

 

This was such a touching, funny story it almost made this cold, cold heart shed a tear.

 

I can't help but see some similarities between this story and the movie Saint Vincent, with Bill Murray. Also, I have to say that this tale is a bit predictable.

 

Those things said, I did laugh out loud a few times while listening, and I thought this narrator did a fantastic job.

 

If you're looking for a sweet tale about a curmudgeonly old coot without a friend in the world, this book is for you!

 

Recommended!

 

*Thanks to Audible for the free download.*

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review 2017-03-19 21:15
A Man Called Ove
A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman

Overall I really enjoyed A Man Called Ove. I liked that Ove was a grumpy old man and not a typical heroic character. He was difficult to like, but I felt his story did a good job of explaining who he was.I also really enjoyed all the side characters in the book. 

 

I've read several other reviews and many readers described this as a kind of transformation story for Ove. However, I didn't view it that way. I see it as a story about finding a reason to live when you don't think there is one. Ove was grumpy and detached all the way through the book. He just needed help realizing he could live a satisfied life with people he cared about even after his wife died. I'm actually happy Ove didn't change, and that the people who came into his life loved him despite his sharp edges. We're all different in this world. Not everyone is sunshine and roses. But that doesn't mean they don't deserve to be loved and understood.

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