• All the Lonely People

  • By: Mike Gayle
  • Narrated by: Ben Onwukwe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,770 ratings)

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All the Lonely People

By: Mike Gayle
Narrated by: Ben Onwukwe
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Publisher's Summary

If you loved A Man Called Ove, then prepare to be delighted as Jamaican immigrant Hubert rediscovers the world he'd turned his back on this "warm, funny" novel (Good Housekeeping).

In weekly phone calls to his daughter in Australia, widower Hubert Birdpaints a picture of the perfect retirement, packed with fun, friendship, and fulfillment. But it's a lie. In reality, Hubert's days are all the same, dragging on without him seeing a single soul.

Until he receives some good news - good news that in one way turns out to be the worst news ever, news that will force him out again, into a world he has long since turned his back on. The news that his daughter is coming for a visit.

Now Hubert faces a seemingly impossible task: to make his real life resemble his fake life before the truth comes out. Along the way Hubert stumbles across a second chance at love, renews a cherished friendship, and finds himself roped into an audacious community scheme that seeks to end loneliness once and for all....

Life is certainly beginning to happen to Hubert Bird. But with the origin of his earlier isolation always lurking in the shadows, will he ever get to live the life he's pretended to have for so long?

©2021 Mike Gayle (P)2021 Grand Central Publishing

Critic Reviews

“Hubert's adventures are hilarious and heartwarming, and Onwukwe's depiction of him makes this production shine.” (AudioFile)

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For all the lonely and not-so-lonely people

The plot line of this book is nothing new but the characters make the book the wonderful read that it is. Added to that is the excellent narration on Audible which made each character jump to life. I cried and laughed, sniffled and smiled, and even let out a few audible gasps at one specific instance. This is such a heart warming book. I miss the characters already!

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Fantastic

I would highly recommended this book the story line is fantastic. In addition it caused me to reflect on my own life and how we chose to connect or disconnect with others. The narrator Ben Onwukwe did an incredible job bringing be main character to life!

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What a wonderful weekend diversion.

I highly recommend getting to know Hubert Bird.
This is a heartwarming, interesting story with excellent top notch narration.

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Not what I was expecting, but very engaging.

It took me about 1/3 of this book to become really invested in the characters and understand where the story was headed, but it picked up from there. I think I was expecting a bit more humor or quirkiness, but as the characters developed and the story proceeds, it became quite engaging.

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A sweet fantasy with enough shadow to make it somewhat plausible.

My title pretty much says it all. There are so many things that we’re not covered in this book. Most notably physical aspects of being an 84 year old and emotional pain from loss.

It’s a fantasy. I don’t want to spoil the story so I won’t say why I say that. Suffice it for you to know that it’s a delightful, sweet book and worth a listen.

The performance definitely enhanced the experience.

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Wonderful story

I read A Man Called Ove which I loved. And although this has a similar premise, it is a completely different yet equally as wonderful story. I LOVED this book and I will miss these characters. The story was woven very well with good twists and surprising bits. I highly recommend this book. I laughed, I cried, it became a part of me (seriously :)

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Delightful story

Such a sweet story of how one person can make such a difference through simple acts of kindness . The characters were charming and the story unfolded so beautifully. The narrator was amazing and really brought the story to life. This book will brighten your day and make you want to be a better person.

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Such a warm funny tale

I loved this book. Hubert Bird was such a vivid character and this is told from his perspective in his past and present. Hubert stays to himself most days in his home with his cat Puss and looks forward to chats with his daughter Rose each week via the phone. One day he gets a knock on the door from his new neighbor Ashley and her little daughter. This begins a friendship that then begins a campaign to end loneliness. It is a heartwarming funny tale and I loved it.

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Wow!

I loved this book! It was funny, heartbreaking and hopeful all at once. This is now one of my favorite reads.

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Simply Fantastic

This book and the audio reading has been one of my favorite audiobooks. It is uplifting, heartwarming, and thoughtful. The reading added to the enjoyment of a well told tale.

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