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Brought to you by Penguin.

The funny, touching and unpredictable new novel from the multi-million-copy best-selling author of A Man Called Ove.

In a small town in Sweden it appears to be an ordinary day. But look more closely and you'll see a mysterious masked figure approaching a bank.

Two hours later, chaos has descended. A bungled attempted robbery has developed into a hostage situation - and the offender is refusing to communicate their demands to the police.

Inside the building, fear quickly turns to irritation for the seven strangers trapped inside. If this is to be their last day on earth, shouldn't it be a bit more dramatic? 

But as the minutes tick by, they begin to suspect that the criminal mastermind holding them hostage might be more in need of rescuing than they are.

©2020 Fredrik Backman (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Lovely and beautiful

I really liked “A man named ove” so thought I’ll give this book a try. The characters and humour caught me from the start. The back stories of all the characters come together beautifully. It talks about so many topics, from parenthood, anxiety, to economy, in a light yet insightful way. A wonderful and heartwarming book, that’s much needed in these times

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Genius.

A sweet, beautiful story about the human condition. Fredrik Backman’s non-linear style is so original and compelling as he weaves the threads of his stories together it leaves me in awe. The narrator brought to life this tale and it’s multitude of characters convincingly and beautifully. Loved it.

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Feel good, hopeful book about humanity

This is a feel good book about a bank robber's botched robbery, and a group of hostages. Everyone has a background story, and all of them are anxious people. The performance is the narrator is simply amazing, her tone and inflections lend life to the story, much better than if I’d read it in book format.

I really enjoyed this book’s honest look at the foibles of humans, its understanding about human psychology and acceptance of the varying personalities that lend colour to our world. It's highly humorous, with a wee bit of mystery, unfolds unexpectedly and ends beautifully. A worthwhile read to pick up if you're down because it gives hope.

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Exactly the prescription I needed right now

This is a novel with heart. It deals with heavy subjects with gentleness and a huge dollop of humour. I am recommending it to all my bookish friends.

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Wonderful

What a book ... what a story ... laugh out loud and sentimental enough to just shed a few tears!

The performance was just superb

So sad that it’s over ... I just might have to listen to it again!!

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Perfect Antidote

If you read one book this year, it should be this. It fills you with hope for the future, which is in short supply right now. Characters which are both flawed yet lovable. A story woven so beautifully you will want to read it again.

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Where is Britt Marie when we need her?

I have her voice in my mind, and "Ha!" in her voice. Why oh why am I not hearing Joan Walker's performance, and why would Fredrick Backman be read in American? A rich, thought provoking, funny and surprising story .

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  • Ruth D
  • 02-26-21

Excellent

I chose this book after reading „A man called Ove“ by the same author. I thoroughly enjoyed Anxious people and I think that listening to it was far less confusing than reading the book.
Fredrik Backman‘s observations of people are superb; one minute you’re laughing, the next you’re sobbing.
The Narrator does a superb job of bringing the characters to life. I shall miss them!

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  • Melanie Allen
  • 09-21-21

Wrong Narrator for this Book

Whilst I enjoyed this book it was totally ruined for me by the choice of narrator. Strong American accent just didn’t fit with the Swedish set book. I’m sure the narrator would be perfect for a different book but why oh why choice her for this great book.

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  • Agatella
  • 12-29-20

Excellent

I loved this book so much. My first book by Fredrick Bacman but I have added him now to the list of authors to follow and have added his other books to my reading list. I love his writing style, his sense of humour, the way he observes people.
The narration by Marin Ireland was excellent too.
My favourite quote:
"The truth of course is that if people really were as happy as they look on the Internet, they wouldn’t spend so much damn time on the Internet, because no one who’s having a really good day spends half of it taking pictures of themselves. Anyone can nurture a myth about their life if they have enough manure, so if the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, that’s probably because it’s full of shit."

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  • Donal O'Hagan
  • 03-06-21

Marathon Story

I'm sure writing any book, particularly a complex fiction, must be a marathon effort for any author, requiring lots of behind the scenes preparation before the final production of their work. The sense I got from listening to this was that Fredrik wanted to show that not only was he capable of a marathon performance, he was in fact an Ultra-Marathoner!! Every scene seemed to expanded way longer than it needed to be, with extra dialogue being used to show how witty the author could be. The 'cute' story could have been told in a much more efficient fashion, even the author mentioned at one point that it can take a long time to tell some stories! At least the quality of narration of the story helped to get through some of the interminable scenes and chapters.

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  • Colin
  • 02-26-21

Entertaining

I have mixed feelings about this. I laughed out loud in places, and groaned in others because it was lame. It was all a bit too neat and tidy for me. I’ve never been on a package holiday, and this felt a bit too much like a package. All the boxes were ticked etc.
Nevertheless, on the whole, I did enjoy it.

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  • sotron
  • 02-11-21

Wonderful performance of a wonderful book

I loved this book. I knew I was gonna love this book. If this is not your first Backman book, chances are so will you. The thing he does doesn't change much from book to book, but he does it incredibly well and I always find myself incredibly grateful when I find he's written something new. The day after I finish one of his books, I always feel a bit more in touch with my love for humanity and other people, and always a little melancholy. So yeah, it was beautiful and I cried a lot, like I have at all his books, starting with Ove (where I probably cried the most).

This is the first book of his I chose to listen to instead of reading and I'm absolutely thrilled. It was purely based on the sample of Marin Ireland's perfect voice. She's one of my favourite narrators I've ever heard and I'm heading to buy another one of the books she's read right this instant, as I think it'll be slightly longer until the next Backman book.

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  • Sigrin
  • 09-14-21

Swedish novel, American narrator…yuk

I will say my negative first… Why use an American narrator when the book is written by a Swede and set in Sweden.
The narrator had great intonation, however the accent really spoilt it for me.

Great book as described in the summary, full of some excellent quotes. One other reviewer picked two of the best but these are also note worthy

“They say that a person’s personality is the sum of their experiences. But that isn’t true, at least not entirely, because if our past was all that defined us, we’d never be able to put up with ourselves. We need to be allowed to convince ourselves that we’re more than the mistakes we made yesterday. That we are all of our next choices, too, all of our tomorrows.”

“We don't have a plan, we just do our best to get through the day, because there'll be another one coming along tomorrow.”

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“Have you ever held a three-year-old by the hand on the way home from preschool?"
"No."
"You're never more important that you are then.

Sometimes the book was a bit too cliche and tried too hard, For me the narrator read it like an american sitcom, full of canned laughter.

If you have not read one of Frederik Backman previous books, might I recommend A man called Ove as a first choice as this is second rate in comparison until they get a Scandi narrator, or anyone who speaks without an American accent.





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  • Heather G.
  • 12-01-21

Great!

A brilliant story and insightfully comforting with the narrative on anxiety. The narrator voice was difficult at times to relax with but I stuck with it and am glad I did.

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  • AED
  • 11-21-21

Superlative narrator

Oh, what a human, humane, book. If you need your faith in humanity - and in the human condition - restored, this is your book. Expertly translated by Neil Smith. And the narration is absolutely first class, bringing each character to life fabulously.

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  • poppy
  • 10-29-21

A beautiful book.

I've never written a review before but this book really spoke to me. I laughed and cried, beautifully written and beautifully narrated. I don't want to give anything away but I wish I was there as I think everyone of us can relate to at least one character in the story, I'm guessing though more. Loved it.

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  • Vikki
  • 09-01-20

Narrators voice annoying.

Storyline was great.
The character’s were quirky and interesting. However this is probably a very personal thing but the story was not set in America.
So having a narrator with an annoying nasal twang American accent spoils it for me.

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  • Kacie
  • 12-31-20

Lovely read

really enjoyed this book. In particular the idea that everyone around you whom you don't know is probably dealing with something similar to you. The narration was particularly great on the audio version!

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  • Shakya
  • 11-24-20

So much more to this story

It started a little strange and had me worried for a while but it soon turned around and begun revealing itself and that's when I knew I was listening to another amazing story by the master storyteller

Dig beneath the surface of each of the people involved and you will find interesting, smart, compassionate, lonely, loyal and just downright loveable characters, A Man called Ove will always be my favourite by this was another great book.

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  • Tiffany
  • 10-17-20

love, love, love it

I adore everything I've ever read by Fredrik Backman and I didn't know it was possible to love him any more than I already did. But this book. This book is one of the most beautiful, heartwarming, relatable, wonderful books I have ever read. I want to read it a hundred times so that these characters never leave my life. I will be recommending this book to everyone I meet. Forever.

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  • Sarah heffron
  • 11-04-20

Amazing

Made me laugh, made me cry, made me think. Loved this book, can’t recommend it highly enough!

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  • miranda
  • 10-17-20

Brilliant!

Everything you expect from a Fredrick Blackman book, but even more! The woven story held me captivated from start to finish.

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  • Marina
  • 10-03-20

Left it unfinished

Interesting idea but very poor execution. Annoying to listen, unconvincing and repetitive. Couldn't finish it unfortunately.

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  • Cheryl Hill
  • 10-01-20

I loved every moment of this book

Fredrick Backman writes with such insight into the human condition. Every one of his characters is real and just trying to do the best they can like all of us. Heartfelt and humerous, I loved every moment of this book.

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  • Emma
  • 09-27-20

Another piece of Fredrik Backman magic

By the other glowing reviews here I can see I am not alone in being a huge Fredrik Backman fan!

Backman has such a wonderful take on people and the world, and this is captured beautifully in his writing. I always feel better for having read another of his books. This one did not disappoint and I'd consider it one of my favourites.

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  • JingJing Zhou
  • 11-28-21

a happy ending

very interesting writing style but it can come across as chaotic at times. overall, an easy read.