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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Us Against You by Fredik Backman, read by John Sackville. 

A small, broken town sits on the edge of a frozen lake surrounded by a forest, its wounds still raw from a tragedy that tore its fragile community in two.

Beartown has lost its way. Now the cold and dark that surround the snowbound town creep in, and so do new conflicts and tensions. What was once a friendly rivalry with the neighbouring town is beginning to turn sinister and Beartown braces itself for another tragic blow.

How far will the people of Beartown go to preserve their reputations for a second, deadly time?

Us Against You is a spell-binding exposition of small-town life in all its flawed complexity.

©2018 Fredrik Backman (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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First part was excellent but this one was better

Great book, lot more emotions then in first part. Story is compelling and keeps you tangled not allowing you to stop listening. At times I really struggled to stop reading. Highly recommended.

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Loved it...

As always, amazing book and performance! Would recommend it to anyone looking for a real story...

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Grate book, grate author. My favorite

Amazing book, so full of motions and descriptions of human nature. Would recommend everyone to read his books




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In Awe of This Man

Never has a book made me shed so many tears, in so many public places.
I am in awe of how Frederick Backman writes.
How he’s able to make you feel things you didn’t know you were capable of feeling.

Thank you for this book, so timely. We all needed it.

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He always makes me cry

About 3/4 of the way through I thought, I love this, but not as much as Bear Town. But oh, the ending had left a big lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. And I just was Benji to be a real person. Because how can you not love Benji?

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  • Ms B. Fonay
  • 01-22-19

Outstanding

Incredible sequel to Beartown. Fredrik Backman is an outstanding writer. The depth of compassion and thoroughness he approaches these big issues with is mindblowing.
These books explore masculinity, in view of toxic masculinity. But there is nothing black and white here though. First book explored it more from the feminine viewpoint (and despite being a male writer he did 110%justice to it), second explored it more from the male point of view.
I have cried like never before while listening - my heart broke over and over in the most beautiful way. Catharsis is rarely reached by reading, but God knows these two made it happen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-23-21

Engaging from start to finish

Enjoyed both books in series. Well written and very different storyline with inciteful narrative and thought provoking issues

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  • Ewelina Poborska
  • 12-15-20

What a wonderful book

Absolutely wonderful story, both in part 1 & 2 and a great narration. Didn’t want it to end. I’ve learnt some new things about ice hockey as well. Would 100% recommend it!

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  • KvZ
  • 09-05-19

It's not about ice hockey... and it is.

Loved this.
I love all Backman's books - I laugh out loud, I tear up and I feel my heart tightening when something bad is coming. I also feel my heart soar when characters reach out and just be... human.
Translation and narration are amazing. The accents the narrator uses are spot on. I'm Scottish so I can't ID the area of England he's doing but, in my head, I see an old working class town with a miners' club, a war memorial, a council floral display, and a lot of post-war terraced housing, some of it tidy and proud, some of it neglected and worn.

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  • PT
  • 08-16-19

part 2 of Beartown

some repetition of events required in case you didn't read Beartown ( which is slightly annoying if you did) but enjoyable story nonetheless . not quite as good as the original but better than most part 2 stories/films

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  • Cazza
  • 08-13-19

Excellent sequal

Loved every minute. Backman is a genius when it comes to writing characters you really care about.

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  • Farah S
  • 07-01-19

An apt and fitting sequel

Really enjoyed this second part of Bear Town's obsession with ice hockey. I don't even really like ice hockey but I lived the portrayal of male bonds superceding all other familial and friendship ties. I have come to empathise with the plights of small towns and most importantly, the portrayal of parents trying to protect their children - an almost impossible task. Beautifully read too!

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  • Baz Borozitch
  • 06-23-19

Remorseless Relentless Real

Never lets up, never gives in to sentiment. Brilliant, brutal, compelling, tough and rewarding fiction

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  • Sam
  • 04-16-19

Great but nothing on the original

I liked this book but I loved the original to it. Although the first one did kinda cut us off short and it was nice to find out what happened to everyone it was ultimately a fairly depressing read. Well written, great ideas, just a bit heavy

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  • Stephen
  • 01-04-19

Brilliant

wasn't sure if I wanted a second book after the first was so very good but this does not dissapoint. absolutely brilliant story that should be listened to again and again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-29-18

Gritty but powerful

The characters are so imperfectly real that they draw you into the story and provoke strong reactions in the reader. Nothing is black and white and the complexities of small town life are captured perfectly.

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  • Skye
  • 01-31-19

Excellent

So so good, a great listen. Not the happiest of stories, but then we don't always get a happy ending in life and Beartown embraces its flaws and celebrates its successes, as we all should.

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  • Jane K
  • 11-25-18

If I could give it 6 stars I would

I cried and laughed and my heart ached when I listened to this sequel. Backman touches the reader’s soul like nobody can. It’s one of those books that will stay with you forever. Simply amazing writing which finished way too soon.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-01-21

Wish it would never end.

I absolutely loved this audiobook.
I fell in love with Beartown, the people and the place.
Beautifully written and performed. I truly wish it wouldn't end, though even the ending was just right.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-30-20

Wonderful sequel.

The anticipation for the 3rd book in the series is very high! I couldn't stop listening and the twists and turns kept me on my toes.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-02-18

Anotherv wonderful story

Fredrik Backman writes such wonderful works. This one is no exception. So many moments of breathtakingly beautiful human interaction amid an engaging narrative. A balm for a tired heart. Great performance by John Sackville. Thanks to you both.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-10-18

Great book

This book is full of emotions followed by a really good story. I got hooked with the first book and the 2nd was no regret.

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  • Shakya
  • 08-10-18

Not as good

I am a huge fan of this author, in fact he wrote one of my favourite books, A Man Called Ove, and enjoyed all the others as well but this one was so depressing without the usual hope that goes with the sad. Wouldn't read again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-31-18

All amazing!

My favourite author, and now favourite narrator, don't disappoint! Inspiring, heartbreaking, loveable, laughable, tragic. Best.