A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014 | Unabridged
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Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him 'the bitter neighbor from hell.' But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents' association to their very foundations.
Publisher: Chicago : Dreamscape Media, LLC, 2014
Edition: Unabridged
Branch Call Number: Overdrive
Characteristics: audio file
1 online resource (8 audio files) : digital
Additional Contributors: Newbern, George
OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9781629239828

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danielestes
Mar 09, 2018

What a crotchety old man! I love him. Reminds me of my grandfather in many, and often uncomfortable, ways.

I feel like each of us knows somebody like Ove—a headstrong elder from an earlier generation who's hopelessly out-of-sync with the modern ways of the world. But with age comes wisdom, only this wisdom is buried beneath a shell that's been hardened from a lifetime of experiences.

Give this book a try. You'd have to be far crotchetier than Ove not to be moved by his story.

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SuzeParker
Jan 30, 2018

What a lovely story to remind readers that hope and purpose can reappear, even in the face of overwhelming grief, and that each of us can make positive differences in others' lives. Heartwarming, funny, sweet and life-affirming.

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maipenrai
Nov 06, 2017

What a delight!! Read the book then see the film!! Highly recommend!! Kristi & Abby Tabby

CRRL_JoyOToole Oct 31, 2017

I laughed, I cried, and I laughed again. Ove is a curmudgeon with a heart of gold.

JCLHopeH Aug 06, 2017

I was skeptical at the start, but this turned out to be a very sweet story. Humor interlaced throughout, bringing some levity to serious and sad topics, particularly in the beginning. Glad that I listened to the audiobook so I could hear the correct pronunciation of some of the characters' names!

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amatrixlibrorum
Jul 25, 2017

I laughed and I cried. A wonderful read.

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mbeversman
Jun 19, 2017

This has reinforced why I never give up on a book. This had a very slow beginning, and I was thinking to myself how much longer do I need to listen to this. About midway through, the book definitely redeemed itself and I didn't want it to end. I thought there was great character development. Would highly recommend.

JCLRachelN Jun 17, 2017

This was one of the best books I've listened to recently. The narrator's voice worked for me as Ove's story unfolded and he uses an excellent amount of gruffness when Ove speaks. Not to mention the story is beautiful.

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elizali
Jun 07, 2017

Pretty good, lots of warm fuzzies. Was somewhat predictable, and didn't love as much as many others do, but the story is like a warm bubble bath, so who cares if it's a little predictable.

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jandt_mcmurray
Apr 28, 2017

I laughed, I rolled my eyes, I smirked, I cried. This book took me all through the spectrum of emotions. Ove (OO-vuh) is just your typical, aging, recently-widowed man that is struggling to move forward with life after losing his wife of nearly 40 years. A total grump & a man who is SET in his ways (aka the only RIGHT way), the people around him have difficulties getting close or even interacting with him. But along comes an unlikely, young neighbor woman & her husband & children that will slowly give Ove reason to keep on living. This book builds his character so well that I feel that if I were to meet the man in real-life, I would know Ove as a personal friend. I would throw my arms around Parvaneh, the neighbor woman, & thank her for having a heart that could see a man & need & never give up until she broke through his tough shell.

Age recommendation: 14 & over (occasional profanity)

On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it 8.

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Apr 28, 2017

jandt_mcmurray thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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