A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014
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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: New York : Atria Books, 2014.
ISBN: 9781629239828
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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maxmillan
Aug 31, 2018

This book reminds me of a slightly darker version of the blockbuster cartoon, “Up” because it takes you from disliking the main character to feeling affection for him in the end. Get the audiobook as it accentuates the characters. After reading this book I watched the movie and it was bang on with the characters, albeit, not as in depth as the novel. Looking to see how Tom Hanks does when he plays the part of Ove in the upcoming American movie rendition.

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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_JoyO 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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Apr 28, 2017

jandt_mcmurray thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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