Written By: Fredrik Backman

Narrated By: J. K. Simmons

Date: November 2019

Duration: 9 hours 14 minutes


In this New York Times bestselling “charming debut” (People)—soon to be a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks—from one of Sweden’s most successful authors, a grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

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 must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

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.

A feel-good story in the spirit of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Fredrik Backman’s novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others. “If there was an award for ‘Most Charming Book of the Year,’ this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down” (Booklist, starred review).


  • summernatandlaurenlol

    So heartwarming. Great narrator too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Barbi N.

    I laughed and laughed through out the book. Then then end...bittersweet. I cried like I have never cried at the end of a book. This book was my father, it was Grumpy Old Men movie in one person. It was love, heartache, sorrow, mourning and love again. I never wanted it to end. But in the end everything must end. Beautiful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Christopher S.

    I loved this story. Reminded me of my father in-law. And J.K. Simmons was fantastic. Highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • M Bernstein

    Loved this. I usually, exclusively, listen in the car. I listened to this anytime I got a chance. Well written and thoroughly, entertaining.

  • Amy F.

    Loved every second! Bravo!!

  • Joy M.

    I usually like mysteries but this quirky book took me by surprise! I loved it. Great story of simple mans life.

  • Anonymous

    good story, good narrator

  • Michelle E.

    All I can say is Wow! I haven’t enjoyed a story this much in years - it made me laugh, cry, anxious, indignant, but most of all it warmed my heart so much. Thank you Ove

  • Alan R.

    Really enjoyed this story, could easily relate to the characters.

  • Trisha H.

    I loved this book. It’s slow paced and purposeful, just like Ove. I literally laughed out loud several times. And I caught myself wiping actual tears, too. I’m going to miss his stories now that the book has ended.

  • Shelley B.

    Thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish

  • Carol M.

    I decided to read Ove after enjoying Anxious People and wow. Man Called Ove is one of my favorite books of all time! Bachman pulls the reader into the world he has created from the first page. His characters are so real, with the same insecurities and challenges almost all of us have had ourselves. Where I believe Bachman really shines is the natural dialogue and vivid descriptions. As others have said, one minute I was laughing and the next crying. Topping off the exceptional story and style is Simmons narration! Would love to see him in the role of Ove someday.

  • V T.


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