The Winners: A Novel

Written by:
Fredrik Backman
Narrated by:
Marin Ireland

Unabridged Audiobook

Ratings
Book
27
Narrator
10
Release Date
September 2022
Duration
21 hours 22 minutes
Summary
A breathtaking new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Anxious People and A Man Called Ove, The Winners returns to the close-knit, resilient community of Beartown for a story about first loves, second chances, and last goodbyes.

Over the course of two weeks, everything in Beartown will change.

Maya Andersson and Benji Ovich, two young people who left in search of a life far from the forest town, come home and joyfully reunite with their closest childhood friends. There is a new sense of optimism and purpose in the town, embodied in the impressive new ice rink that has been built down by the lake.

Two years have passed since the events that no one wants to think about. Everyone has tried to move on, but there’s something about this place that prevents it. The destruction caused by a ferocious late-summer storm reignites the old rivalry between Beartown and the neighboring town of Hed, a rivalry which has always been fought through their ice hockey teams.

Maya’s parents, Peter and Kira, are caught up in an investigation of the hockey club’s murky finances, and Amat—once the star of the Beartown team—has lost his way after an injury and a failed attempt to get drafted into the NHL. Simmering tensions between the two towns turn into acts of intimidation and then violence. All the while, a fourteen-year-old boy grows increasingly alienated from this hockey-obsessed community and is determined to take revenge on the people he holds responsible for his beloved sister’s death. He has a pistol and a plan that will leave Beartown with a loss that is almost more that it can stand.

As it beautifully captures all the complexities of daily life and explores questions of friendship, loyalty, loss, and identity, this emotion-packed novel asks us to reconsider what it means to win, what it means to lose, and what it means to forgive.
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Judy P.

I really did enjoy this book but I feel the first 2 book of the Beartown series was way much better!! The narrator was excellent!! It’s very long, over 21 hours of listening time!!!

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Tricia D.

What a great book! I thoroughly enjoyed the way the story unfolded and the uniqueness of the characters. The meaning of the story was driven home by events that forever shaped the lives of the people who lived in the two towns. One of my favorite books of all time.

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Eileen W.

I was not aware this was part of a series but really enjoyed it!

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