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Britt-Marie Was Here Audiobook

Britt-Marie Was Here

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Publisher's Summary

For as long as anyone can remember, Britt-Marie has been an acquired taste. It's not that she's judgmental or fussy or difficult - she just expects things to be done in a certain way. A cutlery drawer should be arranged in the right order, for example - forks, knives, then spoons. We're not animals, are we?

But behind the passive-aggressive, socially awkward, absurdly pedantic busybody is a woman who has more imagination, bigger dreams and a warmer heart than anyone around her realises. So when Britt-Marie finds herself unemployed, separated from her husband of 20 years, left to fend for herself in the miserable provincial backwater that is Borg - of which the kindest thing one can say is that it has a road going through it - and somehow tasked with running the local football team, she is a little unprepared.

But she will learn that life may have more to offer her than she's ever realised, and love might be found in the most unexpected of places.

The number-one European best seller by the author of A Man Called Ove, Britt-Marie Was Here is a funny, poignant and uplifting tale of love, community and second chances.

©2016 Fredrik Backman (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

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    Amazon Customer Scotland 13/11/2016
    Amazon Customer Scotland 13/11/2016
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    "Enchanting"

    A wonderful tale . This is the story of Britt Marie and a place called Borg, an uplifting tale with excellent narration. If you enjoy quirky stories with interesting characters and genuine emotion then you'll enjoy this. I'm looking forward to reading more by this author.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Linda A. Davies Badby, England 26/10/2016
    Linda A. Davies Badby, England 26/10/2016 Member Since 2010

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    "A woman who you really want to hate but can't"

    Joan Walker brings Britt Marie's annoyingly loveable character to life. Hilarious & touching story. Highly recommended....

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    jasmin 13/05/2016
    jasmin 13/05/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "Beautiful and uplifting"

    Love all of Fredrick Backmans books. This is another gem. Poignant and full of hope. Can't wait for his next one.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Helena Jidborg 07/02/2017
    Helena Jidborg 07/02/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "absolutely fabulous little story"

    lovely story that makes you both laugh and cry. a must read for any one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    H Ireland Ireland 25/01/2017
    H Ireland Ireland 25/01/2017 Member Since 2012
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    "Love Fredrik Backman "

    This is simply beautiful. Funny and heartwarming. I would love to read more from this wonderful author. I also think that this would translate beautifully to screen in the right hands.

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    Lynn T. 20/12/2016
    Lynn T. 20/12/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Another fantastic heartwarming book!!"

    LOVE all of his books - such interesting characters and he always manages to extract a tear or two out of me.
    A great follow on from my grandmother sends her regards, but you don't have to have read that to enjoy this. Will be eagerly awaiting his next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thewilsonman St Bees UK 12/12/2016
    Thewilsonman St Bees UK 12/12/2016 Member Since 2015

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    "Lovely heartwarming story."
    What made the experience of listening to Britt-Marie Was Here the most enjoyable?

    Excellent story mixing wit and pathos but always uplifting. Beautifully and sympathetically read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the way that the story is progressed. The mixture of humour and sadness is well handled and always riveting.


    What does Joan Walker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Great understanding of the characters and what the author is trying to portray in this and his other two books that are featured on Audible. As much as I love the books; they are seriously enhanced by the excellent narration.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book just like the other two books mainly raise a wry smile although there are some very sad moments.


    Any additional comments?

    All I all: I wish that there were more books written by Backman that I could listen to. I mainly listen when I am out walking and they totally immersed me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Czarniecka 19/05/2017
    Czarniecka 19/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "great story very well read"

    A sweet and sour story with many interesting characters. Very well read. I enjoyed it a lot and I'm looking forward to hear/read other books of this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    shrek1609 26/03/2017
    shrek1609 26/03/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Disappointing ending"

    Having loved a Man called Ove, and that narration by Joan Walker, I was keen to read another Fredrick Backman book and this although enjoyable had a very disappointing ending. The narration was however first class once again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Catriona Ferris Guildford, Surrey 18/03/2017
    Catriona Ferris Guildford, Surrey 18/03/2017 Member Since 2014

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    "Excellent story of self discovery."

    Britt Marie's past slowly unfolds and you grow to love her. Would love to hear about her trip to Paris. Will never look at a coaster in the same way again.

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    "She's no nag bag!"
    What made the experience of listening to Britt-Marie Was Here the most enjoyable?

    The narration by Joan Walker is superb. She brings the characters to life as if they're jumping out of the audio and acting out live in one's mind.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The colourful characters and the unexpected story line. And how it keeps one guessing until the very end.


    Have you listened to any of Joan Walker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes! She does not disappoint. But a lot more restrained in this one, compared to the other books by Fredrik Backman she's performed.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really, because I wanted to savour every minute and I needed it to last throughout my week-long commute.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the works of Fredrik Backman and the outstanding performance by the narrator Joan Walker. These two are the ultimate dynamic duo!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hellen Jot Cavallaro
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    "Such an enjoyable character"

    A heartwarming character read by a very believable narrator. I truly didnt want it to end.

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  • Roger
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    "An Enjoyable Read"

    After falling in love with Backman's A Man Called Ove, I decided to read all of his books that I could get my hands on. This one was enjoyable. It was a bit slow going at first, and the character voice changes were a bit on the ear piercing side ;) but around halfway through, I found myself yearning to listen and yearning to find out what happens as the story unfolds. I won't spoil the ending, but even though I enjoyed it, I was a bit disappointed. Overall, I recommend anyone who enjoyed Ove also give this a listen as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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