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Brought to you by Penguin.

The funny, touching and unpredictable new novel from the multi-million-copy best-selling author of A Man Called Ove.

In a small town in Sweden it appears to be an ordinary day. But look more closely and you'll see a mysterious masked figure approaching a bank.

Two hours later, chaos has descended. A bungled attempted robbery has developed into a hostage situation - and the offender is refusing to communicate their demands to the police.

Inside the building, fear quickly turns to irritation for the seven strangers trapped inside. If this is to be their last day on earth, shouldn't it be a bit more dramatic? 

But as the minutes tick by, they begin to suspect that the criminal mastermind holding them hostage might be more in need of rescuing than they are.

©2020 Fredrik Backman (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Wonderful, emotive narration

Marin Ireland has brought this story to life so beautifully, that you get hooked from the very first minute. The prose and plot are just as engaging and the characters are so hilarious!! Highly recommended!!

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Anxious people

It's humourous and beautiful 🧡 light listen, everyday characters and relatable. Narration was incredible! loved it!

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Fantastic narration

A tale of hope and kindness, elevated by an excellent narrator. A perfect story to hold on to in these difficult times.

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If you want to listen to just one audiobook,

Please let that one book be this one •́ ‿ ,•̀ < < < 3

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Great narration and Great book!!!!!

Dont have words to describe how good the book was. Moreover, Marin Ireland does full justice to the narrative by sticking to a different voice for all the different characters. Absolutely stunning work of art!!

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A roller coaster ride!

The book through its realistic characters takes you on an unexpected journey. The experience of the book is enhanced by the impeccable narration!

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Amazing!!!

Amazing Read.. very well narrated.. beautiful characters.. loved every chapter ❤️ 5 starts over all

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Enjoyed

Easy Listening and riveting storyline. wonderfully well narrated Easy Listening and riveting storyline. wonderfully well narrated

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Best read of 2020

Funny, Lite, Emotional, lovely & the best book I’ve heard this year. Listen to it without a doubt. Pick it up if you’re looking for a book to make you be there 😍

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Awesome book!

This book will surprise you and make you think about your own existence. You will not want it to end!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-01-21

Perfect Antidote

If you read one book this year, it should be this. It fills you with hope for the future, which is in short supply right now. Characters which are both flawed yet lovable. A story woven so beautifully you will want to read it again.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-09-20

Where is Britt Marie when we need her?

I have her voice in my mind, and "Ha!" in her voice. Why oh why am I not hearing Joan Walker's performance, and why would Fredrick Backman be read in American? A rich, thought provoking, funny and surprising story .

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  • Agatella
  • 29-12-20

Excellent

I loved this book so much. My first book by Fredrick Bacman but I have added him now to the list of authors to follow and have added his other books to my reading list. I love his writing style, his sense of humour, the way he observes people. The narration by Marin Ireland was excellent too. My favourite quote: "The truth of course is that if people really were as happy as they look on the Internet, they wouldn’t spend so much damn time on the Internet, because no one who’s having a really good day spends half of it taking pictures of themselves. Anyone can nurture a myth about their life if they have enough manure, so if the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, that’s probably because it’s full of shit."

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  • Tracy CompulsiveReaders
  • 15-01-21

Anxious People

Another OUTSTANDING, BRILLIANT, POIGNANT, EMOTIONAL, COMPASSIONATE novel by one of my favourite authors, Fredrik Backman. I listened to his latest book Anxious People on Audible which normally takes me between 7 and 10 days as I only listen when walking the dog… EXCEPT this time, I listened to the book in 2 sittings, refusing to talk to the family, walk the dog and even read on my kindle because this is, in my opinion, my new favourite audio book of the year and considering I finished it on 7th January 2021 that is quite a statement. Fredrik Backman has the ability to create the most wonderful, quirky, funny, sad, unlikeable, loveable characters and bring them to life in your mind in such a way they become a part of your family and grab a piece of your heart. Once again the observational humour is spot-on, the clever and indepth ways the author has of bringing everyday situations, interactions and behaviours to the forefront of the story is a work of art. Anxious People is a wonderful escape from reality, with one of the best narrators I’ve listened to, and a storyline that will make you laugh, groan, cry and smile all at the same time. If you are feeling low, then pick up this wonderful story and immerse yourself in this tiny town in Sweden which finds itself in the midst of a bank robbing, hostage taking situation with the most eclectic group of characters who over the space of a few hours learn more about themselves and what it really means to be human. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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  • Nina F.
  • 12-01-21

disappointing

so disappointing. all the character were so annoying! maybe the narrator made them come across that way, but wow, this was nowhere near as good as Backman's other books

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  • Tracy
  • 12-01-21

Thoughtful and enlightened

very clever and amusing story on the frailties and strength of the human condition: love

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  • 26-12-20

Glorious

Witty, clever, ordinary, utterly and perfectly told. Excellent performance from Marin Ireland too. An absolute treat.

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  • Sebastian Orza
  • 20-12-20

catchy book

loved it. reminded me of "and then there were none" by Agatha Christie. the connections between the characters are amazing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-12-20

👍🏼

it was funny I liked the humor to the story, however not my favourite genre but still enjoyed it

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  • Jean Teasdale
  • 12-12-20

disappointed

I stuck with it hoping it would get funny (as other reviewers had said) It just did not engage me and the characters were not very believable. Silly story line really.

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  • Kalps
  • 05-12-20

Brilliant

Wonderful narration and story , not what I expected... a must listen/ read. Made me laugh and cry.

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  • Janice
  • 25-11-20

I LOVE FREDRIK BACKMAN!

I've enjoyed most of his books and this one was a delight - the meandering story kept me enticed right to the end - the gradual and subtle unfolding of the story and the characters held lots of twists and surprises, and the characterizations were both believable and sympathetic. Highly recommend.

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  • Vikki
  • 01-09-20

Narrators voice annoying.

Storyline was great. The character’s were quirky and interesting. However this is probably a very personal thing but the story was not set in America. So having a narrator with an annoying nasal twang American accent spoils it for me.

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  • Kacie
  • 31-12-20

Lovely read

really enjoyed this book. In particular the idea that everyone around you whom you don't know is probably dealing with something similar to you. The narration was particularly great on the audio version!

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  • Shakya
  • 24-11-20

So much more to this story

It started a little strange and had me worried for a while but it soon turned around and begun revealing itself and that's when I knew I was listening to another amazing story by the master storyteller Dig beneath the surface of each of the people involved and you will find interesting, smart, compassionate, lonely, loyal and just downright loveable characters, A Man called Ove will always be my favourite by this was another great book.

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  • Sarah heffron
  • 04-11-20

Amazing

Made me laugh, made me cry, made me think. Loved this book, can’t recommend it highly enough!

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  • miranda
  • 17-10-20

Brilliant!

Everything you expect from a Fredrick Blackman book, but even more! The woven story held me captivated from start to finish.

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  • Tiffany
  • 17-10-20

love, love, love it

I adore everything I've ever read by Fredrik Backman and I didn't know it was possible to love him any more than I already did. But this book. This book is one of the most beautiful, heartwarming, relatable, wonderful books I have ever read. I want to read it a hundred times so that these characters never leave my life. I will be recommending this book to everyone I meet. Forever.

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  • Marina
  • 03-10-20

Left it unfinished

Interesting idea but very poor execution. Annoying to listen, unconvincing and repetitive. Couldn't finish it unfortunately.

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  • Cheryl Hill
  • 01-10-20

I loved every moment of this book

Fredrick Backman writes with such insight into the human condition. Every one of his characters is real and just trying to do the best they can like all of us. Heartfelt and humerous, I loved every moment of this book.

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  • Emma
  • 27-09-20

Another piece of Fredrik Backman magic

By the other glowing reviews here I can see I am not alone in being a huge Fredrik Backman fan! Backman has such a wonderful take on people and the world, and this is captured beautifully in his writing. I always feel better for having read another of his books. This one did not disappoint and I'd consider it one of my favourites.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-11-20

Unbelievable characters spoil a promising plot

Started well with an intriguing plot, some genuinely comic moments and observations, and interesting characters. However, as the story developed and moved from comedy to emotional drama the characters felt unbelievable and the observations trite. The 'normalisation' of lesbian 'marriage' was not to my liking and the acceptance of it by other characters, particularly elderly ones, also seemed unbelievable. The narrator's voice was a nasal American twang, and the some of the character's voices were truly irritating. Once my curiosity as to how the bank robber managed to escape was satisfied I was not able to finish. If the author undertook this novel as an interesting project I think he achieved it g8ven the material and I would consider his other work in case this was a step in his development as an author.