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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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If you want to listen to just one audiobook,

Please let that one book be this one •́ ‿ ,•̀
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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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My 1st audiobook

This is the first audiobook I've started listening to and managed to finish in 2nd attempt. Tha narrator does a brilliant job in emulating different characters with changing tones and captures emotions really well. As for the book itself, it made me laugh out loud on a quite a few instances and the author offers sufficient space to nearly all important characters and their anxieties. I might listen to few bookmarks again. If you're looking a fun listen, go for this one. You won't regret it

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decent book

although the narrator has done a wonderful work, but I didn't like the story much. The message of the story was definitely great but may be I didn't find the story so engaging enough.

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Great story. Excellent narration

The story was very engaging. And the narrator took the whole listening experience to a different level.

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Heartwarming

Loved it! the twists and turns.. overall light hearted and heartwarming.. it's a must read!

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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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Brilliant book and an equally brilliant narration.

If compassion and love were to be translated in a form that can be read and heard, this would be it.

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For anxious people from anxious people

Makes me feel heard! If you have one credit and you are mentally worried, this is it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-07-21

Genius.

A sweet, beautiful story about the human condition. Fredrik Backman’s non-linear style is so original and compelling as he weaves the threads of his stories together it leaves me in awe. The narrator brought to life this tale and it’s multitude of characters convincingly and beautifully. Loved it.

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  • CHUAH AI JOU
  • 24-06-21

Feel good, hopeful book about humanity

This is a feel good book about a bank robber's botched robbery, and a group of hostages. Everyone has a background story, and all of them are anxious people. The performance is the narrator is simply amazing, her tone and inflections lend life to the story, much better than if I’d read it in book format.

I really enjoyed this book’s honest look at the foibles of humans, its understanding about human psychology and acceptance of the varying personalities that lend colour to our world. It's highly humorous, with a wee bit of mystery, unfolds unexpectedly and ends beautifully. A worthwhile read to pick up if you're down because it gives hope.

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  • M. Botha
  • 03-02-21

Exactly the prescription I needed right now

This is a novel with heart. It deals with heavy subjects with gentleness and a huge dollop of humour. I am recommending it to all my bookish friends.

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  • agilityfan
  • 24-01-21

Wonderful

What a book ... what a story ... laugh out loud and sentimental enough to just shed a few tears!

The performance was just superb

So sad that it’s over ... I just might have to listen to it again!!

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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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  • Donal O'Hagan
  • 06-03-21

Marathon Story

I'm sure writing any book, particularly a complex fiction, must be a marathon effort for any author, requiring lots of behind the scenes preparation before the final production of their work. The sense I got from listening to this was that Fredrik wanted to show that not only was he capable of a marathon performance, he was in fact an Ultra-Marathoner!! Every scene seemed to expanded way longer than it needed to be, with extra dialogue being used to show how witty the author could be. The 'cute' story could have been told in a much more efficient fashion, even the author mentioned at one point that it can take a long time to tell some stories! At least the quality of narration of the story helped to get through some of the interminable scenes and chapters.

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  • Colin
  • 26-02-21

Entertaining

I have mixed feelings about this. I laughed out loud in places, and groaned in others because it was lame. It was all a bit too neat and tidy for me. I’ve never been on a package holiday, and this felt a bit too much like a package. All the boxes were ticked etc.
Nevertheless, on the whole, I did enjoy it.

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  • Ruth D
  • 26-02-21

Excellent

I chose this book after reading „A man called Ove“ by the same author. I thoroughly enjoyed Anxious people and I think that listening to it was far less confusing than reading the book.
Fredrik Backman‘s observations of people are superb; one minute you’re laughing, the next you’re sobbing.
The Narrator does a superb job of bringing the characters to life. I shall miss them!

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  • sotron
  • 11-02-21

Wonderful performance of a wonderful book

I loved this book. I knew I was gonna love this book. If this is not your first Backman book, chances are so will you. The thing he does doesn't change much from book to book, but he does it incredibly well and I always find myself incredibly grateful when I find he's written something new. The day after I finish one of his books, I always feel a bit more in touch with my love for humanity and other people, and always a little melancholy. So yeah, it was beautiful and I cried a lot, like I have at all his books, starting with Ove (where I probably cried the most).

This is the first book of his I chose to listen to instead of reading and I'm absolutely thrilled. It was purely based on the sample of Marin Ireland's perfect voice. She's one of my favourite narrators I've ever heard and I'm heading to buy another one of the books she's read right this instant, as I think it'll be slightly longer until the next Backman book.

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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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  • Sebastian Kopanski
  • 16-07-21

Beautiful modern fairy tail for adults

If you're looking for a gripping crime story, than do not choose Anxious People. If you're looking for a gripping story about humans' emotions, than definitely read Anxious People. In this modern fairy tail like plot you'll find very real characters who create real emotional dramas. Serious and light-hearted at the same time. Just a beautiful story 😊

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-06-21

Excellent

A story that makes you laugh and cry. It makes life seem a little bit more possible

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  • Amy Boucher Pye
  • 30-05-21

Just lovely

A bank robber robs a cashless bank... an unlikely premise for such a wonderful book. Surprising, endearing, lovely - even if the probability of some of it was unlikely.

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  • Y A ROWLAND
  • 21-05-21

Amazing

A truly refreshing, beautifully told story that gently explores the many facets of relationships and individual personalities. This book has a profound impact that stays with you for a very long time. Best book I’ve read all year. Thank you.

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  • susannah ml potter
  • 17-05-21

Absolutely marvellous!

I really loved this story! It was funny and sad and beautiful..... I thought that the narrator was just fabulous; so brilliant at portraying all the different characters!
What a wonderful depiction of all the frightening twists and turns of life’s journey but ultimately with hope of happier times to come.

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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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  • Martin Moore
  • 12-05-21

Brilliant story

Brilliant story and stunning narration. I am in awe. A wonderfully layered examination of us!