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Anxious People

Written by: Fredrik Backman
Narrated by: Marin Ireland
Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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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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Anxious people

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

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lovely writing, great narration

Just wow. Wonderfully written story and read with equally fantastic narrator. I am going to explore all books written by this author now.

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An amazing blend of humour and sensitivity

I have grown up reading stories by eminent regional authors who have managed to infuse life into unforgettable characters and their life stories from a lighter and funnier view point. For the first time in my adult life, I seem to have found a similar genre again where the characters were brought to life so beautifully in a comic sense against the backdrop of serious hostage situation. Inspite of the situation of a hostage drama ranging between hopeless to catastrophic, the comedies of errors and life's uncertainties have been portrayed to build up individual characters. Right from extremely pregnant Julia to excessively grumpy Rodger, from Estelle to the bank robber and the police father-son duo - Jim and Jack, all the characters are gonna stay with me for a long time. Kudos to Fredrik Backman and also Marin Ireland - the amazing narrator on audible.

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Heartwarming and heartbreaking

Like only something written by Fredrik Backman can be. With every book, you only love his writing more, no matter what order you read them in. The audiobook is rendered brilliantly, too, which makes all the difference.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-09-20

Where is Britt Marie when we need her?

This question requires the interobang. 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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  • M86
  • 10-09-20

Great story

Touching and humorous with a touch of mystery. Enjoyed the story and warmed to the characters. In the end you wanted to join the 'party.

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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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  • 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
  • 20-09-20

Another great read!

Like all books from this author, the characters become your friends and you can’t wait to hear what happens next. At the beginning I found it a little tricky to get into as this style is very different from his previous books, however it didn’t take me long to fall in love with the characters and the story.

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 15-09-20

Wonderful wonderful book

Oh I did love this. Such incredible sentiments narration tops, and delightful characters. I’ve laughed and cried and beg for another of Fredrik Backman stories. Boy can he write.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-09-20

Yet another great book.

Fredrik Backman has become my all time favourite author and Anxious People didn't disappoint. Such a great read.

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  • zpgxglohlmewlfpz
  • 10-09-20

Very Clever, funny and totally enjoyable

I liked this book because it was flat out funny and told the truth about ‘adulting’. That is hard and we all struggle with it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-09-20

Beautiful.

Such a beautiful story and I was sad when it came to an end. How am I going to find another book as beautiful as this one. Thank you Fredrik.

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  • AB
  • 31-08-20

Thoughtful and funny

Another wonderful story from Fredrik Backman. Beautifully narrated. The characters draw you in to the tale until you don't want to be anywhere else.

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  • Rady Gurl
  • 28-08-20

Fredrick Backman does it again.

Wonderful. Loved it. Great twists and truly entertaining in every sense. Characters are so quirky and funny and believable all at once. Highly recommended.