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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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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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Soothing voice and positive content

The book as such is not like a self help book, it does not tell you what to do or what not to do. It just let's you listen to various perspectives of the same thing. You will improve your listening skills and some empathy at the end of the book, without you knowing it. Would recommend anyone to read.

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Brilliant work

I am left short of words to describe my feelings after listening to this wholesome book. What a brilliant piece of writing. There were so many interesting characters with their own flaws and backstories. Fredrik has an excellent way to write people. This book kept me rooting for all the characters and left me misty eyed.
Perfect ❤️

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Hated it

was the writing, the story or the narration, but overall it was really not entertaining, i had to strecth myself to end this audio book..

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Such a funny and warm book!

Loved the story, loved the characters and the narrator was wonderful! There were so many quotable quotes in this book that I kept bookmarking throughout. It left me with a fuzzy, warm feeling.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Liz Pedley
  • 13-04-21

An immediate re-read/listen

Such an entertaining and insightful book. he writes with perception and humour and weaves the stories of all the characters together to a satisfying conclusion.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-04-21

A warm and funny study of people

The author has a very human and perceptive way of portraying people. It feels like this book is about the magic of connection in strange circumstances, though it doesn't feel like the title reflects the story.

I've given this a 4 because the book is a bit confusing at first, moving between character and time. But mostly it's so annoying to narrate a story of Swedish people with an American accent. This imposes a completely different culture onto these characters and changes the nature of the characters and their story. The narrator herself was fine, just not right for this Swedish story.

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  • fatsoknacki
  • 06-04-21

Loved loved loved

Yet another brilliantly written Backman book. It was a treat to put my headphones and lose myself to the story. I didn’t want it to end and the book and all it’s wonderful characters have stayed with me weeks later. This is the book I’ll be recommending to everyone. Can’t wait for his next book as I’ve now read them all.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-03-21

Funny and Thought provoking

I absolutely loved Anxious People, I didn't want it to end! It made me laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time! Another wonderfully told story from Frederik Backman

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  • Mary
  • 24-03-21

Loved it.... surprisingly !

Recommended by a family member (whose last rec was a shocker) so I started reluctantly, was of two minds for a while and then, after I got used to some of the annoying characters, got sucked in 100%. I liked the going back and forth in time perspective and I suspect my emotions towards, and opinions of, each character were exactly what the author intended. There were minor plot twists along the way and a clever one towards the end. what I liked most was that the author took the time to tie up all the loose ends when the main plot was over. Not often I give 5 stars but this one thoroughly deserved it. 👍🏼

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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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  • discociti
  • 28-03-21

Ridiculous

There were moments of humour and tenderness but all I can say is this is a very confused book.

The narration was idiotic and distracting, the characters one dimensional and the interactions purposefully trying to be progressive but not real. The author wanted to make a number of points but it just seemed a bit of populist thinking - old cranky couples, gender stereotyping, a rogue "priest", an elderly wine drinker. All with a happy ending where everything is neatly connected with a bow.

Maybe it was the performance but I felt that the writing style was jumping around a lot. Trying to be sensitive, Trying to be insightful. Desperately trying to create humour from every interaction. Don't get me wrong, at times it worked but I was thankful when the book was over. It may appeal to some but didnt do much for me.