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Us Against You: A Novel

Us Against You: A Novel

Written by Fredrik Backman

Narrated by Marin Ireland


Us Against You: A Novel

Written by Fredrik Backman

Narrated by Marin Ireland

ratings:
4.5/5 (1,049 ratings)
Length:
14 hours
Released:
Jun 5, 2018
ISBN:
9781508251743
Format:
Audiobook

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Editor's Note

Charming tale…

Return to the struggling, hockey-obsessed Beartown, still in turmoil over the events of Fredrik Backman’s first novel in the trilogy. Politics and the duality of human nature continue to duke it out both on and off the ice as a new crop of players join the team.

Description

From the "Dickens of our age" (Green Valley News) and New York Times bestselling author of Beartown and A Man Called Ove, a heart-wrenching story of how loyalty, friendship, and love carry a town through its darkest days.

After everything that the citizens of Beartown have gone through, they are struck yet another blow when they learn that their beloved local hockey team will soon be disbanded. What makes it worse is the obvious satisfaction that all the former Beartown players, who now play for a rival team in Hed, take in that fact. Amidst the mounting tension between the two rivals, a surprising newcomer is handpicked to be Beartown's new hockey coach.

Soon a new team starts to take shape around Amat, the fastest player you'll ever see; Benji, the crazed lone wolf; and Vidar, a born-to-be-bad troublemaker. Bringing this team together is a challenge as old bonds are broken, new ones are formed, and the enmity with Hed grows more and more acute.

As the big match approaches, the not-so-innocent pranks and incidents between the communities pile up, and hatred grows deeper. When the last game is finally played, one of Beartown's key players will be dead, and residents of both towns are forced to wonder whether, after all they've been through, the game they love can ever return to something simple and innocent.

Us Against You is a declaration of love for all the big and small, bright and dark stories that form and color our communities. Compelling and heartbreaking, it's a roller-coaster ride of emotions with Fredrik "Backman's pitch-perfect dialogue and an unparalleled understanding of human nature" (Shelf Awareness).

Released:
Jun 5, 2018
ISBN:
9781508251743
Format:
Audiobook

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Also available as ebookEbook

About the author

Fredrik Backman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, Britt-Marie Was Here, Beartown, Us Against You, and Anxious People, as well as two novellas and one work of nonfiction. His books are published in more than forty countries. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children. Connect with him on Facebook and Twitter @BackmanLand and on Instagram @Backmansk.



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  • (5/5)
    Story began in the novel, Beartown. Accused rapist and hockey star has left the area with his family. His victim, daughter of the hockey club manager, struggles with being bullied and deserted by friends. Key team members and one coach jump ship to join the rival club. A hockey story that is a tale about adversity, sexism, sexuality, gender roles, loyalty and more.
  • (5/5)
    It’s so rare to find a sequel that is just as good as the first novel. That definitely happened here. Mind you, I abandoned Beartown more than once until I listened to the audiobook, so I’m not just all about the hype. I went straight to the audio version of this novel and I love the narrator. The story is so beautifully told in such a great voice. I don’t have words for this right now, just love.
  • (5/5)
    Backman once again shows his talent as a master storyteller. Even though the novel is about hockey, Backman gives us insights into the human experiences of the residents of Beartown. Us Against You picks up where Beartown left off. He allows us to feel everything his characters are feeling. He shows us their flaws and strengths. His scenes bring tears to our eyes, cause us despair and then moments of humor that give us a smile. This is a powerful and moving sequel and I highly recommend reading Us Against You.
  • (5/5)
    "Everyone gets a stick. Two goals. Two teams." Ice hockey is used as the vehicle for the story, but the sport never becomes overwhelming. In reality a story about people and community, right and wrong. Excellent story.
  • (4/5)
    Sequel to Beartown. Beautifully written as it continues the story of Beartown and its inhabitants. Follows the hockey club as it faces demise and an opportunistic politician finds a way to trade favors to save it as a way to position himself for future power. It continues the story of Ana and Maya, Peter, Amit and Benji.
  • (5/5)
    I am a huge fan of Fredrik Backman's books. His last, Beartown, was superb. (my review) I was thrilled when I found out there was a sequel - Us Against You. I wanted to know what happened next.....Us Against You picks up where Beartown left off. After an unthinkable crime, can the hockey mad Beartown ever pick up the pieces? Their team is disbanded, their funding non existent, they have no coach and there are cracks in the town's support system. An unnamed narrator again guides us through the months after that event.The basis of Us Against You is hockey, but it's the story of the players, their supporters and their plans, hopes, dreams and schemes. And it is this exploration that has made these two novels five star reads for me. The cast is large and diverse, with the young players affecting me the most. Their stories are poignant and so well written.But it is also about hockey and how that desire to win and conquer rivals can also lead down some disturbing paths. (And really, it's not that far from the truth)"In many years’ time we may not know what to call this story. We will say it was a story about violence. About hate. About conflict and difference and communities that tore themselves apart. But that won’t be true, at least not entirely. It’s also a different sort of story." And just like Beartown, it's a helluva story.I chose to listen to this latest. The reader was Marin Ireland, a narrator I have previously enjoyed. She's chosen a voice that suits the unnamed narrator - the almost dispassionate tone of an observer, not a player. This was quite effective, lending more weight to the words themselves. That's not to say there isn't any movement to her voice - there is. She articulates well and her voice is pleasant to listen to. Us Against You is storytelling at its finest. Absolutely recommended listening or reading, but make sure to read Beartown first.