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Anxious People: A Novel

Anxious People: A Novel

Written by Fredrik Backman

Narrated by Marin Ireland


Anxious People: A Novel

Written by Fredrik Backman

Narrated by Marin Ireland

ratings:
4.5/5 (1,812 ratings)
Length:
9 hours
Released:
Sep 8, 2020
ISBN:
9781797105833
Format:
Audiobook

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Editor's Note

A feel-good charmer…

If you’re looking for an uplifting read (and who isn’t these days), this feel-good charmer from “A Man Called Ove” author Fredrik Backman is sure to boost your spirits and restore your belief in the power of community.

Description

Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller

A People Book of the Week, Book of the Month Club selection, and Best of Fall in Good Housekeeping, PopSugar, The Washington Post, New York Post, Shondaland, CNN, and more!

[A] quirky, big-hearted novel…Wry, wise, and often laugh-out-loud funny, it’s a wholly original story that delivers pure pleasure.” —People

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove comes a charming, poignant novel about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined.

Looking at real estate isn’t usually a life-or-death situation, but an apartment open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes a group of strangers hostage. The captives include a recently retired couple who relentlessly hunt down fixer-uppers to avoid the painful truth that they can’t fix their own marriage. There’s a wealthy bank director who has been too busy to care about anyone else and a young couple who are about to have their first child but can’t seem to agree on anything, from where they want to live to how they met in the first place. Add to the mix an eighty-seven-year-old woman who has lived long enough not to be afraid of someone waving a gun in her face, a flustered but still-ready-to-make-a-deal real estate agent, and a mystery man who has locked himself in the apartment’s only bathroom, and you’ve got the worst group of hostages in the world.

Each of them carries a lifetime of grievances, hurts, secrets, and passions that are ready to boil over. None of them is entirely who they appear to be. And all of them—the bank robber included—desperately crave some sort of rescue. As the authorities and the media surround the premises these reluctant allies will reveal surprising truths about themselves and set in motion a chain of events so unexpected that even they can hardly explain what happens next.

Rich with Fredrik Backman’s “pitch-perfect dialogue and an unparalleled understanding of human nature” (Shelf Awareness), Anxious People is an ingeniously constructed story about the enduring power of friendship, forgiveness, and hope—the things that save us, even in the most anxious times.
Released:
Sep 8, 2020
ISBN:
9781797105833
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook

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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  • (4/5)
    Funny book, spectacularly well read. Laughed out loud many times. The details are wonderful in the everyday goings on of the characters’ lives. The story is a bit soppy but lovely.
  • (5/5)
    My first book by this author and it was so good!!! Loved how every character’s story connected and was quite funny! Heart warming too!
  • (4/5)
    If you give a mouse a cookie…or a bank robber a gun…. For about the first half of this book I felt like I was reading the adult version of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. This book was a bit quirky, but it was an enjoyable read with a pleasant ending.
  • (5/5)
    Absolutely wonderful! Great twist and loved the loops it takes you in! Very well written and so funny!
  • (5/5)
    Perhaps my favorite book of its genre! A MUST read! And then read it again!
  • (5/5)
    Great story...from Staalk home. I cant stop laughing. And tge reader has great voice
  • (5/5)
    I couldn't stop listening. This is a beautiful story that made me laugh out loud, cry and hope for the best.
  • (5/5)
    It is super fun and cute, it took me some time to get it but it was awesome
  • (5/5)
    Great story. Changing and kept me thinking. Funny, sad, ironic, and gave me chills and warm fuzzies. Written in a very different but engaging style.
  • (5/5)
    I smiled
    Laughed
    Cried
    Felt satisfied
    We may have met these people somewhere
    It is philosophy and phycology brilliantly embodied in quirky people
  • (5/5)
    Fun, twisty, heart-warming. Just what one needs as quality-entertaintment. Recommended!
  • (5/5)
    Such a beautiful, fast paced and exiting story that came to life by a talented narrator. I am now a big fan of both the writer and the narrator. I look forward to seeing this novel turn into a film directed by the Coen brothers.
  • (4/5)
    A compassionate story about the power of second chances and hope.
  • (5/5)
    This book was so rich. Written with deep contemplation yet bits of humor that were just right. The imagery was amazing.
  • (5/5)
    The performance was expert. Never have I laughed out loud so many times. The delivery was spot on.
  • (4/5)
    “ i ll plant an apple tree even if i know tomorrow the World will end” ... do good ?
  • (5/5)
    Don't let the 1st part of this book fool you, This is a wonderful book! I think I'm going to try to read this again this year, just to pick up the things that I know I have missed.
  • (5/5)
    Funny with lots of lines you would want to bookmark
  • (4/5)
    A very entertaining read, it wraps up a little too nicely for my taste. This is my 3rd book from this author and I preferred A Man Called Ove and Beartown better but it was still a great read.
  • (4/5)
    I really enjoyed this book. This is not a book I thought I would like. I was tired of looking and settled for this. I’m so happy I did. This book was so heartwarming and feel good. I love the way all things are connected and I love all the characters. Such a great read. Try it, you may be pleasantly surprised.
  • (5/5)
    Simply a great read. For noisy days or quiet nights. Enjoy every bit of it.
  • (5/5)
    Amazing job as always, from Fredrik Backman and Marin Ireland.
  • (5/5)
    Great book. Kept me interested and made me feel for the characters.
  • (5/5)
    Loved it. Great witty one liners and an overall moving story.
  • (5/5)
    Am plans, am ras, m-am emotionat si nu am mai ascultat o carte mai frumoasa in viata mea!!!
  • (5/5)
    If you struggle with life or insecurities, if your life seems perfect but your soul questions you, if your emotions are bigger than you...this is your book! I will bet regardless, of your walk, you will find hear yourself speak in this audio book.
  • (4/5)
    Excellent story. Didn't go the way I thought it would, but I like how it ended up.
  • (5/5)
    A look into realistic drama and relationships that makes you appreciate your own!
  • (5/5)
    Favorite book I have read this year. The story and characters were unique.
  • (5/5)
    Amazing job as always from Fredrik Backman and Marin Ireland!