Beartown

Version: Unabridged
Author: Fredrik Backman
Narrator: Marin Ireland
Genres: Comedy, Literature
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Published In: April 2017
# of Units: 11 CDs
Length: 13 hours, 10 minutes
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Overview

2018 Audie Award Finalist

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove returns with Beartown--an instant New York Times bestseller--about a forgotten town fractured by scandal, and the amateur hockey team that might just change everything.

People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.

Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.

Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain. In this story of a small forest town, Fredrik Backman has found the entire world. "Like Friday Night Lights, this is about more than youth sports; it's part coming-of-age novel, part study of moral failure, and finally a chronicle of groupthink in which an unlikely hero steps forward to save more than one person from self-destruction" ( Kirkus Reviews).

Reviews (10)

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Written by Cyn K. on June 24th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Like other reviewers, I enjoyed this book. I appreciate all of Backman's work, but I wouldn't rank this one as a favorite. The expanse of character development is impressive, and that I was able to keep everyone straight is a testament to Backman's abilities. I think it was the plot line that didn't grab me as much as his other novels. Still, I highly recommend.

Written by Patricia L on April 17th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Amazing! The literary skill of the author is superior. Loved this book..

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Written by Brint D on March 5th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is a very enthralling tale! Both story and character development are very good and it held my interest throughout. A powerful message about human nature, the pros and cons of a small town and the risk of judging people too soon? Loved it!

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Written by anna k on December 23rd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

One of the most amazing books I've recently read. You will laugh, you will cry and you will laugh again ?

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Written by Bára Agnes K on August 25th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

His best book of those I have read so far due to so many things regarding the characters and struggle of life in general. And the narrator simply the best one since I started in Audiobooks.

Written by Karin S on July 19th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The story and the narrator brought me into this story and kept me riveted the entire time.

Written by Kerri N on May 31st, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Loved this one, although it was very different from his others. Characters were interesting, and it was a very well written from several different character perspectives.

Written by Melissa F on May 25th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I enjoyed this book. You will feel like you know the characters personally. I have loved ever one of his books.

Beartown

Written by April C on May 16th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Well developed characters and story-line. Very enjoyable.

Written by Marty A on May 11th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

If you think this is going to be a 'feel good' movie like "A Man Called Ove" or "My Grandmother Wants Me to Tell You She's Sorry", you're in for a shock! This one has shocking darkness and people who are so self centered that they have no morals......

Author Details

Author Details

Backman, Fredrik

Fredrik Backman, a blogger and columnist, is the author of "My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She s Sorry "and "A Man Called Ove". Both were number one bestsellers in his native Sweden and are being published around the world in more thantwenty-five languages.