Us Against You

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Author(s): Fredrik Backman
Awards:New York Times Bestseller
CD - unabridged
Audio (11 discs)
Product Number: DD38502
Released: Jun 05, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781508251736
Narrator/s: Marin Ireland
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Description

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove and Beartown returns with an unforgettable novel "about people—about strength and tribal loyalty and what we unwittingly do when trying to show our boys how to be men" (Jojo Moyes). Have you ever seen a town fall? Ours did. Have you ever seen a town rise? Ours did that, too. A small community tucked deep in the forest, Beartown is home to tough, hardworking people who don't expect life to be easy or fair. No matter how difficult times get, they've always been able to take pride in their local ice hockey team. So it's a cruel blow when they hear that Beartown ice hockey might 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 the neighboring town of Hed, take in that fact. As the tension mounts between the two adversaries, a newcomer arrives who gives Beartown hockey a surprising new coach and a chance at a comeback. Soon a team starts to take shape around Amat, the fastest player you'll ever see; Benji, the intense lone wolf; always dutiful and eager-to-please Bobo; and Vidar, a born-to-be-bad troublemaker. But bringing this team together proves to be a challenge as old bonds are broken, new ones are formed, and the town's enmity with Hed grows more and more acute. As the big game approaches, the not-so-innocent pranks and incidents between the communities pile up and their mutual contempt intensifies. By the time the last goal is scored, a resident of Beartown will be dead, and the people of both towns will be forced to wonder if, after everything, the game they love can ever return to something as simple and innocent as a field of ice, two nets, and two teams. Us against you. Here is a declaration of love for all the big and small, bright and dark stories that give form and color to our communities. With immense compassion and insight, Fredrik Backman—"the Dickens of our age" (Green Valley News)—reveals how loyalty, friendship, and kindness can carry a town through its most challenging days.

All formats/editions

eAudio
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Author(s): Fredrik Backman
Narrator(s): Marin Ireland
Product Number Z100136696
Released: Jun 05, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781508251743
eBook
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Author(s): Fredrik Backman
Product Number EB00717489
Released: Jun 05, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Atria Books
ISBN: #9781501160813

Professional reviews

"You'd be forgiven for comparing narrator Marin Ireland and author Fredrik Backman to the great hockey tandem Mark Messier and Wayne Gretzky. Like Messier and Gretzky, Ireland and Backman are quite the formidable pair (as was discovered when Ireland narrated Backman's bestseller, BEARTOWN.) Backman's new novel picks up where BEARTOWN left off, and Ireland doesn't miss a beat (or open net, if you'd prefer a sports analogy). She once again gives an unforced, nuanced take on characters that include adolescents struggling to find their way, a crusty old barkeep, a power-hungry politician, and a married couple hoping to reconnect after terrible tragedies. If you enjoyed Ireland's work in BEARTOWN, you will not be disappointed hearing her read US AGAINST YOU. J.P.S. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"