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The book starts off with some laugh-out-humour which makes you think, "hmmm, just what the doctor ordered."
At this point too, I thought, my 12 year old needs to be in on this so, I let him listen to a few chapters and confirmed its a book for both young adults and adults. However, it is not long into the book when the fairly complex and very childlike fairytales seem to take over the real story. And one might be tempted to either skip the parts with the fairytale (which would prove tedious given how intertwined the fairytale parts are with the underlying real story) or give up reading the book altogether on the premise that for adults, the film (when it does come out) would be better tuned to keep adults engaged!!
But, dear readers, hang on and try to follow the tedious fairytales which in fact, you will come to realise, are the life stories that in turn explain the problems/issues faced by the different characters in the book... Sorry, I refuse to say more in fear of releasing spoilers!!
Anyway, I think the underlying stories of each of the characters were well thought of and the whole story in itself, very touching and delivered with both empathy and humour in good measure so preventing readers from drowning in sorrow or being torn apart by heartbreak.
At some point, the author introduces a few twists to the story, adding a bit of thriller that just compels you to read on and think!!! The ending was worth every struggle through the sometimes overbearing fairytales!!
This book is worth every penny and time spent on it!! It should be in the running for bestseller and would make a great film!!
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What made the experience of listening to My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises the most enjoyable?
The characters! So vividly described. You can't help but root for each one of them. Especially Elsa and Granny.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Elsa because of her courage and her wisdom despite being almost eight years-old. And Granny because she's mad in the best possible way.
Which character – as performed by Joan Walker – was your favorite?
Elsa - her voice resonates clearly thanks to Joan Walker.
Who was the most memorable character of My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises and why?
Granny because she's a fireball who lived her life to the brim and by her own rules.
Any additional comments?
I love everything by Fredrik Backman so far, all two of his audiobooks The first one was "A Man Called Ove" and this one is my second purchase. Looking forward to more great works by this brilliant author and the talented narrator too.