On the Bright Side: The New Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 85 Years Old Audiobook, by Hendrik Groen Play Audiobook Sample

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Author: Hendrik Groen Narrator: Patrick Ryecart Publisher: Hachette Book Group Audio Length: Release Date: March 2019 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781549116070

Publisher Description

"THE MALE ELENA FERRANTE" -- New York Post

In the acclaimed follow-up to the #1 international bestseller The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, everyone's favorite curmudgeon is back and as funny and charming as ever with the newest adventures of the Old-But-Not-Dead Club -- for fans of Frederik Backman and Graeme Simsion.

Everyone's favorite octogenarian is back and, together with his pals in the Old-But-Not-Dead Club, he is more determined than ever to wreak havoc and turn a twinkly eye on the brighter side of life.

After a year spent mourning the death of his beloved friend Eefje, Hendrik may be older and a little more wobbly, but his youthful appetite for mischief hasn't diminished. When fears arise that the home is set for demolition, it's up to Hendrik and the Old-But-Not-Dead Club to intervene.

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Quotes

  • Hendrik Groen is a heart-warming hero.

    - Trouw (Holland)
  • Hendrik Groen is king. My mother, 78, suffers from dementia. Doesn't read a newspaper or magazine anymore, only old photo albums can grab her attention for longer than 5 minutes. Hendrik made her laugh out loud and she was reading for a good half hour.

    - Ray Kluun, author of Love Life
  • Funny, tragic, and sometimes heart-rending.

    - Het Parool (Holland)
  • A story about how friendship, selflessness and dignity lie at the heart of the human experience. When I'm an old man, I want to be Hendrik Groen.

    - John Boyne, internationally bestselling author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
  • p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'} "Another amusing, enjoyable, and eye-opening read...Hendrik's bluntness is just a part of his memorable voice and the book's undeniable charm....With its dry wit and its random observations, On the Bright Side is alternately quirky and profound. It's more than just an entertaining read; it's sure to give you a new love and respect for octogenarians.

    - p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'} Nights and Weekends
  • p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} "Thoughtful, entertaining, and wise. Long may he live.

    - Lisa Jewell, p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; line-height: 18.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'; color: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} "A worthy read...Darkly funny...thought-provoking, moving and so pertinent to our times....Hendrik and some of his fellow residents form a delightfully rebellious "Old But Not Dead Club [and] the group's joie de vivre is contagious...Their friendships are likely to make you chuckle as well as move you to tears.

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  • p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'} "Delightful...Groen strikes just the right note here with his wit and ironic observations...So warm, touching, and funny that you don't have to be a member of the Old But Not Dead Club to enjoy it.

    - p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'} Library Journal
  • p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; line-height: 18.0px; font: 16.0px Times; color: #000000; background-color: #ffffff} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} "Highly entertaining...Wise and witty, his musings are thought-provoking and relevant to everyone regardless of age, and his delightful and charming personality will win over readers everywhere....ON THE BRIGHT SIDE is the diary of an extraordinary man who lives an ordinary life. He makes an impact on almost everyone he meets, and seeks to understand the crazy world in which he resides. His clever commentary and madcap adventures will leave a long-term impression ... Hendrik Groen is an unforgettable and absolutely spectacular character who readers will wish they could befriend.

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  • I laughed until I cried and then laughed and cried some more.

    - David Suchet
  • Humorous...A realistic and perceptive glimpse into the aging process, shaped by empathy, optimism, and vibrant wit.

    - Booklist
  • Funny and frank - a story with a great deal of heart.

    - Graeme Simsion, New York Times bestselling author of The Rosie Project
  • You might say he's the Elena Ferrante of the octogenarian set - though whether or not he is actually an octogenarian (or a man) is also anyone's guess...It's an appealing novel with a lot of heart, reminding readers young and old that fun is to be found even in the routine of everyday life. And of course, the possibility that it's more memoir than fiction is delightful.

    - New York Post
  • Engaging and hilarious, Hendrik's diary gives a dignity and respect to the elderly often overlooked in popular culture, providing readers a look into the importance of friendship and the realities of the senior care system in modern society.

    - Publisher's Weekly
  • Poignant and true-to-life, an international bestseller.

    - Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • Interspersed with Groen's biting wit and comic take on aging and all it entails... A page-turning delight for adult readers of any age and locale.

    - Booklist, starred review
  • An incredible picture of friendship... something we could all stand to emulate, no matter where we are in our lives.

    - Bookpage, Top Fiction Pick for July
  • Heart-warming, funny and poignant. It's about all aspects of life. EVERYBODY should read this.

    - Bookshop Stevens (Bookseller)
  • It reminded me of a combination between The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Wonderful! Shame it's finished already.

    - Arjen Broers, Bookshop Bruna (bookseller)
  • Never a dull moment with my new BFF Hendrik Groen.

    - Read Shop, Hedel (bookseller)
  • Tears were streaming down my face-from laughing so hard. I couldn't stop grinning for three days.

    - Ouderenjournaal (Holland)
  • Groen's day-to-day worries in a retirement home are just as hilarious as the diaries of Adrian Mole.

    - Debut of the Month in Zin Magazine
  • With pungent phrasing Groen takes down life in a retirement home. Both charming and hilarious. Four stars!

    - Leeuwarder Courant (Holland)

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About the Author

Hendrik Groen started his diary on the literary website of Torpedo Magazine. He says about his novel: “There’s not one sentence that’s a lie, but not every word is true.” The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen has been translated into over twenty languages.