J.K. Simmons narrates ‘A Man Called Ove’ audiobook

Nov. 10 (UPI) — Oscar-winning Whiplash actor J.K. Simmons has recorded an audiobook edition of Fredrik Backman’s 2012 novel A Man Called Ove.

Simon & Schuster Audio is releasing it on Dec. 3. The story is about the unlikely friendship between a friendly young family and their curmudgeonly neighbor.

“Narrating this audiobook was an absolute joy,” Simmons said in a press release. “Fredrik Backman has created a story that is simultaneously specific and universal; timely, and timeless. It was my great pleasure to spend time with these characters.”

A Man Called Ove is one of the most beloved novels of our time. J.K Simmons’ emotionally charged performance is remarkable,” added Chris Lynch, president and publisher of Simon & Schuster Audio. “He inhabits the voice of Frederik Backman’s indelible character.”

Simmons, 64, is also known for his roles in Counterpart, Law & Order, Oz, 21 Bridges, The Front Runner, Juno and Sam Raimi‘s Spider-Man trilogy.