Counting Sheep

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Norwegian Wood meets The Tao of Pooh in this philosophical, witty, and heartwarming collection of daily observations from a Swedish academic-turned-sheep farmer who finds peace and meaning outside the hustle and bustle of modern, urban life.

One of the fun things about keeping sheep is that now and then it feels like something other than a job or a duty. Perhaps the feeling can best be summed up by the idea that it’s not I who keep the sheep, but the sheep who keep me.

When Axel Lindén leaves his literary life in the city for the farm he unexpectedly inherits—along with the ever-escaping flock of sheep that comes with it—he has a fairly naïve notion of what farm life will be: pure drudgery.

But as time passes and Axel slowly settles into the rhythms of the farm and shepherding, his naiveté fades away and is gradually replaced with a new appreciation of the spiritual and emotional value of manual labor, caring for other living things, and staying connected to the earth.

Capturing his observations and thoughts in short diary entries, Counting Sheep is a meditative and irresistibly delightful book that delves into the small wonders of our world and celebrates pastoral life, demonstrating that it’s often the little things in life that mean the most.


  • 001 CountingSheep Open

    Duration: 34s
  • 002 CountingSheep Introduction

    Duration: 05min
  • 003 CountingSheep 3rdOfJuly

    Duration: 45s
  • 004 CountingSheep 5thOfJuly

    Duration: 27s
  • 005 CountingSheep 10thOfJuly

    Duration: 16s
  • 006 CountingSheep 13thOfJuly

    Duration: 45s
  • 007 CountingSheep 1stOfAugust

    Duration: 56s
  • 008 CountingSheep 11thOfAugust

    Duration: 21s
  • 009 CountingSheep 18thOfAugust

    Duration: 01min
  • 010 CountingSheep 19thOfAugust

    Duration: 33s
  • 011 CountingSheep 20thOfAugust

    Duration: 49s
  • 012 CountingSheep 23rdOfAugust

    Duration: 35s
  • 013 CountingSheep 24thOfAugust

    Duration: 57s
  • 014 CountingSheep 25thOfAugust

    Duration: 31s
  • 015 CountingSheep 28thOfAugust

    Duration: 01min
  • 016 CountingSheep 30thOfAugust

    Duration: 28s
  • 017 CountingSheep 31stOfAugust

    Duration: 25s
  • 018 CountingSheep 4thOfSeptember

    Duration: 16s
  • 019 CountingSheep 5thOfSeptember

    Duration: 40s
  • 020 CountingSheep 9thOfSeptember

    Duration: 16s
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