Writing reviews is work. Therefore, I need to be really happy or really unhappy with a book to write one.
It was good to find that a Swedish writer could write something that did NOT endanger your mental health. With its echoes (pronounced) of Forest Gump and (faint) Crytonomicon, this book is a terrific antidote to the usual dour northern european crime fiction. It is a great romp with the perfect narrator. As it says in its introduction, "those who only says what is the truth, they're not worth listening to..." Go ahead, suspend your disbelief and enjoy!
I usually listen to police procedurals (or sometimes spy novels), but felt like change and tried this. It was quite fun and interesting. Can't say it was one of my favorites, but i'm definitely glad i listened, and would do so again.
Ok, don't get too analytical with this
Audible book. It's a little like "a 100 year old Forest Gump with a flat affect who accidentally kills a few bad guys" ...saying " oh, well...What's for dinner" afterwards
.... Just enjoy the great narration, unlikely story, and think of this outrageous romp as your hiatus from heavy, meaningful literature, a breath of snarky, but fresh air, and stop trying to decide if this is as good as your last listen.
Take it for what it is, pure, unadulterated balderdash, and lots of fun. I enjoyed every quirky, crazy, unlikely minute....
I found myself smiling often at the start of this comic novel, but the humor in the story was not enough to sustain me. The novel seems to alternate between present (somewhat entertaining) and past (not very entertaining to me). About a third of the way through, I decided to stop and start a book I would like better. If British humor is your thing, you might be very entertained by this novel. It just wasn't for me.
The he author crafted a funny and highly entertaining story making his characters endearing to the reader. Even though we know the story could never happen we get caught up in the storyline the narrator is very talented and definitely helped bring all the characters to life. Would definitely recommend this book if you want a laugh and a feel good story
I began this book with an open heart, enjoyed the first few chapters but it became ridiculous. Normally I can get into unbelievable scenarios, I mean who wants to read about normal boring lives?, but this was less than entertaining and I could not suspend my disbelief.
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The book was delightfully silly - there is not much more I can say!
I highly enjoyed this amusing little tale; the title sets the tone perfectly and the story is simply charming.
Greedy, voracious reader since age five. After a number of eye injuries & surgeries, reading is hard. So now, I listen.
100-yr old Alan is ornery, maybe a little dotty, you think. But cute, and funny! you are really rooting for him as he escapes the old folks' home and makes a slow walk for it to the train station, buys a ticket for as far as his pocket money will get him, and kinda--HeeHee!--takes a guy's suitcase with him as he gets on the bus.
The rest of the book is a Rube Goldberg contraption, some of it blatantly silly for laughs, some of it convoluted and surprising and funny, as it looks back in time over Alan's very interesting life. I do hesitate to compare this story to "Forrest Gump", altho it's historical time-traveling is reminiscent of that movie, lest that trivialize a really funny and well-written book. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this!
Quite a change of pace from my usual reading selections. It was apparent to me that the writing reflects a different story-telling style. The characters were a little annoying at times, but also lovable. By American standards the story was too long, but it was a journey with this band of misfits. EXCELLENT narration by Steven Crossley made the journey quite entertaining.
I thought the story was too long. There isn't a lot of plot here, mostly it's the quirkiness of the characters and the series of "accounts" that move the story.
I agree with many others who say that the story idea is a cute idea and at times it is funny and totally unbelievable. I love history but his version put me to sleep! The story of the main character running away from a retirement home is very believable but the series of events are just so far out there that it make the story boring. There was some entertainment value but not much.