New to audible but love the convenience of listening to books while doing mundane household tasks. Mother of 3 whose nest is 2/3 empty as the grown children move on to bigger and better things.
There was some interesting parts of this book but I found it went on a bit too long and I lost interest. I loved the main character and his spirit as well as his interesting past but that is where my love for the book ends.
I guess I might try one more to be fair before I rule it out entirely.
I actually think my favorite scene was the very first one where he slipped out to avoid his 100th birthday party that he did not want. It pleased me when the nasty nurse couldn't find him.
I always like learning about real historical events through a novel like this so I did like all of the stories about his past.
Although this book wasn't my favorite read, there were people in my Book Club who thought it was one of the best books they've read so give it a try.
Lost for English Words
A quirky, good-humored, informative romp through some of the main events of 20th Century history following the steps of a spry, philosophical 100-year-old retiree who invariably manages to land on his feet, no matter how tight the spot. One of the most charming books I have ever come across! The narration by Steven Crossley was an added enhancement. I loved it!
It's the first so It's at the very top!
Sonjia the elephant's debut in the book..
No but I enjoyed this one.
I am a retired Histology Technician. My time is spent caring for my grandchildren, my dog, cat, and blue & gold macaw.
It is seldom you find a book that keeps a quick, thrilling and interesting pace from beginning to end. It is less than seldom that you find one which manages to do these things while keeping a smile on your face. " The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared " accomplishes this. It is to our benefit that Jonas Jonasson's book was translated and offered to us as an Audible read. This biography/world political history/spy/ great heist/murder/animal lover and human lovers tale is one you will not be able to easily turn from. The story begins just as the title states, as the 100 year old man steps out of a window and into the flowerbed edging of the home he has only that day entered. Thus he begins an odyssey beyond his wildest imaginings. You will meet mobsters, world leaders, spies, small time thugs, friends, enemies and even an elephant. With the exception of the elephant, of course, they are all in possession of different degrees of intelligence and world views. They all posses a human heart full to overflowing with man's virtues and vices. This journey is well worth taking as there is adventure, mystery, avarice, loyalty, hate, love and laughter, much laughter, on each page. Join in each step the 100 year old man takes, you will be happy you did so.
Listened to it and liked the way it put 100 years of a life in reflection and present
When he crawled out of the window of the nursing home and the adventure that followed
I thot it was worth the read
This book had the dry humor of (or satire) hitchhikers guide to the galaxy combined with a Forest Gump type story line if Forrest Gump were a terrorist :-)
I though it would be a compelling story, but it turned out to be an ad nauseam litany of one highly improbable far fetched thing after another. I stuck it out to the end because I was sure everything we come together in some sort of amazing way...and, that never happened. I was so sure it would. In fact, the story ended with yet another springboard on to the next adventure segue. Painful.
Simply put, no.
The narrator did a good job. His voice fit the characters in the story.
The entire back story of the 100-year-old man's previous 99 years! Yes, it hooked into the current 100+ year story line, but not the level of painful detail it provided.
It saddens me that I'm not going to get that 12 hours and 29 seconds back. Volunteer, make dinner, take a walk, meditate...do something else instead of listening to this relentless, outlandish story. In so many ways this book could have been great.
It started out catchy, cute, really different, funny, but after 1/2 a book of flashbacks and really weird, wild imaginative episodes, I couldn't listen to anymore of it. But the reading of it was done well, British accent, but not so strong that it was hard to listen to the story. Sounded like Len on Dancing with the Stars. I have not read the print version, but will read the last chapter to find out if this guy just fell asleep before his 100th birthday party and dreamed it all.
The beginning of the book intrigued me as a 100 year old man was escaping the convalescent home and his party.
The beginning scene was my favorite.
A very long story of adventures that never end in their wild fabrication and good luck.
I would like my money back, please.
Not a writer, a writer wannabe, editor, lit maj, or pretend literary critic. Just an avid reader/listener. My ratings are opinion only.
By that I mean the positive attitude and it was absolutely entertaining.
I was looking for something a little less dark and depressing. It seems most mystery writers right now are a writing from bleakness. Even with tragedy every day life if rarely so black.
This was refreshing, funny, historical, a little bit of an intelligent Forest Gump. If you like history and being reminded life doesn't have to suck all the time, give it a shot. In my humble opinion worth the price of admission.