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.
Surprising, Funny, Intriguing!
It reminds me of Forest Gump with the good-natured, dim-witted but cunning results the character always receives. I found myself laughing out loud more than a few times.
The narrator's gives just the right amount of expression which makes it way more hilarious than if I were just reading it, way more!
The story was great and the narration was amazing!
The life long learner, Benny was my favorite.
This was my first audio book. Steven's narration is amazing! Unfortunately, he became the benchmark by which all others are judged.
The 100 year old man would be really fun to hang out with.
I loved this book.
The reader and all of his voices. Also, the story is so clever and funny.
The ending and how the story resolved
The 100 yr old man
Great read. I laughed out loud!
Wine, food and travel writer, editor, and aspiring novelist.
In a blending of Forest Gump meets Baron Munchausen meets Lao Tzu, mild mannered and apolitical Allan Karlsson manages to have an impact on his times, even if no one knows his name. Whether having exceptionally bad luck and hardship, or experiencing the most providential escapes, through it all he accepts whatever comes his way because, as his father pointed out, "whatever will be will be." Fatalistic acceptance forms the core of his character as he goes from one adventure to the next through a very long and very eventful life. Loads of fun.
I will definitely listen to this one again in the future. I loved the characters, the situations, the narration and all of the tie-ins with historic events.
It's not a book, but this book reminded me so much of the BBC TV series, Waiting for God.
I love his voice-so soothing, and I like that there are no huge swings in volume level.
Allan Karlsson, of course! He would surely have a lot of interesting tales to tell.
I see Mr. Jonasson has another recent release. I will have to listen to it soon.
Explore more into why the main character decided to walk away from his life and family. He might as well have been popping off to the store to get a loaf of bread, not escaping his tedious existence.
Historical Fiction/Romance Author
I would definitely recommend this book and already have on a forum. Very good characters and a wildly improbable story that I loved. I had to laugh out loud several times and smiled a lot.
I liked the main character, Allan Karlsson and the way he just stumbled through life and managed to survive. I came to know him really well.
As I was listening, I thought I might not enjoy reading the book, but Steven Crossley's narration made the story and characters interesting and fun.
It wouldn't be Allan alone, because I couldn't keep up with his vodka consumption. I'd go for dinner with him and all his companions, including Sonia.
I highly recommend this audiobook.
This was an enjoyable read. Very funny at times. I liked finding where in history our main character would end up next. The narrator was good and his voice was appropriate to the story. You should read this book if you need a break from your usually reading. The story takes very little mental investment. Just sit back and see where it goes. Even though it is an easy story to get into and enjoy, it is entertaining.