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.
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.
I will have to listen again to make sure I didn't miss anything while I was laughing. Okay, I KNOW I was laughing so much that I missed stuff. I also want to soak in the nuances of each delightful character.
Another reviewer compared this to Carl Hiaasen's work (spelling probably wrong) and I think this is spot on.
First time storyteller for me. Did outstanding job nailing the characters.
YES. I tried. When I was a teenager I read Gone with the Wind in a glorious marathon weekend. However much I wanted to repeat that experience here, I ended up falling asleep around 1 am. I am so disappointed in myself. This book is worth sacrificing sleep to experience.
I could not get into this book. I played it almost all the way thru but it could not keep my attention. Doesn't mean its not a good book for someone else, but for me it just wasn't.
I'll admit it took me a little while to get into this book, but then I couldn't stop listening. What a great tale--full of twists and turns and unexpected elements. There's a wonderfully dry sense of humor at work here. I totally loved it.
A surprise new voice. Consistently amusing without pretension. As if the spirit of PG Wodehouse was alive and we'll and living in Sweden
What may be intended as wry-old-humor and absurdity, just became somewhat tiresome after a while. I lost interest in the story and the characters about halfway through. Although lighthearted, it seemed unfunny to me, and just became long-winded in its delivery.