After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot-dog stand operator, and an elephant (not to mention a death by elephant).
Quirky and utterly unique, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared has charmed over 2 million people around the world.
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This novel was excellent. What makes it excellent? Let me tell you all about it! The story is extraordinary! The comic events of Alan's life is enthralling and will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time. The narrator was superb! I think mostly the narration keeps you totally engaged. There was never a moment of mental drifting and the story never had a real low point. I also loved how the bonds of friendship arose in such a hilarious manner. This is a must listen!! Loved it! But be forewarned - there is a movie version of this book and it absolutely sucks! So listen to the book and skip the movie!
Very clever and entertaining story, and the narrator made it even more enjoyable. This book could be recommended to all readers old enough not to be offended by the mild "watch your language" incidents.
I loved it!
A 5+ review. Fresh story telling. A clever 100 year historic weave. Excellent character development carries the narrative. Alan sure can spin a yarn. Is it real? Of course not. It's a fun presentation with a serious embedded message. Your discovery. You decide.
Nice chuckles. Fell a little bit in love with the Einsteins and the rest of the unlikely crew. Odd that all voices (Swedish, Russian, Chinese, etc...) were delivered as British. But well read in any case.
A caper that grows as each new character is met by the 100 year old man. Not only do we have a real time caper going on, we delve into the character of the 100 year old man's history. This takes place in an almost "Forest Gump" type romp! Such fun. I didn't want it to end.
I liked the intermingling of history and real time. I liked the narrator a lot.
My favorite scene was when the elephant follows a command to "sit", The fun part is what she sat on!!
Yes, the escape and the reality of what he could do and the fun he had which he traded for a slow death in a nursing home.
I enjoy listening to audiobooks while working in my shop or around the house -sort of mental multitasking.
The book is entertaining. The story is very much plagiarism of the Forest Gump concept.
I listened to this book on my commute to work and absolutely loved it! His background story is interesting and I was intrigued by the current story as well. The last part of the book had me laughing. I definitely think the narrator possibly made this book better than it could have been if I read the hard copy.
The first part of the book had me captivated, but I was a little skeptical at the length of the book until it delved into Allen's life through the world wars. Very humors and easy to listen to. The reader was perfect.
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