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.
©2009 Jonas Jonasson (P)2012 AudioGO
I enjoyed the book although since it jumped around and often mentioned more characters than I could keep track of, it was a bit difficult to listen to on audio. If I'd had the actual book I definitely would've turned back to reference pages every once in a while.
Though very strange, the book kept me reading because there was enough mystery and excitement in it to want to know how it would turn out. A "Forrest Gump" sort of old man, this centurion has lived it all. Prompted many smiles throughout.
took me a while to really start enjoying this book. but the more i got to know the main character the more i enjoyed the story. like forest gump but without the saccharine.
This story is an intelligent entertaining story reminding me of Foredt Gump. I loved it beginning to end.
So pleasantly surprised I absolutely adored this book! The characters and ease is a marvel. I found myself laughing out loud and shaking my head in amazement as I listened. Wonderful, wonderful story!
just so good
The first encounter the old man has with a bad guy. You fear things are going to be terrible for him but nope, he prevails as he does throughout.
Good pace, good distinction between characters
title is just perfect
read it, read it, read it
I was listening to the book back and forth to work and I enjoyed the story and was pleasantly surprised by the entire story.
Reading the title I didn't know what to expect. It starts off in present day and then flips back and forth to earlier points in his life. Then comes back to modern day I would have to recommend this book.
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