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 book was so much fun! Somewhat like Forrest Gump, with the main character popping up in so many historical events, but with a present day story with much more dark comedy that Forrest Gump (the movie version, I've heard the book has more bite). The narrator was fabulous, bringing each character alive with different voices. I was always engaged in the story and wished there was more when it ended.
I bought this book on a whim simply because the title of the book was unusual and it intrigued me. I have been delightfully surprised with a wonderful, funny, and humorous story, that was delivered flawlessly by the narrator. This is one of the few audible books that I plan on listening to again sometime. Pick this one up, you will not be disappointed
completely enjoyable. It is through and through preposterous, but that is really the point. So many happy endings with so few well thought out decisions, but still - you want to root for the protagonist!
How many times have you really been surprised by a story? If you're like me, it doesn't happen very often, but it happened here and more than once. You have to be willing to go along with some questionable explanations, but nothing too unimaginable.
This is a story about one very special man and the people and events that influence, and are influenced by, his long and colorful life. You may or may not like him and the choices he makes, but if you can reserve judgment, you will always find his story interesting. And surprising.
I love to read and I love to listen to good books! Because I can listen while I walk, its great for both my health and the health of my dog Rubi.
I began listening to this book on the advice of a group of people who love books as much as I do. It didn't take long before i was wondering what on earth they loved about it! But even though I kept thinking I should delete it, something just kept saying "Just one more chapter" and without understanding how it happened, I was hooked. It has a Forest Gump appeal about it that is gently and sweetly captivating. Dont expect an action packed book - and yet there is plenty of action. Just go with the flow and enjoy the antics of this remarkable 100 year old man. It is a keeper.
Hi, I am an avid reader and audiobook listener with diverse tastes in books. I enjoy sets of books by subject or series.
The narration of this book is spot on and definitely enhances the experience of this book. Alan, an entertaining character who has been about the world and seen a lot of things, surprises himself by climbing out the window of the old folk's home to avoid the party celebrating his 100th birthday, after surprising himself by surviving until his 100th birthday. Alan, without his hat, shuffling along in his pee slippers instead of proper shoes, makes an unlikely getaway. Despite his slow pace and need for frequent naps, Alan manages to collect and elude pursuers, leading them on a merry chase. Admirably, he accomplishes this without missing a meal or failing to inquire - Would that come with a bit of something to drink?
On his aimless wanderings, he encounters a cast of charactersand set of adventures worthy of a Carl Hiassen novel, if his novels were set in Sweden instead of Florida. Many of the characters are lovable despite their flaws. All of the characters are interesting. Poetic Justice is often visited upon characters in creative ways. Their collective adventures are often laugh out loud funny and certainly worth a listen.
This is an audiobook worthy of multiple listens.
This is at least number 2 of the top 5 i have heard.
Each character gave life to the next so it was hard to determine which was my favorite.
The narrator rocks.
Life begins after 50
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