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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The story and the narrator were perfect. I would recommend this as an audio as it was read so well. I had so little knowledge of the book going in and would explain it as a wonderfully creative and funny ride.
Listened to this on a road trip and was definitely a worthwhile listen! Takes a few chapters for the intrigue to truly set in and get you hooked, so keep at it. Chapters generally alternate between present day and the life story of the main character in "Forrest Gump" fashion. After having listened to this I want to brush up on my history from the last century! My take-aways from this is that life is all about relationships and a positive outlook😄
Great story. Fun and entertaining. An amazing story. Better than I expected. You won't be disappointed. I recommend it highly.
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.
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