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 might compare this book to Forrest Gump in the sense that Alan Carlsson finds himself meeting several different figures in history by happenstance, much like Forrest Gump does. Though Alan's adventures are all based on politics, they are still quite unique and almost impossible how he found his way through life.
I would also liken this book to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry in the sense that both main characters simply make the decision to get up from their lives and leave for a new adventure. In Alan's case, he completed many adventures and in Harold's case, it was one adventure on a specific journey.
That it was world class storytelling, funny, charming and irreverent.
Donald Westlake at his best meets Stigg Larsenn.
The pace of his reading and his voices brought the book alive
Yes but just too long for that, which is good
This is the kind of experience that I listen to audiobooks to get and so often do not.
This book is an interesting exploration of life and how events in the moment get you to where you end up. It is fun to hear in audio form. Because of the skill of reader I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and scenes that come to ironic or absurd conclusions, and in this book there are many.
I loved this book. I Perhaps this was because I didn't expect too much from it. Of course it was relatively silly, but it is reading entertainment at it's best. The narrator put in a solid performance on a variety of characters, which made for a well balanced package.
Have a listen to this if you have a quirky sense of humour.
It started out fun and lively, and I never could bring myself to finish it. It just started dragging on.
The reader was fine.
The "beauty" That's really when it started to fall apart.
yes. It was humorous, witty, and educational.
The character of Allen.
The foriegn-ness. Enough to put you at least close to Sweden.
Enjoying using my commute to get back into "reading" :)
Fun, lighthearted, educational
I learned something new and enjoyed doing it.
His accent and expression of emotion helped build the characters in my mind.
Alan, obviously. You see him go through so much and you can't help but love the way he interacts with people. I found myself giggling every time there was a conversation between him and someone else.
Enjoyable and delightful. Made me smile and laugh out loud...frequently. I am looking forward to the next book by Jonasson.
Well constructed flight of fancy. Well read. Had I lived his life I too would have climbed out of my window, stepped on the pansies and walked away.
The narrating was excellent - with narrator using a wide variety of accents & voices to complement the story. The story itself was a great concept & entertaining in the beginning & the end but it totally lost me in the middle when the main character remembers his younger self.
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