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The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared | [Jonas Jonasson]

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Christopher Denny Rancho Cucamonga, CA USA 06-23-13
    Christopher Denny Rancho Cucamonga, CA USA 06-23-13 Member Since 2010
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    "You're Never Old Unless You Give Up"
    What other book might you compare The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared to and why?

    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.


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    Richard Attleboro, MA, United States 06-17-13
    Richard Attleboro, MA, United States 06-17-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Wonderful storytelling"
    What did you love best about The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared?

    That it was world class storytelling, funny, charming and irreverent.


    What other book might you compare The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared to and why?

    Donald Westlake at his best meets Stigg Larsenn.


    What does Steven Crossley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The pace of his reading and his voices brought the book alive


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes but just too long for that, which is good


    Any additional comments?

    This is the kind of experience that I listen to audiobooks to get and so often do not.

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    christine United States 06-14-13
    christine United States 06-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fun book to have read to you"

    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.

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    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 06-14-13
    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 06-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved it!"

    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.

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    Elise GALLUP, NM, United States 05-29-13
    Elise GALLUP, NM, United States 05-29-13
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    "Couldn't get through it"
    What disappointed you about The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared?

    It started out fun and lively, and I never could bring myself to finish it. It just started dragging on.


    What about Steven Crossley’s performance did you like?

    The reader was fine.


    What character would you cut from The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared?

    The "beauty" That's really when it started to fall apart.


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    marlene Edmonton, AB, Canada 04-02-13
    marlene Edmonton, AB, Canada 04-02-13
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    Would you listen to The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared again? Why?

    yes. It was humorous, witty, and educational.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character of Allen.


    What does Steven Crossley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The foriegn-ness. Enough to put you at least close to Sweden.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


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    Heather APO, AE, United States 03-18-13
    Heather APO, AE, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2013

    Enjoying using my commute to get back into "reading" :)

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    "Fun with a good bit of history for good measure :)"
    If you could sum up The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, lighthearted, educational


    What did you like best about this story?

    I learned something new and enjoyed doing it.


    What does Steven Crossley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His accent and expression of emotion helped build the characters in my mind.


    Who was the most memorable character of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared and why?

    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.


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    Char Lotte United States 03-04-13
    Char Lotte United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2010

    Charlotte-Marie

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    Enjoyable and delightful. Made me smile and laugh out loud...frequently. I am looking forward to the next book by Jonasson.

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    Sheila Milladore, WI, United States 02-26-13
    Sheila Milladore, WI, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A nice rest from mystery thrillers"

    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.

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    Beth Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 02-12-13
    Beth Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 02-12-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Concept"
    What did you like best about The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared? What did you like least?

    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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