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 was a fun and engrossing story that seemed like Forest Gump meets A Man Called Ove meets I don't know what. It was amusing, charming, and at times laugh out loud funny as can be.
The book is clever, fun, and attention grabbing (ok, so crime isn't funny...but it was).
The narrator is perfect, absolutely perfect. He totally made the book believable.
I could listen to this again and again.
It takes a certain type of humor to enjoy this style of books. I was hoping that this would have the same humor as books by Fredrik Backman, but sadly not so.
The book is written in two time frames, current and his past life. I really enjoyed the hilarity of his current life and the predicaments that occur! However, I did not enjoy that history of his past.
I'd been on a waiting list for this book at the library. I gave up and went to audible....glad I did.
What a fun story. I must go back and look up the history of the 50s-80s.
Being a child of the 80's it wasn't important to teach anything past WWII, that had to do with politics. A few of the conflict were not as well known to me.
I am a former teacher. I love reading and I am currently focusing on health and entrepreneurs .
This story is fresh and took me on an amazing mental journey. I want to be Alan when I grow up. The main character is so unique and the humor totally different from American novels, I actually laughed out loud and hit rewind, so that I could laugh again. A must read!
this was simply the best audio book that I have heard I loved the narration and I love the story the combination of the two made an excellent story I slowed it down - 85% so that I could enjoy it longer
The history sections were so drawn out and absurd, but not set up for fun or entertainment. The more interesting "present-day" sections were okay, but also started become completely unrealistic and disconnected.
No. Fiction is a huge genre. But I can not believe this author ever hit the big time.
okay. mediocre. bland.
Outrage. It was such a waste of time. I kept listening, because I kept hoping it would take a turn for the good. I tried to listen while driving (listening to audio is a favorite driving pastime), but this book lulled me into gloom and sleepiness every time I turned it on.
I would give this story a zero if I could. The characters (except for the main character, who had no redeeming qualities) were intriguing. But everything else about the book was awful.
The movie was great but only tells a fraction of Alan's adventures. What a gem! This well preformed audio book will get many listens in my family.
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