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

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

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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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    Patricia 06-16-13
    Patricia 06-16-13

    Writing reviews is work. Therefore, I need to be really happy or really unhappy with a book to write one.

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    "Not your typical Swedish hero!"

    It was good to find that a Swedish writer could write something that did NOT endanger your mental health. With its echoes (pronounced) of Forest Gump and (faint) Crytonomicon, this book is a terrific antidote to the usual dour northern european crime fiction. It is a great romp with the perfect narrator. As it says in its introduction, "those who only says what is the truth, they're not worth listening to..." Go ahead, suspend your disbelief and enjoy!

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    John NJ, United States 01-27-14
    John NJ, United States 01-27-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Funny story, enjoyable"

    I usually listen to police procedurals (or sometimes spy novels), but felt like change and tried this. It was quite fun and interesting. Can't say it was one of my favorites, but i'm definitely glad i listened, and would do so again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 01-12-14
    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 01-12-14 Member Since 2010

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    "humor but no heart to me"

    I found myself smiling often at the start of this comic novel, but the humor in the story was not enough to sustain me. The novel seems to alternate between present (somewhat entertaining) and past (not very entertaining to me). About a third of the way through, I decided to stop and start a book I would like better. If British humor is your thing, you might be very entertained by this novel. It just wasn't for me.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    trudy Vogel 08-19-16
    trudy Vogel 08-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining and humorous"

    The he author crafted a funny and highly entertaining story making his characters endearing to the reader. Even though we know the story could never happen we get caught up in the storyline the narrator is very talented and definitely helped bring all the characters to life. Would definitely recommend this book if you want a laugh and a feel good story

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    Simone 10-16-14
    Simone 10-16-14 Member Since 2016

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    "Delightfully Silly"

    The book was delightfully silly - there is not much more I can say!

    I highly enjoyed this amusing little tale; the title sets the tone perfectly and the story is simply charming.

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    joyce 05-30-14
    joyce 05-30-14

    Greedy, voracious reader since age five. After a number of eye injuries & surgeries, reading is hard. So now, I listen.

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    "Wildly inventive. What fun!!"

    100-yr old Alan is ornery, maybe a little dotty, you think. But cute, and funny! you are really rooting for him as he escapes the old folks' home and makes a slow walk for it to the train station, buys a ticket for as far as his pocket money will get him, and kinda--HeeHee!--takes a guy's suitcase with him as he gets on the bus.
    The rest of the book is a Rube Goldberg contraption, some of it blatantly silly for laughs, some of it convoluted and surprising and funny, as it looks back in time over Alan's very interesting life. I do hesitate to compare this story to "Forrest Gump", altho it's historical time-traveling is reminiscent of that movie, lest that trivialize a really funny and well-written book. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this!

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    Ruth Bain 05-01-14
    Ruth Bain 05-01-14

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    "Definitely Different and Rather Charming"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Quite a change of pace from my usual reading selections. It was apparent to me that the writing reflects a different story-telling style. The characters were a little annoying at times, but also lovable. By American standards the story was too long, but it was a journey with this band of misfits. EXCELLENT narration by Steven Crossley made the journey quite entertaining.


    Was The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared worth the listening time?

    I thought the story was too long. There isn't a lot of plot here, mostly it's the quirkiness of the characters and the series of "accounts" that move the story.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    JHMore 03-26-14
    JHMore 03-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "If you enjoy irony . . ."
    What did you love best about The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared?

    The dry detachment of the hero is instantly and utterly likeable. Many of the secondary characters -- especially the villains -- are also memorable.


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

    Reminded me a little of Vonnegut (more so Sirens of Titan than Slaughterhouse Five) and several reviewers have commented on ties with Forest Gump. The narrator's quirky interpretations of events are very reminiscent of young hero in the Swedish film, My Life as a Dog.


    What about Steven Crossley’s performance did you like?

    Captured the tone of the book perfectly.


    Any additional comments?

    A really fun listen! I gave four-stars to the story only because of a few less than credible plot twists, but frankly I feel horribly pedantic for being that fussy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    john wade Casper, WY USA 01-29-14
    john wade Casper, WY USA 01-29-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Simple and entertaining"
    What did you love best about The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared?

    I loved the flow and humor that ran in this book. It was easy to follow, fun to listen to, and heartwarming without being sappy.


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

    Reminds me of a Fannie Flagg read. You connect with the characters in this book and wish you could invite some of them to dinner! I can't wait to see if lightening can strike again with this author.


    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    sherry Kirkland, WA, United States 01-05-14
    sherry Kirkland, WA, United States 01-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A can't-miss listen"

    Expect a cross between a Coen brothers' movie and Candide--plus a touch of Forrest Gump. It's funny, absurd, and entertaining as the 100-year-old man collects equally eccentric characters while the plot snowballs along. Enter this book as you would a fable and you won't be disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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