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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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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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    JHMore Maine 03-26-14
    JHMore Maine 03-26-14 Member Since 2010
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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.

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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.

    2 of 2 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.

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    sherry Kirkland, WA, United States 01-05-14
    sherry Kirkland, WA, United States 01-05-14 Member Since 2004
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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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    Santhosh India 12-12-13
    Santhosh India 12-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A more cheerful version of Forrest Gump!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared to be better than the print version?

    Definitely. The Narrator has done an excellent job of bringing the quirkiness to life


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

    No other book that i have read. But, like my title says, it is very much like Forrest Gump. If you like the movie, you will like this book - although the charecters are different


    Which character – as performed by Steven Crossley – was your favorite?

    Allan. I like the "..wouldnt you agree"'s :)


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rhonda Marlborough, MA, United States 12-07-13
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    "Feels like "100 years" listening to this one."

    I forced myself to listen to half the book, but had to abandon it. It started out cute and interesting enough, but the turns the story took were just too weird and couldn't keep my attention. I can't recomment this one.

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    Linda Rochester, Minnesota, United States 11-18-13
    Linda Rochester, Minnesota, United States 11-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Totally outrageous, but a fun romp through history"

    Ok, don't get too analytical with this
    Audible book. It's a little like "a 100 year old Forest Gump with a flat affect who accidentally kills a few bad guys" ...saying " oh, well...What's for dinner" afterwards
    .... Just enjoy the great narration, unlikely story, and think of this outrageous romp as your hiatus from heavy, meaningful literature, a breath of snarky, but fresh air, and stop trying to decide if this is as good as your last listen.
    Take it for what it is, pure, unadulterated balderdash, and lots of fun. I enjoyed every quirky, crazy, unlikely minute....

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    Holly East Point, GA, United States 08-01-13
    Holly East Point, GA, United States 08-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Simply Delightful"
    If you could sum up The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared in three words, what would they be?

    Irreverent, Intelligent without being overly intellectual, and Forrest Gump-y in the way the story weaves through major world events, Christopher Moore would be proud!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared?

    I enjoyed how Allan's interactions with various world leaders (US presidents, prime ministers, ambassadors, communist leaders....) inadvertently, yet comically, created 20th century world history.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the Sophie the elephant "sat". And when Allan and one of his friends were debating on the utility of colorful umbrellas ("no need to shield the vodka from the rain") in their drinks!


    If you could take any character from The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Allan, the lead character. His approach to EVERYTHING is easy-going, laid back, humorous (without trying to be), and just enjoyable!


    Any additional comments?

    I will definitely be looking for more books by this author!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Harry West Vancouver, BC, Canada 02-15-14
    Harry West Vancouver, BC, Canada 02-15-14 Member Since 2005
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    "I really disliked this book :("
    What disappointed you about The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared?

    Perhaps I'm not politically savvy enough, but this book's apparent aim at a cross between a crime novel/comedy/political satire left me shaking my head at the beginning, numbly bored by the middle, and with regret having me make a decision I despair to do ... quitting! I had to stop the read shortly after mid-way realizing that it was unlikely to get any better, and that my reading time would be better spent on a more engaging tale.


    Has The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no...in fact, I'm honestly not sure what the genre was!?


    What aspect of Steven Crossley’s performance would you have changed?

    The performance was fine - it was solely the content that lost my interest.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom, and so disappointment. The title sounded so whimsical and entertaining...


    Any additional comments?

    I can't recommend this book - sorry :(

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    Invisible Lizard Cary, NC 03-30-14
    Invisible Lizard Cary, NC 03-30-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Great story, well read"
    Would you listen to The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared again? Why?

    Sure, I would. It was a blast, and the reader did a fine job (especially pronouncing all of those Swedish/foreign names that I would have struggled with).


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

    It reminded me of Forrest Gump (the movie, I haven't read the book) and I'm sure comparisons have already been made, but it also had the humor (sometimes dark humor) of light Monty Python. I'm not sure if I can think of anything that would serve as a direct comparison.


    Which character – as performed by Steven Crossley – was your favorite?

    Allan, the main character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Moved me to roll on the floor laughing out loud? Sure. Allan's first meeting with Stalin, his escape from prison in Tehran, when Mr. Dollars tried to land the plane in Bali. Too many to mention


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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