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
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....
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!
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.
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!
Allan, the lead character. His approach to EVERYTHING is easy-going, laid back, humorous (without trying to be), and just enjoyable!
I will definitely be looking for more books by this author!
My favorite books are murder mysteries and serial killer detective stories. I also enjoy dark humor and sarcasm. Supernatuaral & Neil Gaiman
Allans easy going attitude and all his historic feats.
Big Fish is the only book that is similar that I've read. His claims make him seem senile, but after speaking to him, and fact checking. I mean who calls the president by his first name. It's a very good reminder that not all older patients are senile. And are still the same mentally as they have ever been. Don't disregard remarkable memories .
He was great. Portrayal of emotions and even thoughts were so clear. You felt like you were actually in the story with Allan, or wanted to be.
Yes, I did just that.
Just to read this book. It is an encouraging book about aging. Even if in a nursing home. Just ask for a first floor room !
I began this book with an open heart, enjoyed the first few chapters but it became ridiculous. Normally I can get into unbelievable scenarios, I mean who wants to read about normal boring lives?, but this was less than entertaining and I could not suspend my disbelief.
Loved every minute of the book and it is definitely in the top five for this year.
The performance was spot on and the characters were well developed.
If the book had ended quicker and not taken so many sometimes confusing back stories with so many characters to follow, I would have rated it five star. The first several chapters are brilliant with quirky characters and intrigue. The story of a Allan Karlsonn, the 100 year old man going out the window and how he gets into trouble with the suitcase of money grabbed my attention right off. I enjoyed hearing about his early life of playing with explosives, his political ties, how he went on to meet Einstein's brother, and placing Allan in other other historical timelines, but at a little over the half point, I tired of the historical escapades. I wanted the story to go back to Allan Karlsonn of present day and end. I finally gave up on the audio book and watched the movie.
Yes. First when I thought it was brilliant, I bought a CD copy for my mother. Then after continued listening, I regretted that purchase.
Sharper wit, maybe. More dialogue? I kept losing interest in this book. Tried three times to finish, never did.
Thought his narration was pretty good
The scene where I purchased it.
The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window & Disappeared – Jonas Jonasson: Oh my! Such a whole lot of absurdity that kept me laughing until my belly hurt. Again, not my usual type book, but I don’t think I’ve enjoyed myself so much in quite a long time. Jonasson is quite the storyteller, and I think I’d like another one or two of his missives. Not too soon, though. It will be a while before my belly stops aching. 5 stars.
My only compliant is that the reader could have used the accent of the characters: Swedish. I kept forgetting that the characters weren't British, which is a shame. And rather stupid on my part.
Allan is, as the title says, 100 years old and decides that he doesn't want to spend his birthday cooped up in a nursing home (understandibly) and decides to go AWOL.
Along the way he manages to accumulate a man that happens to be killed twice (as if once was enough), make friends with an elephant, a man that is so educated he is "almost" a vet, doctor, literary expert (who knows what else), and several leaders of the free (and not-so-free) world. And, yes, the bastard brother of a very famous physicist (guess who!)
If you enjoyed this book, I would recommend Forrest Gump by Winston Groom.
This is a book that people tend to love or hate. I enjoyed it for its understated humor and many historical references. I read it as a casual, amusing tale, and definitely saw the similarity with Forrest Gump mentioned in several reviews. It was fun. Nothing profound, simply a light commentary on much of the last hundred years of world history wrapped into an engaging adventure.
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