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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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    Linda 11-18-13
    Linda 11-18-13 Member Since 2014
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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....

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Holly 08-01-13
    Holly 08-01-13
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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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    KT 07-26-16
    KT 07-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "So, so, so funny!"
    If you could sum up The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared in three words, what would they be?

    Funny and creative


    What did you like best about this story?

    the narrator


    Have you listened to any of Steven Crossley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    never heard him before, but would love to hear another book he's narrated


    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?

    Alan Carlson, of course! Although any of the characters would be a hoot to have dinner with!


    Any additional comments?

    Even my kids, ages 10 and 12 enjoyed it. Very little inappropriate language, which is tastefully included, and no other inappropriate content. Much to their dismay, the movie (available on Amazon Prime) is rated R, which I can't figure out. I think I'll preview it and hopefully will be able to allow them to watch it.Sometimes we listen in the car and will laugh so hard that drivers of other cars look at us and start laughing! Happiness for everyone!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Birdie 07-01-16
    Birdie 07-01-16

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    "This is no Forrest Gump"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Fort Pierce, FL, United States 06-26-16
    Bruce Fort Pierce, FL, United States 06-26-16 Member Since 2016

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    "What a sweet surprise"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BarbaraG 03-21-16
    BarbaraG 03-21-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Never Ending Story Needed Editing"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    Did The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared inspire you to do anything?

    Yes. First when I thought it was brilliant, I bought a CD copy for my mother. Then after continued listening, I regretted that purchase.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Craig 11-30-15
    Craig 11-30-15
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    "Very funny story, don't understand my apathy"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Sharper wit, maybe. More dialogue? I kept losing interest in this book. Tried three times to finish, never did.


    What was most disappointing about Jonas Jonasson’s story?

    Cannot remember


    What about Steven Crossley’s performance did you like?

    Thought his narration was pretty good


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared?

    The scene where I purchased it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ginger Ogden, UT United States 11-26-15
    Ginger Ogden, UT United States 11-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Gut busting funny!!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mon Dobrin 02-01-15
    Mon Dobrin 02-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Charming, silly, a great adventure"

    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.

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    N. Rogers San Antonio, TX, USA 01-23-15
    N. Rogers San Antonio, TX, USA 01-23-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Amusing Romp Through the Past Hundred Years"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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