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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    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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    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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    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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    SpectacledEIder West Vancouver 02-15-14
    SpectacledEIder West Vancouver 02-15-14 Member Since 2012
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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 :(

    6 of 8 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    Judy 01-21-15
    Judy 01-21-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Thoroughly delightful"

    What a thoroughly delightful book. It was funny, quirky and totally far-fetched and I enjoyed every minute of it. In reading some of the other reviews it has been compared to Forrest Gump and that almost made me pass on the book. I am so glad I didn't. It didn't give me a Forrest Gump feel at all.

    This was on my list as a potential choice for my book club pick and I think it would be a wonderful read for any book club. Heck, I just want everyone to read it and enjoy it as much as I did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DECLO 68 10-05-14
    DECLO 68 10-05-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Delightful story with gratuitous profanity"
    Would you try another book from Jonas Jonasson and/or Steven Crossley?

    I wish this writer would not have fallen into the trap of "profanity makes your book better."
    This is a delightful story, cleverly written but the F-bombs and profanity ruined it for me. I finally had to turn it off. TOO BAD!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Walter Loewenstern 08-17-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Funny, funny, funny"
    What made the experience of listening to The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared the most enjoyable?

    The way the 100 year old man keeps getting into trouble and then out again by accident.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The 100 year old man. He had a fantastic life accidentally meeting world famous characters like Truman, Stalin, Franco, etc. He invented the atomic bomb at Los Alamos even though he was a janitor, and he accidentally gave the secret to the Soviets-amazing.


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

    The 100 year old man.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughed like crazy.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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