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
I was looking for something lighter as a counter-point to some of the books I had just finished and stumbled upon this delightful story. I was uncertain about it but thought that I did not have much to lose since it was a Daily Deal and seemed like just the thing to lighten my mood.
To my utter surprise it was a delightful choice. Allan Karlsson is a quirky guy who is just not ready to be finished with life at 100 and misses his vodka. His adventure involving thieves, police, friends and the high and mighty is something not to be missed. I found myself laughing, chuckling and smiling throughout the entire book and especially during the windup as the protagonists are telling their tale to the Prosecuting Attorney.
This was the most delightful book I have read since A Dirty Job and Gods Behaving Badly and I recommend it highly to those with a taste for the light and quirky. The narration is excellent, the story is delightful and the experience is well worth the time spent in listening.
The dry detachment of the hero is instantly and utterly likeable. Many of the secondary characters -- especially the villains -- are also memorable.
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.
Captured the tone of the book perfectly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Four years on Audible now. Love the convenience of listening while driving, cooking, folding laundry.....
There was some interesting parts of this book but I found it went on a bit too long and I lost interest. I loved the main character and his spirit as well as his interesting past but that is where my love for the book ends.
I guess I might try one more to be fair before I rule it out entirely.
I actually think my favorite scene was the very first one where he slipped out to avoid his 100th birthday party that he did not want. It pleased me when the nasty nurse couldn't find him.
I always like learning about real historical events through a novel like this so I did like all of the stories about his past.
Although this book wasn't my favorite read, there were people in my Book Club who thought it was one of the best books they've read so give it a try.
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.
no...in fact, I'm honestly not sure what the genre was!?
The performance was fine - it was solely the content that lost my interest.
Boredom, and so disappointment. The title sounded so whimsical and entertaining...
I can't recommend this book - sorry :(
I didn't get very far before giving up on this book. I didn't see anything redeeming in the amoral, mean spirited characters, casually stealing and killing. I'll read something funny, uplifting, at least with clear good gud and bad guys instead.
The narrator was pretty good.
I have literally a few thousand audible books, I have Parkinson's, always an avid reader. I tend toward horror, paranormal, love Vampires .
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 !
Loved this book, start to finish. The narrator was ideal, and the whole book was both charming and thought-provoking at once. It's hard to describe, but it kept me entertained for a week and half of commuting. A wry, understated pleasure!
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