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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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    Lindsay WESTHAMPTON, NY, United States 10-16-12
    Lindsay WESTHAMPTON, NY, United States 10-16-12
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    "I loved this book. It was light hearted and fun"
    Where does The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's the first so It's at the very top!


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

    Sonjia the elephant's debut in the book..


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

    No but I enjoyed this one.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    CrazyBird United States 06-14-13
    CrazyBird United States 06-14-13 Member Since 2009

    I am a retired Histology Technician. My time is spent caring for my grandchildren, my dog, cat, and blue & gold macaw.

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    "Oh, Soooo Light Hearted and Fun!"

    It is seldom you find a book that keeps a quick, thrilling and interesting pace from beginning to end. It is less than seldom that you find one which manages to do these things while keeping a smile on your face. " The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared " accomplishes this. It is to our benefit that Jonas Jonasson's book was translated and offered to us as an Audible read. This biography/world political history/spy/ great heist/murder/animal lover and human lovers tale is one you will not be able to easily turn from. The story begins just as the title states, as the 100 year old man steps out of a window and into the flowerbed edging of the home he has only that day entered. Thus he begins an odyssey beyond his wildest imaginings. You will meet mobsters, world leaders, spies, small time thugs, friends, enemies and even an elephant. With the exception of the elephant, of course, they are all in possession of different degrees of intelligence and world views. They all posses a human heart full to overflowing with man's virtues and vices. This journey is well worth taking as there is adventure, mystery, avarice, loyalty, hate, love and laughter, much laughter, on each page. Join in each step the 100 year old man takes, you will be happy you did so.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    pbbelly 07-13-14
    pbbelly 07-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    "What an entertaining romp!"
    Would you listen to The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared again? Why?

    I will definitely listen to this one again in the future. I loved the characters, the situations, the narration and all of the tie-ins with historic events.


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

    It's not a book, but this book reminded me so much of the BBC TV series, Waiting for God.


    What about Steven Crossley’s performance did you like?

    I love his voice-so soothing, and I like that there are no huge swings in volume level.


    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 Karlsson, of course! He would surely have a lot of interesting tales to tell.


    Any additional comments?

    I see Mr. Jonasson has another recent release. I will have to listen to it soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Schantz 06-30-14
    J. Schantz 06-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Moves as slow as a 100 year old man"
    What would have made The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared better?

    Explore more into why the main character decided to walk away from his life and family. He might as well have been popping off to the store to get a loaf of bread, not escaping his tedious existence.


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    Margaret Lake Florida 06-30-14
    Margaret Lake Florida 06-30-14 Member Since 2013

    Historical Fiction/Romance Author

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    "Absolute fun!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book and already have on a forum. Very good characters and a wildly improbable story that I loved. I had to laugh out loud several times and smiled a lot.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the main character, Allan Karlsson and the way he just stumbled through life and managed to survive. I came to know him really well.


    What does Steven Crossley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    As I was listening, I thought I might not enjoy reading the book, but Steven Crossley's narration made the story and characters interesting and fun.


    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?

    It wouldn't be Allan alone, because I couldn't keep up with his vodka consumption. I'd go for dinner with him and all his companions, including Sonia.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. D Idaho, United States 06-26-14
    Mr. D Idaho, United States 06-26-14 Member Since 2009
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    This was an enjoyable read. Very funny at times. I liked finding where in history our main character would end up next. The narrator was good and his voice was appropriate to the story. You should read this book if you need a break from your usually reading. The story takes very little mental investment. Just sit back and see where it goes. Even though it is an easy story to get into and enjoy, it is entertaining.

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    deb blue springs, MO, United States 06-24-14
    deb blue springs, MO, United States 06-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "What a grand old man!"
    Would you listen to The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared again? Why?

    I will have to listen again to make sure I didn't miss anything while I was laughing. Okay, I KNOW I was laughing so much that I missed stuff. I also want to soak in the nuances of each delightful character.


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

    Another reviewer compared this to Carl Hiaasen's work (spelling probably wrong) and I think this is spot on.


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

    First time storyteller for me. Did outstanding job nailing the characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES. I tried. When I was a teenager I read Gone with the Wind in a glorious marathon weekend. However much I wanted to repeat that experience here, I ended up falling asleep around 1 am. I am so disappointed in myself. This book is worth sacrificing sleep to experience.


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    sandy ASHEVILLE, NC, United States 06-20-14
    sandy ASHEVILLE, NC, United States 06-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    I could not get into this book. I played it almost all the way thru but it could not keep my attention. Doesn't mean its not a good book for someone else, but for me it just wasn't.

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    M. Levine Carmel, IN USA 06-17-14
    M. Levine Carmel, IN USA 06-17-14 Member Since 2012
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    I'll admit it took me a little while to get into this book, but then I couldn't stop listening. What a great tale--full of twists and turns and unexpected elements. There's a wonderfully dry sense of humor at work here. I totally loved it.

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    Walter Concord, CA, United States 06-14-14
    Walter Concord, CA, United States 06-14-14 Member Since 2004
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    A surprise new voice. Consistently amusing without pretension. As if the spirit of PG Wodehouse was alive and we'll and living in Sweden

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