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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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    Michele Alpine, UT, United States 04-24-14
    Michele Alpine, UT, United States 04-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "As a whole - not a good book"

    I agree with many others who say that the story idea is a cute idea and at times it is funny and totally unbelievable. I love history but his version put me to sleep! The story of the main character running away from a retirement home is very believable but the series of events are just so far out there that it make the story boring. There was some entertainment value but not much.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 04-14-14
    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 04-14-14 Member Since 2012

    I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.

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    "Positive entertainment"

    By that I mean the positive attitude and it was absolutely entertaining.

    I was looking for something a little less dark and depressing. It seems most mystery writers right now are a writing from bleakness. Even with tragedy every day life if rarely so black.

    This was refreshing, funny, historical, a little bit of an intelligent Forest Gump. If you like history and being reminded life doesn't have to suck all the time, give it a shot. In my humble opinion worth the price of admission.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Beth Anne Philadelphia, PA, United States 04-12-14
    Beth Anne Philadelphia, PA, United States 04-12-14 Member Since 2012

    i like to read. i like to listen.

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    "fun romp with great amusing characters"

    loved this story. laughed out loud so much while listening to it. it's one of those madcap stories with a zany mix of characters who bring absolute perfection to their specific roles in the story.

    i love the hundred-year-old man...and i love his story. finding out his past, and how he rubbed elbows with presidents and world leaders just made it even more humorous.

    the narrator was perfect -- a dry english gentleman's voice telling this silly little story.

    this is the kind of book that your read to put a smile on your face, and don't want to take it too seriously.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike From Mesa 04-06-14 Member Since 2014

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    "What a hoot!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dubi New York, NY, United States 04-05-14
    Dubi New York, NY, United States 04-05-14

    People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.

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    "This Box of Chocolates is Empty at its Core"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book is so much like Forrest Gump, that I can title my review and answer this question by referring to one of the best-known lines from Gump. If life is a box of chocolates to Allan Karlsson, this book's Forrest, it is unfortunately empty at its core. Or more precisely, he (Allan) is empty at his core. His adventures, past and present, are built as much on improbable coincidence as Forrest's, but he doesn't bring anything to them other than his unquenchable thirst for vodka.

    Forrest, admittedly not the brightest shrimp in the Gulf, at least has a heart and is capable of learning important lessons along the way, lessons that progressively hurtle him forward in his story. Allan doesn't learn anything, doesn't want to learn anything, doesn't get anywhere in his 100 years of life, despite his encounters with Stalin, Churchill, Mao, Truman, LBJ, Nixon, DeGaulle, Kim Il-Sung, the Manhattan Project, and Albert Einstein's Dumber Brother. Indeed, the story ends with Allan cheerily agreeing to reprise his biggest mistake in life for the third time.

    With everything else in this book bordering on the wonderful, the change it so desperately needs is for Allan, the main character, to have character, to have something beneath his shell, anything, good or evil or ambivalent. It's really hard to have a main character who is completely undeveloped as a character, whose sole motivation is to locate his next bottle. I'm guessing that's the point -- that Allan is a blank canvas, a mirror that reflects only what you want to see. But the story suffers as a result, needlessly, as demonstrated by Forrest Gump, a protagonist every bit as much of a mirror, but with character, heart, and development.


    Would you recommend The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared to your friends? Why or why not?

    Despite all that, I would recommend this book to friends and let them draw their own conclusions. Clearly, this book is popular and mine is a minority opinion. Even with my major personal caveat, there is much to enjoy about it -- the humor, obviously, and the lesson in 20th century world history that takes Americans to countries and into events that are well beyond the scope of the American History we are normally exposed to, as in Forrest Gump.


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

    I almost always answer this question by choosing the protagonist, especially one as central to the story as Allan. But that is out of the question here. Allan is completely blank. By contrast, almost all of the minor characters are interesting -- from the present day part of the story, I really like the way Crossley performs The Beauty, and from the past, the bombastic world leaders are fun to listen to, especially Stalin, Truman, LBJ and DeGaulle.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    A Swedish adaptation has already been made. I will see it when it reaches America. Perhaps the filmmaker and lead actor will bring more life to Allan than the author.


    Any additional comments?

    One last note: The book is structured so that most of the first half is in the present and most of the second half is in the pages of history. There is reason to like both threads of the story, but since I personally enjoyed the history more than the pedestrian present-day plot, I found myself liking it more as the story progressed, though my frustration with Allan as a character grew as we stepped back into history.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Invisible Lizard Cary, NC 03-30-14
    Invisible Lizard Cary, NC 03-30-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Great story, well read"
    Would you listen to The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared again? Why?

    Sure, I would. It was a blast, and the reader did a fine job (especially pronouncing all of those Swedish/foreign names that I would have struggled with).


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

    It reminded me of Forrest Gump (the movie, I haven't read the book) and I'm sure comparisons have already been made, but it also had the humor (sometimes dark humor) of light Monty Python. I'm not sure if I can think of anything that would serve as a direct comparison.


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

    Allan, the main character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Moved me to roll on the floor laughing out loud? Sure. Allan's first meeting with Stalin, his escape from prison in Tehran, when Mr. Dollars tried to land the plane in Bali. Too many to mention


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rhonda 12-07-13
    Rhonda 12-07-13
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    "Feels like "100 years" listening to this one."

    I forced myself to listen to half the book, but had to abandon it. It started out cute and interesting enough, but the turns the story took were just too weird and couldn't keep my attention. I can't recomment this one.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ailsa Craigie Piriapolis, Uruguay 06-18-13
    Ailsa Craigie Piriapolis, Uruguay 06-18-13 Member Since 2012

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    "A real charmer!"

    A quirky, good-humored, informative romp through some of the main events of 20th Century history following the steps of a spry, philosophical 100-year-old retiree who invariably manages to land on his feet, no matter how tight the spot. One of the most charming books I have ever come across! The narration by Steven Crossley was an added enhancement. I loved it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 06-07-13
    Laura 06-07-13
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    "GREAT!"

    This one's a winner- a bit fantastic but so much fun! Give it a listen, you won't be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lindsay 10-16-12
    Lindsay 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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