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
Really enjoyed this quirky story. One of my favourite audiobooks. Definitely one to listen to more than once.
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 I enjoyed it for its understated humor and many historical references.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.
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.
One of my favorite books of all time! It surpasses some excellent literature such as Cider House Rules, Don't let the Dogs Go Into the Night, Postcards From the Edge, and other fictional greats. I can't stop telling anyone who reads about it. The twists and turns that the story takes will keep you laughing till the end.
This book started off promising. I wanted to know what was going to happen to the 100 year old man after he climbed out the window and disappeared. But the back-story chapters were tedious after a while. I'm not a history buff, so the inaccuracies weren't the issue. It was just so repetitive it became boring....He meets a famous person in history, they drink vodka, they become unexpected friends. Alright already. What about the crazy adventure he's on NOW? I couldn't finish it. I have about 4 hours left and just can't bring myself to listen anymore. Kudos to Steven Crossley though. His performance was what got me through most of it.
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