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The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared Audiobook

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared Audiobook

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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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    SpectacledEIder West Vancouver 02-15-14
    SpectacledEIder West Vancouver 02-15-14 Listener Since 2005
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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 9 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 04-29-14
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 04-29-14 Member Since 2008

    Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy

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    "Comic magical realism, maybe? Fun, for sure!"

    This is actually two stories in one--Allan's adventure once he climbs out the window to escape the hoopla of his 100th birthday and that of his life leading up to this event, told chronologically. Initially, I was a bit annoyed at the jumping back and forth and, mainly, at the story of Allan's earlier life. I felt I bought the book for the 100 year old's current adventure, not for his very political life history.

    However, as the book continued, despite of my concerns, I found myself enjoying both story lines. Actually, this is a very funny book, and there were many parts that were laugh-out-loud for me. I particularly enjoyed the Einstein family members.

    I finished the book feeling very positive about it. So, overall, I do recommend this as a light, entertaining, humorous read.

    4 of 6 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.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Betty 07-03-13
    Betty 07-03-13
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    "Doesn't live up to description"
    What would have made The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared better?

    Would have been better if it had been funny after the first hour....


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something by Janet Evanovich, Beverly Lewis, or James Patterson


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared?

    Don't really know. I was so disinterested, I quit listening after about 3 hours.


    Any additional comments?

    Boring. Not funny after initial escape.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    CrazyBird 06-14-13
    CrazyBird 06-14-13

    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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    jackieharvey 06-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A Hilarious Trip Like None YoI've Ever Taken"

    This story will sneak up on you and leave you howling before you know it.
    The characters are believable
    well maybe not the elephant , and the plot is so absurd that you'll find yourself wondering what's next.
    It's a fun trip you don't want to miss

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    Amazon Customer 06-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "truly excellent"

    i thoroughly enjoyed this book. it has for some time been one of my favorite stories and i would and have recommended it to just about everyone who loves a fanciful tale

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    B. L. 06-11-16
    B. L. 06-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Cleaver and Comical"

    This was a creatively written story. It took me a bit to get into it and I almost gave up, but I gave this read about another half hour and I am happy that I did. This was a cleaver story and I enjoyed it very much, would definitely recommend to anyone.

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    K. Gould Glendale, CA USA 06-08-16
    K. Gould Glendale, CA USA 06-08-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Forest gump, but more thoughtful"

    loved the present-day party of the story, but the back story was too forest gump for me. just not that great.

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    Brook Dunn 06-03-16
    Brook Dunn 06-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Well written hilarious throughout!"

    Loved it! Kept you involved! All the characters were each a part of the whole plot! Narrator was FANTASTIC!

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