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
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).
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.
Allan, the main character.
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
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.
I would listen again as the story made me laugh and was very entertaining. It is a "feel good" book and there was no angst or sadness to be found. It was just a solid book that made me happy and it made me think (in a good way!)
The story reminds me of "Forrest Gump" with all the world travels and the interesting and notable people that he meets. Then a little of the "Pink Panther" with the situations that develop and how the story eventually winds down and ends so that all is well and the good guys go on their merry way.
Mr. Crossley did an excellent job with the voices and with the accents and with pronouncing everyone's name the same way each time. His comedic timing was perfect and he made the book very enjoyable.
Well, of course it would be the 100-year-old-man! I cannot begin to imagine the tales he would have to tell and all in such an innocent and "it's not a big deal" manner. It would be a great dinner with good food and lots of vodka!
This is just an entertaining and fun book. I would recommend this one to anyone who is in the mood for a good book that tells an excellent story.
Lost for English Words
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!
It's the first so It's at the very top!
Sonjia the elephant's debut in the book..
No but I enjoyed this one.
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 :(
Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.
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.
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.
Would have been better if it had been funny after the first hour....
Something by Janet Evanovich, Beverly Lewis, or James Patterson
Don't really know. I was so disinterested, I quit listening after about 3 hours.
Boring. Not funny after initial escape.
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