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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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    "New suprises with each chapter."

    Oh the things one man can do in 100 years! Not at all what I expected but it was a fun read.

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    Sy Ann Guth 01-25-15
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    "Quirky and wonderful"
    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?

    Really enjoyed this quirky story. One of my favourite audiobooks. Definitely one to listen to more than once.


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    N. Rogers San Antonio, TX, USA 01-23-15
    N. Rogers San Antonio, TX, USA 01-23-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Amusing Romp Through the Past Hundred Years"

    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.

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    frances 01-23-15
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    "So many clever twists and turns"

    It kept me amused and intrigued through several days of laughter and wonder. My favorite moment was the final flight to Indonesia.

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    "Thoroughly delightful"

    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.

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    Andi B 01-16-15
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    "Go climb out a window to a amazing adventure"

    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.

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    H. 01-12-15
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    "Brilliantly Forest Gumpy"

    It's been a while I'm so pleasantly surprised by a book. Dry humor, intellectual, funny. I thought it was like Forest Gump.

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    Dotty CLOVIS, CA, United States 01-10-15
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    The premise is cute, but the book failed to deliver. Too long and too preposterous.

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    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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    Loved this book. It makes one to look forward to growing old and to hoping to acquire wisdom and openness

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