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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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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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    Grace Edina, MN, United States 09-27-14
    Grace Edina, MN, United States 09-27-14 Member Since 2009

    Integer-Vitae

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    "Better than Zen and as good as Hiassen"



    Indeed I do love Carl Hiassen but might very well even like Jonas Jonasson even better or is it just a breath of fresh air finding a similar humor in this new fiction?

    I also love the better than "Zen" attitude of Aaron! One to listen to!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Krista San Antonio, Texas USA 09-26-14
    Krista San Antonio, Texas USA 09-26-14 Member Since 2010

    magicalfire

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    "Reminds me of Forrest Gump"
    If you could sum up The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared in three words, what would they be?

    Refreshing, funny, engaging!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Beauty. She is such a typical redhead-brash, tells it like it is, and doesn't play games.


    What about Steven Crossley’s performance did you like?

    Some people just have an innate ability to draw you into a story. Steven Crossley is one of those people. His expressive voice gave the story even more depth, and he was a pleasure to listen to. I'll be looking for more books with this narrator.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was extremely funny, but the humor was subtle and, for the most part, very believable. A few times I did laugh out loud, and other times I just shook my head with a smile.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was thoroughly entertaining, and worth every penny and every minute spent listening. It never dragged, even through the political dialogue. It reminded me of the way Forrest Gump was innocently in situations with famous people and a president. The main character never set out to make himself important, he was just in situations that allowed him to meet important people. He is humble, unassuming, thoroughly lovable, and very human. I've already recommended it to three friends, and will continue to recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 09-25-14
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 09-25-14 Member Since 2009

    Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant

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    "Witty and Entertaining"

    An international version of Forest Gump, this book jumps in place and time taking the reader through the current escapade of Allan and through his 100 years on this earth as he meets up with various historical figures through quirky and flat our ridiculous adventures. The characters were fun and likable, and made for a motley but good crew.

    Although not laugh out loud funny, it was witty, well written, entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable.

    Mr. Crossley does a great job with the narration switching between the voices and really giving the characters color.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    GP 09-23-14
    GP 09-23-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Forest Gump without the heart"

    I know this is a lightweight piece of work, and as such it's okay. But I would have liked to care something about the characters and understood why they were doing what they did.

    The main character seems to have been everywhere and met everyone, but other than just blindly going with the flow, even though he was central, he didn't really play much of a role in his own story. I think a garden gnome might have worked as well.

    Not bad, but I didn't feel it was worth all the high marks.
    The reader though was excellent! I think what I enjoyed about the book was made possible by Crossley's reading of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joyce WPAFB, OH, United States 09-22-14
    Joyce WPAFB, OH, United States 09-22-14 Member Since 2010

    Avid reader and listener!

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    "The Most Interesting Man in the World"

    The most interesting man in the world doesn't drink beer, he prefers vodka. From the moment we meet the title character, this story progresses at a steady and hilarious pace. It is two complementary stories in one. First in present day we follow a band of characters as they stay one step ahead of the law, then we flash back to witness the life and times of our title character. The pace is good, the writing captivating and the production enhances to story itself. Definitely worth your time.

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    BookLovingLady Los Angeles 09-15-14
    BookLovingLady Los Angeles 09-15-14 Member Since 2014

    I love a book full of heart, psychological wisdom and humor.

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    "If You Like Your Stories Dry..."
    Any additional comments?

    This story had it's moments of dry humor and I laughed here and there, but ultimately the lack of any characters with redeeming value made this listen feel pointless to me. The main character was void of feeling so I could not care what happened to him or anyone he associated with. The story flashed back and forth from the present to the past. The present was a caper story, and his past was some kind of tale of survival of the soulless. I made it to chapter 13 of 30, then wondered why I was boring myself and stopped. I don't recommend this if you want a character driven story. The reader was very good. He deserved better material.

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    Rajesh Johanneburg, South Africa 09-15-14
    Rajesh Johanneburg, South Africa 09-15-14

    Listening since 2004. Mystery, thrillers and anything that can blend with a walk, jog, exercise, long drive or a wait at the airport.

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    "This is an amazing, hilarious, entertaining book"

    Nope, this book does not deserve a long review. it just deserves stars. LOL, LOL, LOL, LOL, LOL - all are stars!
    Go for it. there are a no disappointments in this book if you have a sense of humor and can enjoy fiction as fiction!

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    Amazon Customer 09-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Funny Funny Funny"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared to be better than the print version?

    The Narration is very crisp and has the right does of animation to suit the situation. I would definitely go for the audio edition vs print


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    of course... Alan! He is always calm when his plan is about to break into pieces or even when he does not have a plan


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The encounter with Mao Tse Tung in N Korea


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    This old man has more lives than a cat!


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    Tim United States 08-30-14
    Tim United States 08-30-14 Member Since 2010

    My reviews are honest. No sugar coating here.

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    "Nursery Rhymes for Grown Ups"

    "The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared" is a nursery rhymes for grown ups. Like Jack in the Beanstalk and an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe, that we heard in preschool, the 100 Year Old Man will be retold in a old folks home. I'm not sure if there is something missing from the Swedish version, but this book is a complete mess.

    Basically, it's about an old man jumping ship from a nursing home and start traveling the world and meeting people like Albert Einstein, Lyndon Johnson to Ronald Reagan and the North Korea dictator. None of this made sense. I almost stopped listening after the first half. Many reviewers compare this book to Forrest Gump, but I did not find 100 Year Old Man humerus. I have no interest at watching the movie either.

    Even after finishing the book, I'm not sure if the main character climbed out of the window and disappeared or just having a senior moment.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Hill 08-29-14
    Scott Hill 08-29-14

    I give every book and author a chance. I like books that grab you and evoke an emotional response.

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    "Laugh out loud"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Very funny and kind of a history lesson to boot.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to see the movie!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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