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
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.
I am a retired Histology Technician. My time is spent caring for my grandchildren, my dog, cat, and blue & gold macaw.
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.
A fun, quirky, engaging story combined with excellent narration made this book an instant favourite.
This is one I am eager to share with friends and family!
I loved this book! Allan was amazing. When he suggest to Stalin to shave his mustache I almost died laughing. You better not mess with Allan!
I loved the first chapters of this book, they really caught my attention. Alan is a charming old man with an incredible story to tell. Unfortunately his story was far TOO LONG. My mind started wandering while I was listening to all of Alan's far-fetched (but somewhat funny) adventures. I only listened as fas as I did because I wanted to hear the outcome for the criminal centurion, but it wasn't worth it. There go several hours of my life that I can't get back.
Sometimes you like slapstick and sometimes you don’t. This was off and on again but too ridiculous to laugh out loud. If it weren’t so long and “The Carol Burnett Show” was still around I could see her cast of characters playing this in vignettes. This is a nonsense history.
I was looking forward to this book but was disappointed. Starts out interesting and original and goes downhill quickly. Can’t recommend it.
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