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
Sometimes you just need something to laugh about and this book provided plenty of opportunities. I couldn't stop laughing just telling my husband about the book. I'll definitely keep this book handy when I need something to lift my spirits!
This book reminds me of Forrest Gump or The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, in that historical license is taken with several famous people, like Harry Truman, Winston Churchill, and many historical events. Allan Karlsson, the lead character, has had an extremely colorful life. A man of somewhat opportunistic character, he isn’t about to die in an retirement home. Karlsson steps out on an adventure, quirky characters crossing his path, and the author intersperses his life story throughout. Within the retrospective portions, famous politicians are liberally sprinkled. De Gaulle, Lyndon Johnson, Joseph Stalin … the guy is 100 years old, so most of the famous individuals of the nineteen century are cameos. What ever you do, don’t take this stuff as accurate history, it’s tongue-in-cheek! Albert Einstein has a moronic brother in this tale … not in real life!
The narration by Steven Crossley is superb. Originally published in 2009, the story has been translated from Swedish, but you can’t tell. It’s wonderfully done, award winning. It’s my understanding that a movie was released in 2013 in Sweden … but, don’t know anything about it. Worth the credit, enjoyed the listen. About 12 hours.
I wish this writer would not have fallen into the trap of "profanity makes your book better."
This is a delightful story, cleverly written but the F-bombs and profanity ruined it for me. I finally had to turn it off. TOO BAD!
The combination of his life story with the present day story being told.
Yes!! A Multiple listen.
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!
Refreshing, funny, engaging!
Beauty. She is such a typical redhead-brash, tells it like it is, and doesn't play games.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Avid reader and listener!
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.
I love a book full of heart, psychological wisdom and humor.
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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