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
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.
Loved this book, start to finish. The narrator was ideal, and the whole book was both charming and thought-provoking at once. It's hard to describe, but it kept me entertained for a week and half of commuting. A wry, understated pleasure!
The audio version really helped me get into this story because I could figure out the pronunciation of the names and places. I'd love to see this made into a movie or better yet an HBO type series. Quirky, delightful, and kept me listening.
Yes, it is an interesting story with twists and turns you wouldn't expect.
It runs a bit long in the "past history" part of the story, I found myself wanting to get back to the current series, but enjoyed it quite alot.
This was a very funny story told by short stories back-and-forth and history of Allen's wife and how he got to be 100 years old climbing out the window on his birthday all the famous people that he meets along the way chairman Mao Harry Truman Joseph Stalin
Thoroughly enjoyable love the narration
This novel was excellent. What makes it excellent? Let me tell you all about it! The story is extraordinary! The comic events of Alan's life is enthralling and will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time. The narrator was superb! I think mostly the narration keeps you totally engaged. There was never a moment of mental drifting and the story never had a real low point. I also loved how the bonds of friendship arose in such a hilarious manner. This is a must listen!! Loved it! But be forewarned - there is a movie version of this book and it absolutely sucks! So listen to the book and skip the movie!
Very clever and entertaining story, and the narrator made it even more enjoyable. This book could be recommended to all readers old enough not to be offended by the mild "watch your language" incidents.
I loved it!
A 5+ review. Fresh story telling. A clever 100 year historic weave. Excellent character development carries the narrative. Alan sure can spin a yarn. Is it real? Of course not. It's a fun presentation with a serious embedded message. Your discovery. You decide.
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