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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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    Amonite 04-20-15
    Amonite 04-20-15

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    "Awesome book and awesome narration!"

    Just my third audio book but it was a great experience! The narrator is fabulous and obviously the book is really good too! I could just picture the characters and scenes in my mind and wanted not to finish it!

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    Anthony 04-20-15
    Anthony 04-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Hilarious"

    Loved it had me laughing out loud
    A Swedish Forrest Gump
    What a great cast of characters all with colorful back stories

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    robin Wesley Chapel, FL, United States 04-19-15
    robin Wesley Chapel, FL, United States 04-19-15 Member Since 2010
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    "not sure why I purchased, but glad I did"

    Love this book! The story is fun and the reader's accent is marvelous. I am about 2/3 through and I don't want it to end :-)

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    Cara 04-19-15
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    "Well performed but the story was a little rambling"

    The performance was pretty good, aside from a few confusing moments where you couldn't tell who was speaking.

    The story's rambles a bit and is only moderately engaging. Good for playing in the background while doing something else.

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    anastasia Westfield, NJ, United States 04-18-15
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    "A full circle fantastic story"

    Reminded me of forest gump. A fantastic semi historical references very entertaining. I enjoyed listening to all of the fun and interesting events that lead toward the Alan's life

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    "Hilarious and not to be missed!"

    I bought this book on a whim, and frankly I think everyone should read or listen to it. The performance is fantastic, and the story is like Forrest Gump meets Monty Python-madcap, funny, and utterly charming. A book you should not miss out on.

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    AnthroGal West Lafayette, IN, United States 04-16-15
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    "A hilariously fun romp."

    This is one hilarious and fun romp of a read. Allan Karlsson just turned 100 years old and can't stand to be in the pensioner's home for one second longer, so he decides to make his escape. Hilarity ensues. The police are after him, as well as a criminal gang after Allan decides to take one of their henchman's suitcase filled with Swedish kroner. As this story plays out we learn more about Allan's 100 years on the earth: He inadvertently and humbly play important events in World history (Spanish Civil War, Los Alamos, the May 1968 riots in France, etc.), meets world leaders (Franco, Truman, Churchill, Stalin, Kim Sung-Il, Mao, de Gaulle, LBJ, Nixon...I'm sure there were others), and generally has fun doing it all (well, except for the time he spent in the Gulag). One of the better stories I've read/listen to in a long time, and the British narrator made it even better. I cried when it ended, not because it was sad, but because it was the end. I didn't want it to end.

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    I was drawn to this book by its unusual title & had no idea what to expect from the storyline. What I found was a story reminiscent of "Forest Gump" but more intricate and funnier. I highly recommend this wonderful book to anyone with even the slightest knowledge of world history & the belief that what we are told about how things happen might not be exactly what occurred.

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    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?

    It's not top of my list, but it's definitely one I tell people all about, so it's pretty high up there!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The unbelievableness of all the things the 100yr old man encountered was just so ludicrous it was hilarious. It seemed that everyone he encountered had a messed up moral compass and was willing to do anything on a whim. Very entertaining turns of events.


    Have you listened to any of Steven Crossley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was the first time. I enjoyed it, and it felt well suited to the characters.


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    I loved it
    I want to recommend this book to all of you!!!!!!!!!
    read it!! read read read!!

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