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The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared Audiobook

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared Audiobook

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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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    Betty 07-03-13
    Betty 07-03-13
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    "Doesn't live up to description"
    What would have made The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared better?

    Would have been better if it had been funny after the first hour....


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something by Janet Evanovich, Beverly Lewis, or James Patterson


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared?

    Don't really know. I was so disinterested, I quit listening after about 3 hours.


    Any additional comments?

    Boring. Not funny after initial escape.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    CrazyBird 06-14-13
    CrazyBird 06-14-13

    I am a retired Histology Technician. My time is spent caring for my grandchildren, my dog, cat, and blue & gold macaw.

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    "Oh, Soooo Light Hearted and Fun!"

    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.

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    Shelley Cedar Park, TX United States 09-29-16
    Shelley Cedar Park, TX United States 09-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting story but slow and lackluster narration"

    I really wanted to enjoy this book. I found the story line interesting but slow. The narration was also slow and lacked enthusiasm and was 'stuffy'. I often found my mind wandering and nearly fell asleep while driving with this story playing. I don't like giving negative reviews, but I just couldn't get into this one.

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    Candace Carter FORT COLLINS, CO, US 09-29-16
    Candace Carter FORT COLLINS, CO, US 09-29-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Annoying"

    Trying to be the political Forest Gump. It just kept going on and on and on.
    I didn't find it to be very funny or charming just long and drawn out. I was happy to see it go.

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    "Enjoyable, fun fluff"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a light, easy listen. The narration was spot on, and the story was fun. If you enjoy P. G. Wodehouse, you will probably have a great listen with this.

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    Rebecca J. Leamon Ellsworth, ME United States 09-26-16
    Rebecca J. Leamon Ellsworth, ME United States 09-26-16 Member Since 2013
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    "A Deadpan Romp Through History"

    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!

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    Amazon Customer Bentonville, AR, United States 09-24-16
    Amazon Customer Bentonville, AR, United States 09-24-16 Member Since 2012
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    "A fish called Wanda meets Forest Gump"

    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.

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    Diane 09-22-16
    Diane 09-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very interesting and different."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is an interesting story with twists and turns you wouldn't expect.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Eileen Mom5 Poughquag, NY United States 09-21-16
    Eileen Mom5 Poughquag, NY United States 09-21-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Reminded me of Forrest Gump with more vodka and less running"

    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

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    Di-zee 09-20-16
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    "Loved this interesting and very humorous book!"

    What a cast of characters, and travel through time with the main character. So interesting, funny and fun.

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