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
Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.
This is actually two stories in one--Allan's adventure once he climbs out the window to escape the hoopla of his 100th birthday and that of his life leading up to this event, told chronologically. Initially, I was a bit annoyed at the jumping back and forth and, mainly, at the story of Allan's earlier life. I felt I bought the book for the 100 year old's current adventure, not for his very political life history.
However, as the book continued, despite of my concerns, I found myself enjoying both story lines. Actually, this is a very funny book, and there were many parts that were laugh-out-loud for me. I particularly enjoyed the Einstein family members.
I finished the book feeling very positive about it. So, overall, I do recommend this as a light, entertaining, humorous read.
I forced myself to listen to half the book, but had to abandon it. It started out cute and interesting enough, but the turns the story took were just too weird and couldn't keep my attention. I can't recomment this one.
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.
I absolutely loved this book! The reader did a beautiful job and I don't think it could have been performed any better. A humorous story well told...like Jeeves meets Holes meets A Soldier of the Great War....I recommend without any reservation whatsoever.
A funny, unpredictable, epic, book with memorable characters and a resilient and somewhat cynical view of world history. In almost no way stereotypical-- highly creative.
This book is such fun! Filled with memorable characters and anchored by a true history (well, mostly true) of the atomic bomb in the 20th century.
The story is as improbable as the adventures of Forrest Gump and as wide-ranging as Candide. The narrator is great. Very straightforward and has the voice of a Swede with perfect English, which suits the tale to a tee.
If you need a break from the misery that is the current political climate, I highly recommend this. It's smart and silly and a great romp. I'm going to listen again with my husband in the car. pretty sure he'll love it too.
yes You end up wanting the 100 year old man to live to 200!
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