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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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    BearMaster Tucson, AZ United States 07-09-15
    BearMaster Tucson, AZ United States 07-09-15 Member Since 2010

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    "An Enjoyable Forest Gump Like Ramble"

    An enjoyable Forrest Gump like ramble through the 20th century. A 21st century crime novel with a unique weapon.
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    damir164 dublin 07-03-15
    damir164 dublin 07-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Tedious, Pointless, Ridiculous Book"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The most tedious, infuriating and pointless book I have read. Its just one event after another with no drama, consequence or risk. Its like watching a bad Sunday cartoon. Regardless of where the main protagonist ends up he will land on his feet and be all right with absolutely no character development in sight. In books like these you are meant to like the character and forgive his luck and coincidences. But Allen is no Forrest Gump, his arrogance, ignorance and lack of any sort of emotion overshadow any whimsy the book is supposed to have. Like a robot, he just decides to leave a Gulag one day, and of course, within a few paragraphs he is out. No problem. Through all the crazy situations I was screaming, begging for something, anything of consequence to happen to Allen. It doesn't.

    The other wafer thin characters, like cartoons, switch from one character trait to another in an instant. Bad guys get murdered with no consequence while the good guys ride off into the sunset. Other switch sides in a sentence or two and unbelievably become good friends, forgiving everything that happened before.

    The book actually starts off well with an interesting premise. But it descends into farce really quickly. The last act of the book is typical, where Allen tries to act like a 'typical' old person and rambles and meanders when giving an interview to the inspector. Its infuriating, not funny and typical of the entire book.

    I cannot believe this has so many good reviews. I get that its meant to be funny but the writing style was too simple and patronising. I just hope that the humour was lost in the translation. It was an effort to finish it and I'm glad that now I can forget it.


    Has The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Absolutely, the writing style, although quirky at first loses its appeal very quickly. Its one thing to have a simple writing technique but this just sounds patronising and dull. It makes all of the situations that the main character is in even more ridiculous and without drama.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Steven Crossley?

    The book narrator is fine, he did well with a bad plot


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No, don't waste your time and money on this.


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    Verah 06-29-15
    Verah 06-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book"

    This book is defiantly in my top 5 I would recommend this book to all

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    Sarah 06-28-15
    Sarah 06-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Such a fun book!"

    This is a lighthearted tale but SO worth the time! Really sweet and entertaining, very creative how the author wove historical events into the main characters life tale.

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    Anne 06-27-15
    Anne 06-27-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Entertaining"

    Quirky and enjoyable. A Swedish Forrest Gump without the romantic sentimentalism. Never takes itself too seriously.

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    SkyForGameboy Brum 06-25-15
    SkyForGameboy Brum 06-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Performance, Dull story"

    Story petered out at the end, did not finish well. But the performance was strong, and overall it was amusing.

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    Ileene Sheeley 06-22-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Fabulous and humorous"

    I love this book. Can't wait to see the movie. A definite one of a kind novel unlike anything else I've ever read

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    Dawn NEWTON, MS, United States 06-19-15
    Dawn NEWTON, MS, United States 06-19-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyable"

    I'd really give the book a 3.5 star rating. It was a good book just not a great book.

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    kmonkulus 06-13-15
    kmonkulus 06-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Entertaining and lighthearted!"

    A fun listen! The storyline did get a bit repetitive in its determination to always choose an unexpected path, but it was still well worth listening to. The narration is fantastic.

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    a readernlistener MI USA 06-11-15
    a readernlistener MI USA 06-11-15 Member Since 2012

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    "For those who like to chuckle"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, AFTER I got over my need to peg and analyze and decided to suspend belief,i enjoyed it tremendously. As one review said, "It's not a book that causes one to laugh out loud, but you are chuckling through-out. In my book group all but one enjoyed it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the writer's sense of humor - his ability for original thought -


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

    No, this is the first time. It was well cone


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