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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

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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    Craig Council, NC, United States 03-07-16
    Craig Council, NC, United States 03-07-16 Member Since 2009

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    "Just Fun"
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    This book is not deep or complicated. It is a fun book to listen to. I have a hour drive home from work and it was a great way to unwind and de-stress from the day. I'm going to start planning my hundredth birthday now. We need more books like it!

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    Douglas 03-05-16
    Douglas 03-05-16
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    "Read it now!"
    What did you love best about The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared?

    It comically weaved historical events into a hilarious plot-- it was seamless.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared?

    My favorite part was when Herbert and Allen were together sneaking into North Korea.


    Any additional comments?

    The commentator was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Mac 02-26-16
    C. Mac 02-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Winnie the Pooh meets Forrest Gump"
    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?

    This is very entertaining and humorous book. I would rank it 8 out of 10 on the must read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Humor


    What about Steven Crossley’s performance did you like?

    Performer was great. He definitely kept my attention and was audible.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to this over a course of weeks in my carpool.


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    Amazon Customer 02-20-16

    Ok I am addicted to Audible.

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    "Fun book!"
    If you could sum up The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared in three words, what would they be?

    I like it when I am in public listening to a book and laugh out loud and everyone thinks I am crazy. This is that kid of book.


    What other book might you compare The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared to and why?

    Forrest Gump


    Which character – as performed by Steven Crossley – was your favorite?

    Alan Carlson


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh


    Any additional comments?

    See above

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    Sherri 02-19-16
    Sherri 02-19-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Wow! what a yarn..."
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    This story is so unbelievable that it's adorable. Yanno, like the truth is stranger than fiction? But this is fiction, so the truth would be truly bizarre... I enjoyed it immensely, had no trouble keeping track of the story line or numerous characters.

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    trent 02-17-16
    trent 02-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "loved it"

    this was hilarious. a fun light read
    almost a Forrest Gump type story
    loved the characters as well too

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    Darcie United States 02-03-16
    Darcie United States 02-03-16 Member Since 2011

    Performer/musician/writer in transition; inspired by traveling & people stories from all cultures. Listening is easier on the eyes.

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    "Fantastic!"

    I loved listening to this, didn't want it to end. Often enough, I need to overlook something in the narration of audiobooks so not to be bothered, but not the case here. Although, it would be interesting (to me) to hear how another narrator might interpret. Not that I had any issues with Steven Crossley; just out of curiosity – would the essence be as light with a different reading of these same words? Did he accentuate the serendipitous nature of the story?
    If I had more detailed knowledge of the world politics and history of the wars during this 100 year span, I may have enjoyed it even more. Either that, or the opposite... it's hard to tell!


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    Linda 01-19-16
    Linda 01-19-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Never Judge the Book by its cover"
    What made the experience of listening to The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared the most enjoyable?

    It was a dark humor reminder that we can never assume we know all there is to know about a person.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared?

    I enjoyed the Elephant and the reprisal of Eisenhower


    What does Steven Crossley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    a belief in the rationality to the decisions and the circumstances


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    Janis F. 01-10-16
    Janis F. 01-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A Wonderful, 100 Year Adventure Story"

    I am listening again! The first hearing was filled with unusual twists and turns, surprises that were wonderfully woven into the unique tale of this centenarian's life. So much fun, I'm enjoying the narration by Steven Crossley who delivers the story's humor so well; I'm hearing new details, and continuing to laugh out loud at Allan Karlsson's improbable situations as his past and present fuse.

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    Sami 12-26-15
    Sami 12-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing"

    The story has loveable characters, and the narrator was really a cherry on top. The book was great.

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