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
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!
It comically weaved historical events into a hilarious plot-- it was seamless.
My favorite part was when Herbert and Allen were together sneaking into North Korea.
The commentator was excellent.
This is very entertaining and humorous book. I would rank it 8 out of 10 on the must read.
Performer was great. He definitely kept my attention and was audible.
I listened to this over a course of weeks in my carpool.
Ok I am addicted to Audible.
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.
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.
Performer/musician/writer in transition; inspired by traveling & people stories from all cultures. Listening is easier on the eyes.
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!
It was a dark humor reminder that we can never assume we know all there is to know about a person.
I enjoyed the Elephant and the reprisal of Eisenhower
a belief in the rationality to the decisions and the circumstances
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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