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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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    t dude 12-23-15
    t dude 12-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very entertaining!"

    I loved the story; the narrator was perfect. Picked up a copy for my dad!

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    Susan W Los Angeles 12-15-15
    Susan W Los Angeles 12-15-15
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    "Fun Listen"

    Caught this delightful movie on Amazon Prime, my mother and I never laughed so hard, of course I had to check out the book. Though I enjoyed the movie immensely, the book is far better (always is), it was an easy listen.

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    Alex 12-15-15
    Alex 12-15-15
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    "Love, love, love it!"

    Great story. Loved it from beginning to end. Lots of humor and colorful creative takes on historic events. The main character is easy to like.

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    Aneka 12-13-15
    Aneka 12-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Delightful!"

    This book is wonderful. Simply a pleasure to listen to this narration as well. The book is silly, smart and thoughtful and fun.
    The story moves seamlessly between the "current" day's story and the main character's wonderfully outrageous history. I didn't want it to end and the moment it did I bought the author's second book.

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    M B Snow 12-11-15
    M B Snow 12-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Douglas Adams meets Forrest Gump and Big Labowski"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Would recommend highly if you are a fan of well written farce. Pithy humor and well written dialogue are reminiscent of Douglas Adams and P.G. Wodehouse.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Besides Alan, I think Beauty is my favorite. A self reliant, smart, rough talking dame that knows how to play a part of piety well when called upon.


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    An all around fun read. Noticed that it is now a movie available on Amazon Prime but wanted to read the book first. Now I can't wait to pop some corn and watch this story unfold on the big screen. Have to wait until the Husband has read the book, too. Don't want to spoil it for him.

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    Peter Banyule, Australia 12-11-15
    Peter Banyule, Australia 12-11-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Brilliant"

    Loved it. I was hoping it would never end. Great characters and a fantastic story.

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    7Turns 12-10-15
    7Turns 12-10-15 Member Since 2015

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    "History influenced satire"

    This delightful book retraces past events and adventures and subsequent happenings of Alan Carlson after he escaped his 100th birthday celebration. Alan's past events are filled with historical characters and related events over that century. His current happening's chapters are followed by retellings of his past which intertwine throughout. The satire had me chuckling and at times laughing out loud. Very entertaining.

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    Carl 12-10-15
    Carl 12-10-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Delightful !"

    What a delightful story! This was an intricate story that was mostly focused in the present but included the 100 years worth of adventures of the 100-year-old man. His adventures were of the Forrest Gump sort, but remained entertaining. And of course, all of the intricate threads come together nicely! The aged protagonist is likeable, optimistic , and easy going. Now, this story wouldn't have worked for me as a book to read because I tend to skim over detail. As an audible book, I had no choice but to listen to every painstaking moment and that's what made this story so good!

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    Lesa M. Scheifele 12-07-15
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    "A long winded but funny tale."

    This book is best for those who enjoy a meandering tale. The book has two main time lines interwoven...the current 100 year old man, and his life starting from childhood in Sweden. There is humor built in for history buffs. (Turns out this old guy got around over the years to have dinner with and help out President Truman, Stalin, and a host of other historical figures.) I'm more a sci-fi person and picked this book up for a change of pace. By the midpoint of the book, I was ready for it to end. It felt repetitive. The last third of the book picked up again and I enjoyed the last quarter. The humor in the book is pretty good and I laughed out loud in a few places.

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    J. Van Der Poll Den Haag, zh Netherlands 12-06-15
    J. Van Der Poll Den Haag, zh Netherlands 12-06-15 Member Since 2009

    Running Gag

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    "Only just not enough sillyness"

    It's a bit of fun but for me it didn't have enough substance to enjoy it all the way to the end. Did finish it of course but was mentally done with it the last few chapters.

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