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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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