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.
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Excellent engaging novel...halfway in it began to feel like an inside story that only I had the privilege to uncover and read!
Reading allows me to travel through time; to visit the world's unique and stunning places. To become somebody I am not... It is glorious.
This is a lovely and odd little story about a lovely and odd little old man. Alan is introduced to us on his 100th birthday when he climbs out the window of his assisted living center. His journey takes the reader on a meandering path through time and place as Alan's life is told through flashbacks and memories with huge doses of humor and a surprising amount of history. I laughed out loud many times, prompting my family to question what I was laughing about. I was captivated by this man with the calm temperament, crazy life experiences, and wicked sense of humor.
Steven Crossley read the book perfectly. It felt as though he knew Alan - or was Alan. It felt as though he knew these events because he witnessed them. At the very least, Mr Crossly was enchanted by Alan much as I was.
I think I originally bought this audiobook because it sounded quirky and it was on sale. What a wonderful surprise! Dryly humorous and marvelously entertaining. Highly recommended. Get this audiobook even if it's not on sale!
I can see how some could find this story sort of charming and entertaining, but for me it was a bit too rambling. I could have stopped listening at any time and not wondered too much about what I was missing. Overall just 3 stars for me.
I did not read the print version, preferring to listen to books more often than not.
There were so many surprises, twists and turns. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I enjoyed how the author went back in time to tell the man's story. Kind of like a humorus Ken Fallett book, the story that could have been or the real story behind the story.
The 100 Year Old Man
100 Year Old Man made me laugh many times.
This book is much better than the movie. I tried to watch the movie after reading the book, but didn't finish it. Skip the movie. Hear the book.
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