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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loved the present-day party of the story, but the back story was too forest gump for me. just not that great.
Really wanted to like this, but like Allan politics does not hold my attention and most of his fantastical adventures revolved around politics. Noticed my attention waning around chapter 13. Finished it, but didn't enjoy listening for very long at a time.
I found this a very enjoyable, relaxing story to listen to while driving. It made me willing to live long enough to be live such an adventure. Narration was excellent.
This is a charming and hilariously funny story about an incredible man who gets forgotten in his agedness. It is a compelling fictional story that should drive all of us to pay closer attention to the elderly and their life stories because frankly, people like Alan Caarlson do exist in reality and are often just parked in a nursing home and forgotten.
Of course Alan. He is the central figure. A man who lived his life as he thought it should be lived and through it all maintained a positive and hopeful attitude about his future.
The odd thing is that the book is set in Sweden yet voiced by a fantastic Brit. It works. It reminds you of listening to Monty Python and the hilarity than can come from the well written English word when voiced by the originators of the language.
The Best Book to Read if You Want a Break From Serious Study.
I picked this book up on a lark during an Audible sale. I found that it was well worth the listen and was entertaining and fascinating in its depth and creativity. It is ridiculous and sensible and just plausible enough at times to make one wonder if there wasn't and inspiration behind it. Again it illustrated why we should pursue our own course and freedom and be very suspect of the emerging central control around us. The color of life is lost when we fail to pursue the path made uniquely for us.
It was a lovely book. A page-turner, if I could say so for an audio book. It certainly gets you hooked. The only one thing that irks me is the fact that there are so few female characters, and the ones there, are uninteresting and unintelligent.
The narrator's awesome, though, I find myself trying to speak like him after listening to this book.
I enjoyed the book although since it jumped around and often mentioned more characters than I could keep track of, it was a bit difficult to listen to on audio. If I'd had the actual book I definitely would've turned back to reference pages every once in a while.
Though very strange, the book kept me reading because there was enough mystery and excitement in it to want to know how it would turn out. A "Forrest Gump" sort of old man, this centurion has lived it all. Prompted many smiles throughout.
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