As delightfully wry and witty as his best-selling debut, The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, this is a tale of how one young woman's attempt to change her future ends up changing everything.
On 14th June, 2007, the King of Sweden disappears. In 1994 South Africa dismantles six missiles, developed during its brief nuclear weapons programme. In 1961 Nombeko Mayeki is born in a Soweto shack. Seemingly destined for a life nasty, brutish, and short, her path takes an entirely unpredictable turn. Because really this story is all about the seventh South African missile - the one that was never supposed to have existed. The one that Nombeko knows far too much about.
So now she's on the run and running into twins who are officially one person, a Vietnam vet, and a potato-loving Baroness. But the fate of the King of Sweden, and indeed the world, will remain on her shoulders alone.
©2014 Jonas Jonasson (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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"An Intellectual Laugh-out-loud Read!!"
THIS IS MY FAVOURITE AUDIBLE BOOK FOR THE YEAR 2015!!
This book got me laughing and intrigued within the first 2-3 minutes! With my ribs aching from laughter, and my mind so stimulated and demanding more, I had to set aside the book as one best read in the company of my spouse! And that we did - we'd look forward to our bedtime in anticipation of listening to the book together for at least an hour every night and then the next day, we'd reminisce over the parts of the story that'd made us laugh and try to figure out where the author would take us next. And it's not just the content that's so hilarious, it's the narrator too - I actually think the narrator made this book a success and delivered it so well as to draw out the author's intended reaction from the readers.
At every junction, you're left believing things couldn't get any worse or better or funnier or more complex, but they do all the way til the very end!! The inclusion of elements of history, science and maths, might serve to keep the reader intellectually stimulated, but honestly, they all add to the hilarity and madness of the story. Just think, how is it that a black African girl from an impoverished background and living in the slums of Johannesburg in South Africa can end up saving the Swedish king? This book is an intellectually stimulating laugh-out-read that will get you questioning your history knowledge and believing in the impossible!!!
"if you enjoyed the 100 year old man. .."
I really enjoyed the 100 year old man... the story and the great narration. If you did too then I think you'll enjoy this next story as much as I did. I was laughing within minutes and it continued throughout. ..
"Enjoyable but not quite 5-stars"
I purchased this after loving "The 100-year old man...". It's written in the same style and very imaginative, but I have only given this one 4 stars since for me the second half dragged a little bit. Having said that, I'd still recommend it if you enjoyed Jonasson's first book. I think Peter Kenny does a great job narrating.
"Outstanding story , outstanding narration."
Another gripping, laugh out loud international story. Best narrator ever. Even better than its predecessor.
extremely well narrated. lots of twists and turns with great characters. would listen to it again
"Great book really appealed to my sense of humour"
Clever funny improbable
Similar humour to the hundred year man.
The matter of fact style of delivery
Modern history wrapped in a black comedy
Cannot get enough of this author
"As delightful as the Hundred Year Old Man"
If you liked Hundred Year Old Man, you'll like this. Same way of telling a story, same sewing together of various characters and scenes, same wit and wisdom. Just delightful. The only thing I would say is don't read it too soon after The Man, I would find it too similar one after the other.
"Fantastic - put a massive smile on my face"
This has to be one of my favourite - smart, intelligent, witty and chock full of charm
The moment that I realised the story had taken us from the slums of South Africa cleaning out toilets, to sitting in the back of a potato truck with the King and Prime Minister of Sweden and a 3-mega-tonne nuclear bomb. Absolutely brilliant.
He manages to perfectly capture the dry wit of the book and is a pleasure to listen to.
Many a time, despite the dry humour this was a book that definitely has a heart. (But to give too much away would spoil the fun of those who haven't yet read it.)
If you like The 100 Year Old Man who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared then you'll love this
"History meets fiction"
Another cracking listen/ read from Jonas Jonasson . I selected this title because I had previously listened to 'The 100 year old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared' and liked how the author had mixed historical fact into fiction in an exciting and amusing way. This book does the same and was an enjoyable listen.
Peter Kenny is at the helm once again as narrator and his range of accents are believable . His style of narration is different and takes a while to get into at first but once the story hooks you , you're on your way. Recommend .
"If you like the 100 year old man, you'll enjoy thi"
I like Jonas " unlikely but possible" style of writing
The king at dinner flirting with Gertrude
The beginning describing the hard life of Nambako as a young girl
If you couldn't get into Jonas other novel " the story of the 100 year old man you disappeared.." Then you will struggle with this too as he has a certain style- I loved both.
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