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The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared | [Jonas Jonasson]

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn't want to begin: his one-hundredth birthday party. Escaping through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several deaths, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent but very human police.
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Publisher's Summary

Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn't want to begin: his 100th birthday party. Escaping through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several deaths, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent but very human police. As his escapades unfold, Allan's earlier life is revealed, and we discover that he played a key role behind the scenes in some of the momentous events of the 20th century.

This ‘imaginative, laugh-out-loud bestseller’ (Daily Telegraph) has sold more than two million printed copies.

©2009 Jonas Jonasson (P)2012 Strathmore Publishing Ltd

What the Critics Say

“Like Forrest Gump, Allan is an innocent with the knack of being in the right place at the right time. He has had a hand in everything from the Russian revolution to Reagan's Star Wars. Like Allan, the plot is pleasingly nimble and the book's endearing charm offers a happy alternative to the more familiar Nordic noir.” (The Guardian)

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  • Jacqueline
    1/11/15
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    "Quirky entertainment"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes its fun and easy listening


    What about Peter Kenny’s performance did you like?

    I found his very British accent hard to reconcile with the Swedish names and places. It was quite distracting in parts.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No too long.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zoe
    1/1/15
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    "A hit novel, enhanced further by great performance"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version, but the way it is delivered by Peter Kenny is simply brilliant! He gets the tone just right & instead of making the simplicity of the prose seem patronising, turns it into an almost ironic, Winnie the Pooh-like brilliance. Better than the film too


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way that such a smorgasbord of characters interact & work together in such a strange set of circumstances. This seems to be a particular forte of Jonas Jonasson.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    There is one part in the story where an elephant saves everyone from something very bad in a very amusing way. I won't say more, but this scene is particularly vivid, amongst many many enjoyable scenes.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Swedish Forrest Gump but less crude.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the hype.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • C. Whittaker
    Cornwall
    12/30/14
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    "Superb"

    Absolutely thoroughly enjoyed everything about this book. Fantastic plot, quirky characters and interesting insights into bits of history (kind of).
    Highly recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Justin
    12/21/14
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    "Not as exciting as it should be"

    Although this tale is one of fairly epic proportions I felt that it was a little dull. There were a number of chapters that seemed to drag on for ages and although the character was doing something quite exciting things it wasn't as exciting for the listener. I'm not sure whether it was the narration or the writing but a lot of the time it felt as if it were being explained to a child.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anita
    12/14/14
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    "An interesting and entertain story"

    I watched the movie and was interested to see how the book compares.
    Peter Kenny brought the story to life weaving a wonderful audible sound track through the live of Allan Karlsson. The way the chapters move between past and present was very well done so it didn't jar as some books that move can do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • laura chesworth
    12/7/14
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    "Quirky yet funny"
    What did you like most about The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared?

    I wasnt entirely sure what to expect from this audiobook when I bought it but was pleasantly surprised. My favourite part was the main character whose life experienced surprised me at every turn.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared?

    The training of the elephant...an unexpected character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The feeling of this old man living in the confines of an old people's home moved me. Reassuring to know his life was in all likelihood the richest of all!


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth a listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dr Roderick Lane
    12/7/14
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    "Loved it - bonkers idea - but it worked"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed this book, which was recommended to me. I now recommend to you all!Very easy to listen to, very funny, and very enjoyable. The book jumps from past to present, seamlessly. I was sad when I had finished it, which I always think a great recommendation.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character was obviously the key to the whole story. The importance of his role in history yet his complete innocence of his involvement was really touching.


    What does Peter Kenny bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The narrator was particularly good at differentiating between characters, which I think makes a huge difference when listening to, rather than reading a book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was captivated from the start - from such small beginnings emerge an intriguing tale.


    Any additional comments?

    I would really recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ashish
    12/2/14
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    "Highly Intelligent Laugh out Riot!"
    If you could sum up The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared in three words, what would they be?

    Intelligent
    Funny
    Historical


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared?

    The whole book! Each chapter a memorable experience.


    Have you listened to any of Peter Kenny’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Simply outstanding. A performance to listen to before you die.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Don't forget to bring in your handkerchiefs to wife away the tears of laughter!


    Any additional comments?

    Why did it have to end! A book that will live in my memory for the rest of my life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Bourne, Lincs, United Kingdom
    11/30/14
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    "Superbly different!"
    What did you like most about The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared?

    This was one of the best books I have listened to. The story was far fetched but very entertaining.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared?

    It is impossible to say which was the best bit as there were so many laugh out loud times.
    Including the fact he was in the home as he had blown his house up!
    Also his constant travels and the many important people he met during them.


    What about Peter Kenny’s performance did you like?

    All very good


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • malcolm
    Anstruther, United Kingdom
    11/24/14
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    "Great listen, brilliant"
    Where does The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    very highly, you will enjoy this book, I bought it on a whim and really did not regret it


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    it made me laugh, but it has great content throughout


    Any additional comments?

    well worth a listening

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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