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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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  • Lynn T.
    9/19/14
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    "Fantastic - what a clever book"

    What a web this man weaved! This story flits seamlessly between the past and the present and tells the most fascinating, eventful, colourful story of a seemingly simple man who lead the most extraordinary life. The author cleverly pieces together all the individual experiences this man had into a brilliantly well thought out plot. I cannot recommend this book enough (and I honestly didn't think it was going to be "my thing"). Stick with the beginning and by the end you will not be able to press the pause button. I was sad to finish it. Incidentally, if you do read it and like it then try "a man called Ove" afterwards.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anna
    9/2/14
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    "Brilliant, eloquent and funny :)"
    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?

    This book has a safe place among my top 10


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the story unfolds and the little unexpected turnings in that road


    Which character – as performed by Peter Kenny – was your favourite?

    Allan Karlsson


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

    Caracas's comment about the watermelon's relation to the cucumber made me laugh uncontrollably :D
    On the other hand, the fate of Allan's cat was heart breaking.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is endearing, a beautifully written story, which takes you on an enchanting story through Allan's life and the people's life he touches.
    The audio performance was engaging and captivating :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    REDHILL, United Kingdom
    9/1/14
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    "Fabulous!"

    What a brilliant book! It was promoted for ages, so I resisted buying it for ages, so glad I succumbed! Not what I had expected, and really interesting so you find yourself drawn in. Very 'Forest Gump' in the story line, but I loved it! Am listening again as there is so much detail I'm sure I've missed bits. Will probably be a book I listen to again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    London, United Kingdom
    8/25/14
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    "Awful"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Boring, narrators accent was irritating story was uninteresting not the laugh out loud book I was led to believe!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jonas Jonasson again?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M. G. Penfold
    Stirling UK
    8/15/14
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    "Escape from the Care Home"
    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The unlikely body count


    Any additional comments?

    This novel uses real historical events and weaves them into a funny (very) series of events of a mans life. My late mother was incarcerated in a care home and hated it, like the main character she escaped only her tale was not nearly as adventurous. A real dig at our culture of "health and safety" and "we know what is best for you".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pj
    Leicester
    8/7/14
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    "Disappointing"
    What disappointed you about The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared?

    I tried to read this as a printed book, but did not get very far. Given the rave reviews the book has received I thought I'd try listening to it instead, but still could not get on with it. I find the constant shifts of Allan Karlsson's situation, each one more unlikely than the next, made me feel as though I was caught is a cross between Monty Python and Forrest Gump. I could not finish it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I found the narration irritating - it sounded as though I was listening to a Blue Peter presenter. This one was not for me, sadly.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • T. Hamilton-james
    Bristol UK
    8/4/14
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    "Such a clever story"
    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?

    I've not read the book mainly because of time, but listening to this whilst i do other things has bought a new dimension to my life!


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

    The story is so full of naive and innocent moments - as though the old man must have Aspergers. He's a most likeable character and I kept laughing to myself all the way through. It's such a clever story. The innocence and naivety allowed them to get away with murder!


    What about Peter Kenny’s performance did you like?

    The narration by Peter Kenny was as versatile as it was faultless. It could not be improved on and certainly added to the pleasure of this audible experience.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pat. Kildare
    7/30/14
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    "Very enjoyable and entertaining tale"
    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?

    Great holiday listen


    What other book might you compare The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared to, and why?

    I really enjoyed this book and reminded me of the Leslie Thomas book - The Adventures of Goodnight and Loving, a great story of the accidental tourist who end up travelling around the world in a year. However, unlike 100 year old man he funds his own adventures by selling some of his stamp collection.


    What about Peter Kenny’s performance did you like?

    Listenable.


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

    Not really a laugh-out-loud book but certainly light hearted.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SN
    YORK, United Kingdom
    7/29/14
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    "I could not stop chuckling with laughter...."
    Would you listen to The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared again? Why?

    I found the story so implausible yet so absorbing that I could not stop listening. I also found that I could not stop laughing.


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

    Falling in and then out with Stalin. Running into first Mao Tse Tungs' wife, and later Mao himself. Hard to pinpoint any one event. All good.


    What about Peter Kenny’s performance did you like?

    The correct pronunciation of Swedish place names, said in English regional accents was very well done by the narrator.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    No - I just enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/27/14
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    "Brilliant !!"
    Would you listen to The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared again? Why?

    Yes !! I have already started to listen to it again !


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was funny and entertaining. The characters are brilliant and the storyline kept me interested from start to finish.


    Which character – as performed by Peter Kenny – was your favourite?

    So many to choose from as I loved them all. Obviously The Little Old Man was good and I loved Sonia !


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

    Don't want to say too much but the cigarette in the coffee bit made me laugh out loud !!


    Any additional comments?

    A must read !! Can't wait for the movie !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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