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
“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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Yes its fun and easy listening
I found his very British accent hard to reconcile with the Swedish names and places. It was quite distracting in parts.
No too long.
"A hit novel, enhanced further by great performance"
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
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.
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.
Swedish Forrest Gump but less crude.
Worth the hype.
Absolutely thoroughly enjoyed everything about this book. Fantastic plot, quirky characters and interesting insights into bits of history (kind of).
"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.
"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.
"Quirky yet funny"
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.
The training of the elephant...an unexpected character.
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!
Well worth a listen!
"Loved it - bonkers idea - but it worked"
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.
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.
The narrator was particularly good at differentiating between characters, which I think makes a huge difference when listening to, rather than reading a book.
I was captivated from the start - from such small beginnings emerge an intriguing tale.
I would really recommend this book.
"Highly Intelligent Laugh out Riot!"
The whole book! Each chapter a memorable experience.
Simply outstanding. A performance to listen to before you die.
Don't forget to bring in your handkerchiefs to wife away the tears of laughter!
Why did it have to end! A book that will live in my memory for the rest of my life.
This was one of the best books I have listened to. The story was far fetched but very entertaining.
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.
All very good
"Great listen, brilliant"
very highly, you will enjoy this book, I bought it on a whim and really did not regret it
it made me laugh, but it has great content throughout
well worth a listening
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