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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it was a fantastic story and i found it so easy to read. really enjoyed it.
I started off quite liking this book as it was quite funny but as it went on and on and on it got sillier and sillier and I returned it after listening to half of it. Far too long. If it were a fim it would be of the Buster Keaton or Laural and Hardy ilk. It was only the narrator who made me listen as far as I did and I will look out for him reading other books.
"No suspense or emotion"
The story seemed to list events happening as if they were facts, taking no care for description of characters feelings and emotions. You could not connect with any of them and felt no tension or suspense throughout.
"great narration, very funny"
loved this book. made me laugh out loud and was a great holiday read. very easy to dip in and out of and the reader has a great voice. thoroughly enjoyed it
"Forrest Gump in slippers"
The title sounds odd until you meet the man who climbed out of the window.
I got about 30 minutes in but had to stop because the narrators voice was way too annoying.
"Very enjoyable indeed"
I enjoyed this book, it was fun & easy to listen to.
I would definitely like to listen to more books by the same author & read by this reader who read very well.
I'm glad that I had it on audiobook rather than reading it because of all the Non English names etc , I always really struggle with what looks like complicated and difficult to read words (I am dyslexic if we are looking for a reason).
If you get a chance then my advice is to give it a whirl.
The narrator was genius. Such a clever & talented man who made the story very funny indeed, more so than I think just reading the book would have been. I don't think I would have read some of the characters with a North England accent (in my head), but his audible adaptation was so very funny.
It felt in parts just like the concept of Forrest Gump, a man who accidentally falls into situations and has luck with him all the way. Towards the end, I was getting a tad fed up of all the scenario's, but still an excellent book which I would recommend to anyone who wants to cheer themselves up with a giggle.
He is the best narrator I have yet heard, and there have been some exceptional ones along the way. He is such a talented man. His range of accents was impressive, even perfecting a Far Eastern woman who had lived in the States for a long while, which he managed to emulate. I loved the fact that when the humour was deadpan, he chose to use a Northern accent - hilarious. I don't think I've listened to a book so far & actually laughed out loud, but the elephant that sat on the criminal was so funny as was the deadpan comment about the deceased body count. So amusing.
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I wondered, as I listened to the book, whether the author is a typical swede in his sense of humour? If so, I would like to spend more time in Sweden. It was so amusingly written, and quirky too - just up my Strasse.
"Would definately recommened"
The narrator is excellent - wonderful accents. Story is engaging and funny - think Forest Gump with fewer morals a a vodka.
Such a wonderful story teller. Reminds me of Tom Robbins. Unique characters that you'd love to spend time with. And so well read by Peter Kenny. Can't recommend highly enough.
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