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

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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  • Mr
    2/22/16
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    "Very Entertaining"

    Alan is such an amazing character and I absolutely love the adventures he has been on.

    Excellent story which is funny and leaves you wanting more.

    Highly recommend this great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Little Expertise and Less Intelligence
    2/22/16
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    "A Hitchhiker’s Guide to a Cold War Climate"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    If I had discovered this was a first and unsuccessful novel written by Douglas Adams under a Swedish pseudonym it wouldn’t have surprised me. Albeit in a different setting it was a not too dissimilar construct that took the reader on an over-fortuitous and earth-bound jaunt through fairly recent history and encounters with the major world leaders of that time. A little too contrived to be remotely believable and not bizarre enough to amuse.


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

    This is my first experience of Peter Kenny’s performances and felt it was very competently narrated. However, although his voice had an ‘easy listening’ quality I found the one adopted for the 100 year old Alan was deeply annoying. Perhaps Peter is too young and needs to wait 50 or 60 years before attempting it again.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Bought the DVD.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    2/22/16
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    "loved!"

    i just loved this book it's hilarious and it was performed brilliantly! highly recommend it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    UK
    2/22/16
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    "Entertaining, enthralling and a darn good listen."
    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?

    A Life Lived


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

    To me its quite unique, although my literay knowledge is quite poor I know if nothing quite like it, how books are written about a centenarian.


    What about Peter Kenny’s performance did you like?

    Amazing performance by Peter Kenny, so many voices, accents and tones. Undoubtedly one of the best read books I have listened to, never has one narrator given so much character to one book. You can almost be with Allan as he travvels around.


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

    The man who shaped a world!


    Any additional comments?

    Amusing, not laugh out loud humour its not intended to be like that but it is funny and quirky. Great characters, a great story a truly wonderful listen. All characters are plausible, likeable and well developed. Some great characters Sonia, Herbert, Amanda to name but a few. One of those books that will just be as enjoyable the second time around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sigrin
    Valdisere, France
    1/5/16
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    "LOL"

    This was a as good as the hype that surrounded the book.

    Allan is such a great character and you could not help but love him, it will make you look twice at old people and what stories they could tell if you asked them!

    I see another review has compared it with Forrest Gump which is true, and I can see this being made in to a film, hopefully by some British production company as they will hopefully show the black humour better than any Hollywood production.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrea
    Canvey Island, United Kingdom
    12/25/15
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    "An enjoyable listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I only decided to get this book as recommended by a friend and am pleased I did as I really enjoyed it.


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

    This is the first book Iv read by Peater Kenny but I would defiantly read more from him in the future.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is defiantly worth a go, seems far fetched in places but still a great book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gustav
    London, United Kingdom
    12/22/15
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    "One hell of a story from unexpected characters"

    Like a Swedish version of Forest Gump, only way better and with more charm and wit than anything I've read in a long long time. The characters, oh, the characters! The people you'll meet in this story will charm the pants off you! I laughed out loud, for real, time and time again. I longer to return to the book to see what bizarre adventure this old man was going to have 'on the next page'. Must read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • science boff
    England
    12/9/15
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    "Out of the ordinary"

    This book was a completely different read. Quirky, funny, murderous, off the wall and unbelievable. I enjoyed it immensely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth
    12/8/15
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    "I just loved this book and laughed continually"
    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?

    Near the top for fun and good listening


    What did you like best about this story?

    The accidental come-uppance and riddance of the baddies


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

    The old man


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

    Don't underestimate the elderly


    Any additional comments?

    The slightly amoral tone to the whole tale but no one undeserving gets hurt

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Happy
    12/5/15
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    "A Really Good Yarn"

    This as my title says was a really good yarn. The story is of the life and times of a gentleman who has just reached his 100th birthday. The tales are tall and impressive and never boring. The story goes back and forth between the present and the past and there is never a dull moment. It is a really easy listen and the narrater is really good and has a nice pleasant voice. I listened to it commuting back and forth to work and this made the journey go much quicker.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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