The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules is an incredibly quirky, humorous, and warm-hearted story about growing old disgracefully - and breaking all the rules along the way! 79-year-old Martha Andersson dreams of escaping her care home and robbing a bank. She has no intention of spending the rest of her days in an armchair and is determined to fund her way to a much more exciting lifestyle.
Along with her four oldest friends - otherwise known as the League of Pensioners - Martha decides to rebel against all of the rules imposed upon them. Together, they cause an uproar with their antics protesting against early bedtimes and plasticky meals. As the elderly friends become more daring, they hatch a cunning plan to break out of the dreary care home and land themselves in a far more attractive Stockholm establishment. With the aid of their Zimmer frames, they resolve to stand up for old-aged pensioners everywhere - Robin Hood style. And that's when the adventure really takes off...
Perfect for fans of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Translated by Rod Bradbury.
©2012 Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg (P)2013 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd
It is a long book. Within it there are 3 sections in each of which a significant crime is committed. This is a great structure. But the book is filled with back story and explanation of character's observations and responses. Personally I think it needs a very severe edit in order to bring the focus much more clearly onto the crimes and their intentions and results.
Less words. Too many descriptions and backstories.
None of the scenes was particularly memorable to me. In spite of all the explanations and descriptions, the characters did not come alive to me. Having said that, I still think the concept in the book is terrific - that of elderly people grabbing life by the throat and shaking the gold from it.
I haven't started planning a crime spree, but I think I will be very vigorous in editing my own writing.
So - I think - listen to this story when you need a long and meandering tale that has excellent concepts in it - grey power and the Zimmer Frame Gang standing up against the inequalities in their world - and told in a slightly amused, slightly ironic voice. But don't expect anything profound.
"The League of Pensioners, an inspiration to us all"
Didnt read the book
The Clever Plot(s) and the realistic characters were a joy
Made me laugh in Places
I would recommend this as a great listen.
"Enjoyable but really wanted it to end"
Excellently narrated. Many twists and turns, some a bit far fetched. However I would recommend.
loved every moment! laughed out loud frequently! I want to be one a gang like this in my 3rd age! The story set my imagination alight and it was like watching a movie inside my head!
soo much fun!
"Stupid and immoral, but a lovely narrator"
All the characters lack the most basic reasoning powers or sense of right and wrong. It's completely implausible and the characterization is poor. However the narrator has a lovely Scandinavian accent and does a good job with poor material. She is the only reason I even listened to the whole book, and I'm sorry that I did
Can't wait to listen to next book, slowish to start but then got my attention, crime, comedy, and a little true to life in the way us silver surfers are thought of even in Great Britain but shows we've still plenty to say and plenty to do before we go. A book to be enjoyed by all.
"OAP'S WITH ATTITUDE! "
Really enjoyed this, each character had been excellently thought out, Can't wait too read followUp! Well done to the author for a great idea of a book!
"Terrible - don't waste your money"
Absolutely not - on either count
I don't think it's salvageable. The strory line was weak, the pace dragged, the characters were shallow and unconvincing.
No - it was really annoying! Very patronising style, as if she was reading to a child.
All of them!
"A fun, easy listener"
It was the easy to follow characters and the unexpected antics they get up to. Quite a few humorous moments.
I can't really compare the audio version with the print as I haven't read the book. However the characterisation in the narration was superb so I don't imagine the audio version would dissappoint anyone who enjoyed the printed book.
I loved the whole concept of the older group of friends taking matters into their own hands. The idea that they would be better treated in prison rather than the residential care home is disturbing and believable in equal measure and their antics were hilarious! I will admit that there were brief moments where I found some of their adventure stretched the plausibility to breaking point, but these were brief and most of the time I was happily carried along with teh adventure
I loved Martha, and I also enjoyed the way regional accents were added to the characters - although the characters were Swedish with associated accents in the tale, adding British regional accents to the characters helped make them more real and relatable to me (I wouldn't have related to Swedish regional differences in accent in the same way)
The way Martha and Brains felt about being placed in separate prisons, when they had not considered this before it happened along with the way they communicated to each other was delightful.
I just really enjoyed it!
"I wouldn't bother"
If the plot hadn't hinged entirely on everybody being completely clueless and the police force totally inept. I mean, come ON! You look at security footage of an old lady behaving suspiciously in front of one of the stolen paintings, same old lady reports that she's seen a mugger which is nowere to be found on aforementioned security footage and you don't think there might be a connection there? Really??? Also, if a retirement home wants to file a missing person report, you don't just brush it off with "they're adults, they'll turn up."
No idea. Not this author, though. Not this narrator either.
So SQUEAKY! Some of the characters were narrated in such high-pitched voices only a bat would have been able to hear it.
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