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Publisher's Summary

After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot-dog stand operator, and an elephant (not to mention a death by elephant).

Quirky and utterly unique, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared has charmed over 2 million people around the world.

©2009 Jonas Jonasson (P)2012 AudioGO

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Will Have to Re-Read

My mind wandered a lot while listening to this book...just a lot of characters and a lot going on. But the parts I did retain were wonderful and entertaining. Jonasson's style of writing reminds me a bit of Fredrik Backman. They both have a way of bringing such life to their characters.

I loved the character of Alan. Simple and laid back with a special talent for bomb building. The story bounces back and forth between Alan's present day adventure, and his escapades of years past. In doing so, there's a bit of historical fiction, which I love. Totally far fetched, but I appreciated the humor in it. I might re-read or listen to this book again at some point since, as I said, my mind wandered a lot and I couldn't keep up with all of the characters.

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  • 11-09-17

Such a fun listen

Great story, well written and well narrated. Loved all of the characters - both heros and fools. Would highly recommend.

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Most Entertaining!!!

This is one of the best books I’ve ever read or listened to. The plot & character development had me thoroughly entertained. What a humorous life adventure of Alan!

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A hilarious series of random encounters

This book has a hilarious undertone and a great overall story. The main characters attitude throughout his life is inspiring. Great book. read it. love it. share it.

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best stories I have read in a very long time!

the story roll along so well from beginning to end and I wish I could have met Alan Carlson myself!

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History and comedy in the same book?

This story was very entertaining. I never knew that Alan had such a strong influence on global history. The positive tone of this book makes it a great story that you can listen to over and over again.

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Quite a Tale

I enjoyed the 'adventures' and the humor. But the amount of profanity was excessive and not needed.

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evcellent

wonderful light-heArted story very good read funny and inspiring go go go go go done

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Forest Gump but more interesting

I’m not a Forest Gump fan but while this story is as unbelievable and absurd, it is more interesting and has a satisfying conclusion

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One hundred year old man climbs out of the window and disappeared

Loved it!! Laughed and stopped to say 'wait...what ?' And read more of it. You'll love Alan, Janus, Beauty and all the historical characters ..then you get to the end and are stunned by the funny. Enjoy