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The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared Audiobook

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared Audiobook

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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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    Patricia 06-16-13
    Patricia 06-16-13

    Writing reviews is work. Therefore, I need to be really happy or really unhappy with a book to write one.

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    "Not your typical Swedish hero!"

    It was good to find that a Swedish writer could write something that did NOT endanger your mental health. With its echoes (pronounced) of Forest Gump and (faint) Crytonomicon, this book is a terrific antidote to the usual dour northern european crime fiction. It is a great romp with the perfect narrator. As it says in its introduction, "those who only says what is the truth, they're not worth listening to..." Go ahead, suspend your disbelief and enjoy!

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    John NJ, United States 01-27-14
    John NJ, United States 01-27-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Funny story, enjoyable"

    I usually listen to police procedurals (or sometimes spy novels), but felt like change and tried this. It was quite fun and interesting. Can't say it was one of my favorites, but i'm definitely glad i listened, and would do so again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 11-18-13
    Linda 11-18-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Totally outrageous, but a fun romp through history"

    Ok, don't get too analytical with this
    Audible book. It's a little like "a 100 year old Forest Gump with a flat affect who accidentally kills a few bad guys" ...saying " oh, well...What's for dinner" afterwards
    .... Just enjoy the great narration, unlikely story, and think of this outrageous romp as your hiatus from heavy, meaningful literature, a breath of snarky, but fresh air, and stop trying to decide if this is as good as your last listen.
    Take it for what it is, pure, unadulterated balderdash, and lots of fun. I enjoyed every quirky, crazy, unlikely minute....

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 01-12-14
    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 01-12-14 Member Since 2010

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    "humor but no heart to me"

    I found myself smiling often at the start of this comic novel, but the humor in the story was not enough to sustain me. The novel seems to alternate between present (somewhat entertaining) and past (not very entertaining to me). About a third of the way through, I decided to stop and start a book I would like better. If British humor is your thing, you might be very entertained by this novel. It just wasn't for me.

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    The Dark Side 10-09-16 Member Since 2013

    I have literally a few thousand audible books, I have Parkinson's, always an avid reader. I tend toward horror, paranormal, love Vampires .

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    "One of my favorite Audibooks ever !"
    What did you love best about The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared?

    Allans easy going attitude and all his historic feats.


    What other book might you compare The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared to and why?

    Big Fish is the only book that is similar that I've read. His claims make him seem senile, but after speaking to him, and fact checking. I mean who calls the president by his first name. It's a very good reminder that not all older patients are senile. And are still the same mentally as they have ever been. Don't disregard remarkable memories .


    What about Steven Crossley’s performance did you like?

    He was great. Portrayal of emotions and even thoughts were so clear. You felt like you were actually in the story with Allan, or wanted to be.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I did just that.


    Any additional comments?

    Just to read this book. It is an encouraging book about aging. Even if in a nursing home. Just ask for a first floor room !

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    trudy Vogel 08-19-16
    trudy Vogel 08-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining and humorous"

    The he author crafted a funny and highly entertaining story making his characters endearing to the reader. Even though we know the story could never happen we get caught up in the storyline the narrator is very talented and definitely helped bring all the characters to life. Would definitely recommend this book if you want a laugh and a feel good story

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Foy 07-01-16
    Foy 07-01-16

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    "This is no Forrest Gump"

    I began this book with an open heart, enjoyed the first few chapters but it became ridiculous. Normally I can get into unbelievable scenarios, I mean who wants to read about normal boring lives?, but this was less than entertaining and I could not suspend my disbelief.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Simone 10-16-14
    Simone 10-16-14 Member Since 2017

    Follow me on Goodreads too!

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    "Delightfully Silly"

    The book was delightfully silly - there is not much more I can say!

    I highly enjoyed this amusing little tale; the title sets the tone perfectly and the story is simply charming.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    joyce 05-30-14
    joyce 05-30-14

    Greedy, voracious reader since age five. After a number of eye injuries & surgeries, reading is hard. So now, I listen.

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    "Wildly inventive. What fun!!"

    100-yr old Alan is ornery, maybe a little dotty, you think. But cute, and funny! you are really rooting for him as he escapes the old folks' home and makes a slow walk for it to the train station, buys a ticket for as far as his pocket money will get him, and kinda--HeeHee!--takes a guy's suitcase with him as he gets on the bus.
    The rest of the book is a Rube Goldberg contraption, some of it blatantly silly for laughs, some of it convoluted and surprising and funny, as it looks back in time over Alan's very interesting life. I do hesitate to compare this story to "Forrest Gump", altho it's historical time-traveling is reminiscent of that movie, lest that trivialize a really funny and well-written book. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Bain 05-01-14
    Ruth Bain 05-01-14

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    "Definitely Different and Rather Charming"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Quite a change of pace from my usual reading selections. It was apparent to me that the writing reflects a different story-telling style. The characters were a little annoying at times, but also lovable. By American standards the story was too long, but it was a journey with this band of misfits. EXCELLENT narration by Steven Crossley made the journey quite entertaining.


    Was The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared worth the listening time?

    I thought the story was too long. There isn't a lot of plot here, mostly it's the quirkiness of the characters and the series of "accounts" that move the story.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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