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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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  • Mark
  • Waltham, MA, United States
  • 01-12-14

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.

15 of 18 people found this review helpful

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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 16 people found this review helpful

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I really disliked this book :(

What disappointed you about The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared?

Perhaps I'm not politically savvy enough, but this book's apparent aim at a cross between a crime novel/comedy/political satire left me shaking my head at the beginning, numbly bored by the middle, and with regret having me make a decision I despair to do ... quitting! I had to stop the read shortly after mid-way realizing that it was unlikely to get any better, and that my reading time would be better spent on a more engaging tale.

Has The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared turned you off from other books in this genre?

no...in fact, I'm honestly not sure what the genre was!?

What aspect of Steven Crossley’s performance would you have changed?

The performance was fine - it was solely the content that lost my interest.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom, and so disappointment. The title sounded so whimsical and entertaining...

Any additional comments?

I can't recommend this book - sorry :(

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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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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A Deadpan Romp Through History

Loved this book, start to finish. The narrator was ideal, and the whole book was both charming and thought-provoking at once. It's hard to describe, but it kept me entertained for a week and half of commuting. A wry, understated pleasure!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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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Water for Elephants meets Forrest Gump

What may be intended as wry-old-humor and absurdity, just became somewhat tiresome after a while. I lost interest in the story and the characters about halfway through. Although lighthearted, it seemed unfunny to me, and just became long-winded in its delivery.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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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Great story, well read

Would you listen to The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared again? Why?

Sure, I would. It was a blast, and the reader did a fine job (especially pronouncing all of those Swedish/foreign names that I would have struggled with).

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

It reminded me of Forrest Gump (the movie, I haven't read the book) and I'm sure comparisons have already been made, but it also had the humor (sometimes dark humor) of light Monty Python. I'm not sure if I can think of anything that would serve as a direct comparison.

Which character – as performed by Steven Crossley – was your favorite?

Allan, the main character.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Moved me to roll on the floor laughing out loud? Sure. Allan's first meeting with Stalin, his escape from prison in Tehran, when Mr. Dollars tried to land the plane in Bali. Too many to mention

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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If you enjoy irony . . .

What did you love best about The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared?

The dry detachment of the hero is instantly and utterly likeable. Many of the secondary characters -- especially the villains -- are also memorable.

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

Reminded me a little of Vonnegut (more so Sirens of Titan than Slaughterhouse Five) and several reviewers have commented on ties with Forest Gump. The narrator's quirky interpretations of events are very reminiscent of young hero in the Swedish film, My Life as a Dog.

What about Steven Crossley’s performance did you like?

Captured the tone of the book perfectly.

Any additional comments?

A really fun listen! I gave four-stars to the story only because of a few less than credible plot twists, but frankly I feel horribly pedantic for being that fussy.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful