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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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    Michele Alpine, UT, United States 04-24-14
    Michele Alpine, UT, United States 04-24-14 Member Since 2016
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    "As a whole - not a good book"

    I agree with many others who say that the story idea is a cute idea and at times it is funny and totally unbelievable. I love history but his version put me to sleep! The story of the main character running away from a retirement home is very believable but the series of events are just so far out there that it make the story boring. There was some entertainment value but not much.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mike From Mesa 04-06-14 Member Since 2015

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    "What a hoot!"

    I was looking for something lighter as a counter-point to some of the books I had just finished and stumbled upon this delightful story. I was uncertain about it but thought that I did not have much to lose since it was a Daily Deal and seemed like just the thing to lighten my mood.

    To my utter surprise it was a delightful choice. Allan Karlsson is a quirky guy who is just not ready to be finished with life at 100 and misses his vodka. His adventure involving thieves, police, friends and the high and mighty is something not to be missed. I found myself laughing, chuckling and smiling throughout the entire book and especially during the windup as the protagonists are telling their tale to the Prosecuting Attorney.

    This was the most delightful book I have read since A Dirty Job and Gods Behaving Badly and I recommend it highly to those with a taste for the light and quirky. The narration is excellent, the story is delightful and the experience is well worth the time spent in listening.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JHMore 03-26-14
    JHMore 03-26-14 Member Since 2012
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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
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    john wade Casper, WY USA 01-29-14
    john wade Casper, WY USA 01-29-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Simple and entertaining"
    What did you love best about The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared?

    I loved the flow and humor that ran in this book. It was easy to follow, fun to listen to, and heartwarming without being sappy.


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

    Reminds me of a Fannie Flagg read. You connect with the characters in this book and wish you could invite some of them to dinner! I can't wait to see if lightening can strike again with this author.


    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    sherri Kirkland, WA, United States 01-05-14
    sherri Kirkland, WA, United States 01-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A can't-miss listen"

    Expect a cross between a Coen brothers' movie and Candide--plus a touch of Forrest Gump. It's funny, absurd, and entertaining as the 100-year-old man collects equally eccentric characters while the plot snowballs along. Enter this book as you would a fable and you won't be disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Holly 08-01-13
    Holly 08-01-13
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    "Simply Delightful"
    If you could sum up The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared in three words, what would they be?

    Irreverent, Intelligent without being overly intellectual, and Forrest Gump-y in the way the story weaves through major world events, Christopher Moore would be proud!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared?

    I enjoyed how Allan's interactions with various world leaders (US presidents, prime ministers, ambassadors, communist leaders....) inadvertently, yet comically, created 20th century world history.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the Sophie the elephant "sat". And when Allan and one of his friends were debating on the utility of colorful umbrellas ("no need to shield the vodka from the rain") in their drinks!


    If you could take any character from The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Allan, the lead character. His approach to EVERYTHING is easy-going, laid back, humorous (without trying to be), and just enjoyable!


    Any additional comments?

    I will definitely be looking for more books by this author!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Abby 01-16-14
    Abby 01-16-14

    Four years on Audible now. Love the convenience of listening while driving, cooking, folding laundry.....

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

    There was some interesting parts of this book but I found it went on a bit too long and I lost interest. I loved the main character and his spirit as well as his interesting past but that is where my love for the book ends.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jonas Jonasson again?

    I guess I might try one more to be fair before I rule it out entirely.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I actually think my favorite scene was the very first one where he slipped out to avoid his 100th birthday party that he did not want. It pleased me when the nasty nurse couldn't find him.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I always like learning about real historical events through a novel like this so I did like all of the stories about his past.


    Any additional comments?

    Although this book wasn't my favorite read, there were people in my Book Club who thought it was one of the best books they've read so give it a try.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    SpectacledEIder West Vancouver 02-15-14
    SpectacledEIder West Vancouver 02-15-14
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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 :(

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Houston 11-03-16
    Kindle Customer Houston 11-03-16 Member Since 2013

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    I didn't get very far before giving up on this book. I didn't see anything redeeming in the amoral, mean spirited characters, casually stealing and killing. I'll read something funny, uplifting, at least with clear good gud and bad guys instead.

    The narrator was pretty good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca J. Leamon Ellsworth, ME United States 09-26-16
    Rebecca J. Leamon Ellsworth, ME United States 09-26-16 Member Since 2013
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    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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