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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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Very funny story, don't understand my apathy

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Sharper wit, maybe. More dialogue? I kept losing interest in this book. Tried three times to finish, never did.

What was most disappointing about Jonas Jonasson’s story?

Cannot remember

What about Steven Crossley’s performance did you like?

Thought his narration was pretty good

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared?

The scene where I purchased it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Ginger
  • Ogden, UT United States
  • 11-26-15

Gut busting funny!!

The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window & Disappeared – Jonas Jonasson: Oh my! Such a whole lot of absurdity that kept me laughing until my belly hurt. Again, not my usual type book, but I don’t think I’ve enjoyed myself so much in quite a long time. Jonasson is quite the storyteller, and I think I’d like another one or two of his missives. Not too soon, though. It will be a while before my belly stops aching. 5 stars.

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Charming, silly, a great adventure

My only compliant is that the reader could have used the accent of the characters: Swedish. I kept forgetting that the characters weren't British, which is a shame. And rather stupid on my part.

Allan is, as the title says, 100 years old and decides that he doesn't want to spend his birthday cooped up in a nursing home (understandibly) and decides to go AWOL.

Along the way he manages to accumulate a man that happens to be killed twice (as if once was enough), make friends with an elephant, a man that is so educated he is "almost" a vet, doctor, literary expert (who knows what else), and several leaders of the free (and not-so-free) world. And, yes, the bastard brother of a very famous physicist (guess who!)

If you enjoyed this book, I would recommend Forrest Gump by Winston Groom.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Amusing Romp Through the Past Hundred Years

This is a book that people tend to love or hate. I enjoyed it for its understated humor and many historical references. I read it as a casual, amusing tale, and definitely saw the similarity with Forrest Gump mentioned in several reviews. It was fun. Nothing profound, simply a light commentary on much of the last hundred years of world history wrapped into an engaging adventure.

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Thoroughly delightful

What a thoroughly delightful book. It was funny, quirky and totally far-fetched and I enjoyed every minute of it. In reading some of the other reviews it has been compared to Forrest Gump and that almost made me pass on the book. I am so glad I didn't. It didn't give me a Forrest Gump feel at all.

This was on my list as a potential choice for my book club pick and I think it would be a wonderful read for any book club. Heck, I just want everyone to read it and enjoy it as much as I did.

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Delightful story with gratuitous profanity

Would you try another book from Jonas Jonasson and/or Steven Crossley?

I wish this writer would not have fallen into the trap of "profanity makes your book better."<br/>This is a delightful story, cleverly written but the F-bombs and profanity ruined it for me. I finally had to turn it off. TOO BAD!

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Funny, funny, funny

What made the experience of listening to The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared the most enjoyable?

The way the 100 year old man keeps getting into trouble and then out again by accident.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The 100 year old man. He had a fantastic life accidentally meeting world famous characters like Truman, Stalin, Franco, etc. He invented the atomic bomb at Los Alamos even though he was a janitor, and he accidentally gave the secret to the Soviets-amazing.

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

The 100 year old man.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laughed like crazy.

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  • Scott
  • Moss Beach, CA, United States
  • 07-20-14

Laugh Out Loud Funny

In a blending of Forest Gump meets Baron Munchausen meets Lao Tzu, mild mannered and apolitical Allan Karlsson manages to have an impact on his times, even if no one knows his name. Whether having exceptionally bad luck and hardship, or experiencing the most providential escapes, through it all he accepts whatever comes his way because, as his father pointed out, "whatever will be will be." Fatalistic acceptance forms the core of his character as he goes from one adventure to the next through a very long and very eventful life. Loads of fun.

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Fun

Just a fun read. Nice mix of history and fantasy. The final interrogation was priceless.

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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.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful