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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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  • Matthew
  • Kansas City, MO, United States
  • 04-29-14

A Witty Romp Through the 20th Century

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A fun read, a light read.

And at times funny enough to debilitate me with laughing. This book is essentially a globe trotting, Swedish, highly intelligent Forrest Gump. Numerous events in the man's past and present life are a series of inexplicable events of luck and randomness.

Not much more to say, if that is up your alley, get this book.

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  • Kathy
  • Davis, CA, United States
  • 04-29-14

Comic magical realism, maybe? Fun, for sure!

This is actually two stories in one--Allan's adventure once he climbs out the window to escape the hoopla of his 100th birthday and that of his life leading up to this event, told chronologically. Initially, I was a bit annoyed at the jumping back and forth and, mainly, at the story of Allan's earlier life. I felt I bought the book for the 100 year old's current adventure, not for his very political life history.

However, as the book continued, despite of my concerns, I found myself enjoying both story lines. Actually, this is a very funny book, and there were many parts that were laugh-out-loud for me. I particularly enjoyed the Einstein family members.

I finished the book feeling very positive about it. So, overall, I do recommend this as a light, entertaining, humorous read.

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Positive entertainment

By that I mean the positive attitude and it was absolutely entertaining.

I was looking for something a little less dark and depressing. It seems most mystery writers right now are a writing from bleakness. Even with tragedy every day life if rarely so black.

This was refreshing, funny, historical, a little bit of an intelligent Forest Gump. If you like history and being reminded life doesn't have to suck all the time, give it a shot. In my humble opinion worth the price of admission.

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Laughed out loud

I realized, after a few minutes of listening, that I should not eat or drink while enjoying this book. Too much spewing and/or choking from laughter. Very humorous from start to finish. A lot can happen to a person when that person lives to be 100! Steven Crossley does a very good job with the narration. I could "see" the story unfolding through his narrative.

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very entertaining

If you could sum up The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared in three words, what would they be?

endlessly stimulating & entertaining

What does Steven Crossley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

While I have not read the hard-cover, it seemed like just the kind of lighthearted book I would like read to me, rather than having to read it.

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Very enjoyable book of humor spiced with brushes by the protagonist with real events & famous leaders of the 20th century.

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  • Beth Anne
  • Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • 04-12-14

fun romp with great amusing characters

loved this story. laughed out loud so much while listening to it. it's one of those madcap stories with a zany mix of characters who bring absolute perfection to their specific roles in the story.

i love the hundred-year-old man...and i love his story. finding out his past, and how he rubbed elbows with presidents and world leaders just made it even more humorous.

the narrator was perfect -- a dry english gentleman's voice telling this silly little story.

this is the kind of book that your read to put a smile on your face, and don't want to take it too seriously.

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Enjoyable!

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

I would listen again as the story made me laugh and was very entertaining. It is a "feel good" book and there was no angst or sadness to be found. It was just a solid book that made me happy and it made me think (in a good way!)

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

The story reminds me of "Forrest Gump" with all the world travels and the interesting and notable people that he meets. Then a little of the "Pink Panther" with the situations that develop and how the story eventually winds down and ends so that all is well and the good guys go on their merry way.

What about Steven Crossley’s performance did you like?

Mr. Crossley did an excellent job with the voices and with the accents and with pronouncing everyone's name the same way each time. His comedic timing was perfect and he made the book very enjoyable.

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?

Well, of course it would be the 100-year-old-man! I cannot begin to imagine the tales he would have to tell and all in such an innocent and "it's not a big deal" manner. It would be a great dinner with good food and lots of vodka!

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This is just an entertaining and fun book. I would recommend this one to anyone who is in the mood for a good book that tells an excellent story.

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Rube Goldberg meets World History

I really liked the story for a long time. It's totally cute and unexpected. The coincidents are creatively applied and it's really a fun review of world history but at the last 80 minutes it got to me for a while. Just too cute. Still, not a bad book for passing the time while weeding the garden and throwing pots.

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You're Never Old Unless You Give Up

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

I might compare this book to Forrest Gump in the sense that Alan Carlsson finds himself meeting several different figures in history by happenstance, much like Forrest Gump does. Though Alan's adventures are all based on politics, they are still quite unique and almost impossible how he found his way through life.

I would also liken this book to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry in the sense that both main characters simply make the decision to get up from their lives and leave for a new adventure. In Alan's case, he completed many adventures and in Harold's case, it was one adventure on a specific journey.

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A real charmer!

A quirky, good-humored, informative romp through some of the main events of 20th Century history following the steps of a spry, philosophical 100-year-old retiree who invariably manages to land on his feet, no matter how tight the spot. One of the most charming books I have ever come across! The narration by Steven Crossley was an added enhancement. I loved it!

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