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

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

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Publisher's Summary

Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn't want to begin: his 100th birthday party. Escaping through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several deaths, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent but very human police. As his escapades unfold, Allan's earlier life is revealed, and we discover that he played a key role behind the scenes in some of the momentous events of the 20th century.

This ‘imaginative, laugh-out-loud bestseller’ (Daily Telegraph) has sold more than two million printed copies.

©2009 Jonas Jonasson (P)2012 Strathmore Publishing Ltd

What the Critics Say

“Like Forrest Gump, Allan is an innocent with the knack of being in the right place at the right time. He has had a hand in everything from the Russian revolution to Reagan's Star Wars. Like Allan, the plot is pleasingly nimble and the book's endearing charm offers a happy alternative to the more familiar Nordic noir.” (The Guardian)

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  • ajp
    2/11/17
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    "What a story!"

    A remarkable tale, performed magnificently by Peter Kenny. Frequently laugh out loud funny. The titular Alan Carlsen, dripping with profundity and an almost impenetrable sheen of optimism, stands alongside Yossarian as one of my favourite literary characters. What will be, will be.

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  • J. Watchorn
    England
    2/11/17
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    "You won't believe what you'll learn about your own"
    If you could sum up The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared in three words, what would they be?

    Hysterical, historical, endearing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the characters were well written and well rounded but Alan has got to be the favourite. It was the way he just accepted whatever happened yet still came out on top (eventually) He was part heroic, part idiotic - like most people I suppose only to a greater extent. The fact that his extreme age did not stop him doing what he wanted epitomised his quiet determination.


    What does Peter Kenny bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Peter Kenny brings the characters to life but because he tells the events in such a matter of fact way (which is how Alan sees it) it makes them funny without depreciating their importance.


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

    Definitely. I was on tenterhooks wondering how Alan was going to get out of his next scrape. Then I was frightened it was going to end too soon.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book and was enthusing about it to a friend who I learnt had read it years ago and recognised it as soon as I began talking about it. Just shows how memorable it is. Can't wait to hear the author's next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lesep
    Berks, UK
    2/9/17
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    "A wonderful story"

    What a glorious surprise this book is. It is hilarious, sad, informative and a real treat. It's well read and the various people have voices that are easily identified. A treat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • n
    2/7/17
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    "Hilarious book."

    it kept me engaged all the way!!! The narrator is excellent. its a nice and jovial story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    2/2/17
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    "Simply superb"

    Best way to listen is on a beach with a vodka (no parasol )
    made me laugh out loud at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    1/29/17
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    "Almost good"

    I loved the concept behind this book and found the entwined stories funny and interesting but I got very bogged down and bored with the complicated political aspect. The characters were quirky and likeable and I enjoyed the part of the story in the present day but lost track in the flash back parts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marc
    BRIDGWATER, United Kingdom
    1/25/17
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    "I'm so sad it's finished!"

    A truly enjoyed every minute of this book. It is funny, clever, and endearing. Without trying to give anything away, I can honestly say for most of the book I had no idea where it was going or what was going to happen next. The book follows the amazing adventures of Allan Karlsson, a centenarian that on one day, a very special day, decides to jump out of his bedroom window and have an adventure. Mostly by accident, mostly because he wants Vodka. Criminals, Beauties, Detectives and an Elephant.

    To use an analogy from the written version.. I could not put it down.

    The characters are amazingly brought to life by the fantastic Peter Kenny who you can tell is enjoying the book as much as the listener! It is read with real love and passion for the fantastic story and characters. Peter's amazing repertoire of character voices make this book easy to follow and a joy to listen to.

    Buy this audio book. You will not be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Donna Jeffs
    1/24/17
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    "Amazing!"

    Bit of a slow start but such a clever and well written book! Highly recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adam Vincent-Garland
    1/8/17
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    "struggled to finish it. not as good as hoped"

    most of the reviews seemed really positive. but I didn't find the humour very funny and the story was very farcical. in the end I found the constant "flashbacks" distracting and by the end of the story I just gave up as the characters lacked any redeemable or relatable traits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel Wams
    1/4/17
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    "Average"

    Had a few giggles but the story is mainly a bad comedy I'm afraid. The story is so far fetched where it tries to let the main character meet as many world leaders as possible, it got annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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