The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man

A Novel
Narrated by: Peter Kenny
Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
Categories: Fiction, Humor
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What's next for Allan Karlsson? Turns out this centenarian has a few more adventures in store....

It all begins with a hot-air-balloon trip and three bottles of champagne. Allan and Julius are ready for some spectacular views, but they’re not expecting to land in the sea and be rescued by a North Korean ship, and they could never have imagined the captain of the ship would be harboring a suitcase full of contraband uranium on a nuclear-weapons mission for Kim Jong-un. Yikes!

Soon Allan and Julius are at the center of a complex diplomatic crisis involving world figures from the Swedish foreign minister to Angela Merkel and President Trump. Needless to say, things are about to get very, very complicated.

Another hilarious, witty, and entertaining novel from best-selling author Jonas Jonasson that will have listeners howling out loud at the escapades and misfortunes of its beloved 100-year-old hero Allan Karlsson and his irresistible sidekick, Julius.

©2018 Jonas Jonasson; translation 2018 Rachel Willson-Broyles (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Current world events and humor

If you aren't aware of the past few years current events, or if you own a MAGA hat, this book might not be as fun for you as it was for me.

With a background set all over the world, the main character Allan Karlsson turns 101 and manages to blithely go around the world meeting world leaders and both causing mayhem and preventing disasters at the same time.

Current world leaders feature in the story - Donald Trump, Angela Merkel, and Kim Jong-Un most prominently - and others are mentioned

If there are Americans who wonder what a European point of view is of our President or country since the election of 2016, this might be insightful.

As in the first book, Alan Karlsson's adventures are a bit like Forest Gump meets Mr. Magoo, and the humor is sophisticated, witty, has depth, and is perceptive.

The narrator didn't nail the variety of world wide accents, but that's okay. He portrayed the characters very well with how he voiced them - one leader in particular was very well done.

Very enjoyable audio book for me, your mileage may vary..

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not as successful

The first Alan Carlson story. had me laughing out loud during my commute. This sequel has cringe worthy accents that were not necessary for the story. I'm on chapter 17 and returning the book as I've given up waiting for the humor in this book.

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Good, but....

This book was okay. It was not as good as the first book.

One note: Peter Kenny really needs work on his Asian accents. They were uncomfortable.

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Funnier than the first book

If it's possible, this could even funnier the the first book. That being said I love how he treats the current world leaders with respect and a ton of side splitting humor.

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Not a great segue

What happened to the elephant? Alan’s wife? The Beauty? We’ll never know. They’ve apparently gone the way of Swedish asparagus.

The author warns of stereotyping current political figures, which is normally a great thing to do. However, the author’s leanings are far too evident in the one-sidedness of his portrayals. In attempting to make a point, it made the story less fun.

As to performance, I wish the reader of the first book had done this one as well. The overacted accents are difficult to understand and do not add anything of value to the story.

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Not nearly as good as the first

Still entertaining at times, but I feel like it lost most of the charm of the first book. In particular, this one is way too current and way too political. At various points it reads like whining twitter users assuming the end of the world. I don't think the current events commentary will age very well.

One reason I enjoy fiction is that I can escape political commentary... this was not what I wanted at all.

It has its moments but, overall, I'm not a fan. If you haven't read the first book, I heartily recommend that one instead.

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Weak Story and Awful Narration

This book was part of my book club read based on the first novel. The story was just okay, everything turns out okay for the old man and his friends. My biggest issue was the narration. The accent for the Koreans was insulting and inaccurate. Why use an accent at all? I wish I could return it.

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Entertaining, but narration is really bad

Not as good as the first one, but worth the listen if you can put up with the narrator's fast delivery and attempt at voices and accents. He tries to use stereotypical accents/inflections for an old man or an Asian or whatever and just makes it very difficult to understand what is being said.

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Love the writing, hate the reader.

The first book had a terrific reader. This reader changed Alan's voice into a quavering, hoarse old man making him hard to understand. The Korean accents were just irritating and unintelligible. His Trump imitation is terrible and makes him sound more like Bart Simpson than Trump. I am so disappointed because I love the author, but this was not fun to listen to.

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Great adventure

I just loved the continuation of Alan's life journey, how today's events are woven in and I can't wait to hear more!!!

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