The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

  • by Jonas Jonasson
  • Narrated by Steven Crossley
  • 12 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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Full of Surprises and Unexpected Events

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

A funny, funny (in a dry humor, tongue-in-cheek, sort of way) book that is fascinating! Full of surprises and unexpected events. I am enjoying it sooo much! And the narrator is perfect! I listen to it on my audible.com app on my iPhone and laugh out loud a lot. I imagine, that when I am driving and the phone sits on the dash playing away, and I guffaw for several seconds, other drivers must get a bit alarmed, since there appears to be no obvious reason for my behavior. Take a listen to it and you will understand! Highly recommended!


What about Steven Crossley’s performance did you like?

Sounds almost as if he is narrating something about which he has personal knowledge. Like he, himself, had witnessed the events!


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

If I had the uninterrupted time I would. As it was, this afternoon, for instance, my dog tore apart several things in the other room while I listened to the book, rapt, and oblivious to the noises from the other end of the house! The book REALLY engages me!!!


Any additional comments?

If you know someone with a dry sense of humor or who likes quirky stories, this is the book for them! What a wonderful gift it would make for the holiday season! Thoroughly entertaining! I could imagine a group sitting and listening...and laughing and laughing! Why, they might even want to pause the reading and discuss parts of the story, considering how much history is brought up in it! A book that would be of interest and understandable equally for Europeans and Americans, which is not all that common among books.

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- Sylvia

100 year old man provides ageless entertainment

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

Three words: Entertaining, Amusing, Historical. Sort of a Forest Gump meets History of the World!


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

Similar to Forest Gump in that there are fictional effects of the protagonist on true historical events.


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

Steven Crossley's excellent narration enables the listener to envision the happenings and the individuality of the characters.


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

Yes. Of course the length of the book prohibited me from listening all in one sitting.


Any additional comments?

Recommended to me by a friend. I, in turn, recommended it to many of mine.

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- Sherri M. Sharpe

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-11-2012
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.