• The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

  • By: Jonas Jonasson
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-24-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (9 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

As delightfully wry and witty as his best-selling debut, The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, this is a tale of how one young woman's attempt to change her future ends up changing everything.
On 14th June, 2007, the King of Sweden disappears. In 1994 South Africa dismantles six missiles, developed during its brief nuclear weapons programme. In 1961 Nombeko Mayeki is born in a Soweto shack. Seemingly destined for a life nasty, brutish, and short, her path takes an entirely unpredictable turn. Because really this story is all about the seventh South African missile - the one that was never supposed to have existed. The one that Nombeko knows far too much about.
So now she's on the run and running into twins who are officially one person, a Vietnam vet, and a potato-loving Baroness. But the fate of the King of Sweden, and indeed the world, will remain on her shoulders alone.
©2014 Jonas Jonasson (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Lulu on 12-03-15

An Intellectual Laugh-out-loud Read!!

This book got me laughing and intrigued within the first 2-3 minutes! With my ribs aching from laughter, and my mind so stimulated and demanding more, I had to set aside the book as one best read in the company of my spouse! And that we did - we'd look forward to our bedtime in anticipation of listening to the book together for at least an hour every night and then the next day, we'd reminisce over the parts of the story that'd made us laugh and try to figure out where the author would take us next. And it's not just the content that's so hilarious, it's the narrator too - I actually think the narrator made this book a success and delivered it so well as to draw out the author's intended reaction from the readers.

At every junction, you're left believing things couldn't get any worse or better or funnier or more complex, but they do all the way til the very end!! The inclusion of elements of history, science and maths, might serve to keep the reader intellectually stimulated, but honestly, they all add to the hilarity and madness of the story. Just think, how is it that a black African girl from an impoverished background and living in the slums of Johannesburg in South Africa can end up saving the Swedish king? This book is an intellectually stimulating laugh-out-read that will get you questioning your history knowledge and believing in the impossible!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Billericay Pete on 11-05-15

if you enjoyed the 100 year old man. ..

I really enjoyed the 100 year old man... the story and the great narration. If you did too then I think you'll enjoy this next story as much as I did. I was laughing within minutes and it continued throughout. ..

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