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

  • by Jonas Jonasson
  • Narrated by Peter Kenny
  • 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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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A hilarious trip through time

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?

Original black humour


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

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Similar characters and similar black humour. An aging pensioner goes through a series of unexpected adventures while looking back over the past events of his life.


Which scene was your favorite?

Alan and his relationship with Stalin and other (in)famous world leaders was quite entertaining!


Who was the most memorable character of The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared and why?

Alan for his sheer deadpan humour and eternally optimistic and simple outlook on life.


Any additional comments?

An excellent listen that I would thoroughly recommend to anyone who enjoys a laugh and a small bit of world history.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-14-2012
  • Publisher: Strathmore Publishing