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

  • By: Jonas Jonasson
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 08-14-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Strathmore Publishing
  • 4.5 (21 ratings)

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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
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Critic Reviews

“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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By @MrBookChief on 04-20-14

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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By Tracey on 09-07-12

Brilliant

Normally preferring non-fiction, I was intrigued by the title of this book and decided to give it a go.
It didn't disappoint, Alan's story is read perfectly by the narrator and the collection of friends he collects along the way are life affirming, charming and at times laugh out loud funny.
I can't recommend this audio book highly enough.

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By Oliver on 05-29-13

Fantastically Odd

What did you like most about The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared?

It wasn't what I had expected. Very quirky - as the title suggests - but I found myself finding it hard to stop listening to.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared?

This is a tricky one, there are so many odd scenes, but the possibly one of the many meetings Allan has with US presidents of the past. Or, possibly when he meets Chairman Mao, or his introduction to Franco. No, there are too many to choose just one.

Have you listened to any of Peter Kenny’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No I hadn't and I was very impressed. I can think of very few books that include so many cameos from great historical of the last 100 years. Anyone who can move from Einstein to an angry female Swede in her 60's (with what sounded like a Yorkshire accent) is obviously a gifted narrator.

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

I could easily have listened in a single sitting. Sadly work gets in the way at times.

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