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3.00006324710645 out of 53.00006324710645 out of 53.00006324710645 out of 53.00006324710645 out of 53.00006324710645 out of 5 3.00 (15,811 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonas Jonasson Narrator: Steven Crossley Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN: 9781482955194
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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 tomorrow is his hundredth birthday. 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.

Quirky and utterly unique, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared has charmed over two million people around the world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Imaginative, laugh-out-loud...a brilliant satire.”

    Telegraph (London)

  • “Completely crazy, an incredibly funny story.”

    Aftonbladet (Sweden)

  • “First-rate.”

    Der Spiegel (Germany)

  • “Overflowing with humor.” 

    El Mundo (Spain)

  • “Dynamite comedy.”

    Le Figaro (France)

  • “[A] laugh-out-loud debut.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “As Allan’s colorful and complex history merges with his present-day escapades, readers will be treated to a new and charmingly funny version of world history and get to know a very youthful old man whose global influence knows no age limit. An international bestseller, this is an engaging tale of one man’s life lived to the fullest.”

    Booklist

  • “A Swedish debut novel that will keep readers chuckling.... Coincidence and absurdity are at the core of this silly and wonderful novel...A great cure for the blues, especially for anyone who might feel bad about growing older.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A Kirkus Reviews Top 25 Book of 2012
  • A Kirkus Reviews Top 25 Book, September 2012

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 2/19/2014

    " One of those books I wish I hadn't read yet- just so I could read it all over again. References to real people in history and how cleverly they are woven into this story are just brilliant. Lovely characters and a wonderfully absurd chain of events. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 2/14/2014

    " Something really different! I read it in only two days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelley Des forges | 2/12/2014

    " Not sure what I expected but certainly wasn't the story that unravelled! A few too many lucky escapes for my liking... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 2/3/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book - it reminded me of early Karl Hiaassen - funny and subversive. It also gave a potted history of 20th century world politics - and believe me that was not as boring as it sounds! Great fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendall Rae | 1/24/2014

    " The book was cute, and the plot moved along quickly. It had a sort of Forest Gump feel, which was welcomed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ciara Donohoe | 1/17/2014

    " I really liked this at the start, then I quickly became overwhelmed with characters... I found it difficult to read how I was reading (a little per day) and to remember the multiple names of everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 1/17/2014

    " Tom Swift type tale of a man who found himself thrown into history changing situations. He manages to bumble his way though life threatening situations and in the course of saving himself and locating meals and vodka "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 1/15/2014

    " Read this (in swedish) like a month ago. I enjoyed it and i found it funny, but it wasn't lifechanging. Really great that a swedish book/author has made it abroad though!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lesley Ann | 1/4/2014

    " It was the never ending book... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Varia | 12/22/2013

    " This was a fun read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 12/10/2013

    " fun read...crazy wild life of this 100 year old man :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keera | 11/17/2013

    " What an amazing imagination the author must have. I really enjoyed the book. The interaction of today and yesteryear kept your attention. What else could Mr Allan Karlson possibly do in his lifetime? If only we all were as Laissez-faire with life. Maybe we'd reach 100 too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna Fornari | 10/4/2013

    " Very enjoyable and unique way to review history! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 4/7/2013

    " A quirky, fun novel. At times I found the translation distracting, but it almost enhanced the quirkiness. Loved how Allan seems to find himself at the centre of so many monumental moments in history. A Swedish Bandy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Speer | 2/13/2013

    " An elderly man runs away from his assisted living home and goes "on the lamb". Got to about page 100 and decided I didn't want to read anymore. Too much detail that just drug out the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dougie | 2/5/2013

    " Utterly refreshing, definitely worth picking up. Light hearted, unpretentious and entertaining from start to finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mariel | 12/23/2012

    " gripping and highly amusing read ... loved every line of it! "

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About the Author

Jonas Jonasson was a journalist for the Expressen newspaper for many years. He became a media consultant and later set up a company producing sports and events for Swedish television before selling it and moving abroad to work on his first novel. He is the author of the internationally bestselling novels The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared and The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden. He lives on the Swedish island Gotland in the Baltic Sea.

About the Narrator

Steven Crossley, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, has built a career on both sides of the Atlantic as an actor and audiobook narrator, for which he has won eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a nominee for the prestigious Audie Award. He is a member of the internationally renowned theater company Complicite and has appeared in numerous theater, television, film, and radio dramas.