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The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared Audio Download – Unabridged

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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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  • Audio Download
  • Listening Length: 11 hours and 3 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Strathmore Publishing
  • Release Date: 14 Aug. 2012
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008XL4L80

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140 of 148 people found the following review helpful By Frances Stott TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Sept. 2012
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Allan is a hundred years old today, but he doesn't want to stay around for his party in the home in which he is resident, so he climbs out of the window and escapes.

This is the start of Allan's journey (into perhaps a fourth age?), and he becomes involved with a variety of characters - some criminal, and some merely suspect - and is also involved in a several deaths along the way. All Allan really wants is somewhere to live, a bit of company and a plentiful supply of vodka, but he get a great deal more than he has bargained for as his adventures begin. The present-day narrative is interspersed with Allan's back story from his youth until the present, and he has led a very eventful life. His expertise in the field of explosives has led him round the world (sometimes accidentally), and he has come into contact with, among others, President Truman, Mao Tse Tung, and Stalin; all, again, accidentally. He has a charming, almost innocent approach to life, and is a most endearing character. While he has no interest whatsoever in politics, he somehow can't avoid becoming involved, and changes sides as fate dictates, with scant regard to his own safety.

This is a thoroughly enjoyable romp of a novel. What is particularly satisfying is that the humour (and at times, this novel is very funny indeed) translates beautfully from the Swedish, so full marks to the translator, who has done a wonderful job. My only (tiny) reservation would be that some of the descriptive passages are a little over-long, but I have no hesitation in recommending the book. I don't think anyone can fail to enjoy it.
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384 of 411 people found the following review helpful By Bizgen on 27 Aug. 2012
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I was completely blown away by this book. It brought to mind the early Tom Sharpe novels; irresistibly my mind kept floating away to a landscape peopled by eccentric old men, inefficient criminals, Peter Sellers in Pink Panther, all the caricatures of television farce.

I won't detail the plot, you can see that from the other reviews, and by reading the blurb, that it concerns an eccentric pensioner with attitude, with a life story to match, who holds one's attention all through the book. He needs his vodka and can't stand the thought of his Centenary party at the old people's home in which he has ended up where the Matron has been attempting to institutionalise him and take all the joy of choice from his life so, on a sudden whim, he hops out of the window and legs it to the bus station. The other sudden whim, nearly his undoing, was to then hop on the bus with someone else's suitcase, entrusted to him by the owner, who had popped into the loo. So the tale begins.

It is peopled by real political leaders acting in fairly unbelievable ways (at least, I hope they are !) and yet there is a warning message running through this book on several levels, the least of them being a warning not to take anyone too seriously. Especially leaders of countries, matrons of retirement homes, in fact, anyone in authority, whether voted in or not.

Some people won't like the way it goes from past to present, but when someone is one hundred years old, I am not sure there would be enough `present' to build the story on. And it is the past which is so interesting, from a world political point of view, to someone like me who hates anything historical and especially about war.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Two Wheeler on 23 Nov. 2013
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A friend on my wavelength told me to get this book and I did so without reading a thing about it (which is unusual for me), but on this occasion it turned out to be very rewarding, I thoroughly enjoyed this book ! But be warned, it isn't for everyone, the author has a dry and often dark sense of humour and the key story flits off into Alan's long life story on a regular basis. I found this interesting, Alan is linked to many key moments in history and while a certain artistic licence is used, the author manages to tie a lot of historic events together quite nicely.
But this does take up large, key sections of the book and it breaks the pace of the story, so I can see that some readers would find it distracting and even dull. But if you have the patience, an odd sense of humour and a little bit of interest in the past 100 years or so of history, it is a very rewarding experience.
The odd events that befall Alan on his travels are the more interesting sections of the book and will be the most rewarding for most readers, certainly I found them the most humorous, but I was pleasantly surprised by the chapters that jump back into Alan's bizarre past.
I would recommend this book to a lot of my friends, but not to all of them, the same would apply to the good folk of Amazon - don't try it if your easily distracted but if your a more . . . tolerant (yes, that's the word) reader then I think your in for a rewarding experience !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Hornsby on 23 Aug. 2012
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This book has been a very long time in coming. Much like Stieg Larsson's Millenium trilogy they seemed to be available in all other languages before being available in English. And ultimately well worth waiting for. It also sold more than a million copies in Sweden (a country with fewer than 10 million inhabitants).

There the similarity ends, there is nothing essentially Swedish or "Nordic" about this book. It is farce, but highly entertaining farce, based on the fundemental idea of a "hero" stumbling his way in Forrest Gump fashion through the 20th century meeting many of it's most influencial politicians and accidentally influencing history along the way.

Also like Forrest Gump it fluctuates between the present (2005) and various flashbacks - the chronological life story of Allan Karlsson.

The style is a quirky one. I myself would compare it to the Danish author Finn Søeborg. By that I mean that it makes very little use of direct speech in quotation marks but rather uses the 3rd person: Didn't Allan think that....? Yes, Allan though that was probably the case.

I first "enjoyed" this book as an audiobook in the original Swedish, subsequently as an audiobook in Danish and finally read it on holiday shortly after its July publication in English. I was very interested to compare the different versions and I have to say I thought the English translation was excellent. In particular it avoids the temptation of translating the (very few) utterly Swedish and essentially untranslatable phrases badly. The "appendix" to the Bible is a good example of this.

I thoroughly recommend this book - but make sure you have the time to read it quickly rather than a few pages at a time.
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