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  • Listening Length: 11 hours and 53 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 24 April 2014
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JKA1T0G

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Like many reviewers, I was looking forward to this book after Jonasson's amazing debut with "The hundred year old man..." and, by comparison, I found it slightly disappointing - but only slightly. The style is unmistakably Jonasson - the same easy reading style, the same implausible co-incidences and hilarious adventures - so it's definitely a case of "more of the same". That seems to have upset some reviewers, but not this one. The plot and characters are very different and the story zigs and zags all over the place.

If you have read and enjoyed "The hundred year old man..." ignore the reviews of this book, read it yourself and form your own opinions. If you haven't read "The hundred year old man..." try reading this one first and then read and review "The hundred year old man..." I, for one, would be very interested to see if the reason so many reviewers are disappointed by this book is simply that it's too similar in style to its predecessor.
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By Frances Stott TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Jun. 2014
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This novel charts the progress of Nombeko, a highly intelligent and inventive South Afican girl who moves from emptying latrines, to being run over by a car and compelled to work for the driver, through to her escape and her eventual 'saving' of the King of Sweden. Along the way, she teams up with a pair of identical Swedish twins, and together they find themselves in possession of an atomic bomb, with no means of disposing of it.

Like The Hundred-Year-Old Man, Nombeko travels widely, and like him, she meets all kinds of unlikely characters on the way. But I found this novel too smiliar to the author's first (which, incidentally, I loved), and it went on far too long. At the beginning, I found it very funny and lively, but afer a while, all that began to wear off, and I became bored with it. In the end, I struggled to finish it.

The author seems to have found a formula, and it obviously works for many readers. In fact, had it been cut by a third, I might have enjoyed it. But as I read it, it moved from five, to four stars, and (for me) ended up with just three.
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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 April 2014
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It was going to be a tall order to pull off another highly original and funny novel after Jonasson’s debut, ‘The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared’, which I believe has or will soon be a film. We eagerly awaited to see what his next novel would be like and hoped that it would still be good, and although I personally have a slight preference for his debut, this is still another great tale.

Those who have read his first book will remember that in places there were echoes of ‘Forrest Gump’; as you start to read this novel you see echoes of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ at the beginning, although set in South Africa. We meet Nombeko Mayeki who is born in the Soweto slums and to put it politely is what in this country used to be called a night soil person. But Nombeko soon learns to count and become literate, despite things being against her and the other blacks in an apartheid country. From these humble beginnings by fourteen years of age she is running the refuse centre, but her life takes a dramatic turn, and she ends up working at a secret facility for building an atomic bomb (Jonas Jonasson loves his atomic bombs). Although a cleaning lady Nombeko it has to be admitted becomes more or less the brains behind the research facility.

Of course things don’t go to plan, as ultimately Nombeko finds that her boss has created seven atomic bombs instead of six, and has to get rid of the extra as political events change. Thus Nombeko finds herself seeking asylum in Sweden, being lumbered with an atomic bomb and three Chinese sisters who only really know how to make fake antique pottery. With Mossad also on her trail could things get any worse?
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I have only reached the halfway point in this book and I think it's one of the funniest I've read for some time. The style reminds me of Jaroslav Hasek's "The Good Soldier Sweik" except that our heroine, Nambeko is a bit brighter than Sweik and more resourceful. I haven't read Jonas Jonason's previous book, "The Hundred Year Old Man"?, but, judging by the comparisons in the reviews of this book, it sounds as if it would be just as enjoyable. Meanwhile, I hope the rest of this one is as enjoyable as the first half.
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After reading Jonas Jonasson's The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared, I needed to see if there was more on offer from the author. Thank the stars I had the good fortune to try the other revered story of his: The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden. For me it is in the latter that the greater magic lies. Collectively these two books represent something unique, special and utterly essential, for those who seek parables full of self-effacing erudition, suffused with playful foibles and droll humour in their reading.

Look out for Jonas Jonasson's new novel, which is due out soon. It's titled Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All. It's available 21 April 2016 here on Amazon.
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