This 'imaginative, laugh-out-loud bestseller' (Daily Telegraph) has sold more than two million printed copies.
©2009 Jonas Jonasson (P)2012 Strathmore Publishing Ltd
"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)
"a mordantly funny and loopily freewheeling debut novel about ageing ¬disgracefully, [full of] infectious humour and crackpot energy. The author has ... an acute ear for dialogue and a brilliant eye for the absurd." (Sunday Times)
"Peter Kenny...reads with the straightness [the book's] dry humour requires ... I guarantee there will be a smile on your face when you hear it." (Christina Hardyment, The Times)
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.
It wasn't what I had expected. Very quirky - as the title suggests - but I found myself finding it hard to stop listening to.
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.
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.
I could easily have listened in a single sitting. Sadly work gets in the way at times.
An excellent read. From the first chapter it is clear than Alan is not your average centanarian! Split second decisions lead him into intriguing situations, meeting such a variety of people and getting into hilarious and dangerous scrapes with them. Alan, it seems, is able to relate to anyone, and through 'flashbacks' the reader is introduced to Alan's life before the current adventure. There is a 'Forrest Gump' feel to his past as he encouters world leaders and shapes the history of the world -all in a very 'accidental' and humble way. A tale of a very unusual life - but you have to love Alan! The tale is well crafted keeping the readers interest and leaving you keen for the next installment whenever you stop.
I tend to listen to my audiobooks in the car and like to be entertained. Anything with a good storyline. Fiction is my preferred bag
A wonderful tale, this is what I want from an Audiobook - great story and great narration. If only all audiobooks could be this entertaining.
This book has transferred well to audio, it comes alive - you are drawn into the characters and situation quickly and effortlessly, just as it should be for me. Not only did it make me laugh but I actually cared about the primary character.
Not one to normally write reviews as not much seems to be that worthy, but this is a thoroughly enjoyable listen and one which I wholeheartedly recommend.
We listened to this book on a long car journey in February en-route to a family pow wow on care for an elderly relative, so when it began with a man in a care home, our hearts sank. But, within just a few minutes, we were smiling and even laughing out loud at the exploits of Allan and his expanding group of friends. Yes, the story was implausable in places, but it was told with such gentle humour that if you are prepared to suspend reality and 'go with the flow', I'm sure you wiill enjoy it. Any book that can make you smile in the circumstances that we heard it has to have five stars in my mind.
I really enjoyed this book, the characters and story are great and the narrator delivers it perfectly.
It is hard to talk about as you don't want to take anything away from the listeners shared adventure, at the same time talking to people who have read it is brilliant as you'll both end up laughing and endlessly recalling comic references. So it could be seen as quite a selfish act but I've recommended the audiobook to several of my friends and family and bought the book as two Christmas presents this year :)
If you stumble across this please give it a go as you won't be disappointed.
This book is fabulous and from the first page I was captured. The stories within the main story are so clever and entwine together to make a brilliant book. The narration is also excellent and I am sure I will listen to it again and again.
A brilliant book. I wouldn't want to give anything away as every page you turn will have you laughing and in a state of disbelief. So if you want to go on an adventure with a 100 year old Swedish man who has had an unusual, funny and amazing life then this is the book for you. I dare you not to love it.
This book has a wonderful story with comedy turns and unexpected twists. The story makes you feel very close to the 100-year old man and the more you discover about his unbelievable life the more he grows on you. The story is split into 2 definite narratives of the 100 year old's life and what he got up to after leaving the old peoples home. Both blend into one another beautifully with the ending bringing both stories perfectly together.
Despite being a great story I found the way it was written to be difficult to become accustomed too. Perhaps listening to this on the back of the final two parts of the Stieg Larsson trilogy didn't help but I found it to be written very much in the style of a children's book. This was obviously the intention but it did not match my preference.
I did stick it out and did get used to the style after time but think this was mainly due to wanting to know what happened next in the 100 year old mans life.
The narration was very well done. All was clear, different character were identifiable and the general tone in which the book was read matched perfectly to it's character.
In conclusion, I would recommend this book but also provide a little heads up on the writing style, as it may not be to every-ones taste. If you are still having doubts, listen to the sample and make your own judgement.
"A hilarious trip through time"
Original black humour
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.
Alan and his relationship with Stalin and other (in)famous world leaders was quite entertaining!
Alan for his sheer deadpan humour and eternally optimistic and simple outlook on life.
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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