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Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All Audiobook

Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All

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Publisher's Summary

A madcap new novel from the one-of-a-kind author of The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared and The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden.

It's never too late to start again. And again.

It's always awkward when 5,000 kronor goes missing. When it happens at a certain grotty hotel in South Stockholm, it's particularly awkward because the money belongs to the hitman currently staying in room seven.

Per Persson, the hotel receptionist, just wants to mind his own business and, preferably, not get murdered. Johanna Kjellander, temporarily resident in room eight, is a priest without a vocation and, as of last week, without a parish. But right now she has two things at her disposal: an envelope containing 5,000 kronor and an excellent idea....

Featuring one violent killer, two shrewd business brains and many crates of Moldovan red wine, Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All is an outrageously zany story with as many laughs as Jonasson's multimillion-copy best seller The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared.

©2016 Jonas Jonasson (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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  • Patrick
    dublin, Ireland
    27/04/16
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    "Zany roller-coaster read!"
    Would you listen to Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All again? Why?

    I'm not sure I'd read it again but it was great fun while it lasted. An amusing story, like reading the script of a Marx Brothers' movie!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The three central characters are all good fun but the Hitman himself was very well portrayed by Peter Kenny.


    What about Peter Kenny’s performance did you like?

    He was the perfect choice for this book. His brisk, no nonsense reading underlined the comic elements and he never overdid anything simply for comic effect.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There are certainly laugh out loud moments in this story.


    Any additional comments?

    An entertaining way of spending a few hours. I'd be happy to listen to other books by the same author and will certainly look out for Peter Kenny as a reader.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Koen Denolf
    Gent, Belgium
    5/06/16
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    "It just goes on and on"
    What disappointed you about Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All?

    I dragged myself to about 2/3 of the book and then stopped all together. The book started of entertaining and had some fine moments, but I could never get into the characters and could not care the least what happened to them. In the end I just wished it would finally move on a bit and when it did not, I gave up.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jonas Jonasson again?

    Although I enjoyed The 100 year old man, I will probably not read another one of his books, the last 2 were far below par.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom.


    Any additional comments?

    It feels to me like the writer found this gimmick in bringing a story, a bit quirky, over the top. It was fine the first and even second time, but by now it seems used and tiresome. Time to change your act, Mr. Jonasson.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • SPF
    8/05/16
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    "Loved it!"

    Really enjoyed this audio book, I have listen to the 100 year old man and enjoyed that too, but in parts (bits in the past) it was a bit too slow. However if you enjoyed the 100 year old man (especially the bits in the present) you will love this book even more. Fast, funny and enjoyable....only downside is it's not long enough! Great narrator also.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • TomPhil
    Stockport, United Kingdom
    1/05/16
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    "An enjoyable adventure"

    Hitman Anders follows much the same format as Jonasson's previous two books, The Hundred Year Old Man and The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden. In each, an cast of unlikely characters come together in an even more unlikely combination, and a madcap adventure ensues.

    For those who have read / listened to either of the author's previous books, there is nothing really surprising here, and if you enjoyed those books, I'd highly recommend this one to you as well. The same unpredictable twisting plot and the same vein of light humour flows throughout this story.

    This is the type of book that, once you start listening to it, you just want to listen to more and more until, unfortunately, it's finished. I've listened to it on my commutes all week since I downloaded it and it's very much brightened them up.

    The translation is excellent, and the narration perfect. With The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden I purchased both the Kindle version and the audiobook, and whilst I enjoyed both formats, the narration is so nice to listen to that this time I went only with the audiobook.

    My only reason to dock one star is that I don't feel it was quite up to the previous two, particularly the Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden. There seemed to be fewer laugh-out-loud moments, and the story almost "resets" at the end of each part, rather than building to a final climax like the previous two. Part 3 is very disappointing compared to the first two parts.

    If you haven't read or listened to one of Jonasson's books before, I recommend you start with one (or both) of the other two. If you've already read or listened to those two books and you enjoyed them, then I'd still recommend this book to you, especially in audio form.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Anita
    Bromley, United Kingdom
    8/06/16
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    "Enjoyable, but not my favourite of his books."

    I did enjoy this, but with reservations. The narration was terrific, but I didn't care as much about the characters as I did in his previous books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • mark
    6/06/16
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    "Great book"

    Really good talking book
    Well narrated and easy to listen to. A simple but great story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Skeggman
    reading
    30/05/16
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    "Funny, thought provoking and delightfully written"

    When a deprressed receptionist, a priest without faith and a semi-retired, intelectually challenged hitman go into both robbing the underworld and evangelical preaching, they embark on a dangerous and hillaious journey of self discovery.

    I honestly laughed out loud frequently listening to this superb story. I even managed a few moral ponderings too. It was perhaps a bit deeper than I would normally go for on an audiobook but overall this has been one of the best audible purchases I have made to date. If you're in the mood for something a bit different, this might well be worth taking a chance on.

    Brilliantly read by Peter Kenny

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kim Golson
    uk
    26/05/16
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    "Love love loved it!!"

    Son pleased I found this book. It has really entertained me and I highly recommend it to anyone! Narration is pleasing to the ear and the story really engaging.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cris Flack
    17/05/16
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    "Not easy to listen to"

    The story is pretty good but I found the light and airy narration jarring. It may well be that others find it engaging but, by the last few chapters, I found myself hoping that the main characters would come to significant harm. A shame.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca Murphy
    Liverpool, UK
    25/10/16
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    "No as good as the previous books"

    This was a relatively enjoyable listen but didn't grab my attention or make me laugh out loud unlike the previous books. It was well narrated on the whole although I found one or two of the voices/accents chosen for characters to be a little grating.
    Worth a listen to pass the time without having to concentrate too much but a bit disappointing considering how much I had enjoyed the author's previous works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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