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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"Zany roller-coaster read!"
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!
The three central characters are all good fun but the Hitman himself was very well portrayed by Peter Kenny.
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.
There are certainly laugh out loud moments in this story.
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.
"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.
"It just goes on and on"
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.
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.
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.
"Enjoyed it but story is a bit static"
Enjoyed it but not as much as previous book
Story is a bit static compared to previous book.
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.
"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.
"Fun, but not as good as previous books"
I quite enjoyed listening to this, but didn't enjoy it as much as the first two. I think that this may be that the outlandish behaviour and humour was so unexpected in the first novels - whereas the element of surprise at outlandish behaviour has gone in book number 3.
It was still fun though, and I am glad I bought it.
"good, not as interesting as his 1st 2 books"
good, lacks the historical interest from his first books, but still fun and ludicrous as you would expect
"Great book not as good as the others"
Great listen but the story was lacking compared to the other great hits this author has made, great writing and great narration but missing the comedy and depth.
"Mildly entertaining. Great reader."
The book was really good, the second ok, this was just more of the same. Ok, but nothing to write home about.
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