Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All

  • by Jonas Jonasson
  • Narrated by Peter Kenny
  • 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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.

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- Patrick

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.
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- TomPhil

Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-04-2016
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited