◊ Translator: Rachel Willson-Broyles
◊ Narrator: Peter Kenny
◊ Audible Audio Edition
◊ Listening Length: 8 hours and 7 minutes
◊ Program Type: Audiobook, Paperback
◊ Paperback: 312 pages
◊ Genre: Literature, Fiction, Humor
◊ Version: Unabridged
◊ Publisher: Ecco, HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio, Inc.
◊ Release Date: April 26, 2016
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN: 10: 1504716884 (audio) 10: 0062458175 (print)
◊ ISBN: 13: 978-1504716888 (audio) 13: 978-0062458179 (print)
From the author of the international bestseller The 100-Year-Old-Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, a brilliant satirical novel set in modern Sweden—a story of idealism and fanaticism, gangsters and entrepreneurs, sensationalism and spirituality, that explores the values that matter in contemporary life.
In a former brothel turned low-rent hotel, the lives of three unusual strangers—a former female priest, recently fired from her church; the ruined grandson of an ex-millionaire working as a receptionist; and Killer-Anders, a murderer newly released from prison—accidently collide with darkly hilarious results.
Seeing a lucrative opportunity in Killer-Anders, the unlikely trio form an unusual new business. The Priest and The Receptionist will handle strategy and public relations, and coordinate Killer-Anders’ “missions.” Using the media’s obsessive need for sensational, headline-making stories to advertise their talent’s superb “skill,” they quickly build a clientele of rich Swedish gangsters. Suddenly, they’re making an altogether different kind of killing of their own.
But when Killer-Anders begins asking deeper questions about purpose and meaning, his curiosity leads him to an unexpected discovery: he finds Jesus. Desperate to save the money machine they’ve built, The Priest and The Receptionist devise an audacious plan utilizing Killer-Anders’ newfound and decidedly fervent faith.
Mischievous yet big-hearted, filled with Jonas Jonasson’s trenchant humor and delightful twists, Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All is a delightful comic adventure that reminds us it’s never to late to start over—and to discover what truly matters.
This is one of those zany books that makes you shake your head as you smile at the craziness that falls in place to create a delightful story.
Narrator Peter Kenny does an excellent job giving unique voices to each of the characters. His cadence and timing is spot on. His interruptions of the actions and emotions enhances this entertainment story.
The author has created eccentric characters that draw you in quickly. The characters’ madcap ways will hold you spellbound as you try to guess what’s next.
The story moves quickly with unexpected twists and turns that will keep you laughing. You’ll find yourself cheering for this little group of misfits as they take on the world in their own bizarre way.
This is an amusing story of three unlikely people who come together and create their own unique business and family. Filled with satire, lovable characters, humor, adventure and hope, it’s a story you don’t want to miss. I would highly recommend enjoying both audio and print formats of this fascinating story!
Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All by Jonas Jonasson, Translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles, Ecco, @2016, ISBN: 978-0062458179, Paperback, 312 Pages: Narrated by Peter Kenny, HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio Inc., Audible Audio Edition, ISBN: 978-1504716888, Unabridged, Listening Time: 7.8 Hours
FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of the audio and print book were sent to me by the publishers in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copies did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.
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