The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

Streaming Audiobook - 2014
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A wildly picaresque new novel from Jonas Jonasson, the author of the internationally bestselling The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared In a tiny shack in the largest township in South Africa, Nombeko Mayeki is born. Put to work at five years old and orphaned at ten, she quickly learns that the world expects nothing more from her than to die young, be it from drugs, alcohol, or just plain despair. But Nombeko has grander plans. She learns to read and write, and at just fifteen, using her cunning and fearlessness, she makes it out of Soweto with millions of smuggled diamonds in her possession. Then things take a turn for the worse.... Nombeko ends up the prisoner of an incompetent engineer in a research facility working on South Africa's secret nuclear arsenal. Yet the unstoppable Nombeko pulls off a daring escape to Sweden, where she meets twins named Holger One and Holger Two, who are carrying out a mission to bring down the Swedish any means necessary. Nombeko's life ends up hopelessly intertwined with the lives of the twins, and when the twins arrange to kidnap the Swedish king and prime minister, it is up to our unlikely heroine to save the day-and possibly the world. In this wild romp, Jonasson tackles issues ranging from the pervasiveness of racism to the dangers of absolute power while telling a charming and hilarious story along the way. In the satirical voice that has earned him legions of fans the world over, Jonasson gives us another rollicking tale of how even the smallest of decisions can have sweeping-even global-consequences.
Publisher: [United States] : Harper Collins Publishers : Made available through hoopla, 2014.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780062333506
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (11hr., 53 min.)) : digital.


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Aug 10, 2018

This book was absolutely delightful! I fell in love with the main character, Nombeko, by the end of the first chapter. In fact I am so enamoured by her that I truly hope that Jonas Jonasson chooses to write more books using her character, or a sequel to "the Girl who saved the King of Sweden". This book was fun, heart-warming, at times frustrating, but always in an enjoyable way, and so over the top that the next adventure that would come to the main characters was never, ever predictable! I loved every minute of this and it was further enhanced by having the audio version, as Peter Kenny did a wonderful job bringing the characters to life. Highly recommended!

Jan 10, 2018

Great book that was enhanced by the reader, Peter Kenny! This was my first audiobook, and I'm glad I didn't read it! He was so entertaining! It made this great book even better! I loved the unlikely and improbable but somehow possible plot. Also, during this time I read the children's book LonPoPo, and I am pretty sure that the three Chinese sisters in both stories are the same women (lol).


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