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The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: April 2014

Duration: 11 hours 56 minutes


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.


  • Gina W

    Fabulous book! I loved it from the first word to the very last. The narrarators were fantastic and gave much depth to the story. I highly recommend this as a 'MUST' listen for everyone.

  • Jennifer Doel

    I love how perfectly Peter Kenny communicates the wit and hint of sass throughout the entire reading. Well done!

  • Deja Pearson

    Fun, entertaining and clever book with an incredible narrator.

  • Hayley Moore

    The first 2/3's of the book were really good. I got very lost in the end. The narrator was fabulous

  • David Santiago

    Great book - very funny and engaging. Would listen to it again.

Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden: A Novel

by Rachel Willson-Broyles, Jonas Jonasson

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Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden: A Novel, Rachel Willson-Broyles, Jonas Jonasson