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The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden - A Novel

Jonas Jonasson

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 monarchy...by 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.

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 monarchy...by 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.
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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 monarchy...by 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Rachel Willson-Broyles, Peter Kenny

Length:

11h 54m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:34


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

46:36


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

20:49


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

47:04


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

17:15


Part 2, Chapter 5
Part 2, Chapter 5

48:14


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

19:29


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

42:32


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

27:49


Part 3, Chapter 9
Part 3, Chapter 9

22:32


Part 3, Chapter 10
Part 3, Chapter 10

26:52


Part 3, Chapter 11
Part 3, Chapter 11

12:27


Part 3, Chapter 12
Part 3, Chapter 12

18:17


Part 3, Chapter 13
Part 3, Chapter 13

22:54


Part 4, Chapter 14
Part 4, Chapter 14

44:08


Part 4, Chapter 15
Part 4, Chapter 15

31:32


Part 4, Chapter 16
Part 4, Chapter 16

43:33


Part 5, Chapter 17
Part 5, Chapter 17

31:23


Part 5, Chapter 18
Part 5, Chapter 18

19:51


Part 5, Chapter 19
Part 5, Chapter 19

15:44


Part 6, Chapter 20
Part 6, Chapter 20

36:54


Part 6, Chapter 21
Part 6, Chapter 21

37:34


Part 6, Chapter 22
Part 6, Chapter 22

22:17


Part 6, Chapter 23
Part 6, Chapter 23

35:17


Part 7, Chapter 24
Part 7, Chapter 24

17:14


Part 7, Chapter 25
Part 7, Chapter 25

04:39


Part 7, Chapter 26
Part 7, Chapter 26

00:37