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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button | [F. Scott Fitzgerald]

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote many wonderful romantic and realistic short stories and a few incredible "on the edge" fantasy and supernatural stories. Although the story of "Benjamin Button" is quite different than the 2009 movie, the premise is the same - a man is born old and lives his life backwards! Fizgerald says he got the idea from Mark Twain's remark that it was a pity that the best part of life came at the beginning and the worst part at the end.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote many wonderful romantic and realistic short stories and a few incredible "on the edge" fantasy and supernatural stories. Although the story of "Benjamin Button" is quite different than the 2009 movie, the premise is the same - a man is born old and lives his life backwards! Fizgerald says he got the idea from Mark Twain's remark that it was a pity that the best part of life came at the beginning and the worst part at the end.

(P)2009 Jimcin Recordings

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    Edward PA, USA 04-01-09
    Edward PA, USA 04-01-09
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    "Great story"

    A got this story after watching the movie and, not surprisingly, found that the movie used the basic concept and that's about all. That being said, it was a great story - what an imagination Fitzgerald had! Reading was good, too. Loved the voices of Button at various ages.

    27 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Empowerment Middletown, RI, United States 05-08-09
    Empowerment Middletown, RI, United States 05-08-09
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    "Nice suprise"

    I didn't particularly like the movie but got this anyway just to see what it was like. Glad I did.
    Much shorter but also a much better story than the movie. Reading was also quite good.

    26 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Newberg, OR, USA 01-19-10
    Stephanie Newberg, OR, USA 01-19-10
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    "Wonderful!"

    This was a great book to listen to. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Definitely one you won't regret buying.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Edward USA 04-20-09
    Edward USA 04-20-09
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    "Well done"

    Well done reading of this story. Concept takes a lot of "suspension of disbelief" but it's certainly an imaginative story.

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Trent Price, UT, USA 07-07-10
    Trent Price, UT, USA 07-07-10
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    "Perfectly Honest"

    This short story is grand. It's honest and more sincere than the Hollywood Love story starring Brad Pitt. It was well worth the short time listening to it, even though the narrator is promoting his podcast and struggles with character voices but slowly getting past that, enjoyable and interesting read.

    Highly recommend this short story!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dana Troy, Maine, United States 06-15-09
    Dana Troy, Maine, United States 06-15-09 Member Since 2008
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    "barely listenable"

    This reader has so little sense of natural English speech rhythms and stresses that this rendition of the story, which is not one of Fitzgerald's better ones, is pretty much unlistenable. You wonder if he's paying any attention at all to the actual meaning of the sentences.

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    Shawn Raloff Portland, OR 04-21-11
    Shawn Raloff Portland, OR 04-21-11 Member Since 2002

    You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.

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    "It passed some time..."

    I listen to books as I drive and while this book did pass the time it was fairly boring.

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    Bill New Lenox, IL, United States 03-10-11
    Bill New Lenox, IL, United States 03-10-11
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    "Don't bother"

    Fitzgerald wrote this just to see if he could. He couldn't. The entire book rides on a single notion; life in reverse. It makes for an interesting convesation over cocktails, but it can't carry a novel.

    0 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Lolita Riverside, CA, USA 06-21-09
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    "The Movie Was Better"

    I saw the movie first, and then I read the book. The movie was way better than the book. I was very dissappointed.

    0 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    "Great story with good narration"

    I've been meaning to read this story ever since I watched the movie and while the movie is based very loosely on the book this is still well worth buying. Admittedly the narration isn't amazing but it is consisted and he does accents well. I only wish that F. Scott Fitzgerald had fleshed out the story a bit and made it longer with his very original idea.

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