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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Audiobook

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Benjamin Button was literally born an old man. He lived a backwards life, for his body grew younger as the years passed him by. Come and listen to the original, unabridged story by F. Scott Fitzgerald which inspired the movie.
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Benjamin Button was literally born an old man. He lived a backwards life, for his body grew younger as the years passed him by. Come and listen to the original, unabridged story by F. Scott Fitzgerald which inspired the movie.

Public Domain (P)2007 B.J. Harrison

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    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 06-04-14
    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 06-04-14 Member Since 2014

    Rob Thomas

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    "But why?"

    This was an entertainingly weird story. It was very much like one of those fabulous old Twilight Zone TV show episodes.

    The difference, though, is that the Twilight Zone episodes always seemed to have a point. I couldn't see the point of this story.

    Still, it was interesting and entertaining.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jason L. Merritt Fort Worth, TX USA 12-12-15
    Jason L. Merritt Fort Worth, TX USA 12-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    "hmm"

    this was a good idea but not the best story the storyteller was good though

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    lill 08-13-15
    lill 08-13-15 Member Since 2012
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    "What a treat!"

    Excellence stands the test of time . With this very entertaining short story clearly worthy of a listen. I enjoyed this clever look at a twist on life, out of sequence and reactions to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Luv2Read Orchard Park, NY 06-22-15
    Luv2Read Orchard Park, NY 06-22-15 Member Since 2014

    Courtney

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    "Interesting reflection on the phases of our lives"

    B.J. Harrison's reading of this unusual story was excellent. He really reflects emotion and humor very well! F. Scott Fitzgerald's story was most unusual and very funny at times, poignant at others. This makes you glad that this phenomenon doesn't really happen! It also really makes you think about how differently we act at different ages. I haven't seen the movie so I don't know how close it is. This is a nice short book, odd though it may be, and Fitzgerald's lovely writing makes this worth a listen. (Gatsby is a must, though! Jake Gyllenhaal's performance is brilliant, here on Audible!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debi M. 04-20-15
    Debi M. 04-20-15
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    "Fantastic!"

    This is a fascinating look at how it would be to live life backwards. Great book by an amazing author!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 10-08-14
    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 10-08-14 Member Since 2009

    I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.

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    "Not Same as the Movie, but Good"
    Any additional comments?

    Well written and brilliant for it's length. It is a story of a man who is born old and ages in reverse. But it differs quite a bit from the movie.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Devon Nampa, ID, United States 04-29-13
    Devon Nampa, ID, United States 04-29-13
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    "Interesting"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I honestly liked the sound and honest enthusiasm the reader placed in this book. Very well done.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ben's dad was an interesting character, and he kept me invested in his son.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The child acting general.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    It's been done.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennie Kissimmee, FL, United States 02-23-13
    Jennie Kissimmee, FL, United States 02-23-13
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    "Interesting"

    I've never seen the movie but thought I would try the book. I found the concept of someone being born at the end of their life and then getting younger interested. Although not much happened throughout the story, it was still a pleasant read, hence the 4 star rating.

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    Jane 02-20-13
    Jane 02-20-13
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    "Good listen"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Voice for Benjamin at different life stages was a positive aspect for the listener.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a strangely cute short story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    George dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine 02-07-13
    George dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine 02-07-13
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    "Immortal Classics"

    Perfect heartfelt narration with stresses which were always in place and relevant. This is a peculiar type of plot for Fitzgerald bearing in mind The Great Gatsby and his other short stories. The story is a wonderful allegory of life and certaily worth reading (or hearing).

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    12/25/15
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    "great listen"

    Very short - I thought the audio book would a lot longer. BUT very well read and great narrator. ☺

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kildonan
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    "Our lives are defined by opportunities"


    “You’re just the romantic age,” she continued- “fifty. Twenty-five is too worldly wise; thirty is apt to be pale from overwork; forty is the age of long stories that take a whole cigar to tell; sixty is- oh, sixty is too near seventy; but fifty is the mellow age. I love fifty.” - Hildegarde”
    ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    A life that is lived backward from old to young would seem a nonsensical thing to attempt to write but F. Scott Fitzgerald could write backwards if he wanted to and achieved a story that is sad, humorous, and life affirming in a very short space. A story that has been expanded in play form and film. The play by Eric Roth is also beautifully written and is as quotable as the original. The movie version directed by David Fincher is superb and adds to the original with sensitivity and imagination.
    This is the first point to visit Benjamin when he was first born old.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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