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
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.
I should be fair, and that is to say the book is an original idea that had so much more potential. That is what the movie capitalized on. In addition, the book is a short story, so was limited in length as to what it could accomplish. The result was a quick rush through the events of Benjamin Button.
The story is dated, and the mores of that era come through. It is chauvinistic in tone and references to the south and pre-war slavery appear, and without apology. Be warned if you have limited tolerance for these issues.
Get this if you are curious (pardon the pun) as to the genesis of the movie plot, but don't invest the time or money if you are looking for more.
This is a classic story. Loved the movie and wanted to compare to original book. I was surprised that this was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I heard of him, of course, but did not know he was responsible for this story. After seeing The Great Gatsby by the same author, I will definately listen to that in the near future, hopefull with the same narrator.
I absolutely hated the narrator and his phoney accent. It was so bad it was distracting and I have no doubt that I would have enjoyed the story more in a different voice. If it was more than an hour long, I don't think I would have made it through.
I honestly liked the sound and honest enthusiasm the reader placed in this book. Very well done.
Ben's dad was an interesting character, and he kept me invested in his son.
The child acting general.
It's been done.
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.
Voice for Benjamin at different life stages was a positive aspect for the listener.
It was a strangely cute short story.
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).
A slightly different version then the story told on the big screen but still very enjoyable and a good short listen.
It's smack right in the middle of all I've listened to so far.
It was original, very different and interesting. Since I had seen the movie I was interested in seeing how close the movie and story were. Miles apart! Movie nothing like the story it is based on.
He made the pages breathe and come to life. A little corny, but a good representation of the area.
I wasn't expecting Ben to be such a jerk. When his wife started aging he lost all interest in her. Being older was the very thing that in the beginning drew her to him.
The story and the narration are enjoyable and since it is short and inexpensive you could do worse.
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