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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Audiobook

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 07-08-16
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 07-08-16 Member Since 2016

    Paid reviewers, after two weeks get 4-8 votes and have that power to strike unhelpful against others. Check their history! Your money!

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    "LOL Funny"

    I must OBJURGATE with anyone who does not find this hilarious. As is typical of the time of the writing we never hear from the woman who had the baby or old man. The attempts of the father to raise his old man son like a kid is just funny. B.J. does a great job with great timing in his reading. Get this one just for the fun of it.

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    K, 10-12-16
    K, 10-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "good story, bad performance"

    classic story, but the fake British accent of the reader is insufferable. couldn't make it through.

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    Haley Shaw 09-14-16
    Haley Shaw 09-14-16
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    "okay"

    the story was okay but honestly for the first time ever I prefer the movie! story just seemed to be missing so much!

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    James 09-05-16
    James 09-05-16
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    "Alright... I Guess"

    This story is actually kind of dumb and not as charming as it thinks it is. Luckily it's short.

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    S F Burns 08-24-16
    S F Burns 08-24-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Classic"
    Any additional comments?

    F. Scott Fitzgerald clearly knows how to hit hard in a story, and as he shows in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, he can also pull you along with simply a good story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Justin 07-31-16
    Justin 07-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Had a smile on my face the whole time"
    What did you love best about The Curious Case of Benjamin Button?

    I loved the story all the way through.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the comedy of the story. Benjamin Button was born with a great amount of wit.


    What about B. J. Harrison’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was great. I will look for more from him.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I didn't want to stop listening to it. Finished it in one sitting and then straight on to the Great Gatsby.


    Any additional comments?

    The only negative thing I can say about the story is that I am upset that I hadn't experienced it sooner. Now I have to buy the actual book and watch the movie.

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    Camille 03-02-16
    Camille 03-02-16
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    "A Good Listen"
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    Once you move past the absurdity of the concept and the preconceived ideas that you might have from watching the movie, this was solid story. It was funny and intriguing, while being short enough to listen to from start to finish without dedicating a whole afternoon or evening to it. Also, BJ Harrison's narration is spot on. This is definitely worth a listen.

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    CourtneyWNY 06-22-15
    CourtneyWNY 06-22-15

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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!)

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    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 06-04-14
    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 06-04-14 Member Since 2016

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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.

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    "Dyygchcu"

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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. ☺

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    Kildonan
    10/24/15
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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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Ron
    4/7/16
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    "Wish it was longer"

    I thoroughly enjoyed the film and expected the book to be as good or better. It wasn't ... Nowhere near as engaging as the film. But taken on its own, it's very good although only an hour in length...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    3/27/16
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    "beautifully read. .did justice to the book"

    beautiful story..brought back memories of the movie..however was shorter than the movie but was good

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dawn
    HYDE, United Kingdom
    9/22/16
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    "The film was better"

    This is only a short story, and completely ridiculous. How the poor mother gave birth to this walking talking reasoning old man of some five feet is never explained.

    This is one of those rare occasions where the film was much much better.

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  • David
    Umea, Sweden
    8/24/16
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    "Utterly enchanting!"

    I had never gotten around to reading the story. it's amazing, well-crafted and engaging. absolutely worth a listen!

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  • Metaltoe
    7/31/16
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    "Rubbish!!!"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No idea. . .


    Would you ever listen to anything by F. Scott Fitzgerald again?

    I have read other Scott Fitzgerald. Quite enjoyed Great Gatsby but mostly I find his stories boring.


    What about B. J. Harrison’s performance did you like?

    He read it well enough. Just that the whole story was silly and pointless.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button?

    I wouldn't have wanted to publish it.


    Any additional comments?

    To begin with - how could it be possible for the woman to give birth to (or carry in her womb) a normally sized adult 70 year old man? This is never addressed and the rest of the story is just silly. He is (somehow) born as a 70 year old (how and why?) and then gets younger until he becomes a small child, then a baby . . . then what? Presumably a foetus, then an embryo, lying there in the bed??? No logic here. And if it's meant to be funny in some way, I certainly didn't get it.

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  • dennis
    7/27/16
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    "enjoyable tale and narration"

    I had not seen the film so came to the story fresh. excellent novella and a great voice performance

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    guildford, United Kingdom
    7/18/16
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    "excellent"

    interesting story and well read. I love the classics and Scott Fitzgerald have weaved a story to amaze us in its simplicity of a life lived in its own terms

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  • Col Corkhill
    5/10/16
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    "Short Story"

    Great short story which was made into the now well known movie. Worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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