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
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.
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!)
great author and narrator would recommend. excellent price. loved it. you need to get this edition
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.
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.
I have always loved this movie (with Brad Pitt), so I wanted to also enjoy the book experience. The movie and book differ greatly and the book seems to go too fast, although I respect that this was how Fitzgerald wrote it. It is still worth the listen though.
Very short - I thought the audio book would a lot longer. BUT very well read and great narrator. ☺
"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.
"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...
"beautifully read. .did justice to the book"
beautiful story..brought back memories of the movie..however was shorter than the movie but was good
Great short story which was made into the now well known movie. Worth the listen.
Have heard of the film of the same name but never knew what it was about until now. Love the way the story was told. It had the feel of 'tales of the unexpected. Good story. Thank you.
"A great sketch of a novella read wonderfully. Thi"
This story has become the victim of the Brad Pitt film. As a novella it has a wonderfully light touch. It was never meant to be a novel. Beautifully read.
"A Quick, Concise Read That Is Interesting"
I chose this as I have seen the film and liked it. This was descriptive and easy to listen to, but I would have liked more detail in some parts. At times I found the narrator's imitation of accents annoying as well as their tone of voice. I wanted the story to be longer but it was a quick read. I read it during the Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon and it's a good book for reading challenges because of the length of the story. Very concise.
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