Fitzgerald's short stories have themes that not only relate to the problems and culture of the Jazz Age, but also to the promises and despair encountered by the youth, as well as the aging. Love and relationships between two mismatched or unlikely characters are common, such as people who are unlikely to develop a spark of romantic interest between each other.
The plots are usually set in the culture of the upper middle class and the elite, with characters either from this social group or aspiring to become part of it. Being inspired by the events that occurred during The Great Depression and the stock market crash, the stories also involve characters who lose wealth, but who are still trying to maintain their opulent lifestyle.
However, Fitzgerald's stories will remain relevant no matter which era listeners are born into, as finding true love and happiness, despite the situation, will always be a common part of the human experience.
Included in this book:
This Side of Paradise
The Beautiful and Damned
The Mystery of the Raymond Mortgage
Reade, Substitute Right Half
A Debt of Honor
The Room with the Green Blinds
A Luckless Santa Claus
Pain and the Scientist
The Trail of the Duke
Little Minnie McCloskey: A Story for Girls
The Old Frontiersman: A Story of the Frontier
The Diary of a Sophomore
The Prince of Pests: A Story of the War
Cedric the Stoker
The Spire and the Gargoyle
Tarquin of Cheapside
Babes in the Woods
Sentiment - And the Use of Rouge
The Pierian Springs and the Last Straw
Porcelain and Pink
Head and Shoulders
Dalyrimple Goes Wrong
Myra Meets His Family
The Camel's Back
Bernice Bobs Her Hair
The Ice Palace
The Offshore Pirate
The Cut-Glass Bowl
The Four Fists
The Lees of Happiness
O Russet Witch!
Tarquin of Cheapside
The Popular Girl
Two for a Cent
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Diamond as Big as the Ritz
Public Domain (P)2013 Palmera Publishing
A better reading.
The reading is just awful. It's monotone, boring and words are mispronounced. The way he makes the women sound is insulting.
Fitzgerald's prose was mutilated by the narrator. He mispronounced word after word and his imitations of female and other voices were very distracting. I finally had to quit listening to it.
Compares extremely unfavorably. This involves his very early work that is not as mature as later works and the narration did a great harm to the work.
I would listen to some segments again because a well turned phrase is worth keeping.
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In what language? I cannot assuage the "narrator's" ego as he simply does not have command of his own apparent only spoken tongue. The English language should seek succor as Wohlert's massacre of non Anglo-Saxon words and phrases reminds one of the "De Güello" at the Alamo. But, no mercy is shown and the slaughter piques curiosity as to which word is to be mutilated and sacrificed next.In summary, I have listened to other narrated Fitzgerald stories but I will never willingly self inflict another narrated by Wolfort.Before critiquing this review, listen for yourself and then respond.GL
Kindly remember that slander is only classified as slander when what is said is NOT true.
Overall rating is adversely weighted by the anchoring albatross.
It's a huge compliment to Fitzgerald that his novels come through with power in spite of the poor performance by Wohlert. The Great Gatsby, read by Tim Robbins, was an experience at a completely different, and higher, level.
Never. Wohlert mispronounces so badly, and so often, as to distract from the meaning of the story. His timing is terrible, sometimes pausing near the end of a sentence, then starting the next with the last words of the former. He sounds like he's reading individual words, without understanding the very story he's reading. Is there no editor/producer to monitor the quality of the performance?
I'm disappointed with Audible for allowing a performance as deadly as Wolhert's onto their reading list.
A better narrator and, assuming there was a director, a better director. The only way to listen to this is at 1.5 X speed. Worse than the blandness of the narrator's voice is his constant miss pronouncement of words and names. It is laughably and, at times, surreally bad.
Since this contained two novels and many short stories, it's hard to say.
Quicker pace and correctly pronounced words and names. How hard was it to consult a dictionary?
The production reeks of amateur hour. You're constantly taken out of the stories because you're scratching your head as to how this got made.
Trust me, and the other reviewers, on the miss pronounced words and names.
Driving while listening to this book can be hazardous. However, if insomnia is a problem that you suffer from, this narrator may be the perfect remedy.
Fitzgerald's sophisticates are badly served by an un-directed reader who reads out foreign words and famous names like a baby learning its first words. Really irritating.
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