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Forrest Gump | [Winston Groom]

Forrest Gump

"Bein' a idiot is no box of chocolates," but "at least I ain't led no hum-drum life," says Forrest Gump, the lovable, surprisingly savvy hero of this wonderful comic tale. When the University of Alabama's football team drafts Forrest and makes him a star, that's only the beginning! He flunks out - and goes on to be a Vietnam war hero, a world-class Ping-Pong player, a wrestler, and a business tycoon. He compares battle scars with Lyndon Johnson, discovers the truth about Richard Nixon, and suffers the ups and downs of true love.
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Publisher's Summary

"Bein' a idiot is no box of chocolates," but "at least I ain't led no hum-drum life," says Forrest Gump, the lovable, surprisingly savvy hero of this wonderful comic tale. When the University of Alabama's football team drafts Forrest and makes him a star, that's only the beginning! He flunks out - and goes on to be a Vietnam war hero, a world-class Ping-Pong player, a wrestler, and a business tycoon. He compares battle scars with Lyndon Johnson, discovers the truth about Richard Nixon, and suffers the ups and downs of true love. Now, Forrest Gump's telling all - in a madcap, screwball romp through three decades of the American landscape. It's Gump's amazing travels...and you've got to hear them to believe them.

©1996 Winston Groom (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"Part Candide, part Huck Finn and a whole lot of Andy Griffith, [Gump] makes his case in a voice all his own.George Plimpton A wacky and funny nuthouse of a book." (Los Angeles Times)

"Broad satire with serious resonances...Gump's adventures are both hilarious and bawdy....This picaresque tale will set you guffawing." (New Woman)

"A Huckleberry Finn­-type odyssey, complete with the humor-tempered irony and insight of Mark Twain. A rollicking satire, milking laughs from our sacred cows...As much fun as a box of chocolates, but far less fattening." (Pittsburgh Press)

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    BiJae Troutdale, OR, United States 07-18-11
    BiJae Troutdale, OR, United States 07-18-11 Member Since 2010

    bijae

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    "A wonderful story, perfectly narrated"

    As many of the movie viewers know, Forest is a completely lovable character. I have not seen the movie but you can't help but like a guy that starts by telling you, "It's not easy bein' an Idiot." What great humility. I enjoyed following Forest on his journey through his life, from the Nut School, to the being the football star and on to the war. You will enjoy this book as it is full of humanity and compassion as he always tries to do the right thing

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Penn Kname Atlanta, GA, United States 06-30-11
    Penn Kname Atlanta, GA, United States 06-30-11
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    "A Storytelling Masterpiece"

    Words fail to describe just how rich this story is. Mark Hammer does an AMAZING job bringing to life the story of Forrest. First thing is first. Put aside ANY notion you may have about this after seeing the movie, whether good OR bad. The movie is VERY loosely based on the book. The similarities are few and far between, and as much as I love the movie, I love the book even more.
    I went through every emotion possible as I listen to the grand comedy and grand tragedy that is the life of Forrest. I'd often find myself literally laughing out loud at some of the things said and done in the book...that often come out of NOWHERE! A few minutes later I'd find myself feeling very sad at yet another twist of fate. From his interaction with Bear Bryant to being launched into space with a monkey..this book has it all and quite a lot more. Though I wanted it to keep going after it ended, I was left with a very satisfied feeling when it was completed. Again, Mark Hammer is BRILLIANT as narrator..brilliant! I consider this a 'must read' for anyone who calls themself a fan of storytelling and even classic literature. I'd give it 10 stars if I could...maybe more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    nina MILLEDGEVILLE, GA, United States 02-14-12
    nina MILLEDGEVILLE, GA, United States 02-14-12
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    "The best book I have every listened to"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I watched the movie many times. The book is better


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Forrest Gump?

    when Forrest went to outer space with the monkey


    Have you listened to any of Mark Hammer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes. I could not believe this was the same book that made the movie.


    Any additional comments?

    I will have to listen to the book again to make sure I didn't miss anything

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    eesti Haymarket, VA, United States 06-14-11
    eesti Haymarket, VA, United States 06-14-11 Member Since 2005

    Say something about yourself!

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    "awesome book"

    sad and awesome.. I liked it so much, I wrote essay about it for my school. Book is very different from the movie. So, in my perception, Forrest Gump in the movie represents the best of American character. Forrest Gump in the book is more of an earthy but really fictional character with fantastically good fortune and some unrealistic events in his life. He is travelling in space, for example, or saving life of Mao Zedong. It's written as an autobiography of Forrest Gump that is funny and sad in the same time due to how country and society are acknowledged through mind of autistic person. The book is much deeper and very much politically incorrect to compare to the film. The book is full of satire and sarcasm toward American bureaucracy, schools, police, army, politicians; but all of it presented in the sort of “why is that?” way, not as a straight criticism of the government or society. Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish the reasons behind the things and events that happened to Forrest; because he is an idiot or because there is too much idiocy around him. But there is no manifestation of right or wrong way to be, to do, or to live in this book. His overall positive outlook and good nature, stubbornness and desire to work hard for his goals made him eventually successful and accomplished, even though he left his business, never married Jenny (she did not die like in the movie), and still travelling around the country with Lt. Dan. In my opinion, this book belongs to classical collection of the best American books and comparable with adventures of Tom Sawyer or Gulliver. You may read this book over and over and find something new, different, nostalgic or thrilling, new funny, again and again… Also, Raquel Welch must be amused with this book (read it and you will find out why... funniest part of the book). Narrator is great too..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Glen 10-15-14
    Glen 10-15-14
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    "It is nothing like the movie"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I liked the book but it is so not like the movie I think that should be made clear. The author had thought John Goodman would play the title role not Tom Hanks. It is not sweet like the movie and almost everything that happens to the character is changed. Jenny and Lt Dan and his Momma and the things he says are completely different. I liked it but I wish someone had told me it was completely different than the movie in both events and in tone.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Winston Groom? Why or why not?

    Yes.


    What about Mark Hammer’s performance did you like?

    Love the reader


    Was Forrest Gump worth the listening time?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn Fairfax, VA, United States 07-14-14
    Shawn Fairfax, VA, United States 07-14-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Fun, but very different from the movie"

    As other reviews have pointed out, the movie and the book are only loosely connected. I loved the movie and have seen it many times, so I was a bit hesitant to listen to the book. I'm glad I did. What I liked best about the book over the movie was that the characters had a bit of moral ambiguity rather than being black or white, good versus bad. This added character depth made the book version of Forrest Gump more realistic and more interesting to me.

    The narrator was wonderful. I was concerned that I would be picturing Tom Hanks throughout the book, but the cadence and the dialect used by Mike Hammer worked very well and kept the movie Forrest Gump from intruding into the book Forrest Gump. The only negative comment I have is that Forrest's adventures are a bit over the top sometimes to the point of being so comical they are absurd and unbelievable. I felt the book paced very well and was the appropriate length. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone with the caveat that there is only a loose connection between the book and the movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris 07-10-14
    Chris 07-10-14 Member Since 2007
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    "This book made me appreciate someone...."

    ...the scriptwriters. How they managed to turn this pile of dreck into a great movie is beyond me.

    I'm normally the person who says "the book is always better!", but this is the exception that proves the rule.

    Rather than a story involving a simple soul finding his way in the world and his relationships with other people (especially the love of his life), we're left with a bunch of unlikeable characters (including the lead) and a story that is 1/2 "let's laugh at the retard" (I say it that way to give an understanding of how the book makes it feel) and 1/2 "Roald Dahl book as written by a hormone-crazed 12-year-old"

    Forrest was a jerk, his relationship with Jenny was more "stalker/obsessed" than sweet, his mother was a mess who cried a lot and offered nothing of note, Dan (and pretty much everyone else in the book) was better off having never met Forrest. The only halfway redeemable character in the book was Jenny, largely because she was at least normal.

    The second half of the book takes a turn for the absurd. Forrest in space. Forrest in the jungle playing chess with a Yale-graduated cannibal. Forrest the pro wrestler. Forrest randomly going to towns and meeting his friends in non-sensical ways. Forrest walking around with an Orangutan friend. Forrest and the naked Raquel Welch.

    I really appreciate the work that the film-makers did to make this a good movie, because this book was not good. The ONLY thing the book and movie have in common is the idea of outlandish things happening to the main character -- the movie just did it better, and in a somewhat more "realistic" way (where even though they're insane, in theory they _could_ happen)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Ward 04-01-14
    M. Ward 04-01-14

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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you don't want to like the main character, you don't mind constant cursing and a outlandish story, this may be for you.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator has an almost drunk wheeze to his voice. He did a great job reading, but his voice and the wheeze didn't make it totally enjoyable.


    What character would you cut from Forrest Gump?

    Forrest Gump. I know that seems crazy but he was the worst character and became a bad person.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are wanting to read this book because of the movie... move on. This is a totally different feel and tone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    wendy United States 08-21-12
    wendy United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Different from the movie. Lots of fun."
    Would you listen to Forrest Gump again? Why?

    No, once was good it is a long story and I like the movie better but it is definitely worth listening to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley Wilmer, AL, United States 01-07-14
    Ashley Wilmer, AL, United States 01-07-14 Member Since 2011
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    "not happy"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Not sure, just did not like this book


    Would you ever listen to anything by Winston Groom again?

    Maybe


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mark Hammer?

    He did Okay, so not sure.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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