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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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okay for an old story

the hook at the beginning was really good but never did they solve the mystery of what caused the baby to be born old, and that he was ever born that way started to be unbelievable.

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How do I love thee...oh so much!

This is an amazing book. It wasn't only a delight to listen to it, but it was also quite thought provoking. Imagine being in Benjamine's shoes--oh the horror of going about your life in reverse order. At some points, it's definitely a win, but in others, it's a definite loss...particularly in the beginning and the end, not unlike real life but in this situation, your loved ones suffer a bit more it seems.

B.J. Harrison did a marvelous job narrating this story. He was quite charming and delightful.

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good book

it was a good story I'm glad I took the time to listen to it

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Classic Tales

You can't go wrong with one of BJ Harrison's Classic Tales, especially when it's bite-sized.

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Boring Button..

The story was wonderful but the narration was boring as could be. It was so bad that a 2 hour book could not keep my attention. Don't waste your money on this trash.

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An interesting look on life

Don't we all complain that life is wasted on the young? But what if you really could live life backwards?

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Funny, Quick and Enjoyable Fiction…

Although I was fully aware of what this story was about, I must admit I have not seen the movie (although I plan to soon for the sake of comparison.) I noticed a lot of the comments remark on the absurdity of the situation. Of course, it’s absurd! If that is a major plot hole for you, you should probably pass on this one. If you can look over that fact, I believe you will enjoy the story for the sake of the story, lol. Fitzgerald’s tale is funny (because the situation is absurd) and he does a wonderful job of guiding the reader through this tale and experiencing life in reverse. My only problem is that there should have been a moment of remorse for his father (who I assume died somewhere along the way.) I think it would have added character to Benjamin and made him even more likable (regardless of whether you’re aging like a normal person or living in reverse, death will affect you and should have been a part of Benjamin’s story.) Most of all, I liked the notion of Benjamin coming to the end of his life without memories or regret.

The narration by B.J. Harrison was fine in my opinion. He was not distracting in anyway and held my interest throughout.

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simply amazing

I saw the movie version but I enjoyed the book so much more. books really needs to be left alone.

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  • 05-26-16

Enjoy the movie 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.