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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Audiobook

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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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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    Jessica - KaleidoscopesAndPolkaDots.Co Las Vegas, NV 04-24-17 Member Since 2016

    Highly caffeinated bookaholic workaholic

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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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    Catherine Dillard 04-16-17 Member Since 2017
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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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    Bharune 02-16-17
    Bharune 02-16-17 Member Since 2016
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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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    jbay99 02-09-17
    jbay99 02-09-17 Member Since 2016
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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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    Red Dragon Kent, WA USA 02-07-17
    Red Dragon Kent, WA USA 02-07-17 Member Since 2016

    no ennui here

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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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    Mike L Lane 02-04-17
    Mike L Lane 02-04-17 Member Since 2016
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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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    Amazon Customer 08-12-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Dyygchcu"

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    Sam 05-30-16
    Sam 05-30-16
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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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    JK 05-26-16
    JK 05-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    "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.

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    Teresa 05-11-16
    Teresa 05-11-16 Member Since 2017
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    "delightful"

    Liked it a lot, but thought it would be longer. The narrator was very good.

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    "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.

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  • Kat
    4/23/16
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kildonan
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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 8 people found this review helpful

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