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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 have to hear them to believe them.
©1994 Winston Groom. All Rights Reserved (P)1994 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved. AUDIOWORKS Is An Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

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"A wonderful read. I laughed out loud time and again." (Atlanta Journal & Constitution)

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go read the book!

The audiobook for "Forrest Gump" is abriged, so many parts in the story are missing, so if you really want to read "Forrest Gump", go read the actual book.

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Abridged & unAbridged, mistake I made

My fault, now I got the book, but have to buy the unabridged audio version as well, and that I am not going to do. That is waste my money.

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Funny reading

What did you love best about Forrest Gump?

The history is very funny to hear.

What did you like best about this story?

Fiction, but how you don't need to be the best to succeed!

Which scene was your favorite?

The president one.

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Was nice

Was nice but sincerely I think the movie was better =/, the book or audio book is just a recopilation of a lot of stuff forrest did

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Forrest Gump ... Great American Story

What made the experience of listening to Forrest Gump the most enjoyable?

I was able to listen to the story anywhere I went. Fantastic story.Brought back many memories of that period in my life.

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

Run, Forrest, Run. When Forrest was carrying the football and the crowd got behind him by yelling "Run, Forrest Run".

What does Winston Groom bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The Southern voice added a lot. If it was read by a New Yorker or an Englishman, it would not have fit.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Several moments, including the deaths of Jennie and of Bubba.
His discovery that he had a son, Little Forrest.

Any additional comments?

So many things on the tape, and in the book, that were not in the movie. I am glad I am able to listen to the book as often as I like.

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  • 07-31-15

Favourite movie and a great book.

This book is really for those who like to value what's important in life. Highly recommended if you're going through a rough patch.

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  • Michael H
  • 08-12-16

Different from the movie

Great story although different from the movie me read very well by the narrator. Shame there wasn't an unabridged version.

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  • Kat Brownlowe
  • 08-11-21

Enjoyable

The movie is far better but enjoyed the story its a nice listen not to long.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-13-21

Very good but I'm sad that it was abridged

This was an excellent story, read by the author no less but sadly abridged and way too short for me to enjoy, especially considering the parts that they cut were excellent.

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  • Ortrud
  • 01-10-21

Better than the movie, but watch the racism.

For a book published in 1986 and set in the 1960s-70s Deep South of America, the racism could be a lot worse. But the nation of New Guinea is slandered horribly.

The main character (Forrest, match) is stranded with his companions in the wilds of New Guinea. They're captured by a Cannibal Chief, and forced to grow cotton under threat of being eaten. If they try to escape the Head-hunter Pygmies will get them.

I can see it's meant to be a satirical comment on slavery in America. I also understand it's described through the eyes of a man who grew up in the Jim Crow South and has an intellectual disability. Also the book is from 1986 and this part is set in the 1970s. A childlike, naively racist description of the people of New Guinea practicing cannibalism and headhuntering would be reasonable.

But no! They're portrayed as cartoon "savages". They're waving spears and keeping huge bubbling cauldrons just waiting for unlucky victims. Human flesh is a casual part of their diet with no more significance than yams, and white people are a particular delicacy. The chief is literally described as "...lookin' at the cookin' pot and lickin' his chops". I automatically picture a topknot, grass skirt and a bone through the nose like a 1950s Mickey Mouse cartoon.

This is stereotyped garbage of tribal people, not anything Forrest would have seen in ACTUAL New Guinea. Some tribes did practice cannibalism and headhunting, but only for ritual purposes. They were NEVER "Ooo yum yum, a white person, light the fire and break out the huge iron cauldron". That's a pretty serious slur to put on an entire country, and lazy storytelling to boot.

If you can push through that; it's a great book. Biting satire. Great writing. Preposterous events presented so calmly they almost seem plausible. Graham's deadpan, heavily accented narration is perfect.

If not for the racism I'd give it 5 stars. As it is, 3 stars.