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Publisher's Summary

F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote many wonderful romantic and realistic short stories and a few incredible "on the edge" fantasy and supernatural stories. Although the story of "Benjamin Button" is quite different than the 2009 movie, the premise is the same - a man is born old and lives his life backwards! Fizgerald says he got the idea from Mark Twain's remark that it was a pity that the best part of life came at the beginning and the worst part at the end.
(P)2009 Jimcin Recordings

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Great story

A got this story after watching the movie and, not surprisingly, found that the movie used the basic concept and that's about all. That being said, it was a great story - what an imagination Fitzgerald had! Reading was good, too. Loved the voices of Button at various ages.

31 of 31 people found this review helpful

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Nice suprise

I didn't particularly like the movie but got this anyway just to see what it was like. Glad I did.
Much shorter but also a much better story than the movie. Reading was also quite good.

30 of 30 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful!

This was a great book to listen to. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Definitely one you won't regret buying.

23 of 23 people found this review helpful

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Well done

Well done reading of this story. Concept takes a lot of "suspension of disbelief" but it's certainly an imaginative story.

27 of 28 people found this review helpful

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  • Trent
  • Utah, USA
  • 07-07-10

Perfectly Honest

This short story is grand. It's honest and more sincere than the Hollywood Love story starring Brad Pitt. It was well worth the short time listening to it, even though the narrator is promoting his podcast and struggles with character voices but slowly getting past that, enjoyable and interesting read.

Highly recommend this short story!

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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incredibly short

the story lacked an abundance of details and was super short. For the first time ever, I have to say I like a movie better than I did the book.

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Very short but worth the 99 cents.

The narrator was a little boring but it was only an hour so I could deal with that. This book is sad in a way at the end. Also it is nothing like the movie except for in concept.

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  • Dana
  • Troy, Maine, United States
  • 06-15-09

barely listenable

This reader has so little sense of natural English speech rhythms and stresses that this rendition of the story, which is not one of Fitzgerald's better ones, is pretty much unlistenable. You wonder if he's paying any attention at all to the actual meaning of the sentences.

2 of 28 people found this review helpful

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It passed some time...

I listen to books as I drive and while this book did pass the time it was fairly boring.

0 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Bill
  • New Lenox, IL, United States
  • 03-10-11

Don't bother

Fitzgerald wrote this just to see if he could. He couldn't. The entire book rides on a single notion; life in reverse. It makes for an interesting convesation over cocktails, but it can't carry a novel.

0 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • ALAN
  • 05-21-15

The film is much better

Drab performance and story. I have listened to it twice and have not enjoyed it.

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  • Michael
  • 08-02-10

Great story with good narration

I've been meaning to read this story ever since I watched the movie and while the movie is based very loosely on the book this is still well worth buying. Admittedly the narration isn't amazing but it is consisted and he does accents well. I only wish that F. Scott Fitzgerald had fleshed out the story a bit and made it longer with his very original idea.