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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
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Publisher's Summary

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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LOL Funny

I must OBJURGATE with anyone who does not find this hilarious. As is typical of the time of the writing we never hear from the woman who had the baby or old man. The attempts of the father to raise his old man son like a kid is just funny. B.J. does a great job with great timing in his reading. Get this one just for the fun of it.

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  • K,
  • 10-12-16

good story, bad performance

classic story, but the fake British accent of the reader is insufferable. couldn't make it through.

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But why?

This was an entertainingly weird story. It was very much like one of those fabulous old Twilight Zone TV show episodes.

The difference, though, is that the Twilight Zone episodes always seemed to have a point. I couldn't see the point of this story.

Still, it was interesting and entertaining.

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A Good Listen

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Once you move past the absurdity of the concept and the preconceived ideas that you might have from watching the movie, this was solid story. It was funny and intriguing, while being short enough to listen to from start to finish without dedicating a whole afternoon or evening to it. Also, BJ Harrison's narration is spot on. This is definitely worth a listen.

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Interesting reflection on the phases of our lives

B.J. Harrison's reading of this unusual story was excellent. He really reflects emotion and humor very well! F. Scott Fitzgerald's story was most unusual and very funny at times, poignant at others. This makes you glad that this phenomenon doesn't really happen! It also really makes you think about how differently we act at different ages. I haven't seen the movie so I don't know how close it is. This is a nice short book, odd though it may be, and Fitzgerald's lovely writing makes this worth a listen. (Gatsby is a must, though! Jake Gyllenhaal's performance is brilliant, here on Audible!)

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Movie is better than the book

I should be fair, and that is to say the book is an original idea that had so much more potential. That is what the movie capitalized on. In addition, the book is a short story, so was limited in length as to what it could accomplish. The result was a quick rush through the events of Benjamin Button.

The story is dated, and the mores of that era come through. It is chauvinistic in tone and references to the south and pre-war slavery appear, and without apology. Be warned if you have limited tolerance for these issues.

Get this if you are curious (pardon the pun) as to the genesis of the movie plot, but don't invest the time or money if you are looking for more.

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Alright... I Guess

This story is actually kind of dumb and not as charming as it thinks it is. Luckily it's short.

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Classic

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F. Scott Fitzgerald clearly knows how to hit hard in a story, and as he shows in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, he can also pull you along with simply a good story.

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Not Same as the Movie, but Good

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Well written and brilliant for it's length. It is a story of a man who is born old and ages in reverse. But it differs quite a bit from the movie.

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okay

the story was okay but honestly for the first time ever I prefer the movie! story just seemed to be missing so much!

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  • Wras
  • 10-24-15

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.

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  • Kaggy
  • 11-02-17

A simple idea perfectly realised

The idea of a man living his life backwards is an intriguing premise and before I listened to this I struggled to comprehend how an author could set out a man's life in such exquisite and poignant detail, in such a short story. I suppose I hadn't reckoned on the wondrous talents of F. Scott Fitzgerald!

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  • David
  • 08-24-16

Utterly enchanting!

I had never gotten around to reading the story. it's amazing, well-crafted and engaging. absolutely worth a listen!

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  • dennis
  • 07-27-16

enjoyable tale and narration

I had not seen the film so came to the story fresh. excellent novella and a great voice performance

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-25-15

great listen

Very short - I thought the audio book would a lot longer. BUT very well read and great narrator. ☺

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  • Dawn
  • 09-22-16

The film was better

This is only a short story, and completely ridiculous. How the poor mother gave birth to this walking talking reasoning old man of some five feet is never explained.

This is one of those rare occasions where the film was much much better.

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  • Metaltoe
  • 07-31-16

Rubbish!!!

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

No idea. . .

Would you ever listen to anything by F. Scott Fitzgerald again?

I have read other Scott Fitzgerald. Quite enjoyed Great Gatsby but mostly I find his stories boring.

What about B. J. Harrison’s performance did you like?

He read it well enough. Just that the whole story was silly and pointless.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button?

I wouldn't have wanted to publish it.

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To begin with - how could it be possible for the woman to give birth to (or carry in her womb) a normally sized adult 70 year old man? This is never addressed and the rest of the story is just silly. He is (somehow) born as a 70 year old (how and why?) and then gets younger until he becomes a small child, then a baby . . . then what? Presumably a foetus, then an embryo, lying there in the bed??? No logic here. And if it's meant to be funny in some way, I certainly didn't get it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-18-16

excellent

interesting story and well read. I love the classics and Scott Fitzgerald have weaved a story to amaze us in its simplicity of a life lived in its own terms

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  • Col
  • 05-10-16

Short Story

Great short story which was made into the now well known movie. Worth the listen.

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  • fuzzyhead
  • 05-02-16

Interesting

Have heard of the film of the same name but never knew what it was about until now. Love the way the story was told. It had the feel of 'tales of the unexpected. Good story. Thank you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-30-21

For a dollar this is fantastic.

This is not the movie. Instead, it’s wonderful. Take a punt, you won’t regret it.

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  • Melissa
  • 01-05-17

Nothing like the movie

I thought Brad and Cate would end up together just like in the movie!! I didn't think you could run through an entire life story in around an hour but what a wordsmith Fitzgerald is. Maybe I'll let him have a crack at my biography next.