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Publisher's Summary

"This story was inspired by a remark of Mark Twain's to the effect that it was a pity that the best part of life came at the beginning and the worst part at the end. By trying the experiment upon only one man in a perfectly normal world I have scarcely given his idea a fair trial. Several weeks after completing it, I discovered an almost identical plot in Samuel Butler's 'Note-books'."

©2018 Fitzgerald (P)2018 Oregan Publishing

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Fitzgerald's a genius

This book reminded me that Fitzgerald truly is the king of short fiction. Entertaining and profound.

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Short, but good

This is an old story that holds up pretty well today. I felt like the narrator did a good job with the pacing of the story and read well overall. His voice is very low, so it takes a little bit to get used to. I enjoyed him trying to imitate in tone the different stages in Benjamin's life, from old man to toddler. The story itself is very short, only clocking in around an hour. I actually laughed out loud a couple of times, which is a great that a book still hits it's mark so many years later. I found it to be well worth the purchase price as a lot of Libravox recording are hit or miss depending on the reader and quality of the recording.

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entertainning and well delivered

for those who missed the movie, this short story is very unique and thought provoking. Sean Murphy did a great job and it is a pleasant 1 hour.

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Cool little ditty

Well worth the read and interesting to see the inspiration of the much more elaborate film, makes me want to watch it again.