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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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Such a sweet story.

Definitely different than the movie but the story is well with listening to, although shorter than expected.

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so apparently I really dislike F.Scott Fitzgerald

i had an impossible time connecting with this book. i will summerize it for you.

Baby is birn as old man, his dad is super rich and is a dick to his baby, rich man teen can't get into college cause he looks old, rich man gets girl becuase he looks old, rich man geta bored with girl when she ages normally and he doesnt so goes into the army. rich man comes back to war now hates his old biddy wife and goes to college. rich man is now a boy and his son is a man who resents him for being young even tho he inhereted a fantastically successful business from him. rich boy goes to school. rich boys wife now treats him like a grandson and he gets to play with great toys and have a great life. rich baby dies, the end.

there, now you dont have to read it. the only saving grace is that the performance is good. so if you have to read it for class or something give this guy money.

i think i juat honestly cant stand f.scott fitzgerald because i hated The Great Gadsby as well. Funny enough, rich people being dicks to each other and society being mildly upset aimply isnt interesting to me at all, go figure.

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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.