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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“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.
I thoroughly enjoyed the film and expected the book to be as good or better. It wasn't ... Nowhere near as engaging as the film. But taken on its own, it's very good although only an hour in length...
There is so much variety. I love to make use of my time so I listen to a book whilst I crochet. But I still love Paper books new & old.
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.
Cat lover heavy metal lady. Bolton, UK.
No idea. . .
I have read other Scott Fitzgerald. Quite enjoyed Great Gatsby but mostly I find his stories boring.
He read it well enough. Just that the whole story was silly and pointless.
I wouldn't have wanted to publish it.
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.
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
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.
"good story, bad performance"
classic story, but the fake British accent of the reader is insufferable. couldn't make it through.
the story was okay but honestly for the first time ever I prefer the movie! story just seemed to be missing so much!
"Alright... I Guess"
This story is actually kind of dumb and not as charming as it thinks it is. Luckily it's short.
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.
"Had a smile on my face the whole time"
I loved the story all the way through.
I enjoyed the comedy of the story. Benjamin Button was born with a great amount of wit.
The narrator was great. I will look for more from him.
I didn't want to stop listening to it. Finished it in one sitting and then straight on to the Great Gatsby.
The only negative thing I can say about the story is that I am upset that I hadn't experienced it sooner. Now I have to buy the actual book and watch the movie.
"A Good Listen"
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.
"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!)
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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