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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
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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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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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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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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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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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Short Story

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

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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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Wish it was longer

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...

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beautifully read. .did justice to the book

beautiful story..brought back memories of the movie..however was shorter than the movie but was good

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great listen

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

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A great sketch of a novella read wonderfully. Thi

This story has become the victim of the Brad Pitt film. As a novella it has a wonderfully light touch. It was never meant to be a novel. Beautifully read.

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  • K,
  • 12-10-16

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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  • James
  • 05-09-16

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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  • S F Burns
  • 24-08-16

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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  • Camille
  • 02-03-16

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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  • Haley Shaw
  • 14-09-16

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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  • Justin
  • 31-07-16

Had a smile on my face the whole time

What did you love best about The Curious Case of Benjamin Button?

I loved the story all the way through.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the comedy of the story. Benjamin Button was born with a great amount of wit.

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

The narrator was great. I will look for more from him.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I didn't want to stop listening to it. Finished it in one sitting and then straight on to the Great Gatsby.

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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.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 08-07-16

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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  • Jason L. Merritt
  • 12-12-15

hmm

this was a good idea but not the best story the storyteller was good though

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  • CourtneyWNY
  • 22-06-15

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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  • Nothing really matters
  • 04-06-14

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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