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Forrest Gump

By: Winston Groom
Narrated by: Mark Hammer
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Summary

"Bein' a idiot is no box of chocolates," but "at least I ain't led no hum-drum life," says Forrest Gump, the lovable, surprisingly savvy hero of this wonderful comic tale. When the University of Alabama's football team drafts Forrest and makes him a star, that's only the beginning! He flunks out - and goes on to be a Vietnam war hero, a world-class Ping-Pong player, a wrestler, and a business tycoon. He compares battle scars with Lyndon Johnson, discovers the truth about Richard Nixon, and suffers the ups and downs of true love. Now, Forrest Gump's telling all - in a madcap, screwball romp through three decades of the American landscape. It's Gump's amazing travels...and you've got to hear them to believe them.

©1996 Winston Groom (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

Critic reviews

"Part Candide, part Huck Finn and a whole lot of Andy Griffith, [Gump] makes his case in a voice all his own.George Plimpton A wacky and funny nuthouse of a book." ( Los Angeles Times)
"Broad satire with serious resonances...Gump's adventures are both hilarious and bawdy....This picaresque tale will set you guffawing." ( New Woman)
"A Huckleberry Finn­-type odyssey, complete with the humor-tempered irony and insight of Mark Twain. A rollicking satire, milking laughs from our sacred cows...As much fun as a box of chocolates, but far less fattening." ( Pittsburgh Press)

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Brilliant

So heart warming feel good book. Wish I had the mind of Forrest. Loved it.

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fantastic book

Absolutely loved this book. Far better than the film and it was told really well by Mark Hammer. Its surprising how much they left out of the film. I will highly recommend this to anybody.

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Better than the film

I was watching a book review and someone said. Listen it’s so good .
So I did … it’s absolutely amazing and nothing like the film. So much more in it
The narrator was brilliant .. I didn’t want it to end. I enjoyed every minute if it. Laughing at some parts.
just give it a listen. I am so,glad I did.

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Fantastic alternative storyline to the film we all know!

Fantastic narration, great adventure book of Forrest Gump and what he gets up to! The storey does differ from the movie, which is a great thing as some much more happens and you’ll be hooked. Definitely give this audio book a go! You won’t regret it :)

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Very difficult to review, it's a very different storyline, but it the same pace of the film so more happens as it 4x longer.

The concept of it being told by an 'idiot' is great but somehow lends itself better to a film than a book. I have to say the film is better as a film than this is as a book. The film is of course excellent and this book is also very good. Id recommend. The book is told at the same pace as the film so forest gets up to alot more in the book, the storyline is only 5% similar I reckon. Trouble is it gets abit far fetched and kinda silly in places. Still very good, even abit of a tear jerker

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Run Forest Run

Fast paced story, but not as good as the film. The book version of Forest makes some mistakes Tom Hanks character would not have made

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Hugely entertaining

It got a bit surreal at times like I was expecting Forest to wake up from a acid trip any moment. Despite that it’s one of the most enjoyable listens Ive experienced on audible so far.

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I love the story

I love the story. The book is much better than the movie. A lot more fantastic stories

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Fantastic

The best book that I have ever listened to would recommend it to everyone and more

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Only an idiot

Very different from the film , but still on the same lines. Superb narrative.
Enjoyable read

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