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Summary

F. Scott Fitzgerald makes antebellum Baltimore his setting for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, a fantastical tale with some Poe-like overtones about a baby born at age 70 who then lives life in reverse, his hair turning "in the dozen years of his life from white to iron-gray, the network of wrinkles on his face becoming less pronounced". What ramifications that creates for Benjamin's relationship with his father first and then later with his wife and his own son makes for some fantastical situations.

Public Domain (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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A Definate Must-Read

Such a beautiful, easy, intelligently written book.
The ending was so sad.
I would definately listen to this again. 😢🙂

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clues in the name... such a curious little story

fantastic little story. conveys all emotions in a neat little package. ends rather sad though

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another classic, loved it

Nice short story, if you enjoyed I recommend the great gatsby, easy listen and a thoughtful story

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Excellent

The narration 0f this book is articulate, well paced and lovely to listen to, mesmerising.

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Classic

Classic book which was ok. Felt more could have been added and was bored easy. Great reading though.

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Poignant Short Story

For such a short story this packs a disproportionately large punch as it tackles birth, death, fate, ageing, difference, prejudice, love and loss in just over an hour. It doesn't need explaining to understand that Fitzgerald was a master at challenging norms, expectations and the status quo in society. For lovers of 'Sliding Doors' type fiction this is a must read or listen. And the movie is pretty good too.

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Benjamin Button on audible

Good book. Shame people so intolerant, like BB's condition was his fault.
Sad ending.

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Quick easy listen

An interesting short story and good to read on a short journey. Read very well.

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The Genius of Fitzgerald

It can only go undisputed that F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of the greatest writers in the English language and this story fails to disappoint that. However I would not consider it necessary reading in order to appreciate this great man's literary genius.

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  • David Welsh
  • 18-12-20

Brilliant!

A wonderful idea indeed. Who would have thought? Although the story is short, very well structured. Scott F. Fitzgerald flew to the top of his imagination for an unexpected set back

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-08-18

Curiously Boring

I loved The Great Gatsby and expected a curious tale with interesting characters. This was boring and predictable. The performance was dry.

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  • Shalandra McGrew
  • 22-01-21

The movie does nothing for it

This is so beautifully written. I love F. Scott Fitzgerald. I can imagine this in front of me and not the movie.

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  • TJReads
  • 02-07-22

Quite different

Good short story. Enjoyed it. The movie was better, but still gives you something to think about.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-06-22

Movie is WAY better

Completely different story than the movie. Movie has a better storyline. Book is very short and boring

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  • Ryan Fox
  • 19-05-22

Needs to be way, way longer

The premise of the story is very interesting, but 70 years go by so quick that you don’t have a sense of Ben’s life at all, you’re left wanting so much more

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  • Agnes Chang
  • 28-04-22

Good short listen

Fitzgerald has fun as he explores all the absurdities and consequences of a man born as a 70 year old and aging to infancy as time goes on in light-hearted, funny short story. Well-read.

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  • Kevinn Eddy
  • 02-04-22

Great Book and Much Better Than The Movie

I started reading this book because i had watched the movie. The book went beyond exception and was super interesting. Highly recommend

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  • RDP
  • 19-03-22

Far better than the movie

Scott brick did what he always does… a spectacular job of placing the reader in the book and the life of Benjamin Buttons

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  • Kadmiel
  • 18-03-22

Seen the movie. Now I've read the book.

Floored. Simply floored. It was such beautifully written sad story. it was even sadder than the movie. I loved it. I loved it.