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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2012
The story: I am familiar with the movie adaptation which I really enjoyed, so I dived into this audiobook with some idea of the main plot and with the purpose to discover the differences. Not surprisingly the main difference is that the movie version focuses and romanticizes Benjamin and Hildegarde's relationship a lot more (Daisy in the movie). C'est l'Hollywood. Even knowing the main plot I found myself entertained and touched by the idea of this story. No matter where you start old or young you seem to end up the same way, it's fascinating and it makes you think. I like books that make you think. The story is short and to the point, there was not a time where I felt it was dragging out and my attention wandered.

The audiobook: I found Michael's voice is very strong and pleasant, there was a distinct echo to the recording but after the first 20 minutes I did not noticed it. The pacing of the reading was perfect, not to fast or slow. There is no need for a lot of voice variations since there aren't many characters that need to be voiced, but I thought Michael's did a good job with young Benjamin Button as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2014
“The Clock Turned Backwards”

This short story is poignantly perplexing—leaving readers shocked and saddened by its inevitable denouement. Once we accept the brilliant, sheer fantasy of the author, this startling concept of time running amuck at one 19th century birth continues with obvious, unrestrained logic to its painful conclusion, This tale would make a wonderful episode for TWILIGHT ZONE—how ever did Rod Sterling miss it?

The birth of a baby boy sends shock waves of hysterias throughout the hospital where Mrs. Button has just delivered a full grown, old man! The short story recount the backwards growth of the baby; whose body IM-matures over the years. His father struggles with his son’s limited abilities as time is reversed. The old fellow becomes younger and wants to serve his country, date and marry, and then attend college. Embarrassed by both his father and then by his own son poor Benjamin is frustrated by his bizarre fate—rarely and briefly of the right age to match his inclination and abilities. It is painful to view him as a youngster who can not even keep up with kindergarteners. He may be the only character in literature who manages to “return” to womblike bliss. A thought-provoking read by a master storyteller.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 22, 2013
And I am the type of reader that likes to read what the character in the books are thinking, this took the movie to a whole new level. Many things in the book that will make you cry, F.Scott makes you become Benjamin you connect with every single person in it. loved it so much re read it 6 times and re watched the movie 2 more times, then bought the movie from amazon thank you amazon you know me better than my husband <3
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2013
I had heard of Benjamin Button, of course, but had never read it so having read it I was very disappointed that it was a short story and not a novel. I wanted dialogue and more about the mother and wife. It had so much potential, but then it just ended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 22, 2013
i saw the movie and loved it. of course, i didn't realize it was fitzgerald until i saw it in book form. i was amazed that it is, basically, a short story. clearly a great deal of poetic license was taken in making the film.
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on January 6, 2013
This was a fantastic short story from Fitzgerald and another great example of short stories they base movies off of. Its so much better and not nearly as drawn out, not to mention that the writer in this case was way before his time with this story and the thought was so out of thus world and is almost timeless because of it.

Fantastic story.
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on March 21, 2014
I had been wanting to read this since the movie came out however many years ago. And although I still have not seen the movie, I think this is a fantastic short story. Fitzgerald certainly knew just the right way to tell a story, and as far as I know got all the feelings of age correct. I highly recommend this for anyone to read.
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on January 26, 2013
I had not seen the movie, so I didn't know exactly what to expect. I thought this book was very cleverly written, with both humorous and sad parts in it. I would definitely recommend the read.
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on November 5, 2014
I wish I had read the story before seeing the movie, which was excellent. He really is the master of storyteller. Its worth listening to it on the Audiobook version, great narration.
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on April 5, 2013
I rate this book one of the best reads I have ever come across. Very touching the movie was also very very GOOD Will look for other books written by Fitzgerald.
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