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3.32 out of 53.32 out of 53.32 out of 53.32 out of 53.32 out of 5 3.32 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Wallace Narrator: Tom Stechschulte Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2011 ISBN:
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Writer and illustrator Daniel Wallace has published stories in various literary magazines. Big Fish is a novel reminiscent of Garrison Keillor and Mark Twain. It is a surprising work, filled with imagination, homespun humor, and hyperbole.

Edward Bloom, an aging salesman, is dying. As his grown son, William, cares for him, the young man tries to focus on what he knows about his father's life. Story after story surfaces in William's memory, and he shares mythic visions of a fantastic father who was loved by all - a man who was the best runner, fisherman, businessman, and adventurer in the world. Big Fish tells these tall tales of Edward Bloom's life. Punctuated with his vast repertory of jokes, they set the stage for Edward's final, wonderful transformation.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kurt | 2/11/2014

    " Reminds me of my dad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thea | 2/10/2014

    " I guess this is the first time I like the movie more than the book. Probably cannot tell why, the movie its just more coherent, more magical. But I cannot hide my affection for this story :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 April | 1/28/2014

    " This is one of the rare instances where movie is so much better than the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Wood | 1/16/2014

    " Having seen (and loved) the movie first, it is VERY difficult for me rate the book on its own merits. I relied on my knowledge of the movie to fill in a lot of gaps and help define the characters, and I'm not so sure I would have been able to do so without it. The book is very sparse - well written, but sparse - and I found myself missing many of the movie elements that helped flesh it out. I'm going with 4 stars to give the author the benefit of the doubt, but frankly feel it was more of a 3-star effort "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie Wile | 1/7/2014

    " This is just about the only book that I've ever read in which I can say that the movie was better. It was still a great book and I would recommend it, but I would also recommend the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 1/4/2014

    " Oh man, that was satisfying. That was exactly what I wanted it to be. The excellence of the movie accurately predicted the book. And, of course, not everything in the book is in the movie... nor is everything in the movie (exactly) in the book. So good. So good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alisa | 12/31/2013

    " I like quirky books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kira | 12/28/2013

    " the movie really does it a lot of justice, though of course they leave a lot of things out so the book is better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Scott | 12/12/2013

    " I think the movie was probably better "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 11/18/2013

    " Absolutely loved the movie, disappointed with the book on moral grounds. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alessandra | 11/3/2013

    " Much better than the movie version, it in an interesting take on a man's attempt to understand his father and come to terms with his death. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 9/16/2013

    " I enjoyed the book far more than the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cecilia | 9/10/2013

    " Great book, great movie; different stories. This is one of those times where you cannot compare a book and a movie (not that it should be done, anyway.) The book is good, and a very quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanessa | 9/5/2013

    " I liked it. I also like Tim Burton's movie adaptation of it. It was interesting to think about how changed as it went from page to screen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 "Jakia7d" } | 7/22/2013

    " I liked it, it was cool, and the book had lots of good stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Byron | 7/9/2013

    " The movie was better lol "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz Buchanan | 11/29/2012

    " I loved this book. The movie was amazing but the book was better! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandon Mcgarrah | 10/11/2012

    " Not as good as teh movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ana | 8/16/2012

    " I loved it!! I decided to get the book after seeing the film [which i really love!:] & i was surprised that the film is not very true to the book! The book is full of the most amazing stories & fantastical situations & it doesn't fail to raise a smile or two! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenna | 6/14/2012

    " I thought it was anti-climatic. It really didn't impress me as much as I thought it was going to. Perhaps it's just not my type of book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 6/3/2012

    " Though Wallace's fine father and son story is a good read, it's one of the few examples in literature where I found the movie to be an improvement on the book. One of the others is The Wizard of Oz. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Starr | 5/13/2012

    " This is definitely one of the few instances in which the movie far surpasses the book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Russell | 3/30/2012

    " Not as good at the movie but nice to read to see where the adaptation came from. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 2/13/2012

    " I loved the book! Great story line! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rowan MacBean | 1/29/2012

    " This is one of the few cases where I like a movie more than the book it's adapted from. But Big Fish is still an absolutely wonderful book about the nature of truth, and parent/child relationships. The story is just so perfect for visual media. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison Fowler wiechart | 1/13/2012

    " Adore this book! It's been a few years since I have read it.. need to again! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Une Rimbambelle | 11/20/2011

    " Such poignant life story, such few words. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chanel | 6/3/2011

    " This book feels good. I enjoyed the experience of reading it. I really liked how Daniel Wallace wrote the same scene several different ways, or wrote several very similar scenes, and then included them all. I wish I had written this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lizzy | 5/26/2011

    " I only read bits and pieces. english final overload "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paige | 5/21/2011

    " I wish I'd read this in middle school. I probably would have found it more magical. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenna | 5/18/2011

    " I thought it was anti-climatic. It really didn't impress me as much as I thought it was going to. Perhaps it's just not my type of book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evan | 5/12/2011

    " Super easy read. If I cannot read it in about 2-3 hours, you can too!

    I do actually like the movie better. Book is VERY good, but the movie just had this sense of magic and wonder at least I cannot get from this book.

    4.0 / 5.0 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ken | 5/11/2011

    " Good book.I can say this is one instance where the movie was indeed better than the novel.This is my completely favorite movie. The magic in the film is just almost there in the printed word.I enjoyed it still.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 4/30/2011

    " I read this book because I loved the movie. The book captures the same magic feel of the movie. Told in short story form, the narration is clear and entertaining. The mythology is fun, imaginative, and the connection between the father and son is heartfelt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 4/25/2011

    " I liked this. It was a short, easy read; more a group of related short stories than a novel. Given the choice, however, I'd prefer to see the movie - the father was likable in that, the cinematography was gorgeous and Tim Burton makes even the most absurd concepts (like this book!) seem possible. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Steven | 3/25/2011

    " I liked the movie a lot better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara | 3/21/2011

    " I just read this with my "Literature of Love and Romance" class for the themes of love found within the father-son relationship. Ehhhhhh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cecilia | 3/17/2011

    " Great book, great movie; different stories. This is one of those times where you cannot compare a book and a movie (not that it should be done, anyway.) The book is good, and a very quick read. "

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About the Author

Daniel Wallace is the author of five novels. His first, Big Fish, was made into a motion picture of the same name by Tim Burton in 2003Wallace’s work has been translated into more than twenty-five languages and is studied in high schools and universities across the country.

About the Narrator

Tom Stechschulte has narrated well over a hundred audiobooks and has won sixteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. He won the prestigious Audie Award in 2009 and has been a finalist for the Audie in 2005 and 2011. As an actor, he has been seen in eleven Broadway shows as well as numerous television and film shows, including the remake of The Manchurian Candidate.