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3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5 3.50 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald Narrator: Scott Brick, Grover Gardner, Ray Porter, Jeff Cummings, Paul Michael Garcia Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455186815
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F. Scott Fitzgerald makes anti-bellum Baltimore his setting for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” a fantastical tale with some Poe-like overtones about a baby born at age seventy 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.

“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” is read by Scott Brick. This collection also includes “The Lost Decade,” read by Paul Michael Garcia; “Three Hours between Planes,” read by Jeff Cummings; “The Bridal Party,” read by Grover Gardner; and “Babylon Revisited,” read by Ray Porter.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Each story in this collection is narrated reverently and carefully…Fans will enjoy this collection’s lesser known but neatly contrived stories that appear alongside some of the author’s canonical tales.”

    Publishers Weekly

  •  “[The Curious Case of Benjamin Button] is Fitzgerald’s comic masterpiece…Scott Brick narrates this marvelous story with enthusiasm, using a variety of subtle voices for the different characters. His reading highlights the astonishing aspects of this situation, as well as the underlying humor of the tale.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Lynn | 2/20/2014

    " A lot of great stories in this collection but my favorites were "May Day" and "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 2/4/2014

    " First bit of work I have read by this author and I understand this was a collection of early bits intended for magazines etc as such I guess I can excuse the patchiness of the material...some of it is very good and the storys embrace genres ranging from gritty realism,fantasy and even farce...fairly enjoyable but I am guseeing not the authors best..certainly a worthwhile taster though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 2/3/2014

    " Such strange tales. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 1/26/2014

    " WONDERFUL. Some stories better than others, but overall glorious. The Offshore Pirate and The Diamond as Big as the Ritz are the most memorable to me! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Imaneeeee | 1/24/2014

    " This is the first time in my life when I like the movie better than the book! After watching the movie which lasted almost three hours , I thought that the story would be a very long and detailed one! Unfortunately , The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was very short and I did not enjoy it as much as I did when watching its movie.Fitzgerlad should have written this story a lot longer , he did not do Bejamin enough justice, and I hate to like the movie better than the book!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joey Lewandowski | 1/18/2014

    " i'm kind of baffled how far off the movie is from this. seeing the movie in theaters, i just finished the short story - which i liked more - and was really shocked at how little david fincher / whoever wrote the screenplay chose to include. motivations and relationships and everything are so different that it really isn't the same thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caleb | 1/17/2014

    " Bought this after I read "The Great Gatsby". Some of the stories feel similar to others and others are fairly boring, overall though most are good for a brief, low-key read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leanne | 1/13/2014

    " All of the stories seemed to have strong morals or points that Fitzgerald wanted to make. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was not the love story the movie portrays. I think the moviemakers missed Fitzgerald's point. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stampie | 1/12/2014

    " I wanted to read this story before I saw the movie, so I did. It's not one of my favorite Fitzgerald stories, but it was still interesting to read. I wonder though, how similar the movie will be! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nina | 1/5/2014

    " CAPTURED THE TIME OR DID HE INVENT IT "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ayala_s | 12/30/2013

    " Haven't been a fan of Fitzgerald in the past, but I've found these stories to be enjoyable, tender and satiric in a way that reminds me of Austen, actually. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 11/22/2013

    " Reminded me of why I love Fitzgerald - a virtuoso painter of the Jazz Age. His short stories are unique and unpredictable, and he writes beautifully. Although a few of the stories are somewhat strangely abstract, they are mostly absorbing snapshots of lives, told with poignancy and humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrice | 11/19/2013

    " I loved the film, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", and felt inspired to read this collection of some of Fitzgerald's short stories, one of which (by the same name) inspired the movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nora | 11/18/2013

    " His short stories are hit or miss.. and all of the female characters are helpless things who need to be rescued. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kimberly Ann | 11/17/2013

    " I was intrigued by the movie. This is a collection of short stories. I read the Benjamin Button story which was of course, quite different from the movie and rather odd. i plan to read some of the other stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corinna | 7/15/2013

    " I am love with these stories. They are so tragic and romantic and beautiful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 2/28/2013

    " Really enjoyed these. I liked the ones with the characters from Hades. Note that all the young women (flappers) are age 19. That's how old Nicole was when Dick Diver met her in the sanitarium, and presumably how old Zelda was when F. Scott met her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 9/16/2012

    " Okay. Better than the movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 6/10/2012

    " Quick read. Interesting story. I haven't seen the movie, but I hear its so far off the book...I don't know if I will. Still, interesting story. Worth a read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg Collver | 10/13/2011

    " A fun collection of his worse short stories, some of them pretty bad, parts of others are really good, but all of them are fun, his humor and insights into humanity shine through. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 DalalK. | 9/9/2011

    " ZzZzZzZZzZ Soo Boaring "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George | 8/22/2011

    " one of my new favorites... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jen | 6/30/2011

    " I thought the movie was weird . . . the book is even weirder! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 5/21/2011

    " Fascinating collection of short stories that shows how F. Scott Fitzgerald sustained himself between books. "

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

    " Some of the stories stick out above others, definitely some jazz era prejudice too but the story telling is good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 5/15/2011

    " my only regret is that this isn't a little longer. :/
    loved the story, and the interesting concept. makes me want to watch the movie again! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 5/12/2011

    " Not much to say - I think I liked the style more than the themes though.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 5/10/2011

    " Loved this story. I read it on the Nook app on my blackberry and it was quite easy to read that way. I would have loved the characters to be fleshed out a little more, but the concept is great.
    Now I want to see the movie version. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 5/7/2011

    " Quick read, but such a cute story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kylene | 5/2/2011

    " I liked it and didn't like it at the same time. I actually felt sad. The MC was mistreated and misunderstood the entire time and it wasn't his fault! The movie is very different from this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shayma | 4/22/2011

    " This book was so sad, it just gives you a whole new idea of living. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 4/21/2011

    " Reminded me of why I love Fitzgerald - a virtuoso painter of the Jazz Age. His short stories are unique and unpredictable, and he writes beautifully. Although a few of the stories are somewhat strangely abstract, they are mostly absorbing snapshots of lives, told with poignancy and humor. "

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About the Author
Author F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896–1940) was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and educated at Princeton, where he was a leader in theatrical and literary activities. He began writing his first novel, This Side of Paradise, while serving in the army. Its publication in 1920 established him as the spokesman for the Jazz Age. His major novels include The Beautiful and Damned, The Great Gatsby, and Tender Is the Night.

About the Narrators

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.

Ray Porter has garnered fourteen Earphones Awards, two Audie nominations, and a multitude of enthusiastic reviews for his sparkling narration of audiobooks. He has also appeared in numerous films and television shows, including Frasier, ER, Will & Grace, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, and Almost Famous. He has most recently received Audible’s Narrator of the Year Award. He is a fifteen-year veteran of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Jeff Cummings, as an audiobook narrator, has won both an Earphones Award and the prestigious Audie Award in 2015 for Best Narration in Science and Technology. He is also a twenty-year veteran of the stage, having worked at many regional theaters across the country, from A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle and the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta to the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City and the International Mystery Writers’ Festival in Owensboro, Kentucky. He also spent seven seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Paul Michael Garcia, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner and former company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, received his classical training in theater from Southern Oregon University, where he worked as an actor, director, and designer.