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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,339 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Webb Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2005 ISBN: 9781455191888
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The basis for the acclaimed 1967 film, this novel about a naïve college graduate adrift in the shifting social and sexual mores of the 1960s captures with hilarity and insight the alienation of youth and the disillusionment of an era.

When Benjamin Braddock graduates from college and moves back to his parents’ house, everyone wants to know what he’s going to do with his life. Embittered by the emptiness of his education and indifferent to his grim prospects, Benjamin falls haplessly into an affair with Mrs. Robinson, the relentlessly seductive wife of his father’s business partner. It’s only when her lovely daughter Elaine comes home to visit that Benjamin, now smitten, thinks he might have found some kind of direction in his life. But Mrs. Robinson is having none of it. A wondrously fierce and absurd battle of wills ensues, with love and idealism triumphing over the forces of corruption and conformity.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Brilliant…sardonic, ludicrously funny.”

    New York Times

  • “A highly gifted and accomplished writer.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “His novel makes you want to laugh and it makes you want to cry.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “Brick provides a strong narration of the text and executes believable voices for his male and female characters, as usual. His delivery of Benjamin is distinct enough to not seem derivative of Dustin Hoffman’s performance in the 1967 film adaptation.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Scott Brick displays a wide range of vocal styles and gives a melancholic yet playful performance that captures character personalities with precision. It’s a superb delivery—from the high-pitched voice of insecure, sexually inexperienced Benjamin and the browbeating tones of his parents to the husky, sultry voice of Mrs. Robinson. Brick’s sexy bass voice and measured pace make this a deliciously fun distraction listeners will enjoy.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MK | 2/18/2014

    " Another case of the guy narrating the book ruining the characters and the plot being pretty unfinished, it needs 50 more pages. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah Fisher | 2/16/2014

    " didn't finish it. it reads exactly like the movie. and honestly, the deadpan humor doesn't even come across in book form. so yeah, it was easy airplane reading but not worth wasting my time beyond that. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brooke | 2/4/2014

    " um... strange. I didn't really like it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Steph | 2/3/2014

    " I''m not really sure how this was made I to a movie. I've only seen bits of the movie but I'm pretty sure it's word for word from the book. And I definitely did not find Ben even the slightest bit likeable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria Belle | 2/3/2014

    " A book about the disenchantment of youth that is nit bogged down with extened metaphors and mindless cliches. Benjamin's sense of disillusionment is pervasive throughout the novel without being lingered upon. What a relief! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corey | 1/27/2014

    " Mike Nichols' fine film of this novel owes a lot to Charles Webb. The dour yet blithe, finely wrought dialogue was lifted pretty much verbatim from the book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lois | 1/13/2014

    " Very drab and vacant... not a fan! Also, I noticed that (clothes) 'hanger' was incorrectly spelled as 'hangar'... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kurt | 1/7/2014

    " Very much like the movie. Not complicated; just a straight forward, tell it as it happens solid read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gobasso | 12/29/2013

    " Pretty much like the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kent Modio | 12/15/2013

    " One of my most favorite book. Benjamin's character is so endearing! Just took one seating under 30 minutes to finish this wonderful! Definitely a page turner. Literary work at its finest. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 12/11/2013

    " Benjamin Braddock is a slightly older Holden Caulfield with a degree. He comes home from college, has an affair with an older married woman, then pursues her daughter. The movie is apparently good but this book wasn't worth reading. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Charlotte | 12/10/2013

    " Disliked this book from the beginning. Thought it was poorly written and the characters undeveloped by the time the book was finished. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Hank | 6/1/2013

    " Oh, good Lord. All I can say is that the popularity of the movie is clearly based on attractive, skilled actors and a good soundtrack. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alison Foster | 3/27/2013

    " Awful book. Great movie, but the book lacks any sort of emotion or character depth. Ben is incomprehensible and comes off as a selfish jerk and slightly crazy. This one is definitely better on screen than paper. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ally | 3/14/2013

    " This was ok. The beginning of the book describes a party for Benjamin Braddocks character who is returning from uni. This scene is the beginning of the affair and hooks the reader in. I found Benjamin's character a bit annoying. I loved Mr and Mrs Robinson's characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/24/2013

    " 3 1/2 stars. I was thrown off more than once because this is written with mostly dialog, kind of like a play, but I got used to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Petra | 9/26/2012

    " Best book to read after graduating from college. Made me laugh out loud. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Irina | 8/30/2012

    " Ugh. Nothing interesting here. Benjamin is a pain in the ass. Mrs. Robinson is annoying. Elaine is strangely naive. This was much less enjoyable than the movie despite the fact that it might as well have been written as a movie script with its limited descriptions and way too much useless dialogue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danyellemastro | 4/25/2012

    " Adjectives are not the enemy, Mr Webb. A quick and easy 1001 read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 9/23/2011

    " The movie is so true to the book! Benjamin Braddock, in my opinion, is a huge d-bag. I wish I could get perspective on what any of the characters are thinking, but alas, not a one of their thoughts or motivations are delved into. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charlie Schnell | 7/19/2011

    " Can someone count and tell me how many times the word "what" appears in this book???? Absolutely pathetics characters! Complete waste of time... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 6/24/2011

    " Good writing, but I spent most of the book wishing I could reach into the page, grab the spoiled-brat protagonist and tell him to either grow up or get into therapy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcus | 6/21/2011

    " I've never seen the film but plan to now that I have finished the book. It is hard to imagine how it can compare to Webb's writing but then again, Dustin Hoffman is a brilliant actor! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 6/14/2011

    " I really wanted to like this book!!! BUT, I didn't. It was unrealistic, the main character was super annoying, and the author made my head hurt with all the talking around in circles between the characters. If I never hear the word "frowned" again in a book, I'll be happy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leigh | 5/22/2011

    " I don't know if it went over my head, but I did not enjoy the book and did not find it funny like some of the book reviews said it would be. "

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

    " 3 1/2 stars. I was thrown off more than once because this is written with mostly dialog, kind of like a play, but I got used to it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lotzastitches | 5/12/2011

    " At least it was a quick free kindle read. If you've seen the movie, consider the book read. The movie follows that close. The cast and the soundtrack is what makes this movie a classic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne-Marie | 5/10/2011

    " Skip the book and watch the movie. If you've already seen the movies you won't be able to get Dustin Hoffman's voice out of your head. Reads like a screenplay "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Charlotte | 4/8/2011

    " Disliked this book from the beginning. Thought it was poorly written and the characters undeveloped by the time the book was finished. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 elissa | 3/30/2011

    " This is one of my favorite movies ever, and I own a yellowed old paperback copy of the novel that the movie is based on (a nineteenth printing from 1963). I honestly don't remember much about the novel that's different from the movie, but I do know that I enjoyed reading it in high school. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 George | 3/23/2011

    " I didn't think much of the movie, overrated and phony. "

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About the Author

Charles Webb is the author of nine novels including a sequel to The Graduate called Home School. He lives in England.