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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (21,109 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald Narrator: Wolfram Kandinsky Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN: 9781455170555
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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s first novel features Amory Blaine, a handsome, wealthy, spoiled, and snobbish young man from the Midwest who attends Princeton University to acquire a refined sense of the proper “social” values. Lacking all sense of purpose, he interests himself primarily in literary cults, vaguely “liberal” student activities, and a series of flirtations with some rather predatory young ladies. Partially autobiographical, This Side of Paradise was credited with having invented the American flapper.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The glorious spirit of abounding youth glows throughout this fascinating tale…As a picture of the daily existence of what we call loosely ‘college men,’ this book is as nearly perfect as such a work could be…It could have been written only by an artist who knows how to balance his values, plus a delightful literary style.”

    New York Times

  • “A truly amazing first novel—original in structure, extremely sophisticated in manner, and adorned with a brilliancy that is as rare in American writing as honesty is in American statecraft.”

    H. L. Mencken

  • “Bears the impress of genius…Splendid and fascinating.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Animated with life.”

    Bookman, 1922

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Greg Jehle | 2/2/2014

    " Gatsby remains a great novel despite how they shove it down our throats in High School, but I absolutely hated This Side of Paradise. I didn't care one bit about the coming-of-age of this brat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crysta | 1/26/2014

    " Fitzgerald's first novel is disjointed, and was cobbled together from some of his early works. Nevertheless, it's an interesting look into his college years and the years immediately following World War I, as Amory flirted with several ideas - and romances. The bits that were written as poetry were a different look at Fitzgerald's writing, but not nearly as good as his prose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sumeet | 1/16/2014

    " For the ones who want to learn how to blow people away with their writing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katrina | 1/15/2014

    " I just couldn't get into this one. I felt like I was reading a report on someone's life a opposed to a story with a plot and, we'll, a point. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 1/11/2014

    " Pretty good, enjoyed while reading, don't remember much about it now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gene Twaronite | 1/7/2014

    " Not as uniform and polished as The Great Gatsby, but it provides eloquent insights in the life of the author at 23, with some truly breathtaking flights of powerful prose. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chelsea Gillus | 1/6/2014

    " I read it for a school assignment. I found it to be kind of interesting, but not something I would pick up on my own. Just okay. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Britums | 1/4/2014

    " I hated this book, the main character is so full of himself and it really just dragged for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Orme | 11/25/2013

    " Read this after you graduate from college. It's an incredible depiction of the stage of growing up in your twenties. I was captivated by this book. It needs to be read. Fitzgerald is at his finest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexis (The Literature Lion) | 11/22/2013

    " Definitely different, but I liked how he was from Wisconsin and then attended Princeton. It's just like one of my friend's brother's. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky Boyle | 11/2/2013

    " eh. it was ok . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mckenna | 10/31/2013

    " I want to give this book 3 1/2 stars, but that's not possible! I loved the characters a lot, and the stoyline was great as well. It was a typical Fitzgerald book,to say the least. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Woodington | 9/27/2013

    " Beautifully written, engaging, and deep. A great read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leah | 9/6/2013

    " I read it expecting another Gatsby, but it very much was not. It lacked Gatsby's style and characters! But that perhaps is more my fault than the book itself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Sweet | 12/11/2012

    " I believe that This Side of Paradise is a superior story to the Great Gatsby. If you are deciding between the two, I recommend reading this first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelsey | 10/26/2012

    " This may have been the first book to really make me think. At first I was bored of it, of the progress, but Fitzgerald made up for it in the end. If only people spoke like this now, with enthusiasm and intelligence, instead of fallacies and passionless metaphors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jyoti | 12/6/2011

    " It started off promising but then it got really boring "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Marcus | 10/26/2011

    " This is one I read more for its place in literature than because I was compelled by the story. Not that the story was uninteresting, but the book's value to me was in learning more about Fitzgerald and the generation and time he describes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenni | 10/9/2011

    " It was better than, The Beautiful and Damned, but both books have sort of a depressing theme that life is without purpose. I want to read The Great Gatsby before the new movie comes out, but I fear it will influence me to go sit in a mud puddle and wait to die. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard Jahelka | 7/12/2011

    " Might be my favorite book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Haley | 6/24/2011

    " Nice, but: fire is FAST oxidation, not SLOW. (That's rust!) C'mon, Scott. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 London | 6/10/2011

    " The Shelf: Accepted. Favored Author status pending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 5/22/2011

    " Still radical and relevant. A masterpiece. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeb | 5/19/2011

    " Compared to his other books, definitely not his best. But compared to everyone else's books? Pretty damned good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monte | 5/19/2011

    " This seemingly autobiographical book of Fitzgerald's years at Princeton and into the early 1920's did not do much for me. The decadence that he shows so brilliantly in GATSBY was here, but not nearly so well written. I didn't care so much for it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wes | 5/19/2011

    " Often overlooked. Very good novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cole | 5/11/2011

    " one of the most badass works of fiction i've read to date. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alyssa | 4/27/2011

    " *2.5

    It was alright, but it was such a long read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 4/27/2011

    " This Side of Paradise was excellent. I really like all of Fitzgerald's works, but I like 'Paradise' and The Great Gatsby the best. If you haven't read it, you should at some point find time for it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Magda | 4/15/2011

    " Se proprio devo scegliere, preferisco di gran lunga il Grande Gatsby. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 4/6/2011

    " The writing is a bit experimental for Fitzgerald, but this book really captured me. My favorite of his novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 4/5/2011

    " I actually liked this book better than The Great Gatsby. It was well written and easy to read. A typical Victorian novel but what's not to like about that? I love the mystery in the ending. "

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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 Narrator

Wolfram Kandinsky (1940–1993) was a popular audiobook narrator whose career spanned the earliest days of commercial audiobooks. He was a familiar voice of the classics for millions of audiobook fans, and his résumé encorporated the greats of American literature, from Mark Twain to Saul Bellow.