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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (21,045 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald Narrator: Steve Corona Publisher: Listener's Digest Inc. Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN:
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Amory Blaine, spoiled and misguided, arrogant and prideful, comes of age when, as a student at Princeton University, he weighs in on the more profound aspects of life, such as love and war, and is found wanting. This is Fitzgerald's debut novel. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joni | 2/17/2014

    " I had to force myself to finish this one. He gets pretty socialistic at the end. His writing is beautiful, but the story itself I found lacking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie Greenheck | 2/15/2014

    " While worth reading, I didn't love this book. Some passages were witty but, overall, I found the book shallow and affected. Maybe I just didn't "get it"? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aimée | 1/28/2014

    " I didn't want it ever to end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Trisha | 1/27/2014

    " I wanted to like this book so badly. I picked it up at the library and thought, I really loved and I do mean LOVED The Great Gatsby, and after reading the back cover about how this is a book about an undergraduate who has become somewhat disillusioned in his late teenage years, I thought I would easily identify with him. Unfortunately, this was not the case and throughout the book, I found myself asking what the purpose was. Even after finishing, I'm still not sure what it was...perhaps its meaning had gone over my head. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Boetcher | 1/20/2014

    " Obviously some kind of genius by age 23! "

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

    " pretty good. different from other fitzgerald that i've read. there were a lot of literary and cultural references. reading on the kindle was nice because it was quick to look these up. many of them were fairly common. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelli | 12/11/2013

    " My favorite of the Fitzgerald books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kara Demetropoulos | 11/7/2013

    " Fantastic. Beautifully written, and stunningly still relevant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam Moss | 10/30/2013

    " Practically perfect. Like an American "Portrait of the Artist as a Young man" . Enjoyed it much more than Gatsby. Main character is so stuck up, full of himself and sentimental, yet i wasnt revolted. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marissa | 9/22/2013

    " The pacing of this book is what really threw me. Everything moved so quickly and characters came and went so fast that I had a hard time remembering who anybody was and thus never had a chance to care about any of the characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Neal Kerrigan | 8/2/2013

    " I was waiting for something to happen, when it did I was let down. Reminds me too much of Portrait of an Artist. Put me off Fitzgerald for a while "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert Kaufman | 7/19/2013

    " Fitzgeralds first novel and still a great read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eliana | 3/2/2013

    " I tried, really I did. I just hated this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Win | 12/25/2012

    " Not sure what to think. In parts, wickedly funny and cynical. Second half meandered. Pretty sure I didn't get it, despite quite a personal relevance in plot and structure. Amory lives inside his head, where I find increasingly little solace and he eventually, seemingly reposes. Def. no "Gatsby." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanne | 11/22/2012

    " Fitzgerald is one of my favorite authors. His prose is ever beautiful, wistful, and tragic. I think this is particularly true in This Side of Paradise. For me, this book is the classic coming of age story that never fails to induce a sense of nostalgia when read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Castine Rees | 10/24/2012

    " Really wanted to like this since I love his other books, but I was SO bored..... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Meaghan | 10/12/2012

    " I'm giving up on This Side of Paradise for a while. It's kind of like reading the Great Gatsby told from the perspective of Tom Buchanan instead of Nick Carraway. Amory Blaine is just not an appealing protagonist and he's not portrayed as an anti-hero either. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Haveahalo | 12/18/2011

    " F. Scott was an original "bro", and this novel about his privileged life as a frat boy from an Ivy League school and his shenanigans didn't really do it for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A | 6/16/2011

    " Very interesting. At first I didn't understand what the point of the book was, but by the end I could see it. In some ways, kind of depressing for me. But very thoughtful. I liked it. "

  • 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.