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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (21,091 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald Narrator: Guy Madison Publisher: Saland Publishing Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN:
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The debut novel of F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise takes its title from a line of the Rupert Brooke poem 'Tiare Tahiti'. The book examines the lives and morality of post-World War I youth. Its protagonist, Amory Blaine, is an attractive Princeton University student who dabbles in literature and conveys the book's theme of love warped by greed and status-seeking.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 1/20/2014

    " good. not marvelous or extraordinary or outstanding, but very good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David Tiffany | 1/13/2014

    " A lot of reading for not a lot of story "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 1/10/2014

    " Autobiographical romp thorough college (Princeton) and young adult romantic angst. The universe with a young F. Scott at the center. Some wonderfully descriptive prose throughout. Sets the stage for the Great Gatsby. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shankar | 12/10/2013

    " I began reading This Side of Paradise, fully expecting to love it. Almost three years after graduating from Princeton, I was seeking nostalgia. I guess Amory's world and mine are just too different. I only related to the first half of the book through geography. I actually enjoyed the second half more, and I appreciate how Fitzgerald plays with different mediums (prose, poetry, plays, etc.) throughout. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wes Blake | 12/5/2013

    " Often overlooked. Very good novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rickie | 11/17/2013

    " I really enjoyed this - it has Fitzgerald's signature writing style sprinkled with wonderful poetry. The main character's (Amory) philosophy on the 2 kinds of people in the world actually reminded me a little bit of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joseph Hamd | 11/1/2013

    " Fitzgerald's first novel. Wonderfully written, the story tells of one man and his endeavors. However, I became a little disgusted by the character because he seemed too confident in himself and his abilities. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 10/24/2013

    " The autobiographical nature of this novel was interesting. I enjoyed seeing how his style developed from this to Great Gatsby. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shaughnessy | 10/1/2013

    " I read this book to recapture the feelings I had when reading "The Great Gatsby" Fitzgerald and I both failed to accomplish this, but it did bring back into focus my east coast educational bias that I secretly despise. I love selfish characters in fiction and "Amory fits the bill" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 9/30/2013

    " Very good to read in your twenties, fun to laugh at & roll your eyes at in your thirties, & probably intolerable otherwise! It's beautifully written, and has one of the best conversations about aging I've read...the golden genial warmth of four pm. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 8/29/2013

    " amory needs to get a job "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacki Davis | 8/26/2013

    " Sort of uneventful, but interesting to follow Amory through his self-discovery. I can enjoy anything from that time period. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyssa | 6/6/2013

    " Fitzgerald was so very talented, his writing is beautiful. If only he'd used his powers for good instead of endlessly obsessing about money and status in order to attract money and status obsessed women. Should you read it? Yes, of course, but remember it is Fitzgerald. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dawn Mateo | 10/30/2012

    " I loved the Great Gatsby and thought I would share an equal fondness for this book, but alas did not. I found it to be disjointed and scattered. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauran | 8/29/2012

    " So far I really enjoy it, but unlike other Fitzgerald books it's really slow reading for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gene Twaronite | 8/13/2012

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess | 3/8/2012

    " F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of my favorites. Erudite, volatile, emotive and fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mick | 3/3/2012

    " I think I may have liked this better than Gatsby. I'm aware that this opinion is probably less than popular. I feel that his commentary here about the "lost generation" is more poignant, more subtle and, dare I say, more biting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 12/27/2011

    " didn't know if i was going to like but did...well written and a very good coming of age story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jillian | 11/13/2011

    " This is my favorite book, ever. It's a beautiful and tragic story, just as was Fitzgerald. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the Great Gatsby and for those enjoy beautifully tragic books. Fitzgerald's writing style isn't for everyone, but one must admit that he is eloquent. "

  • 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 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.