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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: And Other Stories

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In this brilliantly inventive collection of stories, the author captures the disparate lives of the residents of Manhattan's West 89th Street from marriages, car accidents, love affairs, and adoptions. Unabridged. 8 CDs.
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Published March 1st 2007 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published 1922)
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Dawn
Although this collection contains other short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald, I'm basing my rating solely on the main title short story of this anthology. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is wonderful and thought provoking and definitely shouldn't be missed. I did not realize until recently that it was a short story which motivated me to bump it up my list and read (I listened) to it sooner. Many times, I wish short stories elaborated more because I love great character and plot development, ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: And Other Stories, F. Scott Fitzgerald
عنوان: ماجرای عجیب بنجامین باتن و داستانهای دیگر؛ نویسنده: اف. اسکات فیتزجرالد؛ مترجم: فرشید عطایی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، نشر آموت، در ۲۰۸ صفحه

شامل ۶ داستان کوتاه است: ماجرای عجیب بنجامین باتن، داستانهای «بادبادک» و «عقده ادیپ من» نوشته موام و اوکانر، داستان «شیوهای که اکنون زندگی میکنیم» نوشته سوزان سونتاگ، داستان «تونی تاکیتانی» از این مجموعه به دنبال ترسیم تنهایی انسان مدرن از زبان هاروکی موراکامی
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Kimiya Roudgar
•ماجراى عجيب بنجامين باتن: ٥ستاره
به خاطر ايده ش ٥ ستاره دادم ولى پردازش داستان ميتونست بهترازاين باشه.
•بادبادك: ٤ستاه
هم موضوع جالب بود وهم پردازش. ولى ٥ستاره نميدم.
•عقده ى اديپ من: ١ستاره
نميدونم شايد مشكل ازدرك ضعيف منه ، ولى واقعانفهميدم چى شد! تايه جايى فكرميكردم داستان ميخوادبه يه نتيجه اى برسه ولى طورى ناگهانى تموم شدكه اولش فكركردم كتاب من چندصفحه رونداره!
•شيوه اى كه اكنون زندگى مى كنيم: ٥ستاره
خيلى زنده بود! موقعيت ، اشيا ، شخصيت ها ، همه چيز! اولش احساس سردرگمى داشتم ولى ريتم داستان كه دست
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Jay
Short collection of short stories by Fitzgerald. If there's a common theme, besides dealing with the well-to-do of the time, they are about the past and how it can't be re-realized. My favorite of the bunch was "Three Hours Between Planes" because it dealt with how your memories of unrequited love might not be remembered in the same way by the object of your long-term longing. This felt the most personal of the bunch.
Matana
Aug 27, 2007 Matana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strange plot but somehow it works! You have to tell yourself often though that this is a fantasy because it's a story that manipulate time: Benjamin ages in reverse.

It's such a clever way to reflect how we build social norms around "age".
I can see that a lot of things have changes in a better way (e.g. we now see a 70 yr old lady attending university) but still Fitgerald's story about Benjamin Button is a classic that illustrate the way we relate to each other using age and physical appearance a
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Lincoln
Dora and I listened to the first story, Benjamin Button, on our way up to Wisconsin; it's only a little more than an hour long. We agreed it was interesting and enjoyable. The premise is pretty well known since the movie came out: it's about a guy who grows old backwards; that is, he's born an old man and as time progress he gets younger. I thought it was impressive how Fitzgerald managed to make this premise work, even though it's so absurd. It must have taken some doing, but he's a good writer ...more
Natalie
A great collection of shorts by one of the most amazing writers of the twentieth century.



"Babylon Revisited" is a story that delves into the life of a man that made the big bucks in the Jazz Age and how his life was affected by that "wealth". A beautiful, touching, and frustrating story. One of my favorite shorts of Fitzgerald.



"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" is a fantastical short story that is an insightful view of the progress of life. The story is much different from the film that was b
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Chad
Jul 17, 2009 Chad rated it it was ok
I didn't see the movie, but picked this book up the other day figuring it would be a good introduction to Fitzgerald. While the premise is interesting, the delivery sucked. The characters had zero depth, and the narrative bland. It would have made an interesting Twilight Zone or Amazing Stories episode though!

Unfortunately, Benjamin Button was the best story in this collection. The others were terrible and seemed to lack any point whatsoever. They are like a brief glimpse into the life of averag
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Ella Brooke
Short stories are interesting because so many things are unsaid. A good short story will imply a lot of depth in few words. Some of these stories were thought-provoking, and others left me thinking "that's it? !" But they all seemed to reflect on the past and how it can't be escaped nor re-lived, which I think is a lesson everyone learns the hard way.
Negar Khalili
چقدر یک داستان کوتاه می تونه خوب باشه؟؟
بنجامین باتن همون قدر خوب بود...
عالی بود...
اگر به اعتبار همین قصه بود، 5 می دادم، و همینطور خوندن داستان هولدن که فکر اولیه ی ناطور دشت بود، برام جالب بود...
Dawn
What a bizarre story, it's difficult to suspend belief long enough to enjoy the story. While I didn't find it wonderful, it was amusing.
Zixuan
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is one of the best and thought-provoking short stories I have ever read. I personally thought it was really interesting how the author portrayed the end of Benjamin's life similar to that of an old man's life and the backward emotional development that took a toll on the life of people around Benjamin. At various points in this story, I wish Fitzgerald could have elaborated more on the plot and character development, but I guess there wasn't much to expand upo ...more
Silvia Cachia
Jun 09, 2017 Silvia Cachia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american
Curious case of Benjamin Button, F. Scott Fitzgerald ★★★★
Duration: 02:55:46

Includes:
Lost decade —
Three hours between planes —
Bridal party —
Babylon revisited.

F. Scott Fitzgerald – Author
Scott Brick – Narrator
Grover Gardner – Narrator
Ray Porter – Narrator
Jeff Cummings – Narrator
Paul Michael Garcia – Narrator

This was a short audio, narrated by different men, a great collection of short stories by Fitzgerald. The first one and the one that gives the title to the book, The Curious Case of Benjamin Bu
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Brandi
I enjoyed the film "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" years ago when it came out and wanted to read the Fitzgerald story on which it was based. Well, now I have listened to it and several other of Fitzgerald's short fictions. The film was much better, but more because it was modernized. Fitzgerald's work expertly captures the zeitgeist of his age. However, that age is long gone and, while I appreciate his fiction for what is it--well-written, incisive commentary on his day--it is ever-so date ...more
Ramona Mead
Dec 21, 2016 Ramona Mead rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I read Fitzgerald's novels, they are often difficult to get through but when I'm finished, I love them. These stories were different as I enjoyed them all the way through! They were all strange but Fitzgerald wrote great interesting character interaction and that is reflected in this collection.
Jean
May 27, 2017 Jean rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a most unusual premise for a story, but very effectively carried out. The other three stories were concise and to the point, leaving the reader much to ponder.
Jinx
Jul 17, 2017 Jinx rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Listened to audiobook from Blackstone Audio
Stacy
had put this away for awhile.

finished Benjamin Button - 2/15/17 - very interesting story and concept. People were rightfully confused. It was funny how the father was with him at the beginning of the story

finished Babylon Revisited - 2/15/17 - this story was about a recovering alcoholic trying to get his daughter back to live with him after the death of his wife. It ended rather abruptly.

finished Three hours between planes - 2/15/17 - this story was about a man waiting for a plane and kissing a
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Claire
May 31, 2015 Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bizarre, haphazardly funny, and thought-provoking, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" had me intrigued from beginning to end. It lacked the painful realness of some of Mr. Fitzgerald's stories because of the peculiar nature of it's title character. The unexplained impossibility of a character who is born at age eighty made the story as attractive as it was puzzling. It would have been mean of Fitzgerald to explain this; it didn't go along with "going on with life" philosophy of the characters ...more
J.M. Giovine
The final book, or tales, are what they are, and the collection itself knows pretty much what approaches does it have. Is that bad? Well, it does get tired, but, to be honest, even though is the same premise but with different locations and character names (because Fitzgerlad's characters are the exact same stereotypes) the lecture is, in the end, enjoyable. Not great or perfect, but his formula works because of his passion and understanding of the story he wants to tell... Even if he had told i ...more
F. John
Jun 10, 2011 F. John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This audio book was well done. Fitzgerald did a great job of telling the fantastic tale of a man who aged in reverse and all the problems this caused. I had never heard of this story but I'm tolsd it was made into a movie with Brad Pitt.

As to Babylon Revisited, we learn that our past has a way of getting in the way as the protagonist obviously got his life back together again and now wants his daughter back in his life. The daughter is being raised by a nervous aunt, the protagonist's sister-in-
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Ricky Penick
Feb 15, 2013 Ricky Penick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, he puts them out there to be beheld and, to some extent understood, whether you like it or not. These are the idle rich, the nouveaux, and the wannabes whose offspring fillibuster debt ceilings and loot corporate treasuries with impugnity.
As for the title story, I'm glad that I have held off on watching the film. Some may see the story as a throwaway or a light hearted romp but I see it as no less a social commentary as the rest of Fitzgerald's work except with a little satire thrown in fo
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Richard G
It's interesting to me... listening to this collection of Fitzgerald short stories made me appreciate some of his longer works, yet I did not really enjoy the stories here.

I tend to characterize these stories as having some sort of "jumpy" quality. It's like Fitzgerald only provides the bullet plot points. I found myself trying to fill in gaps rather than enjoying the storytelling. A couple things here: (1) it might be off base for me to compare my listening and reading experience with Fitzgeral
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Annie Smidt
Sep 11, 2013 Annie Smidt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
I feel a little bad, giving old F. Scott only two stars, because I do love him dearly. I finished all his novels years ago and adored them, and have always meant to polish off the remains of the oeuvre with the various short stories. But I'm not always predisposed to short stories. His, like his novels, are not particularly neat and that, perhaps, doesn't work so well for short stories. It's also the context... reading a mess of stories together like this feels random, whereas reading one indivi ...more
Steve
It's been forever since I read The Great Gatsby, but I'm guessing this collection of short stories is not Fitzgerald's strongest work. Still, it was mildly entertaining--mostly because of the insights it gave to what life was like (for some people) nearly a century ago. I'd guess the time period for most of these stories was 80-120 years ago.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in particular was more of an outline for a book than an actual book. (I still haven't seen the movie.) A few details, bu
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Chris Walker
I liked the other stories more than the Curious Case which I still can't quite see the point of it (and the movie made little sense to me either). The other stories were interesting because of the author's descriptions of well heeled life in New York and Paris in the early 30s when buildings like the Chrysler building in New York had just opened. (At one thrilling point a couple looks up to see a Zeppelin floating over Paris.) "The Crash" and how it turned the life of some of the characters arou ...more
Rachel
Jul 19, 2016 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prior to reading this collection of stories, the only F. Scott Fitzgerald book I had read was The Great Gatsby which I did not like, mostly because I found all of the characters grotesque. I was happily surprised that I liked all 4 stories in this collection. Benjamin Button was sharp, funny, and delightful to read. The other three stories were less lightheaded but beautifully written. It's remarkable how much Fitzgerald can communicate in so few pages. The stories don't necessarily end happily, ...more
KatieSuzanne
Apr 30, 2012 KatieSuzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I'm normally not a fan of short stories but thought I'd give these a shot since Fitzgerald wrote my favorite novel. They were good. Benjamin Button was odd, but when you think of it as meaning something else it's pretty thought provoking.
The other stories were all good, made you feel slightly uncomfortable, but not too much. "Babylon Revisited" "Three Hours between Planes" "The Bridal Party" and "The Lost Decade" They all seem to be pretty inspired by his experience and life in Paris himself in
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Susan Henn
Jan 12, 2013 Susan Henn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
1/2013 The stories are were all well written and pull the reader into the situations presented. However, all the stories were rather sad. The title story was fantastical yet treated as truth. It was frustrating that the whole story was from a social, societal, and emotional viewpoint and the scientific curiosity was never even mentioned. Plus, Benjamin’s mother was never mentioned after the birth! The other stories were depressing and critical of the rich in the 1920s and 1930s focusing on exces ...more
Johnny
Nov 08, 2011 Johnny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
Stories collected here are hit or miss. The opening section of Benjamin Button was pretty hilarious. The rest of the story was pretty lame. Other stories here had some real poignant moments. Babylon Revisited was especially good. The Bridal Party was okay. The other two were more like vignettes than stories.

A grown man doing the voice of a ten year old girl rarely turns out well. It didn't work for me here either (in Babylon Revisited).

In any event, I've read a couple of his novels and really en
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