The Diamond as Big as the Ritz

  • by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by Jim Roberts
  • 1 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

F. Scott Fitzgerald's finest work is generally thought to be The Great Gatsby. However, he also wrote many wonderful short stories. This one, very much like "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," shows Fitzgerald's amazing imagination and creativity. What would it be like, Fitzgerald wondered, to be rich beyond the dreams of avarice? This story is his answer.

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Audible Editor Reviews

In "The Diamond as big as the Ritz", the always-elegant writer F. Scott Fitzgerald writes an imaginative account of an entrepreneurial family who come to possess a ridiculously large diamond. The story is about American money, history, and racial politics. Jim Roberts narrates the audiobook in a careful, no-frills manner that allows the listener space to really absorb Fitzgerald's pristine prose, and to find buried some rather profound discoveries about human nature.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Very Imaginative Story

Would you listen to The Diamond as Big as the Ritz again? Why?

No....it was good but once was enough.


Who was your favorite character and why?

All of them


What does Jim Roberts bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I made sure I listened to the sample before getting this because a couple of people really did not like the reader but...very few people agreed with them so, I did the logical thing..listened and decided for myself. Sample sounded fine so I got it and and really enjoyed the reading. No idea why those people had such a problem with it..to each his own, I guess.


Any additional comments?

This was a very unusual story for Fitzgerald and he showed he not only can write, but that he has a fantastic imagination. Great story.

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- Tracy

How to ruin a classic

One of the great short stories read like a high school textbook to pre-schoolers. The story is 5 stars, maybe 7, but the reading...well, it was only the quality of the story that kept me from tossing the CD out the window. The reading was like a car on bad gas, sputtering, struggling, saved only by the unstoppable momentum of the story. Read it yourself and avoid this.
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- rsklnikv "rsklnikv"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-24-2009
  • Publisher: Jimcin Recordings