This Side of Paradise

  • by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by Brian D'eon
  • 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s pseudo- autobiographical first novel. It describes life at Princeton among the glittering, bored, and disillusioned “lost generation” of post World War1 America. Published in 1920, when he was just 23, the novel was an overnight success and propelled Fitzgerald to instant stardom as spokesman of the Jazz Age.

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pre-WWI joy

I think that I enjoyed this book more because of its period than anything. This is not the sort of book I would hand to just anyone and expect that they would like it. Of course this is no great gatsby and is, from what I understand, Fitzgerald's first novel written at age 23. I enjoyed it because I wanted to enjoy it, but don't expect to be wowed as with his true classics. This is about a privledged kid growing up and going through college. Reminds me at times almost like Catcher in the Rye, although Catcher came many decades later. Anyway, there are four or five versions of this on audible and this version has the best narrator. I was very pleased with the production. 5 stars.
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- Parola138

A Joy-Ride through Pompous Asseville

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, It was a wonderful listen. A story written by one pompous ass about other pompous asses. Not as good as The Great Gatsby but definitely up there.


What was one of the most memorable moments of This Side of Paradise?

It was a short book. I liked the whole journey. I will be buying more of F. Scott Fitzgerald's work and I will read this one again. What I like best is this man knows how to tell and great story with minimal words.


What about Brian D'eon’s performance did you like?

He was perfection. The accent and the attitude. He had it all.


If you could rename This Side of Paradise, what would you call it?

Leave the title. It is perfection. F Scott Fitzgerald picks great titles.


Any additional comments?

Read it. It is part American history most people don't experience first hand.

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- Elizabeth

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-28-2010
  • Publisher: Trout Lake Media