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Publisher's Summary

"Bein' a idiot is no box of chocolates," but "at least I ain't led no hum-drum life," says Forrest Gump, the lovable, surprisingly savvy hero of this wonderful comic tale. When the University of Alabama's football team drafts Forrest and makes him a star, that's only the beginning! He flunks out - and goes on to be a Vietnam war hero, a world-class Ping-Pong player, a wrestler, and a business tycoon. He compares battle scars with Lyndon Johnson, discovers the truth about Richard Nixon, and suffers the ups and downs of true love. Now, Forrest Gump's telling all - in a madcap, screwball romp through three decades of the American landscape. It's Gump's amazing travels...and you've got to hear them to believe them.
©1996 Winston Groom (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
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Critic Reviews

"Part Candide, part Huck Finn and a whole lot of Andy Griffith, [Gump] makes his case in a voice all his own.George Plimpton A wacky and funny nuthouse of a book." ( Los Angeles Times)
"Broad satire with serious resonances...Gump's adventures are both hilarious and bawdy....This picaresque tale will set you guffawing." ( New Woman)
"A Huckleberry Finn­-type odyssey, complete with the humor-tempered irony and insight of Mark Twain. A rollicking satire, milking laughs from our sacred cows...As much fun as a box of chocolates, but far less fattening." ( Pittsburgh Press)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Penn Kname on 06-30-11

A Storytelling Masterpiece

Words fail to describe just how rich this story is. Mark Hammer does an AMAZING job bringing to life the story of Forrest. First thing is first. Put aside ANY notion you may have about this after seeing the movie, whether good OR bad. The movie is VERY loosely based on the book. The similarities are few and far between, and as much as I love the movie, I love the book even more.
I went through every emotion possible as I listen to the grand comedy and grand tragedy that is the life of Forrest. I'd often find myself literally laughing out loud at some of the things said and done in the book...that often come out of NOWHERE! A few minutes later I'd find myself feeling very sad at yet another twist of fate. From his interaction with Bear Bryant to being launched into space with a monkey..this book has it all and quite a lot more. Though I wanted it to keep going after it ended, I was left with a very satisfied feeling when it was completed. Again, Mark Hammer is BRILLIANT as narrator..brilliant! I consider this a 'must read' for anyone who calls themself a fan of storytelling and even classic literature. I'd give it 10 stars if I could...maybe more.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Allen on 02-03-15

Loved the film, disappointed in the book.

What disappointed you about Forrest Gump?

Honestly, it reads like a Curious George book. While it has it's funny moments, there really isn't any emotional depth to this book. It just drifts along with Forrest ending up in stranger and stranger situations. I got tired of it after a while and was looking forward to the end. The movie has a sort of magic to it. Beautiful scenes and genuine depth. The book is lacking that feeling nearly entirely.

Have you listened to any of Mark Hammer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't heard anything else by Mark Hammer, but he did a very solid job in this book. His reading is believable and isn't distracting in any way.

Any additional comments?

Incredible movie, disappointing book. If you're looking for anything remotely resembling the film, look elsewhere.

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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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