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Forrest Gump

By: Winston Groom
Narrated by: Mark Hammer
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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

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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Nothing like the movie.

I absolutely love the movie and I started using audible because I hate reading. So I decided to start with books of the movies I love. All I can say is that I’m glad that I fell in love with the movie first before reading the book. I get that it’s loosely based on the book but it is so crazy different. The reader telling the story did a magnificent job. But the book just got more and more outrageous over time that it was just a bit much for me.

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Dreadful!

Screenplay although a stretch from reality was a lovely story. This is so ridiculous , the unrealistic story with tales of apes in space, liaisons with Racquel Welch walking naked down Santa Monica freeway and Forrest being superhuman in every aspect of life. Persevered but it was dreadful…. Will never watch the movie in the same way!

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