The Beautiful and Damned


Read by Mark Nelson

(4.6 stars; 20 reviews)

This 1922 novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald chronicles the life of Anthony Patch, the only heir of millionaire Adam Patch, his grandfather. Anthony is young, handsome and well-educated. He marries the ravishingly beautiful Gloria, and together they plan for the day that Anthony receives his inheritance. But what will they make of themselves in the meantime as they look forward to a life of wealth and idle leisure? What is the role of purpose in a well-lived life? Fitzgerald explores these questions in a book that is at the same time humorous, sad and tragic. (Mark Nelson) (14 hr 15 min)

Chapters

Book I Chapter 1 - Anthony Patch 55:45 Read by Mark Nelson
Book I Chapter 2 Part 1 - Portrait of a Siren 40:01 Read by Mark Nelson
Book I Chapter 2 Part 2 - Turbulence 44:07 Read by Mark Nelson
Book I Chapter 3 Part 1 - The Connoisseur of Kisses 39:55 Read by Mark Nelson
Book I Chapter 3 Part 2 - Sunlight and Moonlight 28:24 Read by Mark Nelson
Book I Chapter 3 Part 3 - Black Magic 40:54 Read by Mark Nelson
Book II Chapter 1 Part 1 - The Radiant Hour 34:31 Read by Mark Nelson
Book II Chapter 1 Part 2 - Breath of the Cave 33:20 Read by Mark Nelson
Book II Chapter 1 Part 3 - Gloria and General Lee 47:06 Read by Mark Nelson
Book II Chapter 2 Part 1 - Symposium 35:14 Read by Mark Nelson
Book II Chapter 2 Part 2 - The Triumph of Lethargy 48:45 Read by Mark Nelson
Book II Chapter 2 Part 3 - The Sinister Summer 53:57 Read by Mark Nelson
Book II Chapter 3 Part 1 - The Broken Lute 34:11 Read by Mark Nelson
Book II Chapter 3 Part 2 - Panic 32:40 Read by Mark Nelson
Book II Chapter 3 Part 3 - The Winter of Discontent 26:26 Read by Mark Nelson
Book III Chapter 1 Part 1 - A Matter of Civilization 43:13 Read by Mark Nelson
Book III Chapter 1 Part 2 - An Impressive Occasion 46:19 Read by Mark Nelson
Book III Chapter 2 Part 1 - A Matter of Aesthetics 44:02 Read by Mark Nelson
Book III Chapter 2 Part 2 - Further Adventures with 'Heart Talks' 43:09 Read by Mark Nelson
Book III Chapter 3 Part 1 - No Matter! 34:26 Read by Mark Nelson
Book III Chapter 3 Part 2 - The Beating 48:45 Read by Mark Nelson

Reviews

Lovely book about not so lovely people

(4 stars)

I enjoy this book, but would not it read it again, due to finding the listless, "tomorrow" attitude of the characters frequently frustrating. This however is a testament to to impressive writing. I also enjoyed the style of reading especially now I have found how to speed it up on LibriVox (I personally get very impatient when readers are going slower). I really enjoyed the way Fitzgerald makes these scenes which could be so sad seem so everyday, though this could be because of the reflection of his life in his work. Over all I would recommend this book especially to fans of P. G Wodehouse who are looking for something a little darkher. I believe this reader also has done some Wodehousex.

It’s F. Scott Fitzgerald!

(5 stars)

The story is somewhat autobiographical and mirrors the pain experienced by Fitzgerald in his life. It has frequent humor and lighthearted moments but doesn’t end well. As with all his stories it pulls one in and doesn’t let go until the very end.

A Tale of Addiction and it's aftermath.

(5 stars)

Heart breaking tale of over indulgence and a sense of entitlement. Narrator is awesome.