This Side of Paradise (version 2)


Read by Mark F. Smith

(4.3 stars; 56 reviews)

Amory Blaine grew up in a wealthy family and was given an Ivy League education. Without a need to learn a profession, he chiefly dabbled in literature and partying. His school chums were of similar background, and the ideas they reflected to each other grew in their minds to be of the greatest importance. Amory began to think of himself as somewhat of a character in a Rupert Brooke poem (from which the book's title is taken).

World War I intervened in this happy fog and brought focus to some, doubt to others.

In the rapidly changing technology of the war era, the financial underpinnings of the Blaine fortune began to fall apart. The deaths of Amory's parents left the finances without a rudder and as Amory's situation deteriorated he came to realize he had only his interest in literature to fall back upon.

Meanwhile, a series of young women traipsed through his life, attracted to his handsome face and bright wit like moths to a candle. But Amory could never master the role of being a real person... and, one by one, they traipsed out.

This Side of Paradise was F. Scott Fitzgerald's first novel and was one of the nation's most popular books in the year it was published. It has some definite parallels with Fitzgerald's own life, and is in some ways an autobiography. Summary by Mark F. Smith)

(9 hr 51 min)

Chapters

Book One, Ch 1 – Amory, Son of Beatrice 29:36 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 1, Part 2 25:21 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 1, Part 3 21:32 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 2, Part 1 35:17 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 2, Part 2 38:29 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 2, Part 3 38:57 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 3, Part 1 39:36 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 3, Part 2 21:46 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 4, Part 1 31:34 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 4, Part 2 25:35 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 4, Part 3 30:10 Read by Mark F. Smith
Book Two, Chapter 1, Part 1 29:41 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 1, Part 2 39:06 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 2, Part 1 30:00 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 2, Part 2 21:32 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 3, Part 1 27:19 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 3, Part 1 18:57 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 4 22:18 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 5, Part 1 27:32 Read by Mark F. Smith
Chapter 5, Part 2 37:36 Read by Mark F. Smith

Reviews

Great narrator- though his female character voices are a bit odd

(5 stars)

Okay Read

(1.5 stars)

Too much philosophy with very little in the end to show for it. This must have been the blue print for The Goldfinch is by American author Donna Tartt. In the end you don't really gain much except some good quotes to use in certain aspects of life.

Oddly Fascinating

(5 stars)

I found this story by Fitzgerald tumultuous in its rather honest portrayal of the time, position, and possible thoughts of a wealthy born boy fostered by life's unwieldy progress. The reader was clear and fairly well paced.

mediocre thought

(3 stars)

Good reader in all respects. Though well constructed, it is story is about a selfish, useless person. Main character seems to be a millenial of the last century.

This Side of Paradise

(5 stars)

narration by Mark Smith's - excellent - 5 Stars. Story of a young man growing up and becoming disillusioned - 3-4 Stars.

(3 stars)

As usual really well read by Mark. However the story wasn't to my liking. Just seem to wander and ended up nowhere.

I liked it

(4 stars)

The first Fitzgerald I have read. Much better than anticipated. Always enjoy Mark Smith’s readings.

(5 stars)

ending was weak. great reading by mark per the usual. similar to great expectations.