The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Read by John W. Michaels

(4.5 stars; 1106 reviews)

The curious Case of Benjamin Button, a 1921 short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, now a major motion picture, features Benjamin Button, who, born as an old man much to the dismay and chagrin of his father and family Doctor, ages backwards until he leaves this world as a newborn. (Summary by Mike Vendetti) (1 hr 0 min)


Section 1 40:41 Read by John W. Michaels
Section 2 20:00 Read by John W. Michaels


2 words. Awesome read

(5 stars)

I really liked the story and Mike's style. it's comic when Benjamin becomes kids, I loved the tone and pace. awesome read. Mike I'm gonna browse all of your solo readings

A Fascinating Concept

(5 stars)

The reader did a wonderful job and reads with excellent cadence and intonation. The story itself is really fascinating, and you can really tell how the brainchild was formed. There's no frills or bows, just frustration and loneliness, and in addition to the concept itself, one can use the idea as a metaphor for so many human conditions (especially chronic health conditions or identities) that others often become impatient or frustrated over. Good read, thank you.

Superb! Wonderful!

(5 stars)

An exquisite reading of a great story. If you've seen the movie before hearing this, it may seem like some things are missing, or some significances reimagined. But the original text gives more of a clue as to the times of the actual writing, whereas the film is clearly an update from around 70 or 80 years later, clearly showing artistic license, etc. I like both.

(5 stars)

I Mike, I loved your reading. The book is great. I am portuguese and totally new experimenting audiobooks. I was not sure if it was for me, andsometimes there are a few words that escape...but I really liked it. Now, as i am cooking lunch, I will look for more books read by you. thank you verymuch

download this.

(5 stars)

This is a comfy book to listen to when you don't have a lot of time. (only an hour). BUT It's so his! Mr. Mike's delivery is the perfect voice for Benjamin Button. It has a note of humor mixed with matter-of-factness. now off to find a couple more works by this reader.

Good recording, reads kind of fast

(4 stars)

The chapter titles kind of blend into the text, and for a short story the words could be lingered over a bit more than they are. Otherwise, quite a good recording sound quality wise, and good voice acting that doesn't get in the way of the story.


(5 stars)

Great reading of an intetesting story. Out of the 30 or so books I've listened to on librivox John is the best reader I've heard so far. This reading is as good as a professional recording.

Well read!!

(5 stars)

The narrator, Mike Vendetti, did a wonderful job at reading this short story! His voice had infliction, and was interesting to listen to as Benjamin would reduce in age. I would recommend this version!