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Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump

Written by Winston Groom

Narrated by Mark Hammer


Forrest Gump

Written by Winston Groom

Narrated by Mark Hammer

ratings:
3.5/5 (53 ratings)
Length:
9 hours
Released:
Mar 8, 2011
ISBN:
9781442343238
Format:
Audiobook

Description

"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.
Released:
Mar 8, 2011
ISBN:
9781442343238
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Winston Groom, bestselling author of eight novels and several non-fiction books, wrote the acclaimed #1 New York Times bestsellers Forrest Gump and Gumpisms: The Wit and Wisdom of Forrest Gump. The phenomenal hit film Forrest Gump garnered six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor. He lives in Point Clear, Alabama.


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  • (5/5)
    The book of course has more details than the movie but surprisingly the movie actually did a good job of following it
  • (3/5)
    This 1986 novel bears no rsemblance to the movie. In the book Gump does all the stuff the movie character fantasizes about--is a football hero, wins the Medal of Honor, does space travel, is successful pro wreestler(as "the Dunce"), plays cahmpionship chess, becomes a millionaire. At first it was funny but after about 50 pages it was fantasy and I have seldom had much longing for fantasy. So, the movie is better.
  • (5/5)
    Forest Gump is about a man who starts out as a young boy who got made fun of because he had braces on his legs. The boys who made fun of him called him stupid and threw rocks at Forest. But Forest ran through his childhood with his only friend Jenny. Forest's mom teached him the way of life and leaves him for his destiny. AS Forest Gump grew up he joined the army and had to serve in Vietnam. In Vietnam Forest found new friends, Dan and Bubba. He won the medal of honor (for saving peoples lives), creates a famous shrimp fishing fleet, inspires people to jog, starts a ping-pong craze, create the smiley (a shirt), write bumper stickers and songs, donating to people and meeting the president several times. However he doesn't care about any of that, but Forest can only think of his childhood sweetheart Jenny. Although in the end all he wants to prove is that anyone can love whoever they want to. Forest gump is definitly one of my favorite books. Forest Gumps is interesting and is a little different than from regular books, it was like a biography although it is fictional. I absolutly loved the part when Forest was in Vietnam and the army troops were at war. Forest was trying to get out of the shooting going on and when he finally did he realize that Bubba wasn't with him. So Forest ran back to try to save Bubba but on the way other people needed help so Forest helped them. When Forest finally found Bubba he carried him out to safety but when everyone Forest carried out was still alive Forest witnessed Bubba dying right infront of him. That was when Forest got the metal of honor but didn't care about the metal, all he wanted to do was see Bubba.
  • (5/5)
    This is a very moving human story, and this became a movie.Forest Gump tells people his life at the bus stop.He had a disability on his feet in nature, so he was hated by his classmates.But he got along with only one girl, Jenny.One day he ran away from his classmate, and he learned to run!Then, this changed his life dramatically.I was moved by his pure heart.He did act according to his innocent feeling.And his love for jenny is great.I think people mustn't forget innocence.
  • (4/5)
    I had known the title of this book before I started to read the book because this movie was made into a movie. I can learn the real meaning of "idiot" from this story. The word doesn't means a person whose grade is bad. It really means a person who can't get something he/she wants most.
  • (4/5)
    I hate seeing the movie before I read the book so the whole time I was reading this it was in Forrest's voice. I will say that Forrest is not the good little boy that the movie made him out to be.
  • (4/5)
    This story tells about the unique life of the man.He is very strange from other people, so he has many experience that is not seen our common life.
  • (4/5)
    This is a warm and funny story about a good-hearted young man from Alabama-Forrest Gump.This story 's main character ,Forrest Gump 's is very excting!!!He becomes a footballer,a soldier and goes into space.He usually tried hard whenever he faced some problems.I am very moved.
  • (3/5)
    If I hadn't seen the movie first, I believe I would have liked the book a lot more. It's interesting to compare what was changed between the screen adaptation and the book. A fun, quick, light read.
  • (4/5)
    Most fortunately, the novel is different than the movie. Not better or worse, just different. These differences show how both media can profit by their own creators.
  • (3/5)
    Hilarious and heartwarming, though I think this is one of the only books where I can say I like the movie better. Watch out for language. It's chocked full of it.
  • (5/5)
    Warning - this book is considerably different from the movie. It's a little less touching and sweet, but just as funny! I also liked the sequel Gump & co.
  • (4/5)
    First half of this book is one of the funniest tales I have read.
  • (2/5)
    Surprisingly, I found the movie much more enjoyable than the book.
  • (4/5)
    I have to respectfully disagree with the previous reviews I've read of this book, I enjoyed it way more than the movie, having found the satire in the novel way more biting (as opposed to the sweet nostalgia of the movie). I read this book while commuting back and forth to work and embarrassed myself more than once by laughing out loud, and also lent it my sister for her cross Canada train trip and she had the same problem.I would highly recommend this novel however I would warn once again that the tone is very different than that of the movie.
  • (1/5)
    One of those rare occasions where the movie is much better than the book.
  • (1/5)
    First, let me just say this - EW. That is about the best response I can think of to this horrible piece of writing. Well, that and "Misogynist prick". Example: At one point in the novel, Gump goes up into space. He never actually explains why NASA would want an idiot savant rather than some number crunching genius who is also able to parse a sentence correctly, but go figure. Gump goes into space with the first woman astronaut, and an orangutan. While this woman is up in space (keep in mind, to be the first female anything, you'd have to claw your way through the hierarchy of men, prove every step of the way that you are capable, and more than capable, of everything your male counterparts can do, focus all attention, etc) she isn't worried about collecting scientific data. Nope - she's worried about where she can do her makeup. Yes. Because every woman, every where, is only worried about whether or not their lipstick is on straight.My advice is watch the movie. Miss the book.
  • (1/5)
    Ugh! One of the rare moments when the film was actually so much better than the book! Forrest is not nearly so loveable in this telling.
  • (3/5)
    I'd probably like this book a lot more if I had never seen the movie. Rarely, if ever, do you hear someone say "the movie was better than the book."
    Well... in this case.
  • (5/5)
    Among the best book i have ever done, couldn't keep it down
  • (3/5)
    Nothing like the movie. Kind of strange. It's an odd book , but fun to compare and contrast with the movie!!
  • (4/5)
    I really enjoyed this book. I did not like it quite as well as the movie, but that is not to say that it wasn't worth reading, because it totally was. It is a very funny book.
  • (1/5)
    I am probably the only person in the Western Hemisphere who thought that this was perhaps the dumbest book ever written - I disliked the movie because I had read the book first, so the movie came off as almost as stupid as the book. In the book, Forrest and the ape, who had been shot into space and crashed into the Amazon(?) among cannibals/head hunters, saved their own lives by teaching the cannibals to play chess - when they were put back into the pot to be cooked, they jumped out and ran directly into the arms of the CIA, who had been looking for them. WHAT? Please! Thankfully, this part was left out of the movie, which I suppose is what made it just a little less awful. SO - If I give it no stars, it won't look like I reviewed it. 1/2 star would be better, but I gave it one, since some people liked it, there must be some redeeming quality I just didn't see.
  • (4/5)
    Run, Forrest! RUN! How many reviews of this book begin with that I wonder? It's a fun and funny book to read on a summer day when you're thinking of reasons to not go outside and face the giant orb of heat trying to cook you alive. We follow Forrest from his youth to his adulthood. He's a lovable guy with less than the normal IQ but still manages to make way more money than I do. And more fame. Hell, if you don't know Forrest's story by now, I dunno what rock you've been under but get out of that silly place and pick up the book. PS- it's not based on true events (I saw the movie as a little kid and always imagined he was a real guy, out there still working at Bubba and Gump)
  • (2/5)
    I couldn't finish this book. It was the first book into movie I've ever read where the book was horrible and had I read it first I would never had watched the movie which would have been sad because the movie is one of my favorites.
  • (4/5)
    Forrest Gump the novel is not quite as good as Forrest Gump the movie, but Groom deserves a lot more credit for both than some, including the screenwriter, seem willing to give him.
  • (3/5)
    I read this long after I saw the movie (which I loved so much that when I saw it for the first time at a friend's house during a sleepover, I woke up the next morning and asked if we could watch it again, which we did. I suppose I shouldn't have been terribly surprised - I love Back to the Future and Who Framed Roger Rabbit a ton). I was probably in college. I checked it out of the library - all they had were large print books. So there I am, reading a book about a mentally slow person ... in large print ... this might be offensive, but I started to feel a little slow myself. Anywho, this is the case of the movie being A THOUSAND times better than the movie ... kind of like with Roger Rabbit ... hm, there seems to be a theme here. Is there a book that Flight is based on? Perhaps I should skip it if there is and just see the movie (which, considering my fear of flying, doesn't seem like the best idea, but I probably will anyway).
  • (4/5)
    I first read this book back when it came out back in 1986 and have re-read it several times since. I always said they should make a movie out of it, and when they did I was very excited...until I saw it. Movie adaptations are almost always inferior to their source material, so I won't belabor the "book vs. movie" argument. So, moving on...Like Mark Twain via Voltaire, the book is essentially a very funny satirical adventure, borrowing the structure of Candide, lampooning the modern world as seen through the eyes of an "idiot." It's politically incorrect and laugh-out-loud funny. My first-edition copy is still a prized possession.
  • (1/5)
    I read this easy to read book quite quickly while on holiday. It was a bit disappointing to be honest. You know when you see a movie which is based on a novel you have read and you think to yourself ?The book?s better? ? Well, in this case the movie is most definitely better.Some of the book reads like a kids joke book, the adventures Forrest had were quite ridiculous and I was unconvinced and bored. For example, the failed space mission in which a male orangutan named Sue caused the shuttle to crash and Forrest, Sue and Major Fitch landed in New Guinea right in the middle of a cannibalistic tribe. They were saved from being eaten by among other things, Forrest?s chess genius.Disappointed. I wonder if I had read this book before seeing the movie whether I?d have a different opinion. As I read, the only redeeming point was that I could hear Tom Hanks? outstanding performance in my head?