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"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.

Rain Man meets Zelig in this story of an idiot savant who encounters some of the most famous figures of the 20th century. 2 cassettes.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
There is a joyously madcap feeling to the first half of this unusual novel, but then the absurdity gathers its own speed and begins to run dangerously amok. Groom's picaresque tale is told by an idiot, the Gump of the title, and follows his outrageous life from early stardom for Bear Bryant's Crimson Tide, through a tour in Vietnam and across the broad canvas of America during the '70s and '80s. Like most literary idiots, Forrest Gump is a lot smarter than the people he encounters. He is also no ordinary idiot. Instead, he is a mathematical idiot savant, capable of outperforming NASA's on-board computers, which is why Gump ends up on a space mission with an ape and the first woman astronauta mission that ends in the forests of New Guinea where Gump meets a Yale-tutored cannibal. All this takes place after Gump has met Lyndon Johnson and saved Chairman Mao from drowning, which is to say that this is a very broad satire. While there is much on-target humor here, Groom, author of Better Times Than These, has written better books than this. (March 7)
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Forrest Gump provides social commentary in a light, humorous style. Gump's adventures range from shrimp farming and chess championships to space flight and capture by cannibals. Nixon, the military, Vietnam, college football, and other topics receive blunt and caustic comment from Gump. Throughout his experiences, Gump remains a likable fellow who views the world and notes his observations simply, straightforwardly, and truthfully. Author and narrator Groom uses inflections and intonations that capture Gump's character and personality. The recent feature film starring Academy AwardR winner Tom Hanks should help stir demand. This delightful and easy-to-listen-to audiobook is an appropriate addition to most collections.-Frances Yates, American Cooperative School of Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671896812
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Publication date: 8/1/1994
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Abridged, 2 cassettes, 3 hrs.
  • Product dimensions: 4.54 (w) x 7.11 (h) x 0.86 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    One of the greatestv One of the greatest books ever

    The book is amazing. It has a good story that will keep you glued to the book. Its not exactly like the movie but it has the same charaters and some of the same stuff but changed up a bit. If you want a good funny amazing book this it

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2012

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    Mama always told me life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what youll get

    6 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    How a regular customer feels about this book

    Now, I don't pretend to be some great philosopher or thinker. I don't consider myself as cool, or legit, or anything spectacular. Keeping this in mind, I have to tell any and all who read this review that if you want a good story, hit the buy button on this book. It tells the story of a simple idiot living a truly extraordinary life in the later half of the 1900's. The veiwpoint, while a little hard to grasp (on account of spelling) is origional and well represented. And, while some of the bigger muckety-muck's in reviews might hate on this story for unreality, I want you to keep in mind that there is more than just one way to tell a story, and throw some life-lessons in with it. I feel this writer has done so in a truly fantastic, if peculiar, way.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2012

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    RUN FORREST RUN!!! I luv that part!!! Except there's a typo, Forrest Gump had an IQ of 75 not 70. Here are my favorite parts.
    RUN FORREST RUN!!
    GUMP WHATS UR PURPOSE IN THE ARMY??!! TO DO WHATEVER U TELL ME TO DRILL SARGENT!!GODDAMN IT GUMP UR A GENIUSS U MUST HAVE AN IQ OF 160 U R GODDAMN GIVTED PRIVATE GUMP
    Mama always told me life is like a box of chocolates, u never know what ur gonna get
    When racoons tried to get into our back porch Mama chased them off with a broom.
    Those must be comfortable shoes. My feet hurt
    Congratulations how does it feel to be an all american? I gotta pee.
    *Bubba names a few shrimp foods* Shrimp sandwich....that's about it
    GUMP WHY DID U PUT THAT TOGETHER SO QUICKLY? U TOLD ME TO DRILL SARGENT
    Ur my girl. Ill always be ur girl

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2011

    Run,Forest,Run!

    I cant wait for this book to come out for nook Has anyone here been to Bubba Gump Shrimp? Its in Manhattan near time square its completly forest gump theamed and is pretty good While your in time square vist m and m world they have an m and m machine that tells u what m and m u are Well have fun, From some random person who loves N.Y.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2007

    Bright Star

    Forrest Gump is a retard who goes on an adventure. While he went to school, he saw Jenny Curran he liked her because she treated him like he was normal. Unlike bullies who made fun of him and called him names. When he grows up he becomes a space man, a wrestler, a chess player, a football player and an army soldier. Forrest always can find the good in everything. Now he¿s not the sharpest tool in the shed, but he can be bright enough to get problems fixed. What I liked about this book is it never gets boring and it¿s easy to understand. What I disliked about this book is that this book has a lot of misspellings and you could get confused and that¿s it. I do not have many dislikes, it¿s a great book. I would recommend this book to people who like action books but like a little humor sometimes. This is my favorite book I have ever read and I even think it is better than the movie and I love the movie. It is an intense story that always keeps you guessing and craving for more and its storyline is amazing. It makes you think and shows you that everyone is unique in a special way. I give this book two thumbs up.

    3 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2013

    I read this after the movie and I can┬┐t recommend that order to

    I read this after the movie and I can’t recommend that order to anyone else. The director of the movie knew when to hold back and not be so silly and unbelievable in Forrest’s adventures. Still, it was an Ok book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2012

    I liked the movie; it was entertaining, it captured a range of e

    I liked the movie; it was entertaining, it captured a range of experiences and emotions. Good movie, great story! Usually, I find the book to be better, so I decided to read the book. The book was not like the movie at all! The book was terribly silly. This is one of the few times where I beleive the movie is way better than the book

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2007

    A Story Of a Dummy

    Forrest Gump is about a man named Forrest Gump, who isn¿t the sharpest tack in the box. He has one friend, Jenny Curran. The book stars out when they are younger and they get older through out the book. As they get older Forrest is always separated from Jenny and then they are joined again. First Forrest goes into the army and meets a new friend but he ends up getting shot. Then Forrest finds Jenny again. Jenny is now playing with a band called the Cracked Eggs, and Forrest joins them and he becomes a stoner. Now there is a rally going on outside the congress building that all the war veterans are throwing their Purple Hearts on the ground and Forrest throws his and he hits one of the congress men in the head and the cops think he did it on purpose and they arrest him. He has a bunch of test done on him at the jail/mental hospital. They deicide he can do two things, go to jail for ten years or he could go on a NASA space mission. He chooses the space trip. He gets there for training with the rest of his crew. They are a monkey named Sue, and some other lady. They have a girl monkey because they are nicer. When they are in space they realize that the monkey is a boy and that it is getting very mad and it makes the space ship come back to earth and they land in a village of cannibals. Now if I were to tell you any more about the book it would rune it. What I liked about the book went more in depth than the movie did. I didn¿t like how outlandish the things were in the book, like the space mission. That is what I have to say about the book Forrest Gump. I gave the book a three because it has a lot of things that wouldn¿t happen in real life, but it is still a some what a good book. That is why I like and dislike the book Forrest Gump.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2006

    Book first, then movie

    I read the book first and was disappointed with the movie. Loved the book. Sending a copy to my cousin. She never saw the movie.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2004

    Completely different form the movie

    i enjoy reading the book versions of movies that i like ....so i bought this one and let me tell you it is nothing like the movie, but it was still a great book. i would definately recomend this book to anyone who likes to read...if you have seen the movie or not it is a great read, i couldnt put it down

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2004

    Warning - Very Different From Movie

    First off, I borrowed Forrest Gump from the library after having a very refreshing experience from the Academy-Award-winning film. I was expecting it to be exactly like the movie. Then it wasn't. It was very different. This seems as if the author had nothing to do in his Saturday afternoon spare-time and he just begins writing a story and writes whatever weird is coming out of his mind. I thought it was a bit unorganized and it seems as if he just finished it in one week without any thought of it and just try to put it as a fable. I don't get the point of me even reading it. I thought it was a waste of my time. If you want to see a true American hero in action, go rent the movie because even though the book wasnn't what I expected, at least the screenplay was nicely done ...

    2 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 1999

    Stick to the Movie

    I really enjoyed Forrest Gump the movie so I thought I'ld read the book. I made a mistake. The book is completly different and not half as endearing. If you like Forrest Gump don't read the book. The book gets repetious and draggs on with one outlandinsh story after another. The Forrest Gump in the book is totally different than the one in the movie and I didn't really like him that well.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2014

    As William Shakespeare would describe it, Winston Groom's 1986 n

    As William Shakespeare would describe it, Winston Groom's 1986 novel, Forrest Gump, "is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing" (Macbeth, Act-5, Scene-5, Lines 26-28). The novel's narrator and main character, Forrest Gump, is a mentally disabled man who acts as if he were emotionally disabled. Being that Groom fails to use any emotions to describe him, Gump might as well be a robot. Additionally, the plot of the novel is saturated with nonsensical absurdities such as Gump's flight into space with an orangutan. It is easy to understand why the novel receives such unfavorable reviews. Even a mentally disabled robot, such as Forrest Gump, would understand why Groom's novel is so heavily criticized. 
    Despite having a powerful theme to revolve around [the theme of humanness existing in all peoples], Winston Groom's style of writing and ineffective use of literary devices fails in appealing to the emotions of the reader. To start with, Forrest Gump, the main character and narrator of Forrest Gump, never speaks or behaves in a manner which conveys human emotions. Not once does Gump pump his fist with vexation ,burst in jubilation, or even just laugh. Furthermore, John Baumbach of the New York Times describes Forrest Gump "as someone [in]capable of real human pain."  I undoubtedly agree with Baumbach, considering that Gump's entire experience as a combatant of the Vietnam War is described only as "long and uncomfortable" (p57). Groom rather has Gump describe the quantity of grenades thrown than the psychological consequence of murder. In addition, Groom rather forms obviously absurd analogies between Gump and apes than clarify why and how they are unlike. Saying "one ape is jus[t] like any other" while comparing Gump to an orangutan is clearly meant to be interpreted as a ridiculous statement which reader would disagree with (p124). However, Groom fails to elaborate on their differences as humans and animals. This ultimately produces a disconnection between the reader and the character, Gump.
    Unfortunately, Groom's absurdity is not limited to orangutans in space. For example, Forrest Gump's fixations with leisure activities to escape the cruel reality of truth is neither acknowledged nor resolved. Gump's unceasing obsessions with table tennis, chess, and wrestling are all attributed to his desire to disregard the reality of his poverty, loss of friends, and acceptance of death. However, Groom does not address the existence of this situation, and therefore, it is never overcome by the character, Gump. The fact that such a significant problem continuously remains with the character throughout the entire plot of Forrest Gump is inexplicably ridiculous. Like Publisher's Weekly states, " the absurdity gathers its own speed and begins to run dangerously amok."As if this seemingly unending amount of insanity is not enough in a single literary piece, Groom complicates the situation further. He titles Gump, "The Dunce" (p171), and his first wrestling opponent is none other than "The Turd" (p173). Furthermore, Groom has Gump and his NASA crewmembers being saved by a cannibalistic Yale-graduate in a remote region of New Guinea. Although this is quite humorous, as Publisher's Weekly believes, Groom's story is indisputably too absurd to be considered a serious and meaningful piece of literature.
    Overall, Winston Groom's publication, Forrest Gump, is an unreserved catastrophe. Not only is Forrest Gump a "tale told by and idiot" (Macbeth, Act-5, Scene-5, Lines 26-28), it is a tale written by an idiot. Groom fails in substantiating any theme that he may try to portray,  leaving the novel without a strong message for an audience. Like the two professional reviews, by Jonathan Baumbach and Publisher's Weekly, my opinions of Forrest Gump are tainted by the novel's inadequate character development, failure to resolve significant issues, and generally absurd plot. It seems that Winston Groom's Forrest Gump is best used as firewood rather than as a piece of literature.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    RADAR...08/30/2013...IT IS DIFFERENT...

    I liked this book, but I loved the movie...It was as if the book,
    FORREST GUMP, was in an alternate universe...Some of the
    Situations FORREST GUMP was in were close, but not really...
    I usually like it when the film stays true to the book...
    ...NOT THIS TIME.....RADAR.....08/30/2013.....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2013

    I wanted to like this book because I so love the movie, but this

    I wanted to like this book because I so love the movie, but this was plainly the silliest thing I have ever read. He went into space with a monkey? Really? Awful compared to the movie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2013

    This was a comic odyssey that was vastly different it was from t

    This was a comic odyssey that was vastly different it was from the cinematic version. The book was far crazier. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    PRETTY GOOD

    I love it just the way it is

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2012

    luv the movie!!!!

    i luv the movie amd i bet i will love this book!!!

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2009

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    A Little Crazy..

    My librarian told me of this books existence - and being a lover of the movie, I bought it. I was generally disappointed. While it was an entertaining read, after a while, the book was pretty unrealistic. Its alright if your into crazy things, but if you're looking for something about real like - like the movie - then I wouldn't recommend this. But either way, it was still an entertaining read and Tom Hanks fits with the book just as well as the movie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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