Audiobook Review: Flappers & Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Flapper & Philosophers

Narrated by Kitty Hendrix

F. Scott Fitzgerald, widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century, wrote this collection of eight short stories in 1920 for magazines such as Colliers and The Saturday Evening Post. These stories were later released in his first published collection of short stories as Flappers and Philosophers and, along with his wildly successful novels, such as The Great Gatsby and Tender is the Night, are considered the paradigmatic writings of the Jazz Age, treating themes of youth and promise (along with age and despair) with irony and wit.

Elsie’s Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I thought, between high school and college I had read every F. Scott Fitzgerald book there was, I was wrong. I’m so glad I listened to this collection of short stories now, allowing me to view his writings from the perspective of an older and wiser person.

These short stories were written in 1920 when F. Scott Fitzgerald was a young man of 24-years-old. His writing reflects that sense of wonder, romance and pseudo angst that most young people have before the brutality of everyday life beats it out of you by the age of thirty-five. What remains timeless, unlike youth, is the beauty of his words, his way with prose is still a marvel to this very day.

Some, I’m sure will find offense and or discomfort with the archaic and offensive use of racial terms.  At the time this book was written, it was completely acceptable and commonplace. It would be wrong to censor this work and history should not be rewritten, but rather, learned from.

The narration was performed admirably by Kitty Hendrix, she really captured the feeling and tone of the time that this book was written in and I was completely engaged with her reading throughout the entire audiobook. The production quality of this audiobook is top of the line as well.

Young scholars take note. If this book is required reading you will be doing yourself a great favor by downloading this version and guaranteeing yourself an “A” in class.

This audiobook was gifted to me exchange for an unbiased review!

F Scott Fitzgerald


F. Scott Fitzgerald was one of the major American writers of the twentieth century — a figure whose life and works embodied powerful myths about our national dreams and aspirations. Fitzgerald was talented and perceptive, gifted with a lyrical style and a pitch-perfect ear for language. He lived his life as a romantic, equally capable of great dedication to his craft and reckless squandering of his artistic capital. He left us one sure masterpiece, The Great Gatsby; a near-masterpiece, Tender Is the Night; and a gathering of stories and essays that together capture the essence of the American experience. His writings are insightful and stylistically brilliant; today he is admired both as a social chronicler and a remarkably gifted artist. @Amazon

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