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Big Fish

A Novel of Mythic Proportions
Written by: Daniel Wallace
Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
4 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Writer and illustrator Daniel Wallace has published stories in various literary magazines. Big Fish is a novel reminiscent of Garrison Keillor and Mark Twain. It is a surprising work, filled with imagination, homespun humor, and hyperbole.

Edward Bloom, an aging salesman, is dying. As his grown son, William, cares for him, the young man tries to focus on what he knows about his father’s life. Story after story surfaces in William’s memory, and he shares mythic visions of a fantastic father who was loved by all—a man who was the best runner, fisherman, businessman, and adventurer in the world. Big Fish tells these tall tales of Edward Bloom’s life. Punctuated with his vast repertory of jokes, they set the stage for Edward’s final, wonderful transformation.

©1998 Daniel Wallace (P)1999 Recorded Books, LLC

What the critics say

"In a plainspoken style dotted with transcendent passages, Wallace mixes the mundane and the mythical. His chapters have the transformative quality of fable and fairy tale, and the novel's roomy structure allows the mystery and lyricism of the story to coalesce." ( Publishers Weekly)
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  • stephanie Colclough
  • 2015-01-05

movie was better

the ending in the film was so much better, although a great book. I did enjoy the movie much more and it remains my favorite film

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  • WadeOhWells
  • 2020-01-31

Better Than I Expected

I was skeptical about this book because of the negative reviews but I really enjoyed it. The narrator is quite convinced in the characters he reads and does the voices well. It's hard not to compare this book to the movie, and I certainly think the movie is better, but reading/listening to this isn't a waste of time.

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  • Luke Fourie
  • 2019-08-12

Tasty Sea Bass

Stop me if you've heard this one. A humorous and beautiful story we can't believe but all want to believe in. Had me tearing up, laughing my head off and soaking in life lessons like a sponge. Made me feel like a kid too.

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  • Dale
  • 2018-08-12

A real delight!

The story holds you from beginning to end, through the silly jokes to the fantastic unrealism. I had hoped it would hold up to the film and it gpes one better - all the way! I hope you enjoy as much as I did.

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  • Jocey
  • 2017-08-29

great story

If you like the movie, you will love the book just as much, I promise you.

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  • Tareq
  • 2016-12-21

The reading was fantastic. The book isn't

I had to hear this for an essay. The story is interesting but not my cup of tea.

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  • 2014-05-01

Really good book. See the movie too

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Very good read. A short book, and very entertaining.Nonetheless, a rare exception in that the movie is at least as good. Read the book first, because the movie does things with the story. This is a magical story, that shows truths without being overbearing.

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  • Jessi
  • 2019-04-15

Unfortunately

I love the movie and unfortunately was expecting the same. This book is pretty boring.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-03-27

Big Fish Book vs Movie

The movie adaptation of Big Fish was much better than the Big Fish book. The book didn’t not have near the interesting characters as the movie. Typically I like books better than movies that have adapted from them, but not in this case.

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  • Ray Laskey
  • 2014-10-03

Go see the movie!!!

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I have loved the movie since I first saw it. My compliments to the screenwriter!

The book was disappointingly bad -- dark, disjointed and unreadable.

Save your money and rent the movie instead.