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Bernice has rare beauty and wealth, but is undeniably socially awkward. Her cousin Marjorie does her best to make Bernice into a social vampire. Being a socialite in America in the 1920s, it seems to her that some of the more archaic feminine ideals need to go. Bernice's long, luxurious hair may need to go, too.

Public Domain (P)2007 B.J. Harrison

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Who's Afraid of F Scott Fitzgerald ?

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If you've hesitated to read F Scott Fitzgerald because his novels are so... respected and loved by literary intellectuals, give his short stories a shot. They are friendly, extremely interesting, filled with memorable and easily recognized characters. Bernice Bobs Her Hair is only one of many, so keep in mind that you're getting a one-hour recording, but still well worth your purchase. And funny. Bernice is a typical young woman learning to maneuver through her societies. Whether you picture her in Fitzgerald's early 20th C setting or transport her into current social events, her predicament and solution ring true and delightfully recognizable. I love Fitzgerald for a light short read on a quiet afternoon. (and yeah, the novels are surprisingly approachable--though not as lighthearted--too.)

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Love F. Scott

He has such a clear writing style that makes it an easy listen. If you liked the Great Gatsby, you'll love this short story. I can honestly say I did not foresee the twist at the end.

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LOVE F. Scott Fitzgerald

Great short story, interesting snapshot of an interesting era, good characters-if only two dimensional-and a great ending.

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  • 04-10-12

Excellent story!

Would you listen to Bernice Bobs Her Hair again? Why?

Yes. I like the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bernice Bobs Her Hair?

When Bernice gets her own back.

Have you listened to any of B. J. Harrison’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

If you could take any character from Bernice Bobs Her Hair out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Bernice, because she is the least evil.

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Love F. Scott

He has such a clear writing style that makes it an easy listen. If you liked the Great Gatsby, you'll love this short story. I can honestly say I did not foresee the twist at the end.

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Classic Literary fiction at its best!

A great Classic story of revenge. Very climactic end to the tale. Great literary fiction at its best. Wonderfully narrated by B. J. Harrison. Definitely a worthwhile read (listen).

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Definitely worth an hour of your time.

This is good listen while you do something like iron your shirts or fold your laundry. Worth a few cents for sure, but don’t spend a credit on this. Well read and worth the hour. Don’t miss the ending.

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Humorous and amusing

Would you consider the audio edition of Bernice Bobs Her Hair to be better than the print version?

This is a very humorous story of social life of young upper-class people in the '30s and hearing it read so effortlessly gives it some extra weight.

What other book might you compare Bernice Bobs Her Hair to and why?

You could compare this book with Bridget Jones's Diary. Bernice is being taught how to go about catching a guy which is more or less the theme of Jones's Diary written more than 80 years later.

What does B. J. Harrison bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The Southern accent of the characters makes it more authentic - the characters come alive.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The end is obviously terrific, I am still laughing.

Any additional comments?

Scott Fitzgerald is a curious author. I also listened to The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and it is also very amusing and different.

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  • 04-14-12

Original "Mean Girls"!

Interesting short story, a 1920s. "Mean Girls". A great introduction for teenagers to classic literature. Would have had more impact for them if read by a younger female. Well worth listening to, and it makes a real change from longer novels.

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  • 03-11-20

One of my favourites

A brilliantly written and entertaining short story. Fitzgerald brings the culture of wealthy youth in the 1920’s to life in detail.
I have listened many times over the years.
BJ Harrison is an excellent narrator (my very favourite). His character distinction allows you to get lost in the story. I can’t recommend him highly enough.