After listening:

Do these final tasks to check your listening comprehension and to recap the story. Afterwards, tell us how you liked this audiobook by rating it.
Bring the headlines of the different chapters into the right order.
  • Buying clothes and taking "the baby" home
  • Benjamin is not admitted to college
  • Benjamin goes to Harvard University
  • Benjamin becomes a "real" baby
  • Falling in love
  • Benjamin Button is born
  • First years at home
  • The boy Benjamin wants to rejoin the Army
  • Benjamin comes back from war
  • Benjamin joins the army
  • Gossip in the newspapers and marriage
  • Chapter 1
  • Chapter 2
  • Chapter 3
  • Chapter 4
  • Chapter 5
  • Chapter 6
  • Chapter 7
  • Chapter 8
  • Chapter 9
  • Chapter 10
  • Chapter 11
Watch the trailer of the movie. Then answer the question below.
  • There are two main differences between the original short story and the film. What are these differences?
    • In the movie, Benjamin falls in love, whereas in the story he does not fall in love with anybody.
    • In the story, Benjamin is born as an old man, whereas in the movie he is born as a baby that looks old.
    • In the story, Benjamin is raised by his own parents, whereas in the movie he is a foundling.
Read the following statements about the film and decide whether they are a positive or negative critique.
  • A great melancholic epic with stunning visual effects!
  • One of the greatest films of all time!!
  • The film should be called the pointless case of Benjamin Button. It’s rubbish!
  • Another Hollywood mainstream movie that lacks content and good actors.
  • It’s more like a fairy-tale. It is too far fetched to be taken seriously!
  • A sensational film that sheds light on the topics of life and death from a totally new perspective!
How did you like the story of Benjamin Button? Think of some aspects of the plot that you liked and didn't like and write a short comment. You can use the following phrases to express your opinion.
  • I think (that)…
  • In my opinion…
  • I am of the opinion that…
  • My personal view is that…
  • I believe (that)…
  • I feel that…
  • I am sure/certain/convinced that…
I really liked the story. I think that it has strong characters and a great plot. Sometimes I felt that the progress of the story was a little slow. Still, I believe that the story may be of interest to many people because the plot is unusual. However, in my opinion the language was a little difficult to understand.


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