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.
  • Gossip in the newspapers and marriage
  • Benjamin Button is born
  • Falling in love
  • Benjamin becomes a "real" baby
  • Benjamin joins the army
  • Benjamin goes to Harvard University
  • Buying clothes and taking "the baby" home
  • The boy Benjamin wants to rejoin the Army
  • Benjamin is not admitted to college
  • First years at home
  • Benjamin comes back from war
  • 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 story, Benjamin is raised by his own parents, whereas in the movie he is a foundling.
    • 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 movie, Benjamin falls in love, whereas in the story he does not fall in love with anybody.
Read the following statements about the film and decide whether they are a positive or negative critique.
  • 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 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!
  • 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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