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The Great Gatsby | [F. Scott Fitzgerald]

The Great Gatsby

Elegant, enigmatic Jay Gatsby yearns for his old love, the beautiful Daisy. But she is married to the insensitive if hugely successful Tom Buchanan, who won’t let her go despite having a mistress himself. In their wealthy haven, these beguiling lives are brought together by the innocent and entranced narrator, Nick – until their decadent deceits spill into violence and tragedy. Part morality tale, part fairy tale, The Great Gatsby is the consummate novel of the Jazz Age. Its tenderness and poetry make it one of the great works of the 20th century.
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Elegant, enigmatic Jay Gatsby yearns for his old love, the beautiful Daisy. But she is married to the insensitive if hugely successful Tom Buchanan, who won’t let her go despite having a mistress himself. In their wealthy haven, these beguiling lives are brought together by the innocent and entranced narrator, Nick – until their decadent deceits spill into violence and tragedy. Part morality tale, part fairy tale, The Great Gatsby is the consummate novel of the Jazz Age. Its tenderness and poetry make it one of the great works of the 20th century.

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©1925 Charles Scribner's Sons, renewed 1953 Frances Scott Fitzgerald Lanahan (P)2010 Naxos Audiobook

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    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 04-16-13
    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 04-16-13 Member Since 2010

    Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.

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    "The Very Good Gatsby"

    The Book
    What can I say? It is one of the best known plots of modern times. It is regarded as a modern American classic, alongside "Grapes of Wrath", Huck Finn's Adventures and Scout's wondering at her father's integrity. But for me, it has always been missing something. I know it's about soulless people for whom, what it looks like is more important than what it is. So of course it is missing something. That's the point! But still, there's something I can't put my finger on that separates this from the true "Greats".
    I just read Melinda's review (which I always read with interest). She gets it, but I don't. For me Fitzgerald has so successfully dismissed these glitzy cut-out figures, that I have no empathy for any of them, not even Dan. That leaves me this: awed by the language, but not so hot about the story. And, isn't it all about the story? Anyway, who am I to criticise the book. It can't have been too bad because I listened to two versions of it over a day!
    Overall, I think my prejudice is not a good guide. I love the language, but I could easily never read this again. I wouldn't say the same for Wrath, Mockingbird or Finn, and certainly I will read Of Mice and Men again, hopefully many times.

    The Performance
    As mentioned, I listened to two versions of this tale. I started with this one, then saw the Jake Gyllenhaal one advertised. It wasn't that I wasn't enjoying William Hope's performance, because I listened to both from "cover to cover". However, I found it a bit over dramatic, although that sense of avarice has its place within this book. Also, I wanted to understand why this is an hour longer than the Gyllenhaal version. I never got to the bottom of that. I liked his (Hope's) characterisation (especially of Daisy and Gatsby) more than the other version, but I didn't like the "sing-song" aspect of some of the narrative. Still the performance was good and didn't detract from the book, and it's all about the book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    donnakat MN 09-24-12
    donnakat MN 09-24-12 Member Since 2006

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    "Excellent audiobook"
    Would you listen to The Great Gatsby again? Why?

    Yes. It was well read by the narrator, and of course it is one of the best books ever written.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The setting, the tale of unrequited love-- even though Gatsby turns out to be a stalker.


    What does William Hope bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This might sound odd, but his voice seemed to fit with the era.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wanda Pretoria, South Africa 08-05-13
    Wanda Pretoria, South Africa 08-05-13 Member Since 2012

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    "The writing is excellent as is the narrator."

    The Great Gatsby
    By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Narrator by William Hope
    Brilliantly written I liked the writing far more than the story.
    The narrator did his job well and the story came alive but the general sound level was very low.
    So back to the story. The author is brilliant. The way he engages the reader is amazing. The tragic nature of the story was not to my liking but I can't expect all of life to be rainbows and butterflies can I?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andy Philadelphia, PA, United States 11-05-12
    Andy Philadelphia, PA, United States 11-05-12
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    "Gripping reading!"
    What about William Hope’s performance did you like?

    Great reading - brought the book to life


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I think it was 2 sittings :)


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie United States 09-02-12
    Natalie United States 09-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A Classic Story of the 1920's"

    I have always wanted to read something by F. Scott Fitzgerald and understand why he is considered such a good writer. I finally got the chance to do it and am glad that I did.

    Fitzgerald portrays a wide range of complex relationships, emotions, and cultural patterns without sounding phoney or contrived. His characters live on Long Island after World War I and most, but not all, are young and wealthy. While possessing beauty, wealth, and power, they teeter and eventually cross over our cultural lines related to truthfulness, honesty, trust, loyalty, nonviolence, thrift, justice, and respectfulness. Over the course of a summer, their decadent behavior becomes more extreme and ends in unexpected tragedy.

    The narrator, a young man from the mid West, observes all this happening, and is confounded, especially by his enigmatic neighbor, Gatsby. As he gets to know Gatsby better and understand his motivation, he acquires a great respect for him.





    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen El Paso, TX, United States 11-23-11
    Stephen El Paso, TX, United States 11-23-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Gatsby - Audio Book - Hope"

    Book - Rated as a classic it not sure if it should be in the top 50. However, I see it is a classic and a very good piece of work. The chief asset is the narration, characters, and description prose. I did not find the plot terribly grand but that was backdrop for the chararacter.

    Production - A very good production and presentation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Ottawa, ON, Canada 07-11-11
    Wendy Ottawa, ON, Canada 07-11-11 Member Since 2008
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    "A true classic"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this classic novel and William Hope's voice and speaking style made him the perfect choice as the narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany COLLEGE STATION, TX, United States 05-13-13
    Tiffany COLLEGE STATION, TX, United States 05-13-13
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    "Classic"
    Where does The Great Gatsby rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty high, but I do wish I would have read the paper version. I don't think the imagery jumps out as much if you aren't reading it for yourself. But I wanted to read it before the movie came out and I am so glad I did!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stacey Los Angeles, CA, United States 03-27-13
    Stacey Los Angeles, CA, United States 03-27-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Interesting look into history"

    I was a business major during my undergraduate and post graduate years so I did not take many courses in literature. I was excited to listen to this book. I see why it is a classic. Some of it is timeless. Some is not. I've been going to Manhattan on business two or three times a year for 14 years and it was cool to know some of the places the book refers to.

    I've listened to at least 24 books and William Hope's reading may be the best. Fantastic job.

    As for the story, I found it interesting, engaging and exciting for about 3/4 of its length. After that, I was disappointed. It kind of went flat for me. The ending was actually a shock. Maybe I've got too much of a bean counter's brain.

    Regardless, I'd love to see the original two versions of the movie. I refuse to see the version with Redford and would consider putting my life in jeopardy while trying to escape if being forced at gunpoint to sit through the upcoming release of the next version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julie W. Capell Milwaukee, WI USA 12-04-12
    Julie W. Capell Milwaukee, WI USA 12-04-12 Member Since 2007

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    "See the movie instead"

    Having somehow never read this book in high school, nor seen the Robert Redford film adaptation,I picked it up in preparation for the new Leonardo Di Caprio flick set to come out soon. I have to say, I just don't get why this is such a famous book. Supposedly a chronicle of the 1920's and Prohibition, I found it a tedious soap opera of an improbable love affair between two characters I really didn't care too much about. I do think it would make a better movie than a book, since the settings involve many beautiful people at beautiful parties in beautiful houses. The narrator did a good job.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "A Real Scene Setter Old Sport"

    Enjoyable even though not my usual type of choice. A Classic novel very well read by Bill Hope. Evocative of a time and place in history

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • William
    Sheffiled, United Kingdom
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    "pure classic"

    A classic of american novel, a pure joy! The word's and voice combine to take you back to the 1920's and into a world that is not quite what it seems.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sigrin
    Valdisere, France
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    "All American historic novel"
    What made the experience of listening to The Great Gatsby the most enjoyable?

    Narrator was good


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I found them a little tedious if I am honest


    Have you listened to any of William Hope’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, and not sure I will rush out to get another


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

    Gatsby's love for his lady


    Any additional comments?

    I was really looking forward to this book but was a little disappointed. Don't get me wrong great story but just got fed up with the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Roger Dane
    Carryduff, Northern Ireland
    7/9/13
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    "The Greatest of the Great?"
    What did you like most about The Great Gatsby?

    Beautifully written. A multi-layered masterpiece with a depth that rewards multiple re-readings.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There is little extraneous fluff. Fitzgerald avoided padding and produced a clear and concise story.


    Any additional comments?

    Arguably the greatest novel of the 20th Century and has very few competitors from other centuries for the title of greatest novel of all time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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