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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Tom 09-10-12
    Tom 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Listen Very Enjoyable"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, story is good maybe better since I read the novel 30 years ago. It was more enjoyable to listen to than to read again maturity allowed me a better perspective on the story. I listened to the book twice and found it more engaging the second time around.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrator really keeps the mood of story weaving throughout the novel.


    Which character – as performed by William Hope – was your favorite?

    Gatsby was well read I felt his alienation, hope, eventual disallusionment.


    If you could take any character from The Great Gatsby out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Not sure


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    Julius Butcher 09-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not compelling anymore"

    I know this is a classic one, anyone who likes to read heard about it. People quote from it, and it was mentioned in films many times. But I must say: I didn't like it.

    I admit: the language is nice, the narrative has a style, and in general I liked how the sentences flowed. But the book is old, and the story is boring for the contemporary reader. Nowadays we so got to used to the fast paced novels, that for me it seemed that the Great Gatsby's story stalled for the half of the book. The beauty of the narration is just not enough now.

    It may have received high reviews those old days, but it is still on sale, and I cannot evaluate it other way than from the view of the modern literature.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sebastian United States 09-04-12
    Sebastian United States 09-04-12

    speelbergo

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    "Great story, great performance"

    The performer had an aire of David Hyde Pierce to him that was very interesting to listen to, and very, very appropriate for the setting of the novel. The only problem i had was with some of the female voices, which were very grating on the ears, and came off like the mom on Bob's Burgers. This was a great listen, and a quick one too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bee United States 08-10-12
    Bee United States 08-10-12 Member Since 2015

    Just a book fool.

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    "A Beautiful Tragedy"
    Any additional comments?

    The Great Gatsby is a beautiful lyric of a terrible tragedy. The characters are extremely flawed and pretty much unlovable but you forgive Fitzgerald this in lue of his writing.

    The narrator was fantastic but I would recommend having a copy to flow along with. Each page is jammed packed with so many quotable lines you will want to read it again and chew on it for some time. The more you roll this one around in your head the more it changes and you see something new from a different persecutive.

    I recommend this to anyone who hasn't read it yet. I did not finish this book with warm fuzzies but with the knowledge that I was just offered a glimpse into the genius tortured mind of F. Scott Fitzgerald.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Chicago 02-10-13
    Amazon Customer Chicago 02-10-13

    WaxonWaxov

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    "Classic Story... the reader needs to try less"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The voices the reader, William Hope, does or tries to do are annoying. His female voices are bad to the point of being distracting.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The voices the reader, William Hope, does or tries to do are annoying. His female voices are bad to the point of being distracting.


    Was The Great Gatsby worth the listening time?

    Gatsby is one of those "I'll read it someday books" that appears on a number of "must read" lists. So, yes take the time.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Montebelluna, Italy 01-31-13
    Sara Montebelluna, Italy 01-31-13
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    "A classic of all times!"

    Delightful book, an insight into an historical period and the souls of its characters.
    I really really enjoyed it!

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    Jamie Pleasanton, CA, United States 09-18-12
    Jamie Pleasanton, CA, United States 09-18-12
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    "Great insight into life in the Roaring 20's"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I thought this book gave great insight into life in the 1920's, albeit the darker and sadder side.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A glimpse into the 1920's.


    What about William Hope’s performance did you like?

    The voice was authentic.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tebbe Asheville, NC, United States 09-10-12
    Tebbe Asheville, NC, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2012

    Tebbe

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    "Read it once and.... That's fine"
    Would you listen to The Great Gatsby again? Why?

    No, the story really was weaker than I recalled. None of th enchanters were that intriguing or sympathetic. There was no real action and no catharsis.


    Would you be willing to try another book from F. Scott Fitzgerald? Why or why not?

    Maybe


    What about William Hope’s performance did you like?

    He voice of every man I liked him.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Don't bother


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States 09-07-12
    Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States 09-07-12 Member Since 2012

    Audible listener who's grateful for a long commute!

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    "Great Confusion, Gatsby!"

    I read an article a week or so ago, criticizing electronic reviews, and pointing out that in some cases, the reviewer obviously hadn't read the review because its rating was so low. One of the examples quoted was a 1-star rating for this book, "The Great Gatsby." The article's writer pointed out that this is one of the greatest novels of the 20th century.

    I can completely understand a 1-star rating for this book, although my rating is higher. I, too, was bored at the beginning. I almost stopped listening after the first third of the book. I kept going because I wanted to know why this was considered a great novel. I'd heard so much about it.

    The story became more lively, and the characters became more complex and more interesting. By the end, I was enthralled. When I finished the book, I spent quite a lot of time thinking about what it meant.

    Before I wrote this review, I read several other reviews, and I realized that one of the reasons the book is considered great is that individual readers see the book differently.

    I saw the main characters and the story as a metaphor for a dissolute age, and I thought that the story could have taken place in the 1990's just as easily as it takes place in the 1920's. In both eras, the world was relatively at peace. Money could be easily made, impressions bought, and everyone wanted to be friends with the hottest celebrity around.

    With a book like this, there's a temptation to just get the Cliff Notes to discuss the book knowledgeably, without reading it. Avoid the temptation - that would be like eating a Hershey's Bar instead of Godiva Chocolate.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Larry FRANKLIN, TN, United States 01-09-12
    Larry FRANKLIN, TN, United States 01-09-12

    I'm a nurse practitioner that loves to let my imagination run when listening to books. Takes me forever to read, so I love listening!

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    "Boring"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better plot. Or at least having one.


    Has The Great Gatsby turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not completely. I hope that this is just a personal dislike, and not a broad dislike of fiction in this genre.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reader was about the only thing that kept me interested. He might deserve a 4 star rating, but it is difficult for me to arrive at 4 stars in a book that I did not enjoy.


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot understand why this is considered a classic.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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