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The Great Gatsby Audiobook

The Great Gatsby

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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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    Robert 11-08-15
    Robert 11-08-15 Member Since 2015

    Long drive to get to work and back so i have plenty of time to listen.

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    "This is a "Classic""
    Would you listen to The Great Gatsby again? Why?

    Once is enough


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

    Yes


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

    No but he did well with this one


    Any additional comments?

    Its a classic but Im not deep enough to know why.

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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!


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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

    The audio books I get tend to be either 1) scifi or 2) things for my husband and me to listen to on long road trips--humor or history

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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.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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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 2016
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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 Member Since 2016

    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.

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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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    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.

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    Eric Cable Charlotte, NC 02-10-13
    Eric Cable Charlotte, NC 02-10-13

    Eric Cable

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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.


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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!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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