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The Great Gatsby Audiobook

The Great Gatsby

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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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    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

    Always moving. Always listening. Always learning. "After all this time?" "Always."

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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.

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Robin 12-29-11
    Robin 12-29-11 Member Since 2016

    Australian author inspired by beauty and creativity.

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    "Hasn't stood the test of time"

    I didn't like it much after a 30-year hiatus. Didn't like any of the characters or really care when the major character died. Much ado about nothing. I was also very disturbed with the apparent easy acceptance of violence towards women. I can't really accept that it is something to do with an era. Of course the writing is extremely lyrical and beautifully put together.

    1 of 5 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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