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The Great Gatsby | [F. Scott Fitzgerald]

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....
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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, April 2013 - I knew I always liked The Great Gatsby, but having not read it since high school, I couldn’t remember exactly why. After listening to Jake Gyllenhaal’s superb narration, I was reminded of what I found so great about F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic. Gyllenhaal strikes the right chord as, Nick Carraway, who exists within the hyper-privileged world of Long Island’s upper crust but manages to avoid becoming jaded and swept up by the materialism of his cousin, Daisy, and the titular Gatsby. Fitzgerald’s elegant yet simple prose still holds up, and Gyllenhaal treats it with the utmost respect, allowing the vivid descriptions of mansions, landmarks, and 1920s New York to flow at just the right pace. While ultimately tragic, The Great Gatsby is full of light and beautiful moments that kindle a nostalgia for the Roaring Twenties, and I was glad to have been reintroduced to a favorite book this way. —Chris, Audible Editor

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Classic, 2013

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby. There, he has a firsthand view of Gatsby’s lavish West Egg parties - and of his undying love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan.

After meeting and losing Daisy during the war, Gatsby has made himself fabulously wealthy. Now, he believes that his only way to true happiness is to find his way back into Daisy’s life, and he uses Nick to try to reach her. What happens when the characters’ fantasies are confronted with reality makes for a startling conclusion to this iconic masterpiece.

This special audio edition joins the upcoming film - as well as many other movie, radio, theater, and even video-game adaptations - as a fitting tribute to the cultural significance of Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age classic, widely regarded as one of the greatest stories ever told.

©1925 Charles Scribner's Sons. Copyright renewed 1953 by Frances Scott Fitzgerald Lanahan (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    James E. Buffington Thornton, CO 08-14-13
    James E. Buffington Thornton, CO 08-14-13

    Jeb

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    "Classic?"

    Not sure why this is a classic. Found myself bored frequently. Jake's performance was a little rough. Accents started to blend together.

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    jillian Lakeland Florida USA 08-12-13
    jillian Lakeland Florida USA 08-12-13

    i love to read an amazing book that will take me out of this world and bring me to another sometimes we just need to use our imagination!

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    Would you listen to The Great Gatsby again? Why?

    No once was enough


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Great Gatsby?

    The death of gatsby


    Which character – as performed by Jake Gyllenhaal – was your favorite?

    They all were alright not favorite


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

    THE GREAT


    Any additional comments?

    Audibles made this book great

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    Jordan LAKE CHARLES, LA, United States 08-06-13
    Jordan LAKE CHARLES, LA, United States 08-06-13
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    "Is this real life? Is this just fantasy?"
    Where does The Great Gatsby rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the best of the best. Jake is one of the most genuinely real actors of today because of his inability to hide any and every emotion that he feels. What makes him a great actor also makes him the best narrator. I wish he would narrate all the audiobooks. His warm velvet voice and inflections make the book even more enjoyable, something I never thought would be possible.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Great Gatsby?

    When Jay Gatsby once again becomes James Gatz through his own storytelling has always been a favorite moment of mine.


    Which character – as performed by Jake Gyllenhaal – was your favorite?

    I think Jake perfectly captured Fitzgerald essence as the narrator. I wish Baz Luhrmann had listened to this audiobook before casting Spiderman.


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

    When you realize that Gatsby's death marks the end of his reign, the reader must reflect on the shallow insignificance of material belongings.


    Any additional comments?

    READ ALL OF F. SCOTT FITZGERALD'S BOOKS NOT JUST THIS ONE PLEASE

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    Laura Rivera Arroyo San Juan, PR 08-06-13
    Laura Rivera Arroyo San Juan, PR 08-06-13
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    "Amazing Book & Awesome Narrator!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Great Gatsby the most enjoyable?

    I like the voice of the narrator "Jake Gyllenhaal", it makes the book sound more interesting and enjoyable.


    What other book might you compare The Great Gatsby to and why?

    I usually don't read so I can't compare this book to anything, all I can say is that its interesting and i'm usually picky with books.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when Nick finally met Gatsby or at least when he found out it was him. :)


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

    YES!


    Any additional comments?

    I LOVE THIS BOOK AND LEONARDO DICAPRIO! <3 :D

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    kay DEER PARK, NY, United States 07-24-13
    kay DEER PARK, NY, United States 07-24-13 Member Since 2014

    Avid reader...

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    Classic. I read in one sitting! I would read over and over.
    Excellent performance by jake!

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    Duane 07-21-13
    Duane 07-21-13 Member Since 2013
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    Perhaps it was Jake who ruined it for me. I'm not a fan of this narration. Stick to the screen Jake. I'll have to try reading this one in the paper version.

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    Sara Portland, Tn, United States 07-20-13
    Sara Portland, Tn, United States 07-20-13 Member Since 2015

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    "I enjoyed it!"

    Great Narration. I thoroughly enjoyed the story. The characters truly cone to life. I plan to listen again!

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    Helena Arvada, CO, United States 07-16-13
    Helena Arvada, CO, United States 07-16-13

    If you love something ... Set it free. If it was real ... It will return to thee!

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    "The best romances - Have No Happy Endings!"

    The book is told through the impressions of Nick, a middle class guy, and revolves around the Great Mr. Gatsby. A man who has replaced the fortitude of spirituality with the frailty of materialism in the hopes of acquiring a woman, Daisy, hardly worth his disdain let alone his life.

    The story reflects the deeper truth that rationality and science alone cannot solve our problems and certainly cannot supplant the need for a higher purpose in life or belief in a higher power. To do so leaves a void too often filled with materialism which is a cheap substitute.

    This is exemplified in the characters of Tom Daisy and Jordan, soulless wraiths who drift aimlessly from place to place draining the life of everything they touch. Even Tom, who has every conceivable material possession, betrays a longing for days gone by when he was revered as a football hero presumably since this was the only title he ever earned.

    Gatsby is a compromised and tragic figure partially redeemed only by his solitary quest to fulfill an adolescent meaningless fantasy. Unlike "old money" he has a goal, however trivial.

    The fulfillment of his goal is anti-climactic as with all objects pursued solely for possession and display. The empheral joy of possession is replaced with the enduring meaninglessness of his life and the eventual ignomy of losing Daisy.

    The end of the story shows the illusion of Gatsby, a young wealthy eccentric enigmatic gentleman, dissipated by the reality of Gatsby, a hollow common criminal consumed by the desire for a used mindless woman.

    With the contemporary obsession with materialism, in the form of youth, beauty and wealth, to the exclusion of all else the book is more relevant today than it was then.

    This book has everything, the (impossible) love story, money and wealth, greed, affairs, jealousy and obsessions. Fitzgerald's writing style is vivid and eloquent. Simply an elegant use of the language! His language reminds me of Hemingway, one of my other favorites.

    Narrator Jake Gyllenhaal is one of the most authentic narrators I have listened to. Wonderful performance! He brought this tale to the believable platform necessary to maintain this classics high standard of excellence.

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    Lance 07-14-13
    Lance 07-14-13
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    "I Don't Like Soap Operas"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Perhaps The Great Gatsby is famous because it was the first soap opera, but I don't like soap operas, even if they're called "classic". However, if you like soap operas, you'll probably love The Great Gatsby.The narrator was very good.


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    val 07-12-13
    val 07-12-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Why did I wait so long to read this?"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Great Gatsby to be better than the print version?

    I never read the print version although I have read other FSF books


    What other book might you compare The Great Gatsby to and why?

    The first half of Atlas Shrugged


    What about Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance did you like?

    Great job


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes - it was realistic, sad and truly captured what seems to occur too frequently ...


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