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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.
I really enjoyed the narrator. I would have not guessed Jake Gyllenhaal would have done such a amazing job but he was spot on. `
I found myself wanting to get to the end of this book so I could move on to something else; which isn't a good thing. The writing was good, but I just didn't like any of the characters. There was a lot of symbolism which I felt wasn't needed or it was above my head. The eye dr sign looking over the field of ashes, the green light that seemed symbolic without any real meaning. None of the characters weren't worth cheering for. They all had issues and I couldn't relate to any. I just wanted a good story that was entertaining and this wasn't it.
The narration was OK. I felt he sometimes slipped into a monotone but maybe it was the material he was reading. Oh well, moving on.
Came late to TGG, and I'm a bit mystified as to what the fuss is about. The authorial voice is all over the map (first person here, omniscient narrator there) and the characters are pretty unpleasant but not in a particularly interesting way. Gyllenhall is just OK, the understated mid-western thing is sometimes a bit boring, and there are a few words he just flat out mispronounces ("claret" as "clar-ay"; "settee" as "sett-ay" and a couple of others that jar a bit.
amazing. absolutely stunning story, for all times
one of the best!! what a story. best prices of work ever written
enjoyed the story and the narrator very much hated to hear it end with listed to it again witch is something I seldom do.
Rabbi Steve the Storyteller
The novel is still fresh for me. And Gyllenhaal reads it well. Glad I have it will likely listen again & again.
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