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The Great Gatsby Audiobook

The Great Gatsby Audiobook

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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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    Shayla Hawkins 04-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Enjoyed the Book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Great Gatsby the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was really was very entertaining and the movie was similar to the book which made it very interesting. I wouldn't mind reading it again.


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

    No comparisons


    What three words best describe Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance?

    Entertaining, enjoyable, exciting


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

    Yes


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    Darrell McCauley 04-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "First Class Audio Production"

    Great studio quality production. Nothing got in the way of enjoying this classic (which is not low praise--it's not a trivial task). Instead, Jake Gyllenhaal, the studio, and the producer created an impressive product.

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    Jenn 04-20-16
    Jenn 04-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Perfect for my purpose"

    I'm an English teacher and I used this in conjunction with students my reading along with the book. Jake Gyllenhaal's fluidity and performance with the text allowed my students to hear correct pronunciation of difficult words, different voices for the different characters, and the opportunity to practice active reading strategies.

    I gave the performance four stars rather than five only because I felt Jake sometimes read parts of the text too slow, too fast, or with little emotion. However, My students and I highly enjoyed listening to this version of The Great Gatsby and I will definitely use it with my classes next year.

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    Jessica Nicole 04-13-16
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    "Jake has a great reading voice"

    i wanted to catch up with the classic literature that Gatsby is . The book itself isnt my favorite but good purchase.

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    A. Chen 03-31-16
    A. Chen 03-31-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Classic comes to life"

    At first, I found Fitzgerald's phrases too stilted and flowery, but with the narrator's smooth delivery, I came to appreciate the poetry of the descriptions. The accents in the dialogs were excellent and effortless.

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    Arthur Glauberman USA 03-30-16
    Arthur Glauberman USA 03-30-16 Member Since 2013
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    "A Great Classic With An Awesome Narrator"

    Although I had read The Great Gatsby years ago, listening to Jake Gyllenhaal made this one of the greatest Audible books, I have ever listened to! I only wish Jake Gyllenhaal has other books that he has narrated!

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    Luli The best country in the gosh darn world! 03-30-16
    Luli The best country in the gosh darn world! 03-30-16

    -bru!

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    "Very Adequate"

    The overall experience was great. Acceptable and enjoyable. It's nothing special but listening to the book makes any book more comprehensible. The narrator was especially helpful when it came to powering through those boring moments in the book and highlighting the dramatic ones as well as adding emotion to the tragic ending. As a student, the audiobook aided me in
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    of the book. The narration emphasized and "brought to life" the complex vocabulary and rich people 20's jargon as well as the emotion of this book.
    9/10 -would listen to again

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    Sophia Feng 03-24-16
    Sophia Feng 03-24-16
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    "Favorite book plus awesome narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Great Gatsby to be better than the print version?

    The story is all time classic and my all time favorite.Jake Gyllenhaal's narration adds to the charm of this great book.


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    N. W. 03-23-16
    N. W. 03-23-16

    NW

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    "Useless book"
    What disappointed you about The Great Gatsby?

    Boring story. Extremely slow to start. Then spends about 5 minutes on the actual plot.


    What could F. Scott Fitzgerald have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Come up with something more interesting than "Rich people are immoral."


    What aspect of Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance would you have changed?

    Not bad. Needed better material to work with.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was short.


    Any additional comments?

    Read it because it's a "classic".

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    Mary K Foster 03-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Exquisite the way ice cream is"

    when it's made with only cream, cane sugar, and vanilla. A brilliant poetic odyssey read with brilliant poetic spirit.

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