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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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    LD Durham California, United States 05-21-15
    LD Durham California, United States 05-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautiful narration"

    This is my first crack at this book. I hadn't read it or watched the movie. It is a beautiful story and I'm so glad I chose to listen to it and to this version in particular.

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    Courtney 05-13-15
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    "It's a classic"
    What made the experience of listening to The Great Gatsby the most enjoyable?

    The voice actor for this particular recording was phenomenal. He really embodied the essence, I believe, of Nick Carraway. The story is like none other. A great tale of love, lies, money, and life.


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

    There are none like it.


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    S. Ortiz San Jose, CA 05-13-15
    S. Ortiz San Jose, CA 05-13-15 Member Since 2010

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    "Absolutely a delight!"

    Always a great story.. but it was narrated beautifully by Jake Gyllenhaal! I really enjoying listening to him read for each character.

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    Benavin Stanciano USA 05-11-15
    Benavin Stanciano USA 05-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "And still a classic"

    I'll always love this book. The performance exceeded my expectations. Purchased and will re listen for years and years to come.

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    "Not my favorite"

    I got this book because it was a novel assigned by my son's high school English class. We listened to it on our way to go and come back from salmon fishing during spring break. I was disappointed that it did not generate any conversations between us as many books do. I found myself just wishing that it would end so that we could listen to something else.

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    CAYDDRICK BALLARD 05-04-15
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    "Jake Gyllenhaal does Fitzgerald"

    I listened to The Great Gatsby on a road trip and enjoyed every minute of it

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    Chris Mueller 05-02-15
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    "I have to disagree with almost every review here."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Nobody should touch a single comma in this exquisitely crafted, tightly hewn, utterly perfect book.


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

    "'You can't repeat the past.'
    'Can't repeat the past? Why of course you can!'


    How could the performance have been better?

    I found Jake Gyllenhall's narration unsettling and even inaccurate. While he comes across as an earnest, naive, and morally superior Nick, he sometimes lapses into an unusual Southern twang when speaking as Gatsby, who is from Minnesota. Also, there are moments when he emphasizes the wrong word in a sentence, and confuses the meanings as a result. For example, when a party guest tells Nick, "He doesn't want any trouble with anybody," Nick's reply is "Who doesn't?" Since Nick is trying to find out who is the "he," the question should be heard as "WHO doesn't?" But Gyllenhall reads it as "Who DOESn't?" This makes Nick sound arrogant and glib, when his character is the opposite. Just one example of many off-putting inflections in Gyllenhall's narration.

    To be fair, I don't know who might be able to do oral justice to this masterpiece of the written word.


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    LogicalAmbriel 05-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Simply, wonderful."
    What made the experience of listening to The Great Gatsby the most enjoyable?

    Jake Gyllenhaal's narration. He did a truly splendid job.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The imagery. I have to be honest, this is the only one of Fitzgerald's books I've read (listened to) and I was sucked in within 15 minutes. You truly see the way the characters dress, carry themselves, their homes...a life painted in a portrait of delicious words...it really was an awesome listen.


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

    I've not heard of other books he's narrated, but I would love to try another one he's done.


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

    Yes, but I don't want to give spoilers. Just in case :)


    Any additional comments?

    My favorite audio book to date.

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    Jed B Columbus, Georgia 04-30-15
    Jed B Columbus, Georgia 04-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    A wonderful story and Jake Gyllenhaal's excellent reading are marred slightly by uneven volume levels and microphone positioning and residents, , sometimes 3 or 4 very noticeable shifts within a couple of paragraphs.

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    MK 04-21-15
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    "Timeless Beauty"

    One I the most moving stories of our time. The Great Gatsby is my favorite story and hope it will be yours one day too.

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