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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.
Such a great piece of literature and so well-read. Delightful. I will definitely listen again in the future.
This is a book I have read in book form previously at least twice. It was wonderful to listen to the audio book version and I will share it with my daughters for school. One is dyslexic and audio books have helped her immensely!
A great story with great narration. Guaranteed to please. Fitzgerald's masterpiece is always a great read. It's a cant-miss selection.
Definitely !! Because, in my opinion, it was F. Scott Fitzgerald's finest novel and I find something - a story line or character - to enjoy each time. Also Jake Gyllenhaal's narration was excellent..
Nick's devotion to Gatsby - or rather to the person Gatsby wanted to become with Daisy.
Sorry, cannot choose - loved the scene "Gatsby having tea with Daisy" at Nick's house..
I would not change the title - "The Great Gatsby" is a classic.
Yes. My first reading of this novel was over 30 years ago and it still strikes me as strange that Mr. Fitzgerald wrote the lines (for Nick's character ): " .... in the end Gatsby turned out okay ...." (or ...."Gatsby turned out all right" ...."). Gatsby was shot and died in his swimming pool !! Perhaps he meant "okay" or "all right" without Daisy - to Nick's way of thinking. We will never know.
I had to read this book for school
It was horribly boring
There is almost no plot and it just ends there is no proper ending it just ends, my only question is how is this book an American Classic
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.
Entertaining, enjoyable, exciting
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.
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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