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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 love Chanel, Ernest Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald, Paris and stories of Paris in the 1920s, fashion stories, mysteries and classics.
Yes! Besides being a great story by one of my favorite authors, the narration of this audiobook by Jake Gyllenhaal is absolutely wonderful!
The final chapters with all the feverish dialogues, from the time the main characters are in the hotel room in the city, culminating with the tragic end.
This was my first... I would love to find more audiobooks read by Gyllenhaal.
Reading the first 7 chapters was nice. All the characters were introduced properly and everything was given context. I felt like I was there along with Nick and the others. The last 2 chapters were not how I think it should have ended, and Nick and all the others became massive jerks to each other. Could have been better, but I enjoyed it for the most part.
The Great Gatsby was surprisingly enjoyable to read. Our class read this and I thought it was going to be another dull and boring book but it was actually fun and captivating. In the middle it did seem dragged on a bit but for the most part it was a great read.
It was a literary masterpiece that poetically depicted all of the aspects (unfortunate or otherwise) of the aristocratic lifestyle. However, the voice is monotone and soft, which may disrupt the true meaning of this thought provoking story.
This was both an amazing performance for an amazing story!
For those who aren't familiar with Fitzgerald, you should be!
This would be a review into the world of liberal wisdom which compares rightly so with Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson. In fact, I would recommend listening/reading that book as well and comparing the two.
I love classics. Mostly I love them because there is typically a reason why they were deemed a "classic" to begin with and I feel safe in selecting one to read. I couldn't see it with this book though. "Different" doesn't make a book good and I feel that is what solely earned this book its reputation.
Don't get me wrong, Fitzgerald's writing was beautiful and poetic but without a good story and characters, it doesn't amount to much. In talking with others, many said, "The movie was better." How often do you hear that? That says volumes.
I'm glad to have another classic under my belt but other than that, this book left little to no impact.
Best, first one I've tried
ha, all the characters were truly terrible. I only sympathized with the cuckolded husband, the killer
First one - loved it
I went into this work with fresh eyes. I have never seen a movie adaptation and really had read nothing about the story beforehand. I was in fact, a bit skeptical, if only because of so many other "classics" that to me, fell short.
This story however, was truly remarkable and deserves to have stood the test of time. It's not filled with violence, sex, or any of the other attributes of many modern stories, but it does have a tension between characters throughout that draws you in.
Written at the beginning of what could be called "the century of wealth" for America (which continues into the present), it offers a window into a world of money and privilege. The view presented, however, is one where not all is happiness and roses.
So, if you've never read this book, or wold like to experience a classic you've read but in an audio format (the narrator was excellent), then this work is highly recommended.
It was okay, but I certainly don't think that it a great piece of American Literature....doesn't compare to Steinbeck
It's a quick read
Thde narrator was good
Maybe a prequel
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