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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.
Extremely overhyped - the characters were shallow and the relationships were non-esistant. I was at least expecting Nick & Gatsby to have a decent friendship but it wasn't there in the least. Quite disappointing.
This is a book I would recommend for a book club --so many topics for conversation.
I wondered several times if I loved the writing or if it was terribly overdone/an excess of descriptive phases. Almost a testament to the era it captured.
The narration was wonderful, the story interesting. Glad I finally "read It".
Tragic. Beautiful. Timeless. What can I really even say about The Great Gatsby? It defined classic American novels, as well as American society as a whole. It delves into the deeper aspects of American consumerism, presenting us with the affects and letting us as the audience reflect on and question our own lifestyles. I know I'm not the first to say it, but through the eyes of Nick, it almost directly predicted the Great Depression. Gatsby is a must-read, and Jake Gyllenhaal gives a great reading in my opinion. Highly recommend, and for the price you really can't beat it.
Jake Gyllenhaal absolutely need to narrated more books. His voice really makes the story come to life and all the characters seem unique. Its a pleasurable listening experience. Listening to other books after this, its just not the same and slightly disappointing.
Jake Gyllenhaal was incredible. I felt utterly submerged into the literature work. The actual text is quite impressive, its a rare piece of poetic philosophy that provokes deep thought. This is a must read (listen)!
Such a great piece of literature and so well-read. Delightful. I will definitely listen again in the future.
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