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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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    AnaFxFz 02-20-15
    AnaFxFz 02-20-15 Member Since 2015

    I love Chanel, Ernest Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald, Paris and stories of Paris in the 1920s, fashion stories, mysteries and classics.

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    "Best of Fitzgerald and best narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! Besides being a great story by one of my favorite authors, the narration of this audiobook by Jake Gyllenhaal is absolutely wonderful!


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

    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.


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

    This was my first... I would love to find more audiobooks read by Gyllenhaal.


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    Elizabeth D. Cullum Goshen, Ohio 02-16-15
    Elizabeth D. Cullum Goshen, Ohio 02-16-15
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    "Good until the end."

    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.

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    joey 02-13-15
    joey 02-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "We read this at school it was actually not bad"

    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.

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    disappointed 01-24-15
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    "A book to remember"

    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.

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    David Ahlman 01-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "GREAT Gatsby!!!"

    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.

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    Jace Sullivan 01-09-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Good.."

    This was a decent story. It didn't lose me, but also wasn't particularly gripping. I don't regret listening to it.

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    Brooke Martin SPOKANE, WA, US 01-07-15
    Brooke Martin SPOKANE, WA, US 01-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    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.

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    Sky 11-17-14
    Sky 11-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Classic"
    Where does The Great Gatsby rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Best, first one I've tried


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    ha, all the characters were truly terrible. I only sympathized with the cuckolded husband, the killer


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

    First one - loved it


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    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 11-15-14
    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 11-15-14 Member Since 2011
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    "I can see why this is a Classic"

    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.

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    Douglass A. Lobo Miami, Florida United States 10-06-14
    Douglass A. Lobo Miami, Florida United States 10-06-14 Member Since 2003
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    "Kind of overrated"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It was okay, but I certainly don't think that it a great piece of American Literature....doesn't compare to Steinbeck


    Would you recommend The Great Gatsby to your friends? Why or why not?

    It's a quick read


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Thde narrator was good


    Do you think The Great Gatsby needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Maybe a prequel


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