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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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    Elltten Oceanside, CA, United States 05-26-13
    Elltten Oceanside, CA, United States 05-26-13
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    "Didn't like narration or characters"

    I was surprised that so many reviewers gave outstanding marks to Gyllenhaal. I have listened to around 100 books and I found his narration to be one of my least favorite. Since it was a short book, I went ahead and listened to the entire thing anyway. I found his voice to be boring sounding and he was not really able to make the personalities of individual characters come alive like some of the good narrators.

    Fitzgerald is an exceptionally beautiful writer but I did not really care much for the characters. For the most part, they were rich, self absorbed and shallow. As another reviewer discussed, it was probably more relevant during the period it was written. For me it did not seem to withstand the test of time.

    This is not meant as a criticism of Fitzgerald's ability as a wonderful writer.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brett England Chesapeake, VA USA 05-22-13
    Brett England Chesapeake, VA USA 05-22-13 Listener Since 2005
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    "Gyllenhaal: so-so actor and a terrible narrator"
    What would have made The Great Gatsby better?

    A different narrator.


    What was most disappointing about F. Scott Fitzgerald’s story?

    There isn't a story.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Nothing.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Great Gatsby?

    That's hard to say since nothing of interest happens in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Chapter 7 is when I really started to hate the book. Here's chapter 7 as it would appear in Cliff's Notes: It's hot. Isn't it hot? Why is it so hot? Why does anyone get married in the summer? I think the sun is getting hotter. No. I read somewhere it's getting cooler.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey United States 05-18-13
    Tracey United States 05-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Jake Gyllenhaal is great!"

    Love this timeless classic but what I really loved was Gyllenhaal's performance! Well worth the listen!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Tampa 05-18-13
    Kindle Customer Tampa 05-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Unsure if I want to see the movie now."
    Would you listen to The Great Gatsby again? Why?

    Probably not. I wanted to reread the book before seeing the movie. And I do enjoy Jake Gyllenhaal as an actor however this is not a story that I would enjoy reading over and over again. I remember it from high school with a "Hollywood Ending" however it is far from that. The romantic in me was disappointed.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MV New York 05-16-13
    MV New York 05-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "JG has a nice voice...too bad it doesn't change"

    Jake Gyllenhaal's voice is wonderful and melodic...perfect to fall asleep to. Unfortunately that's pretty much the effect that the entire book had on me. I couldn't differentiate between any of the male characters, and most of the time the women were no better. As for the story itself, I picked it up as one of those books I should have read in high school but skipped. I could have skipped it again. Thank goodness it was only 5 hours!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Vanessa Renton, WA, United States 05-15-13
    Vanessa Renton, WA, United States 05-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A decent quick read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Great Gatsby to be better than the print version?

    I can't say for this specific book. I love audiobooks in general because I can still get through books with my busy daily life, so in that way yes!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Trying not to spoil anything, I would have to say I was shocked at the scene with Tom and Myrtle where she gets hurt. The shock made it memorable.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    'See Leonardo DiCaprio prove his skills at carrying an otherwise average movie'


    Any additional comments?

    It was a good short read, but because of that it isn't very memorable. Jake Gyllenhaal does a pretty good job at giving emotion to an otherwise pretty bland plot line. Quick and moderately fun!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shoug Springfield Gardens, New york, United States 05-10-13
    Shoug Springfield Gardens, New york, United States 05-10-13 Member Since 2013
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    "intriguing !!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Great Gatsby the most enjoyable?

    the backdrop it was set in, the characters and how the connect.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the end when Gatsby was dead, the emotions it projected.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    it made me want to live in that era and be in the characters circle of friends.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tim United States 05-09-13
    Tim United States 05-09-13 Member Since 2010

    My reviews are always pending.

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    "The Best from Audible Inc."

    There are at least half a dozen of "The Great Gatsby" from different publishers on Audible, but this is the best version from Audible Inc. Maybe even the best audiobook that they have published.

    The narrator by Jake Gyllenhaal is super. I could not put this one down just because it was so enjoyable to listen to. They finally got the right voice for the right book.

    Why can't they do this every time whenever they do an in-house production?

    This audiobook will get many awards because of awesome editing and the perfect pitch to tell a classic.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Zablocki WARREN, MI United States 05-07-13
    Mark Zablocki WARREN, MI United States 05-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "What's great about the Great Gatsby?"
    What did you like best about The Great Gatsby? What did you like least?

    I'm sorry, but I failed to get anything out of this book. I missed completely whatever it is that made this book so great. I was bored to death and couldn't wait for it to end.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I hated all the shallow characters. Although the character of Gatsby himself started out to be interesting, he too eventually evolved into a very uninteresting character.


    What about Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance did you like?

    He did a fine job bringing the character to life.


    Did The Great Gatsby inspire you to do anything?

    The Great Gatsby inspired me to request a refund of this audiobook purchase. I was greatly dissapointed with this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I've been tring to read "the classics" like The Great Gatsby. Most just bore me to death. I simply don't understand what all the fuss is about. I'll keep trying though as I feel it is my duty to educate myself in what is considered fine literature. I must admit, most of this stuff is just not my cup of tea.

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    Carolyn Carlisle, MA, United States 04-29-13
    Carolyn Carlisle, MA, United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Classic book, not a classic narration or productio"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I was disappointed with the narration. He mispronounced common words like coupe or yukelele. He didn't pause between sections so it was hard to follow at times. The narration got in the way of the listening.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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