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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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    Cathi Minneapolis 06-02-13
    Cathi Minneapolis 06-02-13
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    "Love it!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Great Gatsby the most enjoyable?

    The book is so well written.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gatzby. So charming, yet so human. Remember, the past is in the past. He created a life around trying to recreate the past, in a way.


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

    Both, but mostly laugh.


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    Jay Houston, TX, United States 06-02-13
    Jay Houston, TX, United States 06-02-13 Member Since 2005
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    "One book where the narration beats my inner voice!"

    I first read 'The Great Gatsby' as a high school student. Made an 'A' on my required report. Thought the book was incredibly boring at the time and never once recommended it or understood why everyone else went on so about it...

    Flash forward 30+ years and Jake's reading of the classic. I learned something from listening: I am a much drier, more technical reader than I am a listener. I found myself much more attuned to the attitudes and behaviors of the characters, as well as their reactions in the narration. I thought that Gyllenhall did an excellent job catching the various voices... (I notice "Old Sport" references everywhere now... even in an episode of "True Blood"... :)

    So... I move my story rating up a star... and the performance was superb!!!

    Both as a story and to be well read (or the audible equivalent) I highly recommend this title!!

    All the best,

    Jay


    PS. Unrelated side note to the book review and fan statement for audible recordings - in addition to this title, I found that the 'Game of Thrones' series was one that I could not get through by reading, but devoured on Audible.... Just sayin'.

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    Tyisha 05-30-13
    Tyisha 05-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Depressing Classic"
    Would you try another book from F. Scott Fitzgerald and/or Jake Gyllenhaal?

    Nope


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

    I wondered how Gatsby got his money. The endless descriptions of nothing.


    Which character – as performed by Jake Gyllenhaal – was your favorite?

    The main character was my favorite.


    Could you see The Great Gatsby being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It's already a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    This book just made rich people (which I'm not) look cold and heartless. Gatsby tried to buy friends and in the end it didn't pay.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LL edmonds, washington, United States 05-30-13
    LL edmonds, washington, United States 05-30-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Narration was a letdown"
    Did Jake Gyllenhaal do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    NO! I was so impressed by the initial narration of the first chapter, but it quickly disintegrated as dialogue and characters were introduced, both in narration quality and in editing, as to become a >complete< flop! Gyllenhaal did not distinguish well between characters, his pace was clunky, and there seemed to be a lot of obvious piecing-together of the editing job. I was very disappointed, almost to the point of distraction. I expected so much more. He has a fantastic voice, but if this performance is any indication, narration is not for his resume.


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    C. Brown The Bay Area 05-29-13
    C. Brown The Bay Area 05-29-13 Member Since 2012

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    "An I the only one who wasn't a fan?"
    Would you try another book from F. Scott Fitzgerald and/or Jake Gyllenhaal?

    I liked Jake gyllenhaal's narration but the book was really slow. I found myself day dreaming


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Gone Girl


    What three words best describe Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance?

    Accurate, honest, relatable


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Interesting ending


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elltten Oceanside, CA, United States 05-26-13
    Elltten Oceanside, CA, United States 05-26-13 Member Since 2009
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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 05-18-13
    Tracey 05-18-13
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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
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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.


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    MV 05-16-13
    MV 05-16-13
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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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