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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.
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
Of Course! Audio version was compelling, captured by every moment. Jake's voice was perfect.
This story shows are people are in general. Gasby showed love to all, in spite of the Hypocrisy, Hate, Jealousy and selfishness of everyone around him. He was a true lover.
Love it! Jake's voice was perfect for the part. His good looks and character was a great fit.
When Gasby saw his true love once more. His Shyness!
You must have it. Audio is as good as the reading. Great quality. This is the second book that I get from Audible and I couldn't put it down. Well done!!
No, I don't consider it better, more equal. In fact, I was unsure I wanted to change my experience of the book through an audio version at all. This is one of my favorite books that I reread often. I was very pleased with the audio edition. It surpassed my expectations and added a new layer to my experience.
The mysterious, vulnerable Gatsby.
His tone and expressiveness lends a great deal to Nick, our narrator. He was excellent, giving more shape and presence to Nick, but not in any overwhelming way.
Yes. I wasn't able to listen to it all at once but it was relatively short, and I was disappointed when it was over.
What I like best is my memory of reading this book in high school. What I liked least? Jake G.'s reading. Mon.o.tone. Geeze louise, put some pep into it.
Probably not. Not having much luck in revisiting the classics.
He read in a boring monotone. I'm not quite sure why he felt like he had to read it like he did. Not much energy.
I stopped listening.
I really enjoyed the narration of this book; I thought the narrator did a great job with it. I'm glad that I listened to the book, as I'm not sure I would have stuck with it in printed form.
I'm not going into details of the plot, as there is nothing I can add about it that has not already been said about this classic. This was okay but I guess after hearing all the hype, I expected more. I didn't particularly like most of the characters, as they seemed quite shallow to me. I liked the last half better than the first, as I was able to pull the descriptions of the characters in the first part together and things began to make more sense. I was surprised at the ending and that is what made it a good book for me.
Audible fan!...Why didn't I discover audiobooks sooner? I would rather listen than watch.
A good actor can't make a dull read any better. This is my second time through Gatsby - the first when I was in high school - and I find it just as boring the second time.
I enjoy listening to older-copyrighted books once in a while. Each era is different. The Great Gatsby is set in the roaring twenties when the 20-30 year olds smoked cigarettes and flirted a lot with each other. To fill up a tank of gas was only $1.20. Gatsby had many parties at his mansion that all were invited to. But it seems that very few people really cared about Gatsby. They only wanted to act like "high society" at his parties. I guess some things never change...however, you will enjoy reading this book. Great classic!
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