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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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    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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    Currypy LOCUST GROVE, GA, United States 09-02-14
    Currypy LOCUST GROVE, GA, United States 09-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Captivating"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Great Gatsby to be better than the print version?

    Of Course! Audio version was compelling, captured by every moment. Jake's voice was perfect.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance did you like?

    Love it! Jake's voice was perfect for the part. His good looks and character was a great fit.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Gasby saw his true love once more. His Shyness!


    Any additional comments?

    Great Book!

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    Claudio MONTCLAIR, NJ, United States 03-31-14
    Claudio MONTCLAIR, NJ, United States 03-31-14
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    "Great classic!!!"

    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!!

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    Amazon Customer 03-25-14 Member Since 2014

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    "A Classic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Great Gatsby to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The mysterious, vulnerable Gatsby.


    What does Jake Gyllenhaal bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


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    Amazon Customer Silver Spring, MD, United States 03-04-14
    Amazon Customer Silver Spring, MD, United States 03-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Bummer Jake Gyllenhaal. I expected more."
    What did you like best about The Great Gatsby? What did you like least?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another book from F. Scott Fitzgerald? Why or why not?

    Probably not. Not having much luck in revisiting the classics.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    Did The Great Gatsby inspire you to do anything?

    I stopped listening.


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    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 02-02-14
    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 02-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent Narration"

    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.

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    Kindle Customer Lindon, UT, United States 01-28-14
    Kindle Customer Lindon, UT, United States 01-28-14 Member Since 2014

    Audible fan!...Why didn't I discover audiobooks sooner? I would rather listen than watch.

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    "Classic? - Meh"

    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.

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    Danette Stankovich Monessen, PA United States 01-22-14
    Danette Stankovich Monessen, PA United States 01-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    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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