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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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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 Miami, Florida, United States 06-26-13
    Cathi Miami, Florida, United States 06-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good book, nice narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the story is interesting, the writing very beautiful, and the narrator was good.


    What about Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance did you like?

    I liked the young, innocent tone to the narrator's character. It sounded very believable.


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

    The final reflection comparing life in the east and west. It was read with particular authenticity and delivers the author's sentiment perfectly.


    Any additional comments?

    I had never read the book. I enjoyed it very much, it made me want to keep hearing it and finished very fast.

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    Brandon Maple Grove, MN, United States 06-25-13
    Brandon Maple Grove, MN, United States 06-25-13
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    "Classic Story, but I expected more from Gyllenhall"
    Would you listen to The Great Gatsby again? Why?

    Yeah, probably.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gatsby -- the unfolding of his mysteries


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Gyllenhall's performance was subpar. I like him as an actor, but his poor inflection made it difficult to follow the story. I found it to be rather monotonous at times, which was frustrating.


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

    N/A


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    LouBird Arlington, VA USA 06-25-13
    LouBird Arlington, VA USA 06-25-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Revisit high school impression"

    I remember plodding through The Great Gatsby in high school and wanted to reassess. I have to give my 17 year old self credit for not being enthralled. So many self centered characters with few redeeming qualities. That being said, the book pulled me in and Fitzgerald's prose is quite amazing. It was definitely worth the "listen." I ended the book feeling sad but satisfied.

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    Sam G 06-22-13
    Sam G 06-22-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Gyllenhaal Does a Great Job"
    Any additional comments?

    Jake Gyllenhaal does a great job narrating this classic. His voice is smooth and pleasant, and varies according to the character.

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    Temporal Singularity 06-21-13
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    "Jake, don't quit your day job!"

    I bought this book because it was on sale and Jake Gyllenhaal was narrating it. Not only because I am a fan of Jake, but because I have had very positive experiences with the books that have been read by professional actors, like Elijah Wood, and Anne Hathaway. Unfortunately Jake's performance is just awful. His delivery is forced and abrupt. There is no subtlety or emotion in his delivery. It is almost robotic in its cadence. It bored me and i never felt anything for any of the characters. I was so disappointed.

    I feel that this novel needs to be dramatized with several narrators, and music in the background during the scenes that require it. I think that that is the only way that you can get drawn into the characters with F. Scott Fitzgerald's writing style.

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    Ken Oil Trough, AR, United States 06-20-13
    Ken Oil Trough, AR, United States 06-20-13 Member Since 2009
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    "A Fabulous and World-shaking Book"
    Would you listen to The Great Gatsby again? Why?

    Yes! The story was one of timeless importance and full of intricacies that can be enjoyed over and over again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The gradual revealing of why the characters' feelings led them to do what they did.


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

    Haven't listened to any others, but this one was very good!


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

    "The hope of one man is the downfall of another. "


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    Jill 06-20-13
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    "Finally "read" Gatsby"

    I had never been required to read "The Great Gatsby" in school, and was very interested in reading it before seeing the movie. Jake Gyllenhaal does a great job with the narration. Sometimes I've had to speed up the narration of other books, but he delivers at a pace that was just right. The story itself is a classic. Love, jealousy and pain........

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    Ethosian Earthquake Zone, California 06-20-13
    Ethosian Earthquake Zone, California 06-20-13 Member Since 2013

    You never have to wait for anything if you bring a good book.

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    "Should have paid attention in HS English Lit"

    This book is was luscious. I was an underachiever in HS, so it appears I shortchanged myself by skimming it instead of reading it when it was assigned in English Lit, but this book by F. Scott Fitzgerald delivers a lot in a neat little package and this novel is this American classic for good reason.

    I enjoyed it very much. The narration was also very well done, with clear distinctions between various characters.

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    diane 06-17-13
    diane 06-17-13

    graphic & fine artist

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    "hoping it was better than it was in high school"

    i should have realized that i would find the story just as boring as i did in high school -- good performance - uninteresting (to me) story. ho hum.

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    Homebound Charlotte, NC, United States 06-17-13
    Homebound Charlotte, NC, United States 06-17-13 Member Since 2014
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    "No wonder it is a classic!"

    A treat for the ears. A wonderful story. No susrprise it has been filmed repeatedly. Nicely performed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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