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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.
Yes. I love it, but Jake sucks.
Everything, and especially the ending.
He's dry and slow and sleepy and sounds like he's bored or just woke up. He sounds like an amateur. The BEST VERSION is on CASSETTE TAPE by Christopher Reeve. Yes, SUPERMAN reads GATSBY BEST! Find the old cassette version. It hasn't been put on digital, sadly.
This may be the most beautiful writing I have ever encountered. It is a perfect gem of a story. Jake Gyllenhaal does a phenomenal job of narrating. Listening to this audiobook with Mr. Gyllenhaal's dead on interpretation, may be more moving than reading the book.
Say something about yourself!
The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite novels, but I found myself constantly bored and falling asleep when listening to this audiobook. In my opinion, a lot of the beauty in Fitzgerald's work is being able to see and experience his words. Often I like to read beautiful or poignant phrases once or twice before moving on, which isn't easy when dealing with audiobooks. Unfortunately, I found this audiobook incredibly hard to focus on, though Gyllenhaal's performance was adequate.
A Busy Dad
There is a good reason why this story is considered a classic. The writing is direct and too the point, the prose is artistic without detracting anything from the story, and the characters are deep and nuanced. The narration is perfect for this novel.
I have read some of Fitzgerald's other works and they were good.
Make it less confusing, especially with the characters. I read this in high school-confusing. I saw the original movie with Mia Farrow - still confusing. Read as an adult-ugh!! I give up!
Performance was fine.
I know it's a classic and I think at the time of publication, the plot would have shocked most people. Today, the plot is predictable.
Sorry I wasted a money on this.
Lawyer, reader, writer, performer. Just love listening to books and talking about it!
This is a new reading of this classic, at only around 4 hours, it was SO worth my time. Excellent narration, and totally prepped for the movie. I say this all the time, but AUDIO is a great way to encounter classics. For some reason, the way we talk hasn't changed as much as the way we write. Jake Gyllenhaal nails this essential American novel.
I was not one of the fortunate ones (or unfortunate ones, depending on your viewpoint) to have read "The Great Gatsby" in High School. I suggest the word "unfortunate" because I think one has to have lived a little, before the poignance of this book can be truly felt.
I really thought I would hate this storyline: a book about the over-indulgance of the Roaring 20's. Instead, I found that I, was disgusted by it, and detached from it, and somewhat longing to belong in it at the same time. And, like everyone else, I too had misjudged the Great Gatsby.
I couldn't help but reflect on the fact that the roaring 20's preceded the great depression. Although the reasons for the depression were numerous, and in many ways, a series of unpredictable circumstances, it still seemed to loom over the storyline, and made itself felt out in our own era of indulgence.
The narration by Jake Gyllenhaal may be an acquired taste for some, but I felt that his strength lies in his even (almost monotone narration) complemented by his almost forgettable character voices (they were that good! So alive and believable that you forgot he was reading momentarily) and then he went back into narrators voice again to carry the story forward.
Yes, the story is interesting, the writing very beautiful, and the narrator was good.
I liked the young, innocent tone to the narrator's character. It sounded very believable.
The final reflection comparing life in the east and west. It was read with particular authenticity and delivers the author's sentiment perfectly.
I had never read the book. I enjoyed it very much, it made me want to keep hearing it and finished very fast.
Gatsby -- the unfolding of his mysteries
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.
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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