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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.
Although I had read The Great Gatsby years ago, listening to Jake Gyllenhaal made this one of the greatest Audible books, I have ever listened to! I only wish Jake Gyllenhaal has other books that he has narrated!
The overall experience was great. Acceptable and enjoyable. It's nothing special but listening to the book makes any book more comprehensible. The narrator was especially helpful when it came to powering through those boring moments in the book and highlighting the dramatic ones as well as adding emotion to the tragic ending. As a student, the audiobook aided me in
of the book. The narration emphasized and "brought to life" the complex vocabulary and rich people 20's jargon as well as the emotion of this book.
9/10 -would listen to again
The story is all time classic and my all time favorite.Jake Gyllenhaal's narration adds to the charm of this great book.
Boring story. Extremely slow to start. Then spends about 5 minutes on the actual plot.
Come up with something more interesting than "Rich people are immoral."
Not bad. Needed better material to work with.
It was short.
Read it because it's a "classic".
I get it. Maybe they're was something special about this book when it was written. But it, in my humble opinion, has not survived the times. Not like others have. It wasn't a waste of time listening to it, but I wish my expectations were a little lower before starting.
I didn't read it in high school because I was rebelling against finding the symbolism in EVERYTHING I had to read. I'm glad I finally heard it. I'm not sure I want to hear it again, though. The story was okay, but I think I expected something more, but I don't quite know what.
I didn't enjoy the narration as much as I wanted to, either. There wasn't much differentiation between characters' voices.
Love to listen.
The narration took awhile to pick up. Gyllenhaal seemed to try to put too much meaning in each word up until then. The voices and pacing were much better in the second half of the book. Great listen.
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