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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.
A treat for the ears. A wonderful story. No susrprise it has been filmed repeatedly. Nicely performed.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
Still and always a classic, you just can't beat timeless writing. The beautiful verbiage and illuminating descriptions bring the casual allusions to life. The story has kept its longevity because of the depth of its layers. The characters are all so diverse it almost feels like they don't belong together but in the end are more alike than anyone could ever know. I think I enjoyed it more as an adult.
Wow, Jake Gyllenhaal. I was not expecting him to do anywhere close to the excellent job he did. Every now and then I had to remind myself who was narrating, much more professional than anticipated. Bravo.
I first read Gatsby in high school for my American Lit class but with the recent release of a new movie adaptation, I wanted to reread the book so that the story would be fresh in my mind. Listening to the story is a very different experience from reading it. While reading it on the page, I was much more interested in the symbolism of the story (although that probably had more to do with the American Lit class and less to do with the format) but listening to it, I found myself lost in the glitz and glamor of the story and the characters. That said, I won't review the story itself as that has been done to death by people much more intelligent and qualified than me.
The narration was brilliant. It took me a few minutes to get used to Gyllenhaal's voice but I think this was due to my familiarity with the story and the mental narrator I had invented and not to any fault of the narrator. Once I settled into the listen, I very much enjoyed Gyllenhaal's style of narration. As an actor, he does a nice job of separating character's voices and accents without sounding cheesy and his voice soothing without being boring.
If you haven't read The Great Gatsby, you absolutely must. Love it or hate it, it's a classic. And whether or not you've read it before, I would recommend this version with Jake Gyllenhaal. His performance brought a freshness to a well-known work of literature.
Reformed Tom Boy
The narrator sounded like Brad Pitt. Is that petty? That's petty. Oh, well.
It inspired me not to drink or do drugs. I forgot that I disliked the interplay among the characters when I first read it in high school but I figured that I'd matured and perhaps I'd like it now. No such luck. The dialogue made me feel high which may have been FSF's objective but I didn't like it n
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First, I want to preface my review by saying that I really wanted to enjoy this novel. I have been listening to many of the classics, and until now have not been dissapointed. Maybe I am living in the wrong century, but I just didn't get why the Great Gatsby is considered a classic? The story was not exciting, like watching a boring night in front of the TV. There are only two aspects of the Audible edition that I enjoyed. 1. The narration was fantastic - Jake is the penultimate reader. 2. I live on Long Island about 20 minutes from the gold coast mansions, which I've passed by many times. For me however the Great Gatsby was anything but.
Shaken never Stirred
Best: It was not to long, Least: Even though its an old book this story premiss was tired from the beginning.
Naw I like classics.
NO! The tragic ending won't allow it.
Never really understood what was so GREAT about Gatsby. I know people will be annoyed by that statement. If he was great cause he was a self made man, that's really lost in this weak plot. It just feels like some took a movie script and made a book outta it. I have never watched and of the previous Great Gatsby movies but maybe i should watch the new one with Leonardo in it.
I have only listened to two audio books; one of them was a Hank Zipzer book written and read by Henry Winkler. It's difficult to compare a classic with a kid`s book. I enjoyed Winkler`s reading since it was more animated. Jake Gyllenhaal did a good job overall. He was however soft spoken and monotoned when he wasn't a character.
Gatsby because I could relate to pining for a lost love. He makes one realize not to live in the past.
If you are looking for a good children's book try the audio books of the Hank Zipzer series.
The book is so well written.
Gatzby. So charming, yet so human. Remember, the past is in the past. He created a life around trying to recreate the past, in a way.
Both, but mostly laugh.
I first read 'The Great Gatsby' as a high school student. Made an 'A' on my required report. Thought the book was incredibly boring at the time and never once recommended it or understood why everyone else went on so about it...
Flash forward 30+ years and Jake's reading of the classic. I learned something from listening: I am a much drier, more technical reader than I am a listener. I found myself much more attuned to the attitudes and behaviors of the characters, as well as their reactions in the narration. I thought that Gyllenhall did an excellent job catching the various voices... (I notice "Old Sport" references everywhere now... even in an episode of "True Blood"... :)
So... I move my story rating up a star... and the performance was superb!!!
Both as a story and to be well read (or the audible equivalent) I highly recommend this title!!
All the best,
PS. Unrelated side note to the book review and fan statement for audible recordings - in addition to this title, I found that the 'Game of Thrones' series was one that I could not get through by reading, but devoured on Audible.... Just sayin'.
I wondered how Gatsby got his money. The endless descriptions of nothing.
The main character was my favorite.
It's already a movie.
This book just made rich people (which I'm not) look cold and heartless. Gatsby tried to buy friends and in the end it didn't pay.
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