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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 just love this book now. I read it when in high school but to listen to it now allows for so much more appreciation of how Fitzgerald wrote.
Impressive job Mr. Gyllenhaal.
I was so excited to listen to this classic. But, I was very disappointed. I know it seems like a great SELLING move to market an audiobook with a screen actor- screen actors have ONE character, not seven.... or more. And, honestly, A talented actor/actress should stick with acting. Just because you are a talented actor/actress DOES NOT equal that you are a master at audiobook narration.
Now, if I just wanted to hear Jake Gyllenhaal read a book to me, this would have worked out...... probably would have cost me much more than this audiobook, however!!
I favor history, non-fiction, lectures, and the occasional purely fictitious work. I also listen to many children's books with my family.
I am a big fan of the book. I've listened to it in audible form at least sixe times and revisit it pretty regularly. This particular recording is my second favorite fof the three I have listened to.
I think the narration here is stellar - it falls short of Frank Muller for me, but I think the style may please some listeners more than Muller's reading. Jake reads it almost as the embodiment of Nick, which he pulls off very well. The reading is a disaffected and has a pretentiousness to it that suits the character perectly. I can't mark this book down for it's performance at all - it's great, just not my personal favorite.
So my personal picks of the three audio versions I have listened to:
1) Frank Muller's read (is this unavailable now!?!?)
2) Jake Gyllenhaal (this book - great)
3) Tim Robbins (good - not quite up to the above in my mind)
I have sampled many other narrations and found them lacking - but I would have to check them again to provide details. There are recordings I plan to check out as well - but none have warranted the buy yet since I have such good listens available already.
Anyway - hope this helps!
Living the Dream
The Great Gatsby was a trip back in time to an era that lived to love life and indulge in vice. The colorful depictions of the lavish parties and costume of that era as well as the social and political climate told through a captivating story of rags to riches and love lost and found.
I have not heard Jake Gyllenhaal read any other books. I do respect him as a well versed actor and am sure any book read by him is going to be well read. His performance on this version of The Great Gatsby is second to none.
You’re only as good as your last party
While many versions of this book exist on audio and 4 feature films have been made based on the book I can say that this is by far the best I’ve heard. The unabridged version gives the book so much more substance as the book itself is not very long. Also, the latest feature film with Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby is an almost exact replication of the book in word and in what I saw in my mind’s eye as I listened to the Jake Gyllenhaal reading. I find it hard to believe that at the time of its publishing this work was a flop and not until F. Scott Fitzgerald passed away and some years later that it was brought back to light and is now considered a prime example of American literature along with The Catcher in the Rye and Of Mice and Men. Fitzgerald lived and witnessed the twenties and gives us a firsthand account of the life and times of the “Flapper Era.”
i love to read an amazing book that will take me out of this world and bring me to another sometimes we just need to use our imagination!
No once was enough
The death of gatsby
They all were alright not favorite
Audibles made this book great
If you love something ... Set it free. If it was real ... It will return to thee!
The book is told through the impressions of Nick, a middle class guy, and revolves around the Great Mr. Gatsby. A man who has replaced the fortitude of spirituality with the frailty of materialism in the hopes of acquiring a woman, Daisy, hardly worth his disdain let alone his life.
The story reflects the deeper truth that rationality and science alone cannot solve our problems and certainly cannot supplant the need for a higher purpose in life or belief in a higher power. To do so leaves a void too often filled with materialism which is a cheap substitute.
This is exemplified in the characters of Tom Daisy and Jordan, soulless wraiths who drift aimlessly from place to place draining the life of everything they touch. Even Tom, who has every conceivable material possession, betrays a longing for days gone by when he was revered as a football hero presumably since this was the only title he ever earned.
Gatsby is a compromised and tragic figure partially redeemed only by his solitary quest to fulfill an adolescent meaningless fantasy. Unlike "old money" he has a goal, however trivial.
The fulfillment of his goal is anti-climactic as with all objects pursued solely for possession and display. The empheral joy of possession is replaced with the enduring meaninglessness of his life and the eventual ignomy of losing Daisy.
The end of the story shows the illusion of Gatsby, a young wealthy eccentric enigmatic gentleman, dissipated by the reality of Gatsby, a hollow common criminal consumed by the desire for a used mindless woman.
With the contemporary obsession with materialism, in the form of youth, beauty and wealth, to the exclusion of all else the book is more relevant today than it was then.
This book has everything, the (impossible) love story, money and wealth, greed, affairs, jealousy and obsessions. Fitzgerald's writing style is vivid and eloquent. Simply an elegant use of the language! His language reminds me of Hemingway, one of my other favorites.
Narrator Jake Gyllenhaal is one of the most authentic narrators I have listened to. Wonderful performance! He brought this tale to the believable platform necessary to maintain this classics high standard of excellence.
Perhaps The Great Gatsby is famous because it was the first soap opera, but I don't like soap operas, even if they're called "classic". However, if you like soap operas, you'll probably love The Great Gatsby.The narrator was very good.
I never read the print version although I have read other FSF books
The first half of Atlas Shrugged
Yes - it was realistic, sad and truly captured what seems to occur too frequently ...
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