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The Great Gatsby Audiobook

The Great Gatsby Audiobook

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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Audible Editor Reviews

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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    Rhiannon 06-06-15
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    "What can I say? It's a classic."

    F. Scott Fitzgerald is an amazing writer, which is why The Great Gatsby is such a famous piece of work. His writing is dazzling and elequent and poetic.

    The story was raw and sad and frustrating and beautiful and tragic. It was a perfect tale of wealth in the 1920s.

    And as for the narration, well, I absolutely loved Jake Gyllenhal's voice as Nick Caraway.

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    Judith Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada 06-05-15
    Judith Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada 06-05-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Classic!"

    First read this book in high school but the only image that stayed with me was a gorgeous mysterious Robert Redford. The book was compelling and articulately written. Wonderful.

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    Amazon Customer 06-04-15
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    "Fitzgerald read by Jake Gyllenhaal, I'm in love!"

    I loved every single moment of this. A beautiful story, beautifully narrated. Bittersweet & haunting. His writing is effortlessly charming.

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    Claire St. Petersburg, FL, United States 05-29-15
    Claire St. Petersburg, FL, United States 05-29-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Timeless classic"

    F. Scott Fitzgerald is a master of the written word. Engaging story no matter if you read it in high school or listen to this perfectly executed audio book. The narrator brings the characters to life. Bravo.

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    Jordan Page 05-28-15
    Jordan Page 05-28-15
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    "Classic"

    Gyllenhaal does an amazing job of portraying each individual character in his own way. Still a great story after all these years.

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    "A classic"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It shows a very different world, a parallel universe, wealthy but frivolous. Despite being a classic about early 1900's, remains actual.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nick. Because he is good at understanding people.


    What does Jake Gyllenhaal bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The accent. As a non-american, it's interesting to realize how different are the midwesterns, westerns and eastern characters in the book.


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

    classic but actual


    Any additional comments?

    It wasn't easy for me to fully understand what was being narrated. The outdated style of Fitzgerald, the unused words and maybe the cool narration of Gyllenhaal put me in trouble sometimes. I had to reduce the speed of narration in some segments. Challenging for non english native speaker...

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    Luv2Read Orchard Park, NY 05-26-15
    Luv2Read Orchard Park, NY 05-26-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Beautifully written story, perfectly performed!"

    I feel like you can't remember how beautifully written this book is until you're in the middle of reading it again. This edition is particularly satisfying with Jake Gyllenhaal performing it. He really becomes Nick Calloway, as he performs in an understated yet emotive way. So sad and poignant. I HIGHLY recommend this book!

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    LD Durham California, United States 05-21-15
    LD Durham California, United States 05-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautiful narration"

    This is my first crack at this book. I hadn't read it or watched the movie. It is a beautiful story and I'm so glad I chose to listen to it and to this version in particular.

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    Courtney 05-13-15
    Courtney 05-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "It's a classic"
    What made the experience of listening to The Great Gatsby the most enjoyable?

    The voice actor for this particular recording was phenomenal. He really embodied the essence, I believe, of Nick Carraway. The story is like none other. A great tale of love, lies, money, and life.


    What other book might you compare The Great Gatsby to and why?

    There are none like it.


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    S. Ortiz San Jose, CA 05-13-15
    S. Ortiz San Jose, CA 05-13-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Absolutely a delight!"

    Always a great story.. but it was narrated beautifully by Jake Gyllenhaal! I really enjoying listening to him read for each character.

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