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The Great Gatsby | [F. Scott Fitzgerald]

The Great Gatsby

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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    French Quarter 07-09-13
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    "Love the book. Jake is awful."
    Would you listen to The Great Gatsby again? Why?

    Yes. I love it, but Jake sucks.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Great Gatsby?

    Everything, and especially the ending.


    What didn’t you like about Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


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    Gea Key Largo, FL, United States 07-04-13
    Gea Key Largo, FL, United States 07-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Romantic and Tragic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Great Gatsby to be better than the print version?

    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.


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    Lenna HENDERSON, NV, United States 07-03-13
    Lenna HENDERSON, NV, United States 07-03-13 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Fitzgerald is better read than listened to"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    E. Arentsen California 07-02-13
    E. Arentsen California 07-02-13 Member Since 2013

    A Busy Dad

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    "Classic the is Done Classically"

    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.

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    budsmom Baltimore, MD 07-01-13
    budsmom Baltimore, MD 07-01-13 Member Since 2015

    Mystery Maven

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    "Could a book be more confusing?"
    Would you try another book from F. Scott Fitzgerald and/or Jake Gyllenhaal?

    I have read some of Fitzgerald's other works and they were good.


    What could F. Scott Fitzgerald have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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!


    How could the performance have been better?

    Performance was fine.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry I wasted a money on this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer PARIS, TX, United States 06-30-13
    Amazon Customer PARIS, TX, United States 06-30-13 Member Since 2008

    Lawyer, reader, writer, performer. Just love listening to books and talking about it!

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    "A Little Fitz never hurt nobody"

    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.

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    Aaron 06-26-13
    Aaron 06-26-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Surprisingly Good."

    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.

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    Cathi Miami, Florida, United States 06-26-13
    Cathi Miami, Florida, United States 06-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good book, nice narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the story is interesting, the writing very beautiful, and the narrator was good.


    What about Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance did you like?

    I liked the young, innocent tone to the narrator's character. It sounded very believable.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The final reflection comparing life in the east and west. It was read with particular authenticity and delivers the author's sentiment perfectly.


    Any additional comments?

    I had never read the book. I enjoyed it very much, it made me want to keep hearing it and finished very fast.

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    Brandon Maple Grove, MN, United States 06-25-13
    Brandon Maple Grove, MN, United States 06-25-13
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    "Classic Story, but I expected more from Gyllenhall"
    Would you listen to The Great Gatsby again? Why?

    Yeah, probably.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gatsby -- the unfolding of his mysteries


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    N/A


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    LouBird Arlington, VA USA 06-25-13
    LouBird Arlington, VA USA 06-25-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Revisit high school impression"

    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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