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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.
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.
NO! I was so impressed by the initial narration of the first chapter, but it quickly disintegrated as dialogue and characters were introduced, both in narration quality and in editing, as to become a >complete< flop! Gyllenhaal did not distinguish well between characters, his pace was clunky, and there seemed to be a lot of obvious piecing-together of the editing job. I was very disappointed, almost to the point of distraction. I expected so much more. He has a fantastic voice, but if this performance is any indication, narration is not for his resume.
I liked Jake gyllenhaal's narration but the book was really slow. I found myself day dreaming
Accurate, honest, relatable
I was surprised that so many reviewers gave outstanding marks to Gyllenhaal. I have listened to around 100 books and I found his narration to be one of my least favorite. Since it was a short book, I went ahead and listened to the entire thing anyway. I found his voice to be boring sounding and he was not really able to make the personalities of individual characters come alive like some of the good narrators.
Fitzgerald is an exceptionally beautiful writer but I did not really care much for the characters. For the most part, they were rich, self absorbed and shallow. As another reviewer discussed, it was probably more relevant during the period it was written. For me it did not seem to withstand the test of time.
This is not meant as a criticism of Fitzgerald's ability as a wonderful writer.
A different narrator.
There isn't a story.
That's hard to say since nothing of interest happens in the book.
Chapter 7 is when I really started to hate the book. Here's chapter 7 as it would appear in Cliff's Notes: It's hot. Isn't it hot? Why is it so hot? Why does anyone get married in the summer? I think the sun is getting hotter. No. I read somewhere it's getting cooler.
Probably not. I wanted to reread the book before seeing the movie. And I do enjoy Jake Gyllenhaal as an actor however this is not a story that I would enjoy reading over and over again. I remember it from high school with a "Hollywood Ending" however it is far from that. The romantic in me was disappointed.
Jake Gyllenhaal's voice is wonderful and melodic...perfect to fall asleep to. Unfortunately that's pretty much the effect that the entire book had on me. I couldn't differentiate between any of the male characters, and most of the time the women were no better. As for the story itself, I picked it up as one of those books I should have read in high school but skipped. I could have skipped it again. Thank goodness it was only 5 hours!
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