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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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    Rodney L Sadler Tennessee, USA 03-15-15
    Rodney L Sadler Tennessee, USA 03-15-15
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    "Delivered perfectly."

    The story is great and the reading of was even better. Great listen.
    I would recommend this to anyone. 2 thumbs up.

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    Edward 03-13-15
    Edward 03-13-15
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    "Great all the way around"

    Fantastic, nuanced performance by Jake Gyllenhaal. Every character comes to life with his or her own voice. Very highly recommended

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    D. Thomas NY 03-10-15
    D. Thomas NY 03-10-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Not sure I understand the attraction"
    What did you like best about The Great Gatsby? What did you like least?

    I found very little to like about this story, except that it did have a few good moments; however, the beginning is deadly slow - all narration and almost no dialogue....but the worst part about it was the reading. I have never been disappointed by any movies I've seen with Jake Gyllenhaal...but doing multiple voice characterizations is definitely not his forte.


    Would you recommend The Great Gatsby to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend THIS version of Gatsby at any rate, I guess I'd like to hear it with a different reader, or read the print version myself.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jake Gyllenhaal?

    I'm sure there are many people who could do it whose names I don't even know....but the BEST narrator of an audiobook I've ever heard, hands down, is Jim Dale. I don't know, however, whether he'd be good for this book, or if he'd even be interested in doing it.


    Did The Great Gatsby inspire you to do anything?

    Rent the movie.


    Any additional comments?

    Stick to portraying one character per project, Jake.

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    Bryan Cape Town, NJ, United States 03-09-15
    Bryan Cape Town, NJ, United States 03-09-15
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    "Great story"

    A Great story. A bit eerie having Jake Gyllenhaal narrating after Nightcrawler performance though. ;)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robin 03-02-15
    Robin 03-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Perfect!"

    The book definitely meet my expectations. The narrator told the book perfectly and made all the characters sound different, and keeping complete consistency. Thanks!

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    Ashley Nicole MD, United States 02-26-15
    Ashley Nicole MD, United States 02-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "So good I wish it could go on and on"
    What did you love best about The Great Gatsby?

    Love Fitzgerald's writing style and description of characters.


    Have you listened to any of Jake Gyllenhaal’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Jake Gyllenhaal is a great choice for narrator. He brings life to the story without being distracting. I wish this book was longer, I enjoyed the performance that much.


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    AnaFxFz 02-20-15
    AnaFxFz 02-20-15 Member Since 2015

    I love Chanel, Ernest Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald, Paris and stories of Paris in the 1920s, fashion stories, mysteries and classics.

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    "Best of Fitzgerald and best narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! Besides being a great story by one of my favorite authors, the narration of this audiobook by Jake Gyllenhaal is absolutely wonderful!


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

    The final chapters with all the feverish dialogues, from the time the main characters are in the hotel room in the city, culminating with the tragic end.


    Have you listened to any of Jake Gyllenhaal’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first... I would love to find more audiobooks read by Gyllenhaal.


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    Elizabeth D. Cullum Goshen, Ohio 02-16-15
    Elizabeth D. Cullum Goshen, Ohio 02-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good until the end."

    Reading the first 7 chapters was nice. All the characters were introduced properly and everything was given context. I felt like I was there along with Nick and the others. The last 2 chapters were not how I think it should have ended, and Nick and all the others became massive jerks to each other. Could have been better, but I enjoyed it for the most part.

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    joey 02-13-15
    joey 02-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "We read this at school it was actually not bad"

    The Great Gatsby was surprisingly enjoyable to read. Our class read this and I thought it was going to be another dull and boring book but it was actually fun and captivating. In the middle it did seem dragged on a bit but for the most part it was a great read.

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    disappointed 01-24-15
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    "A book to remember"

    It was a literary masterpiece that poetically depicted all of the aspects (unfortunate or otherwise) of the aristocratic lifestyle. However, the voice is monotone and soft, which may disrupt the true meaning of this thought provoking story.

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