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The Great Gatsby Audiobook

The Great Gatsby Audiobook

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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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    Kim 02-14-16
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    "the voice was a bit boring, but overall enjoyable"

    loved the contents. I saw the movie first then read the book, and the book is far better; can savour the expressions.

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    Jonny 02-11-16
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    "so we beat on, boats against the current..."

    This story is the story of every man, woman and inner child. The hopeful anticipation of tomorrow and the disappointment with today resonates throughout the american spirit. In many ways Gatsby is the american dream itself, the unrelenting unselfish sacrifice of today in hopes of a better tomorrow. The pursuit of an unattainable ideal and the resentment of those who have what they can neither appreciate nor do they deserve. The world is filled with Toms and Daisys and Jordans; and while finding a Gatsby is rare - it is mr. Carroway that most eludes the real world. Carroway metaphorically representing our own consternation and disgust with the end of Gatsby as the end of optimism and the jaded cynicism that 30 brings with it leaves one to ponder the question, who lived best? Was it the moral man Carroway, the golden girl Daisy, the bored socialite Tom, the gangster Wolfshiem, the realest Jordan Baker? Or was it in fact Gatsby? Tragedy is unavoidable in life. Gatsby teaches us however that tragedies can be beautiful, heroic and meaningful. Fitzgerald seems to posit the ending to your own life and poses an unspoken challenge, an ultimatum of sorts: will your life's sentence end with a period, a question mark or will you end life end with exclamation!?

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    "Doings of fops"

    Someone else said it better than me - “It grieves me deeply that we Americans should take as our classic a book that is no more than a lengthy description of the doings of fops.”

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    "and so we beat on..."

    this is my favorite book of all time, and one everyone should read at least once in their lifetime. Gyllenhaal does it justice

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    "A Must Listen"

    Jake Gyllenhaal was a great choice for the narration of an amazing classic book that everyone should read/listen to.

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    Lewis Barber Spring Valley, Ca United States 02-09-16
    Lewis Barber Spring Valley, Ca United States 02-09-16 Member Since 2014
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    "New appreciation for wonderful book!"

    Been sooo many years since I read this in highschool. So glad I read it again with wiser and more mature eyes. What a literary work of art.

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    Several in text mistakes like saying three years old instead of two years old in the story.

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    Sherry 01-21-16
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    "Will listen to it again and again"

    This is absolutely amazing! The narrator has the perfect speed and voice for me. The story is one of my favorite!

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    "enjoyable and insightful"

    An enjoyable an insightful look at life in the 1920's. The narrator did a good job creating distinctive voices for each character.

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    I liked the narration, but it could've used some more emotion other than that the novel was very wonderful

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