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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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    Homebound Charlotte, NC, United States 06-17-13
    Homebound Charlotte, NC, United States 06-17-13 Member Since 2014
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    "No wonder it is a classic!"

    A treat for the ears. A wonderful story. No susrprise it has been filmed repeatedly. Nicely performed.

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    Susan Bartonville, TX 06-12-13
    Susan Bartonville, TX 06-12-13 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "Great Classic"

    Still and always a classic, you just can't beat timeless writing.  The beautiful verbiage and illuminating descriptions bring the casual allusions to life.  The story has kept its longevity because of the depth of its layers.  The characters are all so diverse it almost feels like they don't belong together but in the end are more alike than anyone could ever know. I think I enjoyed it more as an adult.

    Wow, Jake Gyllenhaal. I was not expecting him to do anywhere close to the excellent job he did. Every now and then I had to remind myself who was narrating, much more professional than anticipated. Bravo. 

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    Christina 06-12-13
    Christina 06-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great New Narration"

    I first read Gatsby in high school for my American Lit class but with the recent release of a new movie adaptation, I wanted to reread the book so that the story would be fresh in my mind. Listening to the story is a very different experience from reading it. While reading it on the page, I was much more interested in the symbolism of the story (although that probably had more to do with the American Lit class and less to do with the format) but listening to it, I found myself lost in the glitz and glamor of the story and the characters. That said, I won't review the story itself as that has been done to death by people much more intelligent and qualified than me.

    The narration was brilliant. It took me a few minutes to get used to Gyllenhaal's voice but I think this was due to my familiarity with the story and the mental narrator I had invented and not to any fault of the narrator. Once I settled into the listen, I very much enjoyed Gyllenhaal's style of narration. As an actor, he does a nice job of separating character's voices and accents without sounding cheesy and his voice soothing without being boring.

    If you haven't read The Great Gatsby, you absolutely must. Love it or hate it, it's a classic. And whether or not you've read it before, I would recommend this version with Jake Gyllenhaal. His performance brought a freshness to a well-known work of literature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    RockaBetty 06-09-13
    RockaBetty 06-09-13 Member Since 2013

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    "I forgot that I didn't like this book."
    What about Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance did you like?

    The narrator sounded like Brad Pitt. Is that petty? That's petty. Oh, well.


    Did The Great Gatsby inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me not to drink or do drugs. I forgot that I disliked the interplay among the characters when I first read it in high school but I figured that I'd matured and perhaps I'd like it now. No such luck. The dialogue made me feel high which may have been FSF's objective but I didn't like it n


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    Howard P 06-08-13
    Howard P 06-08-13 Member Since 2010

    Writer of Songs, Musician, Photographer & Artist. Reader of History, Non-Fiction, Music, Science & Cosmology.

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    "Like a wasted night watching TV."

    First, I want to preface my review by saying that I really wanted to enjoy this novel. I have been listening to many of the classics, and until now have not been dissapointed. Maybe I am living in the wrong century, but I just didn't get why the Great Gatsby is considered a classic? The story was not exciting, like watching a boring night in front of the TV. There are only two aspects of the Audible edition that I enjoyed. 1. The narration was fantastic - Jake is the penultimate reader. 2. I live on Long Island about 20 minutes from the gold coast mansions, which I've passed by many times. For me however the Great Gatsby was anything but.

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    J. Rawlins Ohio United States 06-06-13
    J. Rawlins Ohio United States 06-06-13 Member Since 2012

    Shaken never Stirred

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    "Great American Novel"
    What did you like best about The Great Gatsby? What did you like least?

    Best: It was not to long, Least: Even though its an old book this story premiss was tired from the beginning.


    Has The Great Gatsby turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Naw I like classics.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jake Gyllenhaal?

    Probably


    Do you think The Great Gatsby needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    NO! The tragic ending won't allow it.


    Any additional comments?

    Never really understood what was so GREAT about Gatsby. I know people will be annoyed by that statement. If he was great cause he was a self made man, that's really lost in this weak plot. It just feels like some took a movie script and made a book outta it. I have never watched and of the previous Great Gatsby movies but maybe i should watch the new one with Leonardo in it.

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    S. Perez TX 06-04-13
    S. Perez TX 06-04-13

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    "Good story"
    Where does The Great Gatsby rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have only listened to two audio books; one of them was a Hank Zipzer book written and read by Henry Winkler. It's difficult to compare a classic with a kid`s book. I enjoyed Winkler`s reading since it was more animated. Jake Gyllenhaal did a good job overall. He was however soft spoken and monotoned when he wasn't a character.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gatsby because I could relate to pining for a lost love. He makes one realize not to live in the past.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jake Gyllenhaal?

    No.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for a good children's book try the audio books of the Hank Zipzer series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cathi Minneapolis 06-02-13
    Cathi Minneapolis 06-02-13
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    "Love it!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Great Gatsby the most enjoyable?

    The book is so well written.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both, but mostly laugh.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Houston, TX, United States 06-02-13
    Jay Houston, TX, United States 06-02-13 Member Since 2014
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    "One book where the narration beats my inner voice!"

    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,

    Jay


    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'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tyisha 05-30-13
    Tyisha 05-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Depressing Classic"
    Would you try another book from F. Scott Fitzgerald and/or Jake Gyllenhaal?

    Nope


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I wondered how Gatsby got his money. The endless descriptions of nothing.


    Which character – as performed by Jake Gyllenhaal – was your favorite?

    The main character was my favorite.


    Could you see The Great Gatsby being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It's already a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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