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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.
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Like most people, I was first introduced to The Great Gatsby in high school. To be honest, I could barely even remember the story. Nevertheless, I thought it would be a good time to re-read it as a new movie was about to come out in theaters. I can't say that the story was much better than what I barely remembered. It was good, but only good. I struggle a bit to think about why this book is considered a classic.
One of the other reasons that I wanted to read the book was because Jake Gyllenhaal was the narrator. I am usually very pleased with this skills as an actor, so I thought he might infuse these characters with a bit more life than what I barely remembered from high school. Unfortunately, his narration was a rather flat. It seemed very monotone for most of the story. There were a few times when he was able to up his game a bit by adding a rather convincing New York accent to his characters' voices, but I don't think this was enough to save the rest of his narration.
The story is told by a narrator, Nick Carraway, who happens to move in to a house that neighbors a gigantic mansion owned by Jay Gatsby. I can't say that Carraway has much in the way of a vital character--other than to introduce the reader to Gatsby. For much of the beginning of the book, Gatsby is shrouded in mystery. Everyone know about him, but not many people actually know him. That seems to be the setup of the story when Gatsby is finally introduced to the reader. Even then, he still seems to be a mystery.
Much of the story is about Gatsby's interested in Daisy. They were once, long ago before the war, lovers. Unfortunately, Daisy has since re-married. Undaunted, Gatsby uses his relationship with Carraway to become close to Daisy. The entire plot of this love affair frames the remainder of the story. Of course, it is no great spoiler to say that the love affair does not end well.
For me, it was very hard to become emotionally invested in any of the characters because none of them were all that well developed. Instead, the author seems to keep all of their characters rather superficial. This is perhaps by design to show the theme of American decadence in the 1920s. If that was the intention, I would say that the mission was accomplished. Other than this reflection of American superficiality, there isn't much else that I found worthwhile in the story.
Jake Gyllenhaal had the perfect tone of voice and intonations for reading this story. He is convincing as Nick Carraway's first person narrator. I would give him five stars except that there are one or two words, like "coupe" that Gyllenhaal reads as two-syllabled when it's only one.
This is a classic and Nick Carraway tells us in the end why he's telling Gatsby's story: Gatsy had been chasing Daisy as he believed her to be but we see that even in the story she was much more flawed and never could have offered what Gatsby had fallen for. Sadly, The Great Gatsby is the story of chasing an elusive rainbow that only exists in the eyes of a lover.
I have not heard any of Jake Gyllenhaal's other readings, but will seek out more.
I've heard this reading at least twice and really enjoyed it and I'm glad it's part of my collection because, like an old record, I think this will be an audiobook I'll keep dusting off.
Yes, It's a complex book with beautiful language
The Catcher in the Rye, similar moodiness
Jake Gyllenhaal is a really poor reader. He really phones it in. There's lots of other better readers to choose from.
When people say they don't like The Great Gatsby it often means they have missed the point. This is a novel about awful people living awfully meaningless lives and doing awful things. The characters are not supposed to be likeable - that is the point. Without purpose to their life, they have just lived by their emotions and drowned their pain in their cash. The moral of the story is that when you live that way, you and everyone around you will be made miserable by your decisions.
Fantastic audio performance by Gyllenhall.
An actual story line. All that seemed to happen in this book was that people cheated on their spouses and went to parties. And obsessed over this rich guy for no apparent reason.
I don't know. Probably from the library first, but I won't buy anything without having listened to it first.
Yes. He was very calm throughout the reading and didn't use much emotion. If he had changed his pitch and tone a bit more for each character, it would have been a bit easier to distinguish who was talking.
The whole thing seemed pretty pointless. I probably would have added more scenes to explain the deep fascination with this particular rich guy and also to explain his obsession with Daisy. And also to explain why Gastby decided to make the narrator his particular friend after knowing him for all of 5 minutes.
There was a bit of jumping around, of narrator asides explaining conversations that happened at a later date and conversations that seemed to come out of nowhere. I really don't get the public fascination with this story.
I only made it an hour into the audiobook and give up. I just cant get into the book or the characters...anyone else having this problem? With all the glowing comments I thought for sure this would be a good one. oh well. Thank goodness for audibles satisfaction guarantee.
Not really. Being made into a movie, again, so I thought I should give it a listen. I really don't understand what makes it so great.
I missed this read in high school. This was supposed to be a great American novel. Here's what I felt about it; Gatsby was boring. Poor Daisy I feel bad for her, she's married to a tedious cheating oaf, and having an affair with a bore. It would have been a better book if Daisy had pushed Tom overboard to his death on an Atlantic crossing to Europe. Because by then she was rid of Gatsby. Of course she would have lost the third person narration guy he was a bore too and she could join the circus and have a good time partying with Carneys. Maybe somebody could rewrite this as The Great Wolfman Gatsby.
Jake Gyllenhall is an excellent narrator.
I think it was the author's writing style that turned me off so I would probably not do another book by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I would give Gyllenhaal another shot at narration.
Not necessarily turned me off, but I will be more selective if I can.
Maybe I was just expecting more because of the upcoming movie trailers. This was just an OK (barely OK) experience for me.
A Romance Book on the lines of The Bared To You Series.
I listened to four chapters and still could not get into this book.
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