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The Great Gatsby Audiobook

The Great Gatsby Audiobook

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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    CAYDDRICK BALLARD 05-04-15
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    "Jake Gyllenhaal does Fitzgerald"

    I listened to The Great Gatsby on a road trip and enjoyed every minute of it

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    Chris Mueller 05-02-15
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    "I have to disagree with almost every review here."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Nobody should touch a single comma in this exquisitely crafted, tightly hewn, utterly perfect book.


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

    "'You can't repeat the past.'
    'Can't repeat the past? Why of course you can!'


    How could the performance have been better?

    I found Jake Gyllenhall's narration unsettling and even inaccurate. While he comes across as an earnest, naive, and morally superior Nick, he sometimes lapses into an unusual Southern twang when speaking as Gatsby, who is from Minnesota. Also, there are moments when he emphasizes the wrong word in a sentence, and confuses the meanings as a result. For example, when a party guest tells Nick, "He doesn't want any trouble with anybody," Nick's reply is "Who doesn't?" Since Nick is trying to find out who is the "he," the question should be heard as "WHO doesn't?" But Gyllenhall reads it as "Who DOESn't?" This makes Nick sound arrogant and glib, when his character is the opposite. Just one example of many off-putting inflections in Gyllenhall's narration.

    To be fair, I don't know who might be able to do oral justice to this masterpiece of the written word.


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    LogicalAmbriel 05-01-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Simply, wonderful."
    What made the experience of listening to The Great Gatsby the most enjoyable?

    Jake Gyllenhaal's narration. He did a truly splendid job.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The imagery. I have to be honest, this is the only one of Fitzgerald's books I've read (listened to) and I was sucked in within 15 minutes. You truly see the way the characters dress, carry themselves, their homes...a life painted in a portrait of delicious words...it really was an awesome listen.


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

    I've not heard of other books he's narrated, but I would love to try another one he's done.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, but I don't want to give spoilers. Just in case :)


    Any additional comments?

    My favorite audio book to date.

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    Jed B Columbus, Georgia 04-30-15
    Jed B Columbus, Georgia 04-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Mixed"

    A wonderful story and Jake Gyllenhaal's excellent reading are marred slightly by uneven volume levels and microphone positioning and residents, , sometimes 3 or 4 very noticeable shifts within a couple of paragraphs.

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    MK 04-21-15
    MK 04-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Timeless Beauty"

    One I the most moving stories of our time. The Great Gatsby is my favorite story and hope it will be yours one day too.

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    Jonah 04-21-15
    Jonah 04-21-15
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    "Wow!!!!!"

    Wow! Jake is amazing at narrating this classic timeless peace. Not once did it feel rushed or hurried. It had a calm paving to it that I enjoyed deeply. I won't comment on the story, that can take years. I just want to point out 50,000 word book being capable of taking you on a ride that transcends generations. My favorite book now easily my favorite audible.

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    Aurora 04-16-15
    Aurora 04-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Beautiful classic, well performed"

    Jake does a thorough job of narrating the different voices and feelings in this beautiful classic piece of literature! He absolutely does it justice.

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    Nicholas W. 04-15-15
    Nicholas W. 04-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "An amazing book well read"

    I can only say that this is the only audiobook of Fitzgerald that presents the correct pacing and feeling that my mind imposes on the story.

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    Tina_t 04-07-15
    Tina_t 04-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Your life is what you make it to be"

    I partially picked this book because of the remake of the movie. I do have to admit the book is still better than the movie, as usual. I did like the lesson of your life is up to you, but be careful what you wish for.

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    Sarina Anderson 04-03-15 Member Since 2012

    I wouldn't make it through college without my audiobooks.

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    "I hated Gatsby my first time reading it."

    I hated it my second time reading it, too. Finally, on my third try I understood the beauty. I love this performance. I listened to it in one sitting. Highly, highly recommended.

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