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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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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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    Mark Zablocki WARREN, MI United States 05-07-13
    Mark Zablocki WARREN, MI United States 05-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "What's great about the Great Gatsby?"
    What did you like best about The Great Gatsby? What did you like least?

    I'm sorry, but I failed to get anything out of this book. I missed completely whatever it is that made this book so great. I was bored to death and couldn't wait for it to end.


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

    I hated all the shallow characters. Although the character of Gatsby himself started out to be interesting, he too eventually evolved into a very uninteresting character.


    What about Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance did you like?

    He did a fine job bringing the character to life.


    Did The Great Gatsby inspire you to do anything?

    The Great Gatsby inspired me to request a refund of this audiobook purchase. I was greatly dissapointed with this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I've been tring to read "the classics" like The Great Gatsby. Most just bore me to death. I simply don't understand what all the fuss is about. I'll keep trying though as I feel it is my duty to educate myself in what is considered fine literature. I must admit, most of this stuff is just not my cup of tea.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Carlisle, MA, United States 04-29-13
    Carolyn Carlisle, MA, United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Classic book, not a classic narration or productio"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I was disappointed with the narration. He mispronounced common words like coupe or yukelele. He didn't pause between sections so it was hard to follow at times. The narration got in the way of the listening.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Colleen Sterling, United States Minor Outlying Islands 04-23-13
    Colleen Sterling, United States Minor Outlying Islands 04-23-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Of Millionaires and Ash Heaps"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Great Gatsby to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the book, but remember seeing the movie with Mia Farrow.
    I thoroughly enjoyed the audio version


    What other book might you compare The Great Gatsby to and why?

    I would consider the Great Gatsby as contemporary today as when it was written in the 1920's. I would loosely compare it to the book The Help. As in society not accepting outsiders, but the Great Gatsby story unfolds in the opposite manner--at first you think Gatsby is accepted by all, society all too gladly attended his weekend parties, invited or not-but abandoned him completely when he could not defend himself.


    What does Jake Gyllenhaal bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He was a great narrator


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Among Ash heaps and millionaires


    Any additional comments?

    I was facinated by the book

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James columbus, OH, United States 04-21-13
    James columbus, OH, United States 04-21-13 Member Since 2006

    sports announcer, cyclist, enjoys to travel and the outdoors.

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    "I can't beleive there are so many great reviews"

    I waited and waited for this book to take off and get good and exciting but it never did. And I sit here stunned this book is getting such great reviews. The story is not that exciting. Jake does a great job reading the book. The story is well written by someone with a very good knowledge of the english language. I expected so much more based on the reviews of others. I was wrong. Save your money for the movie version of this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-25-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Terrible narration! Get another version!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Great Gatsby the most enjoyable?

    I liked the story itself, but not as much as I'd hoped to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked Nicks point of view a lot. Some of the writing was really beautiful, but again, not as much of it as I had expected.


    What didn’t you like about Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance?

    This guy should stick to movies. He gave everyone's lines as if their sentences were cut off in the middle of a thought, and he mispronounced words! The MOST ANNOYING was that when the 'coupe' came up, he kept saying "cooPAY" what an idiot. I wonder why no one caught this, as the word comes up over and over again in the story....idk, he just wasn't any good, which sucks cuz I like him fine as an actor, and hoped to really like this book since I'd never read it, but now I wonder if I didn't like the book so much because of the book or because of his story telling?


    Any additional comments?

    Since the narration kind of stunk for me, I am going to read this book myself. I think if so many people like it so much, then I should At least see if it was the story or the narrator that softened the story so much for me.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Fabel Lancaster, PA, United States 05-15-13
    Scott Fabel Lancaster, PA, United States 05-15-13 Member Since 2008

    I'm a corporate training consultant and adjunct professor who loves to read! I'm always looking for the next big thing.

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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.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Carol L. Gonzales San Diego, CA 05-20-13
    Carol L. Gonzales San Diego, CA 05-20-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Running to catch up with what does not exist"
    What made the experience of listening to The Great Gatsby the most enjoyable?

    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.


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

    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.


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

    I have not heard any of Jake Gyllenhaal's other readings, but will seek out more.


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

    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.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    G INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 05-14-13
    G INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 05-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book, poor reading"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, It's a complex book with beautiful language


    What other book might you compare The Great Gatsby to and why?

    The Catcher in the Rye, similar moodiness


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Jake Gyllenhaal is a really poor reader. He really phones it in. There's lots of other better readers to choose from.


    Was The Great Gatsby worth the listening time?

    Yes, definitely!


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie Brooksville, FL, United States 08-15-13
    Natalie Brooksville, FL, United States 08-15-13
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    "Great audio of a compelling story"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Erin SAINT GEORGE, UT, United States 07-26-13
    Erin SAINT GEORGE, UT, United States 07-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Dull and Uninspiring"
    What would have made The Great Gatsby better?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by F. Scott Fitzgerald again?

    I don't know. Probably from the library first, but I won't buy anything without having listened to it first.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    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.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Great Gatsby?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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