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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.
Nobody should touch a single comma in this exquisitely crafted, tightly hewn, utterly perfect book.
"'You can't repeat the past.'
'Can't repeat the past? Why of course you can!'
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.
Jake Gyllenhaal's narration. He did a truly splendid job.
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.
I've not heard of other books he's narrated, but I would love to try another one he's done.
Yes, but I don't want to give spoilers. Just in case :)
My favorite audio book to date.
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.
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.
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.
I wouldn't make it through college without my audiobooks.
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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