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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.
Been sooo many years since I read this in highschool. So glad I read it again with wiser and more mature eyes. What a literary work of art.
Normally, my standard for liking an audio book is that the narration doesn't interfere with the original text. This is one of the few times in my experience when listening to the story surpassed the experience of reading it. Gyllenhaal did an amazing job.
Interesting story but the it was difficult for me to get into for some reason in the beginning. Very unrelatable due to the era, the region, and the literary style of writing. I am more of a Steinbeck lover. But toward the end I enjoyed it and Gyllenhaal did such a great job of narration that I do recommend this version rather highly.
Not really. It's the story of the drunken excess of the rich. How did this ever get to be a classic? The reader doesn't know Gatsby when the story opens and still doesn't know him when it ends.
Probably Gatsby - I kept trying to get to know him. Unfortunately, that never happened.
I don't believe I've heard him to a narrative before.
The defining moment was when Gatsby learns he has no real friends.
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