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The Great Gatsby Audiobook

The Great Gatsby Audiobook

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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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    J.C.D. 12-02-15
    J.C.D. 12-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "NOT SO GREAT GATSBY"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Probably Gatsby - I kept trying to get to know him. Unfortunately, that never happened.


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

    I don't believe I've heard him to a narrative before.


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

    The defining moment was when Gatsby learns he has no real friends.


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    Chrissy 11-28-15
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    "a Classic"

    I can see why its a classic. I really liked it. time to WatchThe Movie

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    LAURA 11-26-15
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    "best book I have read in my life."

    I am not much of a reader AT ALL, so when I was assigned to read this for school I was not that excited. I decided to listen to the book on audio to help me focus and it sure did work. Once I was done with the book I wanted there to be more to read, I LOVED IT!!!! more than I have ever loved any other book. A must read for everyone.

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    John United States 11-17-15
    John United States 11-17-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Narration."

    I highly recommend this version of the audible book. Jake does an excellent job. The tone is very appropriate.

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    Nagaraj Gadiraju Parsippany, NJ 11-11-15
    Nagaraj Gadiraju Parsippany, NJ 11-11-15
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    "audio narration was so dull that I dozed off"

    audio narration was so dull that I dozed off frequently. narration was horrible. would not recommend to any one.

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    G. Quintana Las Vegas, NV 10-09-15
    G. Quintana Las Vegas, NV 10-09-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Classic Story, Decent Audibook"

    Not a completely riveting performance by Mr. Gyllenhaal, but the classic story makes up for it.

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    Debbie 10-06-15
    Debbie 10-06-15
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    "Why is this a classic?"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Add in some content.


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

    No.


    Which character – as performed by Jake Gyllenhaal – was your favorite?

    Gatsby. I think he hit the mark on this voice.


    Any additional comments?

    I started reading this years ago and could not get into it. I thought maybe the audible version would be better. I did finish it this time, but I seriously do not understand why this is considered a classic.

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    Cassaundra Cluth 10-06-15
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    "A Classic."

    I read this before in high school and I've been writing a continous story for it online. It's nice to have it able to be listen to. Plus I like the narriator quite a bit.

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    XMGSSnakeX 10-01-15
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    "2 chapters are semi entertaining, the book is not"

    I do not understand why people like this book, or how they made it into a movie. This has been the most boring story I have ever read or listened to.

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    "An amazing book read by an amazing actor."

    A pleasant classic reinvented by Gyllenhaals narration. I highly recommend this masterpiece of American literature.

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