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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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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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    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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    Malinda Lexington Park, MD, United States 05-26-13
    Malinda Lexington Park, MD, United States 05-26-13 Member Since 2008
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    "what am I missing?"

    I only made it an hour into the audiobook and give up. I just cant get into the book or the characters...anyone else having this problem? With all the glowing comments I thought for sure this would be a good one. oh well. Thank goodness for audibles satisfaction guarantee.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    I J Young 05-11-13
    I J Young 05-11-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Don't know what all the hype is about!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. Being made into a movie, again, so I thought I should give it a listen. I really don't understand what makes it so great.


    Has The Great Gatsby turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


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    lorraine 05-09-13
    lorraine 05-09-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Bored no depressing. Either way I didn't like it."

    I missed this read in high school. This was supposed to be a great American novel. Here's what I felt about it; Gatsby was boring. Poor Daisy I feel bad for her, she's married to a tedious cheating oaf, and having an affair with a bore. It would have been a better book if Daisy had pushed Tom overboard to his death on an Atlantic crossing to Europe. Because by then she was rid of Gatsby. Of course she would have lost the third person narration guy he was a bore too and she could join the circus and have a good time partying with Carneys. Maybe somebody could rewrite this as The Great Wolfman Gatsby.

    Jake Gyllenhall is an excellent narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mary WESTFIELD, MA, United States 05-06-13
    mary WESTFIELD, MA, United States 05-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Meh"
    Would you try another book from F. Scott Fitzgerald and/or Jake Gyllenhaal?

    I think it was the author's writing style that turned me off so I would probably not do another book by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I would give Gyllenhaal another shot at narration.


    Has The Great Gatsby turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not necessarily turned me off, but I will be more selective if I can.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe I was just expecting more because of the upcoming movie trailers. This was just an OK (barely OK) experience for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angela MONTROSE, MN, United States 05-21-13
    Angela MONTROSE, MN, United States 05-21-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Disappointed In The Lack Of Interest It Sparked!"
    Would you try another book from F. Scott Fitzgerald and/or Jake Gyllenhaal?

    No


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A Romance Book on the lines of The Bared To You Series.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jake Gyllenhaal’s performances?

    No


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to four chapters and still could not get into this book.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Danbury, TX, United States 05-11-13
    Nancy Danbury, TX, United States 05-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I didn't like this book the 2nd time around"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I saw the Great Gatsby years ago on T.V. & read the book, but I didn't enjoy it at all this time. I can't tell you why, it didn't keep my attention & I had to keep backing up & start over. I sent the book back, I was really disappointed because I loved it the first time I read it & watched it on T.V..


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointmrnt


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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