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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.
This was both an amazing performance for an amazing story!
For those who aren't familiar with Fitzgerald, you should be!
This would be a review into the world of liberal wisdom which compares rightly so with Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson. In fact, I would recommend listening/reading that book as well and comparing the two.
I love classics. Mostly I love them because there is typically a reason why they were deemed a "classic" to begin with and I feel safe in selecting one to read. I couldn't see it with this book though. "Different" doesn't make a book good and I feel that is what solely earned this book its reputation.
Don't get me wrong, Fitzgerald's writing was beautiful and poetic but without a good story and characters, it doesn't amount to much. In talking with others, many said, "The movie was better." How often do you hear that? That says volumes.
I'm glad to have another classic under my belt but other than that, this book left little to no impact.
Best, first one I've tried
ha, all the characters were truly terrible. I only sympathized with the cuckolded husband, the killer
First one - loved it
I went into this work with fresh eyes. I have never seen a movie adaptation and really had read nothing about the story beforehand. I was in fact, a bit skeptical, if only because of so many other "classics" that to me, fell short.
This story however, was truly remarkable and deserves to have stood the test of time. It's not filled with violence, sex, or any of the other attributes of many modern stories, but it does have a tension between characters throughout that draws you in.
Written at the beginning of what could be called "the century of wealth" for America (which continues into the present), it offers a window into a world of money and privilege. The view presented, however, is one where not all is happiness and roses.
So, if you've never read this book, or wold like to experience a classic you've read but in an audio format (the narrator was excellent), then this work is highly recommended.
It was okay, but I certainly don't think that it a great piece of American Literature....doesn't compare to Steinbeck
It's a quick read
Thde narrator was good
Maybe a prequel
Of Course! Audio version was compelling, captured by every moment. Jake's voice was perfect.
This story shows are people are in general. Gasby showed love to all, in spite of the Hypocrisy, Hate, Jealousy and selfishness of everyone around him. He was a true lover.
Love it! Jake's voice was perfect for the part. His good looks and character was a great fit.
When Gasby saw his true love once more. His Shyness!
I just couldn't relate to the story. It's a classic American novel, but I just couldn't appreciate it.
Jake Gyllenthaal was fine, but his narration was more of a straightforward reading than a dramatization of the Dawn Tripp
Exquisitely written, unflinching and
I wouldn't be interested in a follow-up, although others might be. I didn't care about anyone in the story.
You must have it. Audio is as good as the reading. Great quality. This is the second book that I get from Audible and I couldn't put it down. Well done!!
No, I don't consider it better, more equal. In fact, I was unsure I wanted to change my experience of the book through an audio version at all. This is one of my favorite books that I reread often. I was very pleased with the audio edition. It surpassed my expectations and added a new layer to my experience.
The mysterious, vulnerable Gatsby.
His tone and expressiveness lends a great deal to Nick, our narrator. He was excellent, giving more shape and presence to Nick, but not in any overwhelming way.
Yes. I wasn't able to listen to it all at once but it was relatively short, and I was disappointed when it was over.
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