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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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    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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    Kelly KESWICK, VA, United States 09-12-15
    Kelly KESWICK, VA, United States 09-12-15 Member Since 2016
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    "very entertaining, though sad, very well read."
    What made the experience of listening to The Great Gatsby the most enjoyable?

    the reader had a wonderful voice, and made the book much better than reading it


    What did you like best about this story?

    did not see the end coming


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    neither, but it is a sad story


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    thomas 09-10-15
    thomas 09-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Timeless Classic"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Always. I would recommend anything Gatsby to anyone.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I appreciate the timelessness of new money vs old money and the general battle between conservatives and progressives. These themes are timeless and provide readers an avenue to explore history, in the same way that Gatsby does, in hopes of changing our futures.


    What three words best describe Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance?

    Disappointing, average, and phonetical.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Great Gatsby: The life and times of an Isolated Lover


    Any additional comments?

    Would recommend.

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    linda koeberle 08-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Oh, Gatsby."

    The Great Gatsby is a wonderful book full of hidden passages to F. Scott Fitzgerald's true life as well as giving you a thought on what the true "American Dream" is. This book truly angers me in the way that these characters act, and the fact that a lot of it is truly based on his own experience sickens me more.
    The narrator could have done a better job with enthusiasm and characters, but it was still pretty alright.

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    G.G. Ferguson Jackson, MS United States 08-03-15
    G.G. Ferguson Jackson, MS United States 08-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Proper Perfection"

    This book really captures the playful lives of the oblivious rich in an exquisite detail.

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    Otto Yucaipa, CA, United States 08-01-15
    Otto Yucaipa, CA, United States 08-01-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Tedious beyond all expectations! Great it's not."

    None of the characters in this story were worthy of the time it took to listen to it. I couldn't figure out how this thing ever became a so-called Classic. The narrator did well in spite of the material, and I would like to try something else he's read.

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    A. Arca DFW, Texas 07-29-15
    A. Arca DFW, Texas 07-29-15 Member Since 2015

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    The audio was good but I just wasn't a big fan of the story line.

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    David von B 07-24-15
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    This is one of my favorite books and Jake Gyllenhaal did an amazing job performing it

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