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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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    shawn 02-01-16
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    Several in text mistakes like saying three years old instead of two years old in the story.

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    Sherry 01-21-16
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    "Will listen to it again and again"

    This is absolutely amazing! The narrator has the perfect speed and voice for me. The story is one of my favorite!

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    Nathan 01-13-16
    Nathan 01-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "enjoyable and insightful"

    An enjoyable an insightful look at life in the 1920's. The narrator did a good job creating distinctive voices for each character.

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    Ian 01-12-16
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    "Entertaining"

    I liked the narration, but it could've used some more emotion other than that the novel was very wonderful

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    "Amazing..."

    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.

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    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.

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    MD KY, USA 12-05-15
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    "Another Great Audiobook"

    Such a great story, plus with Jake Gyllenhaal's narration, it becomes unforgettable. Jake does a wonderful Gatsby voice. I really enjoyed this audiobook.

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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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