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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.
What I like best is my memory of reading this book in high school. What I liked least? Jake G.'s reading. Mon.o.tone. Geeze louise, put some pep into it.
Probably not. Not having much luck in revisiting the classics.
He read in a boring monotone. I'm not quite sure why he felt like he had to read it like he did. Not much energy.
I stopped listening.
I really enjoyed the narration of this book; I thought the narrator did a great job with it. I'm glad that I listened to the book, as I'm not sure I would have stuck with it in printed form.
I'm not going into details of the plot, as there is nothing I can add about it that has not already been said about this classic. This was okay but I guess after hearing all the hype, I expected more. I didn't particularly like most of the characters, as they seemed quite shallow to me. I liked the last half better than the first, as I was able to pull the descriptions of the characters in the first part together and things began to make more sense. I was surprised at the ending and that is what made it a good book for me.
Audible fan!...Why didn't I discover audiobooks sooner? I would rather listen than watch.
A good actor can't make a dull read any better. This is my second time through Gatsby - the first when I was in high school - and I find it just as boring the second time.
I enjoy listening to older-copyrighted books once in a while. Each era is different. The Great Gatsby is set in the roaring twenties when the 20-30 year olds smoked cigarettes and flirted a lot with each other. To fill up a tank of gas was only $1.20. Gatsby had many parties at his mansion that all were invited to. But it seems that very few people really cared about Gatsby. They only wanted to act like "high society" at his parties. I guess some things never change...however, you will enjoy reading this book. Great classic!
Scientist, Atheist, Humanist, and Historian. I don't know everything, but I know enough to know if you're full of it!
It was a good book, just not my cup of tea.
I haven't listened to any of his other books.
I have not.
Yes i would. I love the movie so much i had to read the book and i love it.
Gatsby is my favorite character because he is mysterious in a way. He seems like the kinda man i would love to get to know.
Jake's performance was amazing in my opinion. He's a great actor and a great narrarator
Yes. I just love this book now. I read it when in high school but to listen to it now allows for so much more appreciation of how Fitzgerald wrote.
Impressive job Mr. Gyllenhaal.
I was so excited to listen to this classic. But, I was very disappointed. I know it seems like a great SELLING move to market an audiobook with a screen actor- screen actors have ONE character, not seven.... or more. And, honestly, A talented actor/actress should stick with acting. Just because you are a talented actor/actress DOES NOT equal that you are a master at audiobook narration.
Now, if I just wanted to hear Jake Gyllenhaal read a book to me, this would have worked out...... probably would have cost me much more than this audiobook, however!!
I favor history, non-fiction, lectures, and the occasional purely fictitious work. I also listen to many children's books with my family.
I am a big fan of the book. I've listened to it in audible form at least sixe times and revisit it pretty regularly. This particular recording is my second favorite fof the three I have listened to.
I think the narration here is stellar - it falls short of Frank Muller for me, but I think the style may please some listeners more than Muller's reading. Jake reads it almost as the embodiment of Nick, which he pulls off very well. The reading is a disaffected and has a pretentiousness to it that suits the character perectly. I can't mark this book down for it's performance at all - it's great, just not my personal favorite.
So my personal picks of the three audio versions I have listened to:
1) Frank Muller's read (is this unavailable now!?!?)
2) Jake Gyllenhaal (this book - great)
3) Tim Robbins (good - not quite up to the above in my mind)
I have sampled many other narrations and found them lacking - but I would have to check them again to provide details. There are recordings I plan to check out as well - but none have warranted the buy yet since I have such good listens available already.
Anyway - hope this helps!
Living the Dream
The Great Gatsby was a trip back in time to an era that lived to love life and indulge in vice. The colorful depictions of the lavish parties and costume of that era as well as the social and political climate told through a captivating story of rags to riches and love lost and found.
I have not heard Jake Gyllenhaal read any other books. I do respect him as a well versed actor and am sure any book read by him is going to be well read. His performance on this version of The Great Gatsby is second to none.
You’re only as good as your last party
While many versions of this book exist on audio and 4 feature films have been made based on the book I can say that this is by far the best I’ve heard. The unabridged version gives the book so much more substance as the book itself is not very long. Also, the latest feature film with Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby is an almost exact replication of the book in word and in what I saw in my mind’s eye as I listened to the Jake Gyllenhaal reading. I find it hard to believe that at the time of its publishing this work was a flop and not until F. Scott Fitzgerald passed away and some years later that it was brought back to light and is now considered a prime example of American literature along with The Catcher in the Rye and Of Mice and Men. Fitzgerald lived and witnessed the twenties and gives us a firsthand account of the life and times of the “Flapper Era.”
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