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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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    Bosco 06-22-13
    Bosco 06-22-13 Member Since 2009

    Make no mistake: We're all mammals here.

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    "Gyllenhaal Does a Great Job"
    Any additional comments?

    Jake Gyllenhaal does a great job narrating this classic. His voice is smooth and pleasant, and varies according to the character.

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    Temporal Singularity 06-21-13
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    "Jake, don't quit your day job!"

    I bought this book because it was on sale and Jake Gyllenhaal was narrating it. Not only because I am a fan of Jake, but because I have had very positive experiences with the books that have been read by professional actors, like Elijah Wood, and Anne Hathaway. Unfortunately Jake's performance is just awful. His delivery is forced and abrupt. There is no subtlety or emotion in his delivery. It is almost robotic in its cadence. It bored me and i never felt anything for any of the characters. I was so disappointed.

    I feel that this novel needs to be dramatized with several narrators, and music in the background during the scenes that require it. I think that that is the only way that you can get drawn into the characters with F. Scott Fitzgerald's writing style.

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    Ken Oil Trough, AR, United States 06-20-13
    Ken Oil Trough, AR, United States 06-20-13 Member Since 2009
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    "A Fabulous and World-shaking Book"
    Would you listen to The Great Gatsby again? Why?

    Yes! The story was one of timeless importance and full of intricacies that can be enjoyed over and over again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The gradual revealing of why the characters' feelings led them to do what they did.


    Have you listened to any of Jake Gyllenhaal’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Haven't listened to any others, but this one was very good!


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

    "The hope of one man is the downfall of another. "


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    Jill 06-20-13
    Jill 06-20-13
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    "Finally "read" Gatsby"

    I had never been required to read "The Great Gatsby" in school, and was very interested in reading it before seeing the movie. Jake Gyllenhaal does a great job with the narration. Sometimes I've had to speed up the narration of other books, but he delivers at a pace that was just right. The story itself is a classic. Love, jealousy and pain........

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    diane 06-17-13
    diane 06-17-13

    graphic & fine artist

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    "hoping it was better than it was in high school"

    i should have realized that i would find the story just as boring as i did in high school -- good performance - uninteresting (to me) story. ho hum.

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    Homebound Charlotte, NC, United States 06-17-13
    Homebound Charlotte, NC, United States 06-17-13 Member Since 2014
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    "No wonder it is a classic!"

    A treat for the ears. A wonderful story. No susrprise it has been filmed repeatedly. Nicely performed.

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    Susan Bartonville, TX 06-12-13
    Susan Bartonville, TX 06-12-13 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "Great Classic"

    Still and always a classic, you just can't beat timeless writing.  The beautiful verbiage and illuminating descriptions bring the casual allusions to life.  The story has kept its longevity because of the depth of its layers.  The characters are all so diverse it almost feels like they don't belong together but in the end are more alike than anyone could ever know. I think I enjoyed it more as an adult.

    Wow, Jake Gyllenhaal. I was not expecting him to do anywhere close to the excellent job he did. Every now and then I had to remind myself who was narrating, much more professional than anticipated. Bravo. 

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    Christina 06-12-13
    Christina 06-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great New Narration"

    I first read Gatsby in high school for my American Lit class but with the recent release of a new movie adaptation, I wanted to reread the book so that the story would be fresh in my mind. Listening to the story is a very different experience from reading it. While reading it on the page, I was much more interested in the symbolism of the story (although that probably had more to do with the American Lit class and less to do with the format) but listening to it, I found myself lost in the glitz and glamor of the story and the characters. That said, I won't review the story itself as that has been done to death by people much more intelligent and qualified than me.

    The narration was brilliant. It took me a few minutes to get used to Gyllenhaal's voice but I think this was due to my familiarity with the story and the mental narrator I had invented and not to any fault of the narrator. Once I settled into the listen, I very much enjoyed Gyllenhaal's style of narration. As an actor, he does a nice job of separating character's voices and accents without sounding cheesy and his voice soothing without being boring.

    If you haven't read The Great Gatsby, you absolutely must. Love it or hate it, it's a classic. And whether or not you've read it before, I would recommend this version with Jake Gyllenhaal. His performance brought a freshness to a well-known work of literature.

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    RockaBetty 06-09-13
    RockaBetty 06-09-13 Member Since 2013

    Reformed Tom Boy

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    "I forgot that I didn't like this book."
    What about Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance did you like?

    The narrator sounded like Brad Pitt. Is that petty? That's petty. Oh, well.


    Did The Great Gatsby inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me not to drink or do drugs. I forgot that I disliked the interplay among the characters when I first read it in high school but I figured that I'd matured and perhaps I'd like it now. No such luck. The dialogue made me feel high which may have been FSF's objective but I didn't like it n


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    Howard P 06-08-13
    Howard P 06-08-13 Member Since 2010

    Writer of Songs, Musician, Photographer & Artist. Reader of History, Non-Fiction, Music, Science & Cosmology.

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    "Like a wasted night watching TV."

    First, I want to preface my review by saying that I really wanted to enjoy this novel. I have been listening to many of the classics, and until now have not been dissapointed. Maybe I am living in the wrong century, but I just didn't get why the Great Gatsby is considered a classic? The story was not exciting, like watching a boring night in front of the TV. There are only two aspects of the Audible edition that I enjoyed. 1. The narration was fantastic - Jake is the penultimate reader. 2. I live on Long Island about 20 minutes from the gold coast mansions, which I've passed by many times. For me however the Great Gatsby was anything but.

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