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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.
Shaken never Stirred
Best: It was not to long, Least: Even though its an old book this story premiss was tired from the beginning.
Naw I like classics.
NO! The tragic ending won't allow it.
Never really understood what was so GREAT about Gatsby. I know people will be annoyed by that statement. If he was great cause he was a self made man, that's really lost in this weak plot. It just feels like some took a movie script and made a book outta it. I have never watched and of the previous Great Gatsby movies but maybe i should watch the new one with Leonardo in it.
I have only listened to two audio books; one of them was a Hank Zipzer book written and read by Henry Winkler. It's difficult to compare a classic with a kid`s book. I enjoyed Winkler`s reading since it was more animated. Jake Gyllenhaal did a good job overall. He was however soft spoken and monotoned when he wasn't a character.
Gatsby because I could relate to pining for a lost love. He makes one realize not to live in the past.
If you are looking for a good children's book try the audio books of the Hank Zipzer series.
The book is so well written.
Gatzby. So charming, yet so human. Remember, the past is in the past. He created a life around trying to recreate the past, in a way.
Both, but mostly laugh.
I first read 'The Great Gatsby' as a high school student. Made an 'A' on my required report. Thought the book was incredibly boring at the time and never once recommended it or understood why everyone else went on so about it...
Flash forward 30+ years and Jake's reading of the classic. I learned something from listening: I am a much drier, more technical reader than I am a listener. I found myself much more attuned to the attitudes and behaviors of the characters, as well as their reactions in the narration. I thought that Gyllenhall did an excellent job catching the various voices... (I notice "Old Sport" references everywhere now... even in an episode of "True Blood"... :)
So... I move my story rating up a star... and the performance was superb!!!
Both as a story and to be well read (or the audible equivalent) I highly recommend this title!!
All the best,
PS. Unrelated side note to the book review and fan statement for audible recordings - in addition to this title, I found that the 'Game of Thrones' series was one that I could not get through by reading, but devoured on Audible.... Just sayin'.
I wondered how Gatsby got his money. The endless descriptions of nothing.
The main character was my favorite.
It's already a movie.
This book just made rich people (which I'm not) look cold and heartless. Gatsby tried to buy friends and in the end it didn't pay.
NO! I was so impressed by the initial narration of the first chapter, but it quickly disintegrated as dialogue and characters were introduced, both in narration quality and in editing, as to become a >complete< flop! Gyllenhaal did not distinguish well between characters, his pace was clunky, and there seemed to be a lot of obvious piecing-together of the editing job. I was very disappointed, almost to the point of distraction. I expected so much more. He has a fantastic voice, but if this performance is any indication, narration is not for his resume.
I liked Jake gyllenhaal's narration but the book was really slow. I found myself day dreaming
Accurate, honest, relatable
I can't say for this specific book. I love audiobooks in general because I can still get through books with my busy daily life, so in that way yes!
Trying not to spoil anything, I would have to say I was shocked at the scene with Tom and Myrtle where she gets hurt. The shock made it memorable.
'See Leonardo DiCaprio prove his skills at carrying an otherwise average movie'
It was a good short read, but because of that it isn't very memorable. Jake Gyllenhaal does a pretty good job at giving emotion to an otherwise pretty bland plot line. Quick and moderately fun!
the backdrop it was set in, the characters and how the connect.
the end when Gatsby was dead, the emotions it projected.
it made me want to live in that era and be in the characters circle of friends.
Putting books on the back burner.
There are at least half a dozen of "The Great Gatsby" from different publishers on Audible, but this is the best version from Audible Inc. Maybe even the best audiobook that they have published.
The narrator by Jake Gyllenhaal is super. I could not put this one down just because it was so enjoyable to listen to. They finally got the right voice for the right book.
Why can't they do this every time whenever they do an in-house production?
This audiobook will get many awards because of awesome editing and the perfect pitch to tell a classic.
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