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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.
I found very little to like about this story, except that it did have a few good moments; however, the beginning is deadly slow - all narration and almost no dialogue....but the worst part about it was the reading. I have never been disappointed by any movies I've seen with Jake Gyllenhaal...but doing multiple voice characterizations is definitely not his forte.
I would not recommend THIS version of Gatsby at any rate, I guess I'd like to hear it with a different reader, or read the print version myself.
I'm sure there are many people who could do it whose names I don't even know....but the BEST narrator of an audiobook I've ever heard, hands down, is Jim Dale. I don't know, however, whether he'd be good for this book, or if he'd even be interested in doing it.
Rent the movie.
Stick to portraying one character per project, Jake.
Love Fitzgerald's writing style and description of characters.
Jake Gyllenhaal is a great choice for narrator. He brings life to the story without being distracting. I wish this book was longer, I enjoyed the performance that much.
I love Chanel, Ernest Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald, Paris and stories of Paris in the 1920s, fashion stories, mysteries and classics.
Yes! Besides being a great story by one of my favorite authors, the narration of this audiobook by Jake Gyllenhaal is absolutely wonderful!
The final chapters with all the feverish dialogues, from the time the main characters are in the hotel room in the city, culminating with the tragic end.
This was my first... I would love to find more audiobooks read by Gyllenhaal.
Reading the first 7 chapters was nice. All the characters were introduced properly and everything was given context. I felt like I was there along with Nick and the others. The last 2 chapters were not how I think it should have ended, and Nick and all the others became massive jerks to each other. Could have been better, but I enjoyed it for the most part.
The Great Gatsby was surprisingly enjoyable to read. Our class read this and I thought it was going to be another dull and boring book but it was actually fun and captivating. In the middle it did seem dragged on a bit but for the most part it was a great read.
It was a literary masterpiece that poetically depicted all of the aspects (unfortunate or otherwise) of the aristocratic lifestyle. However, the voice is monotone and soft, which may disrupt the true meaning of this thought provoking story.
This was both an amazing performance for an amazing story!
For those who aren't familiar with Fitzgerald, you should be!
This would be a review into the world of liberal wisdom which compares rightly so with Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson. In fact, I would recommend listening/reading that book as well and comparing the two.
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