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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 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.
I'm sorry, but I failed to get anything out of this book. I missed completely whatever it is that made this book so great. I was bored to death and couldn't wait for it to end.
I hated all the shallow characters. Although the character of Gatsby himself started out to be interesting, he too eventually evolved into a very uninteresting character.
He did a fine job bringing the character to life.
The Great Gatsby inspired me to request a refund of this audiobook purchase. I was greatly dissapointed with this book.
I've been tring to read "the classics" like The Great Gatsby. Most just bore me to death. I simply don't understand what all the fuss is about. I'll keep trying though as I feel it is my duty to educate myself in what is considered fine literature. I must admit, most of this stuff is just not my cup of tea.
I did not read the book, but remember seeing the movie with Mia Farrow.
I thoroughly enjoyed the audio version
I would consider the Great Gatsby as contemporary today as when it was written in the 1920's. I would loosely compare it to the book The Help. As in society not accepting outsiders, but the Great Gatsby story unfolds in the opposite manner--at first you think Gatsby is accepted by all, society all too gladly attended his weekend parties, invited or not-but abandoned him completely when he could not defend himself.
He was a great narrator
Among Ash heaps and millionaires
I was facinated by the book
I'd read this book about fifteen years ago and, truth be told, I'd forgotten a lot of what the story was about. But that ending had stuck in my head. I tend to think that I probably didn't recognize this book for the work of art that it is. With age and experience, I can see the genius of Fitzgerald and recognize the nuances that I think I missed in my younger days. I bought this audiobook for two reasons (1) the movie is coming out soon and I wanted a refresher on the story; and, (2) It's narrated by Jake Gyllenhaal. I wasn't overly impressed by Jake Gyllenhaal's narration. I thought it was adequate but he didn't bring that magic to the story that great narrators do i.e. Colin Firth in The End of the Affair. If you've never read this book, I'd say listen to this audiobook. It's well worth the listen even if the narration isn't out of the park.
I liked the story itself, but not as much as I'd hoped to.
I liked Nicks point of view a lot. Some of the writing was really beautiful, but again, not as much of it as I had expected.
This guy should stick to movies. He gave everyone's lines as if their sentences were cut off in the middle of a thought, and he mispronounced words! The MOST ANNOYING was that when the 'coupe' came up, he kept saying "cooPAY" what an idiot. I wonder why no one caught this, as the word comes up over and over again in the story....idk, he just wasn't any good, which sucks cuz I like him fine as an actor, and hoped to really like this book since I'd never read it, but now I wonder if I didn't like the book so much because of the book or because of his story telling?
Since the narration kind of stunk for me, I am going to read this book myself. I think if so many people like it so much, then I should At least see if it was the story or the narrator that softened the story so much for me.
A different narrator.
There isn't a story.
That's hard to say since nothing of interest happens in the book.
Chapter 7 is when I really started to hate the book. Here's chapter 7 as it would appear in Cliff's Notes: It's hot. Isn't it hot? Why is it so hot? Why does anyone get married in the summer? I think the sun is getting hotter. No. I read somewhere it's getting cooler.
Jake Gyllenhaal's voice is wonderful and melodic...perfect to fall asleep to. Unfortunately that's pretty much the effect that the entire book had on me. I couldn't differentiate between any of the male characters, and most of the time the women were no better. As for the story itself, I picked it up as one of those books I should have read in high school but skipped. I could have skipped it again. Thank goodness it was only 5 hours!
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