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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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    C. Brown The Bay Area 05-29-13
    C. Brown The Bay Area 05-29-13 Member Since 2013

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    "An I the only one who wasn't a fan?"
    Would you try another book from F. Scott Fitzgerald and/or Jake Gyllenhaal?

    I liked Jake gyllenhaal's narration but the book was really slow. I found myself day dreaming


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Gone Girl


    What three words best describe Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance?

    Accurate, honest, relatable


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Interesting ending


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vanessa Renton, WA, United States 05-15-13
    Vanessa Renton, WA, United States 05-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A decent quick read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Great Gatsby to be better than the print version?

    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!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


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

    'See Leonardo DiCaprio prove his skills at carrying an otherwise average movie'


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shoug Springfield Gardens, New york, United States 05-10-13
    Shoug Springfield Gardens, New york, United States 05-10-13 Member Since 2014
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    "intriguing !!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Great Gatsby the most enjoyable?

    the backdrop it was set in, the characters and how the connect.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the end when Gatsby was dead, the emotions it projected.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    it made me want to live in that era and be in the characters circle of friends.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tim United States 05-09-13
    Tim United States 05-09-13 Member Since 2011

    Putting books on the back burner.

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    "The Best from Audible Inc."

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Zablocki WARREN, MI United States 05-07-13
    Mark Zablocki WARREN, MI United States 05-07-13
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    "What's great about the Great Gatsby?"
    What did you like best about The Great Gatsby? What did you like least?

    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.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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.


    What about Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance did you like?

    He did a fine job bringing the character to life.


    Did The Great Gatsby inspire you to do anything?

    The Great Gatsby inspired me to request a refund of this audiobook purchase. I was greatly dissapointed with this book.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Colleen Sterling, United States Minor Outlying Islands 04-23-13
    Colleen Sterling, United States Minor Outlying Islands 04-23-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Of Millionaires and Ash Heaps"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Great Gatsby to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the book, but remember seeing the movie with Mia Farrow.
    I thoroughly enjoyed the audio version


    What other book might you compare The Great Gatsby to and why?

    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.


    What does Jake Gyllenhaal bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He was a great narrator


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

    Among Ash heaps and millionaires


    Any additional comments?

    I was facinated by the book

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    melrailey Georgia, United States 04-23-13
    melrailey Georgia, United States 04-23-13 Member Since 2007

    Mel

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    "Great Story, OK Narration"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-25-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Terrible narration! Get another version!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Great Gatsby the most enjoyable?

    I liked the story itself, but not as much as I'd hoped to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What didn’t you like about Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance?

    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?


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Brett England Chesapeake, VA USA 05-22-13
    Brett England Chesapeake, VA USA 05-22-13 Listener Since 2005
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    "Gyllenhaal: so-so actor and a terrible narrator"
    What would have made The Great Gatsby better?

    A different narrator.


    What was most disappointing about F. Scott Fitzgerald’s story?

    There isn't a story.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Nothing.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Great Gatsby?

    That's hard to say since nothing of interest happens in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    MV 05-16-13
    MV 05-16-13
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    "JG has a nice voice...too bad it doesn't change"

    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!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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