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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.
Probably not. I wanted to reread the book before seeing the movie. And I do enjoy Jake Gyllenhaal as an actor however this is not a story that I would enjoy reading over and over again. I remember it from high school with a "Hollywood Ending" however it is far from that. The romantic in me was disappointed.
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!
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 enjoyed the book.
I was disappointed with the narration. He mispronounced common words like coupe or yukelele. He didn't pause between sections so it was hard to follow at times. The narration got in the way of the listening.
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
sports announcer, cyclist, enjoys to travel and the outdoors.
I waited and waited for this book to take off and get good and exciting but it never did. And I sit here stunned this book is getting such great reviews. The story is not that exciting. Jake does a great job reading the book. The story is well written by someone with a very good knowledge of the english language. I expected so much more based on the reviews of others. I was wrong. Save your money for the movie version of this one.
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