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The Great Gatsby Audiobook

The Great Gatsby Audiobook

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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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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    Erin Pleasanton, CA, United States 08-02-13
    Erin Pleasanton, CA, United States 08-02-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Jake as Nick was magical"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    We all read this book in high school, and so we all take its meaning and depth for granted...until we read it again with more age under our belts! The nuanced, poetic writing of Fitzgerald just seemed to mean so much more to me at age 36 than 16. I can better appreciate the angst and mourning of decay in the 1920s because it's so similar to the feeling of loss and decay that we experience now with the end of one era and beginning of another. Fitzgerald's writing comes alive with Jake as the reader. he does a beautiful job, and it's no wonder he is such a successful actor: Because he is good!


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I love about this story is that we can all find ourselves in Gatsby. We are all weak. We all have experienced love and loss. We all have trouble letting go. We all desire something more, beyond what we have, and we all must fall and die at some point. The themes in this book are universal and true, and Fitzgerald is a master at giving us this enigmatic, elusive character who ends up being a weak boy in yearning for love with Jay Gatsby.


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

    Jake's reading voice is so understated. He does a great job at Tom Buchanan's rough and tumble voice. I love the vulnerability he shows when George Wilson mourns the loss of his wife, and he says "Oh, god, Oh, god," over and over. I really do believe it with Jake reading the novel. This was an excellent audio book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Towards the end, when Nick describes his cousin Daisy and Tom Buchanan as being careless people who smash things up and then retreat to their money, and how Nick is really a Westerner (Midwesterner) and how he felt he never quite belonged with the people of the East was just lovely. It made me feel so much more compassion for Gatsby at this point in the novel.


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    Todd Grand Junction, CO, United States 05-28-13
    Todd Grand Junction, CO, United States 05-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Impressed with Jake's reading"
    Where does The Great Gatsby rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best. I've listened to it twice now, the older version when I was re-reading it before going to see the movie and immediately after seeing the movie because I found the critical reception upseting. I thought for a movie trying to remake The Great Gatsby the movie was pretty dead on. I know it was Lermany (like my new word) but of course it was. With a story as brash as The Great Gatsby, Lerman needed to be over the top and I think that Fitzgerald would have been pleased. But, I digress. I thought Gyllenhaal's reading was very well done -- understated, not too emotional, but easy to follow.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gatsby. How can it not be Gatsby?


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

    The ability to listen to the book in the garden, in the car... everything that a good audio book can give you, this gave me.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, (SPOILER ALERT) the funeral and that no one showed up.


    Any additional comments?

    Such a classic in American literature. If you haven't read or listened to this since your high school days, you really should. You will have a much better perspective now than you did in high school, well, at least I did.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Trish Virginia 05-19-13
    Trish Virginia 05-19-13 Member Since 2010

    I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!

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    "An Improvement on the Classic!"

    This is truly an excellent book to listen to--even if classic literature is not your favorite genre. It is not what I normally listen to, but this version was certainly enjoyable due to the fabulous narration by Jake Gyllenhaal. I am glad this was resurrected and re-recorded to coincide with a new version of the movie opening in theaters this month. Certainly worth any time and credit spent!

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    Caitlin WALLINGFORD, CT, United States 05-13-13
    Caitlin WALLINGFORD, CT, United States 05-13-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Jake Gyllenhaal is amazing"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Great Gatsby to be better than the print version?

    I read the print version in high school and just re-read via audio book and I thought it was fantastic. It really brings it to life in a completely different way


    Any additional comments?

    Great, highly recommended!

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    Lauren San Diego, CA, USA 04-24-13
    Lauren San Diego, CA, USA 04-24-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Gyllenhaal is an incredible narrator"
    Where does The Great Gatsby rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This has to be one of my top ten favorites - no one can deny that this is one of the greatest American novels ever written.
    There's a reason we all have to read it in high school, although lamentably we're mostly too young to understand it very meaningfully at that age.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Impossible to say - the myriad interpretations offered by various symbols; the forgiving and compassionate way human folly, hypocrisy, and unthinking offhand cruelty are portrayed throughout the book; the equanimity of the narrator; the rich detail of the descriptions of wasteful yet magical opulence; the heartbreaking, love-soaked idealism of Gatsby juxtaposed with the completely amoral and brutal source of the income with which he intended to pursue Daisy; ok so this is already too long and you didn't read it.
    My review is really about supposed to be about Jake Gyllenhaal.


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

    In short, his narration allowed me to fall in love with the characters.

    Jake Gyllenhaal lends a quality to Nick's telling of the story that provides insight into varied aspects of the book - things I would not have understood quite as richly as a female reader with only a page in front of me.

    He brings phrases such as "old sport" to life without the cartoonish and annoying cadence my brain would have imposed on them.

    His voice is perfect for this. He's at just the right age to play Nick, whose point of view is so essential, and he perfectly portrays Nick's character as earnest, thoughtful, self-aware, unblinkingly critical, and yet still compassionate.
    Gyllenhaal also has a more than impressive vocal range to bring the various other characters vividly to life. His portrayal of female characters is notably nuanced.

    I'll be listening to anything and everything else he chooses to read.


    Any additional comments?

    Jake, please keep reading stuff so I can listen to it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jason chattaroy, WV, United States 04-23-13
    jason chattaroy, WV, United States 04-23-13
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    "Great listen!"

    I loved the reader, Jake Gyllenhaal, and I loved the book itself. They could not have picked a better reader for this masterful work of art!

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    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 04-19-13
    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 04-19-13 Member Since 2010

    Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.

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    "Bracing myself for the negative votes"

    There's good news and bad news.
    First the good news: As expected, Fitzgerald writes beautifully and has clearly communicated the decadent and dissolute atmosphere of the time and people of whom he writes.

    The bad news: I just didn't like any of the people of whom he writes. Reviewer Melinda has cheerfully offered a 21st century version of Gatsby, and I totally agree with her "then vs now" comparison. Fitzgerald's characters have the depth of the Kardashians and the moral compass of Lindsey Lohan. Gatsby himself is little more than a celebrity worshipping groupie trying to sell himself as one of the beautiful people in his effort to make his delusional fantasy of love and riches with Daisy come true. I found nothing authentic or admirable about any of the supposed loves, as every one of them is self-serving at the core. The single honorable act was Gatsby trying to protect Daisy, but even that reveals a basic contempt for another person's life. Nothing "Great" in that.

    I know this is a classic. I acknowledge Fitzgerald's use of words. As a reflection of the "lost generation" of which he was a key member, this is a literary reality show. I just didn't enjoy the show very much.

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    W Perry Hall 06-25-15 Member Since 2015

    Starting 2/14 (for love of family and time-benefit of readers), I'll limit reviews to 100 words or less with exceptions for the exceptional

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    "American Art. Timeless Alchemy of Truth & Beauty."

    I believe the alchemy of time, place and the right talent and drive can create in an author the story and words to compose a portrait of truth and beauty that transcends time; a work of supreme art so rare and splendid that it is revered because our soul longs to be transported to the splendor of a moment in time and desires to be granted the providence to create something so divine that through it we may survive on this Earth forever.

    As rare and astounding as the art of Rembrandt, Renoir and Rodin, F. Scott Fitzgerald's short novel casts a spell on me in his painting Love, Truth, Mythology and Tragedy in words so poignant, eloquent and gorgeous that I, a mere mortal, cannot do them justice, so I must quote (though I typically prefer not to):


    “The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.”

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    “In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.”

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    “His heart beat faster and faster as Daisy’s white face came up to his own. He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God. So he waited, listening for a moment longer to the tuning fork that had been struck upon a star. Then he kissed her. At his lips’ touch she blossomed like a flower and the incarnation was complete.”

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    “And as I sat there brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby’s wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night.

    Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And one fine morning——

    So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
    ***

    This is my favorite American novel. JG does a super job narrating it.



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    Victoria Dublin, CA, United States 04-15-13
    Victoria Dublin, CA, United States 04-15-13 Member Since 2011

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    "I can't believe I hadn't read this sooner"

    This is a classic American novel that I can't believe I hadn't read earlier. Having just finished it, I can see why it is a classic. Great story that made me feel like I was living the lifestyle of the 1920s that the author described so vividly. Jake Gyllenhall did a fabulous job narrating and the tone and cadence of his voice made me want more and more. My only regreat was that I finished it too quickly.

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    Amazon Customer United States 08-23-13
    Amazon Customer United States 08-23-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Pitfalls of celebrity narration"
    Any additional comments?

    Jake Gyllenhaal's vocal quality is perfectly adequate to convey Nick's story, but unfortunately there are several passages that are read incorrectly (i.e., with emphasis on the wrong words or phrases) and presumably the director didn't call these out because Jake Gyllenhaal is a BIG STAR. I am compelled to recommend the late great Frank Muller's narration over this one.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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