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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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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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    Michey Las Vegas 06-03-13
    Michey Las Vegas 06-03-13 Member Since 2011

    Books are the best

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    "Lots of description, not much plot"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would change the decade that this book was written. As much as I try, it's hard for me to enjoy such old American literature. I guess I need a class for context so I can enjoy it. TOO LATE.


    If you’ve listened to books by F. Scott Fitzgerald before, how does this one compare?

    I have not. And I probably won't. If I didn't care for this, I don't think I'd like anything else.


    What about Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance did you like?

    Despite the content, he has a lovely voice. Not my most favorite voice, but he read well and made it at least a little bit compelling.


    Did The Great Gatsby inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, it made me listen to it as fast as possible so I could listen to something else.


    Any additional comments?

    Not much except context makes everything better. I'll live without it though.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Windy Phillips Chesapeake, VA 04-19-13
    Windy Phillips Chesapeake, VA 04-19-13 Member Since 2010

    Windy P.

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    "Perfect Combination"
    If you could sum up The Great Gatsby in three words, what would they be?

    Fast, blinding, tragic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a classic. It presents a glaring portrait into the period, love and a man.


    What about Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance did you like?

    Jake Gyllenhaal's performance was nothing short of perfect. It's ironic, I have never been a huge admirer of his acting but having heard him perform Gatsby I don't think any other reader would ever do for me from here on out. I believe another reviewer indicated sometimes you find the perfect narrator for a given novel. Gyllenhaal is definitely that for Gatsby.


    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Eugene, OR, United States 04-12-13
    Richard Eugene, OR, United States 04-12-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Absolutely fantastic!"
    What did you love best about The Great Gatsby?

    Enchanting story told well.


    Any additional comments?

    Gyllenhaal's performance is enthralling. It draws you in. He changes his voice for each character, and doesn't sound ridiculous as the female characters. Fantastic!

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Karim Bey Squaw Valley, CA United States 04-11-13
    Karim Bey Squaw Valley, CA United States 04-11-13 Member Since 2011

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    "I Hope this Starts a Trend"
    Would you listen to The Great Gatsby again? Why?

    Absolutely. The prose is beautiful.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gatsby, the person with a past.


    Have you listened to any of Jake Gyllenhaal’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I have not heard him narrate. It's wonderful for actors to narrate classics such as this. They bring intent and interest to the story. The elocution is wonderful. Gives me a new appreciation for how important voice is one of the instruments of master actors.


    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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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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    Victoria Dublin, CA, United States 04-15-13
    Victoria Dublin, CA, United States 04-15-13 Member Since 2011

    Active Mommy

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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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher BETHESDA, MD, United States 04-22-13
    Christopher BETHESDA, MD, United States 04-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Tolerated it in high school. Loved it now"

    I vaguely remember grinding through reading this book in high school. With the new movie coming out and knowing that is one of the great classic American novels, I wanted to give it another chance. This time the experience was so much different and better in every way. The story was fascinating and crisp and the prose was wonderful.

    I won't really review the novel itself since it is a classic and held in the highest regard. I will say that Gyllenhaal did an outstanding job with the narration -- one of the best I've ever heard. The only disappointing thing was learning that this is the only book he has narrated on Audible.

    If you are at all curious about this book, I can't imagine a better way to experience it than this.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Philadelphia, PA 04-11-13
    Charles Philadelphia, PA 04-11-13 Member Since 2013

    With a 4 1/2 hour commute to work, it's not hard for me to find time to listen to a good audiobook.

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    "This May Be Heresy, But It Didn't Hook Me."

    I must say that I gave tried to give this audiobook a fair chance that I didn't do to the book when it was required reading in Mrs. Hobbs 11th grade English class 20 years ago. Jake Gyllenhaal was a very pleasant surprise as I thought him narrating a classic was more of a gimmick than anything. But he was extremely good with varying his tone, inflections, and giving life to the story that just didn't resonate with my interests. So, that is why my people may feel that I am off of my rocker for not liking the story, The Great Gatsby. But the storyline and writing style did not pull me in like many of my favorite books in the mystery, thriller, and business genres.

    The mastery of literary devices that make F. Scott Fitzgerald an icon and The Great Gatsby an American classic are lost on me. I have conditioned myself to enjoy the drama of Grisham and Baldacci, the thrill of Patterson and Ludlum, and the wit of Fey and Halpern.

    I don't think it was a waste of a credit by any means. It was well worth trying out this classic given it was not a very long audiobook. But be warned, if you didn't enjoy The Great Gatsby when it was required reading in high school, you may not fall head over heels with this rendition. However, I am glad that I listened to it so I can speak with intelligence and authority when I critique Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio when the movie is released later this spring.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Newton, MA, United States 10-07-13
    Matthew Newton, MA, United States 10-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Awful Awful Book. Why is this a classic?"
    What three words best describe Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance?

    Decent


    What character would you cut from The Great Gatsby?

    Gatsby


    Any additional comments?

    The story was awful. I had hoped it would be decent. It seemed to have a decent cast for the movie, looked interested from the previews. The audiobook was narrated by Jake Gyllenhaal. He does a fair job. I expected better from such a high ranking movie star. But, to be fair to him, the material he had to work with was just terrible. 2/3rds of the book boiled down to rich people sitting around gossiping about each other!! Really! Then the last 1/3rd was Gatsby trying to rekindle a love he let go because he didn't think he was good enough for her the first time around. He ends up paying for it this time around. The big plot twist at the end and underlying meaning in the last 1/3rd just were not enough for me.

    I really had to force myself to finish this one and it was a short one! I finished one of the Game of Thrones audiobooks, which are really really long, in the time this one probably took make.

    Just awful. Stay away if you can.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christy Wallingford, PA, United States 09-04-13
    Christy Wallingford, PA, United States 09-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book was required reading in high school. I purchased it, since the new movie was coming out about it. I thought it was horrible! I liked the last two hours, but everything else was a waste of time.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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