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The Great Gatsby Audiobook

The Great Gatsby

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Classic, 2014

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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    Carla Fabiana Brazil 08-07-13
    Carla Fabiana Brazil 08-07-13
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    "Jake Gyllenhaal added character to a great story!"
    Where does The Great Gatsby rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have just started with the audiobooks, but surely this work is going up to the top of the list, together with Chesterton's Orthodoxy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nick Carraway, the novel’s narrator. Why? In his own words, he is tolerant, open-minded, quiet, and a good listener, and, as a result, others tend to talk to him and tell him their secrets.


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

    Oh the voice, the perfect interpretation of Nick Carraway, along with other main characters.


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

    No particular moment, but the whole decadent downside of the American dream atmosphere.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible, please keep the audiobooks prices down so I get to listen to many more!
    Oh, I also love the whispersync idea. Hope there will be more sync'ed titles!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 07-27-13
    Lisa 07-27-13

    Addicted to Audible.

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    "Fabulous Glamour!"
    If you could sum up The Great Gatsby in three words, what would they be?

    Love lust life


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Loved the Great Gatsby. He was fabulous and strong. He was assertive and passionate about how he got to where he was.


    What about Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance did you like?

    Sensational!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES!!!


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    Pedro Caxias, Portugal 07-06-13
    Pedro Caxias, Portugal 07-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great book, but I've heard better..."
    Would you try another book from F. Scott Fitzgerald and/or Jake Gyllenhaal?

    I tried "Tender is the night" but I found it was a bit of a letdown: "The great Gatsby" good, "Tender is the night" bad...
    Mr. Gyllenhaal however, who I like as an actor, I deeply dislike as a reader - you see, I had the luck to hear this book read by Robertson Dean (which is no more, sadly - the version, I mean), and it brought out all the greatness in Mr. Fitzgerald's work, with a deep and slow reading, whereas Mr. Gyllenhaal's performance sounded to me a bit monotone. In short - I'll see your movies, Jake, but I won't ever hear your readings...


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

    No clues.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jake Gyllenhaal’s performances?

    On screen, definitely. On audio - never!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Detached curiosity about the lives of the wealthy and glamorous. Made me a bit sad that the main character - but no, I'll refrain myself from publishing spoilers...


    Any additional comments?

    I know there are a few others of quality, but what about bringing back Robertson Dean's performance of "The great Gatsby"?

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    Lee-Ann Johannesburg, South Africa 06-14-13
    Lee-Ann Johannesburg, South Africa 06-14-13
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    "The Great GREAT Gatsby"
    If you could sum up The Great Gatsby in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent Descriptive Writing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mr J Gatsby was by far my favorite! He came from such a poor family and transformed himself into this great man all for the love of one woman! WOW!


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

    Jake brings his own style to the book with his different "voices" and the way he reads is enchanting!


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

    Sort of...the ending is very shocking and the way it unfolds kind of takes you by surprise.


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    Siri Tromsø, Norway 07-17-13
    Siri Tromsø, Norway 07-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Meh"

    Ok so this book was not fore me. I could not fine the tread, I think it laced any depth and it was rather boring. I hope other found it more interesting.

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  • margaret
    9/17/16
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    "Good/ok"

    The narrator brought some characters to life but it was hard to tell who was speaking from time to time. Story was interesting

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  • Tina
    8/16/16
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    "Amazing!"

    Had to read this for my A-Level literature course, always struggled to get into more classic books. However, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the narration from Gyllenhaal was brilliant. Would recommend!

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  • Mr C D Ashley
    7/2/16
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    "Yep. An American classic."

    The Wolf of Wall Street meets Kazuo Ishiguro. The performance chimes in with the casual cynicism /scepticism of the narrator. Enjoyable.

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  • Daisy
    Dorset
    5/27/16
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    "Classic."

    I've read the book and seen the movie so it was another experience listening to the story. I only gave I t three stars because although the narrator is a fine actor and his voice suited the story and character I found he read it too quickly.
    Five stars obviously to Fitzgerald for his beautiful writing.

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  • LJ
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    3/26/16
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    "Underwhelming but alright."
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    I didn't NOT enjoy this book, but I didn't quite enjoy it either. It certainly made me feel that it is somewhat overrated.

    I found it strange (though perhaps you could call it clever ) how it seems to filt between being so flippant and shallow, to suddenly throwing you an observation so profound that it makes you stop and think.

    It's worth a listen, but don't believe all the over the top hype.

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  • Phil
    Fareham, United Kingdom
    3/24/16
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    "Such a classic"

    Amazing prose, just loved the concise nature but incredible depth of this tale - you can feel it, smell it, taste it. Jake Gyllenhaal is just brilliant as the narrator - understated, consistent, a 'Westerner'. Second time I've listened to this book - will not be the last!

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  • Mr
    12/16/15
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    "The Dull Gatsby"

    Really didn't get into this book. Didn't like any of the characters particularly and you don't really get to know the narrator of the story either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • tvonmove
    7/29/15
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    "A 20C American story beautifully told"
    Where does The Great Gatsby rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks in the top ten per cent both in content and performance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Great Gatsby?

    that requires a psycho babble type reponse.


    What about Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance did you like?

    A beautifully modulated yankee voice. T's S's and N's all pronounced naturally. How I wish the average American spoke with his style and intonation


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Top marks

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • ainenicliam
    7/26/15
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    "A great listen!"
    If you could sum up The Great Gatsby in three words, what would they be?

    A literary classic.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jay Gatsby. His unrelenting pursuit of Daisy is frustrating and endearing by turn. He is a complex character. A bootlegger, a millionaire and a selfless man, willing to sacrifice everything for one person.


    What about Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance did you like?

    His performance draws you in from the very beginning. His tone is beautiful and his inflections are hard to fault. I hope he narrates more audio books.


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

    I felt sadness at this book, both because it was a good book but also because of the ending which was tragic yet somehow seemed inevitable.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth a listen!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Veronica Richards
    7/21/15
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    "Wonderful"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Great Gatsby to be better than the print version?

    No


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gatsby is such an interesting person you never really know him


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

    No


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

    Yes certainly made me cry


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't wait to walk the dog to hear the next part!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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