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.
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.
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.
Oh the voice, the perfect interpretation of Nick Carraway, along with other main characters.
No particular moment, but the whole decadent downside of the American dream atmosphere.
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!
Love lust life
Loved the Great Gatsby. He was fabulous and strong. He was assertive and passionate about how he got to where he was.
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...
On screen, definitely. On audio - never!
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...
I know there are a few others of quality, but what about bringing back Robertson Dean's performance of "The great Gatsby"?
Excellent Descriptive Writing
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!
Jake brings his own style to the book with his different "voices" and the way he reads is enchanting!
Sort of...the ending is very shocking and the way it unfolds kind of takes you by surprise.
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.
"You'll appreciate it but don't expect tears"
Evokes a Beautiful image and creates characters that are both Thoroughly believable and interesting. you can't help but appreciate Fitzgerald's talent in literary technique. However, I couldn't help but feel that far more feeling could have been coaxed out of the( rather short) plot. Maybe if we had other people's point of views rather than the deliberately dull main character (and some detached narration) the book could have moved my heart as well as my appreciation.
I loved the book. The narrator was amaxing and read the book out very well. He was very easy to understand and it was so easy to follow. Jake Gyllenhaal is one of my favorite actors do I loved it.
"A classic story, well told.."
The portrayal of decadence and corruption in the Jazz age comes alive and I particularly enjoyed the imagery of this particular time in American History.
For me , it's the mystery of Gatsby - he's the classic 'bad boy' of American literature not particularly likeable but endlessly fascinating.
I though that his style of narration was easy to listen to and brought the story to life in a unique way.
I connected emotionally with the tragic aspects of the story.
this is a great book of course and with very good narration. It was very easy to listen to and very enjoyable.
The narrator brought some characters to life but it was hard to tell who was speaking from time to time. Story was interesting
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!
"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.
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.
"Underwhelming but alright."
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.
"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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