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 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.
"Short and Sweet"
Wanted to read this before i saw the film, so glad i did. At less than 5 hours i finished it in one day but what a great little story of love and tragedy. A definite classic and a real "must read" There is a reason this book is still around almost 100 years after it was written.
Gyllenhaal's narration is a little monotone but this somehow matches the reflective tone of a story told in hindsight.
"Really enjoyable book"
Sometimes I stop and wonder what makes a classic so "classic" but within a couple of minutes it was obvious why this book remains so popular. It really is beautifully written, with the lazy excesses of the characters so artfully described you feel every nuance of how Fitzgerald loves to hate each of them, and the hazy weight of the summer is palpable throughout.
For those who don't know the story, a list of memorable moments would be an awful spoiled. Sufice to say there are many memorable moments.
Gyllenhaal is a perfect narrator of this story and truly brings the text to vibrant life. this is one of the best audiobook readings I've listened to. Brilliant reading and acting, wonderful pace and pitch. 10/10
"1st time ever... the film was better than the book"
If you're a lover of classics then maybe this would appeal to you more than me. Its story line is nothing new: a normal love story with a heartbreaking end. For me it seemed rather underdeveloped, more like a short story or the first draft of a far longer novel.
Probably the most interesting aspect was watching how the narrator's perspective and opinions changed throughout the book despite the whole plot being written from hindsight.
As the book was relatively short, I cannot complain that it wasn't worth the listening time. However, I feel I got more from the far shorter film.
"The Rise and Fall of Jay (Gatz) Gatsby"
I would say that the reading of this great classic is as good as it gets.
As a morality tale of its time and culture, I would compare The Great Gatsby to a Thomas Hardy novel, perhaps to Tess of the D'Urbervilles (with Gatsby as Tess). Both characters, despite their sins, are the most honourable of a dishonourable cast of characters.
Jake 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.
I did listen to this all in one sitting, during Sunday. I listened to it again the following week.
The actor's ability to narrate this classic so movingly reminded me of how tragic the story is. One of the most poignant moments, read wonderfully, is when at the end as no-one but Nick shows up to Gatsby’s funeral, a man arrives who who turns out to be Gatsby's father. Henry C. Gatz tells Nick proudly about Jay’s childhood of ‘self improvement’ by showing him his son's copy of the novel, 'Hopalong Cassidy'.
"I haven't seen the film!"
If they knew what to expect from the story (ie seen the film/read the book), then yes. Otherwise, I'd probably recommend something else over this.
Really worth a listen, even though not my favourite audible book so far. Jake's voice is lovely to listen to.
I could really picture myself in the time frame of the book, i could see the 'glasses' along the motorway, i could feel the heat when they all go for a ride and do somethimg in town. Most of all, you picture gatsby, standing on his lawn. I have not watched the film yet, but seeing as i liked the book and am a fan of Di Capu rio, i did put it on my Amazon wishlist...
Not yet, but i like his acting and i loved his performance in this book, i am definition going to check out what other books he read.
i felt very moved when nick carraway talks to gatsbys father after certain things haaien, i also liked it that he stepped up for his friend, even though his feelings were conflicting.
Never read Fitzgerald before but i liked it a lot, it is call in places but so descriptive that you just get studied right in.
"The jazz age personified"
Tragic beautiful selfish
The beautiful and the damned - because there is none to compare with f Scott Fitzgerald but himself.
His voice was of the period and had a quality that made us believe in the prose.
The whole book was peppered with moving phrases showing the futility of the protagonists' lives.
I rewound the phrases in the book endlessly just to hear the craftsmanship of the prose. It was spellbinding and a book that can be read again and again at different stages of ones life and understood better each time. Gatsby is not a romantic hero. Neither is daisy a paragon of feminine virtue. But they are faulty human beings and that is what make this book at the same time a screenshot of the jazz age and relevant to our time.
"So That's What All The Fuss Is About..."
" The Great Gatsby" is often hailed as the "great American novel" but earlier readings of the print text failed to convince many years ago. But this time the audio book worked for me.
The selfish, corrupt and emotionally and morally hollow characters that populate this vision of a material American Dream were revealed. The quality of the quiet narration helped, as, possibly, did the attention it brought from me.
Even if you have read the text, give this audio version a listen.
"Deserves several listens"
You know the story, the book is on the shelf, but this audio version is well worth having as the narration is perfect.
"Great listen, but not blown away."
I've been asked many times to read this book by both friends and family but i never got round to it. With the movie adaptation just released thought it as good a time as any, mainly due to the fact I'd probably not find myself reading it after watching the story in the cinema.
First of all Jake Gyllenhaals narration was great, making the book feel bang up to date somehow, then again the book certainly doesn't feel dated in the way it's written which was a big surprise to me.
The story however i was never blown away by. I'm not sure what i was expecting but the plot/characters never really got me hooked. Then again i finished it in a couple of nights so I can't help but recommend it to anyone looking to read the novel before seeing the movie.
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