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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"The Great Disappointment"
JG reading a different book
Found none of the characters sympathetic
I wanted to read the book before seeing the film, indeed I had intended to see both film versions but after listening to the audiobook you couldn't pay me to watch them. Cannot fault Jake Gyllenhaal's performance, just not my kind of book.
"Brilliant and lovely to listen to"
Aside from the story which completely absorbed me due to the strong focus on the interaction between the characters, Jake Gyllenhaal has an amazingly
relaxing speaking voice, which sent me to sleep a few
Times, but not at all because I wasn't enjoying it! He truly has an extremely relaxing voice, I could listen to him all day. He performed the story brilliantly.
Gatsby, of course!!
Gatsby, he performed the female characters really well too.
A story of love, loss and growing older
Jake Gyllenhaal should narrate more classic American novels, maybe some
Hemingway or Kerouac!
"Gyllenhaal is perfect"
This classic American novel needs no review from me to sell it but if you are going to buy the book in audio format surely there is no better narrator than Jake Gyllenhaal, who is the ideal choice to voice Nick Carraway. I highly recommend this version.
It was and I did - while sitting in the garden on a dreamy summer Sunday. Perfect.
"love is all it takes"
Not what I expected at all but I'm not really sure what I was expecting. There is a over arching feel of the hot sunny days when everyone seems to be pushing the self-distruct button. The narrator also has a very depressive tone to his voice that seems to heighten the sense of dissolution and destruction. Not the sort of book that leaves you up beat.
Besides what I have said above, I think I will listen again, even if its only to reassure myself that my relationships with others are that bad.
"A superb rendition by the gorgeous Gyllenhaal"
It's just different. I re-read The Great Gatsby about a month before listening to this version, and there were so many things I had missed. It's such a short book and I tend to read very quickly, skipping over the words so that the atmosphere doesn't always sink in. Slowing down and listening to every word - every pause - was a very different, and very enjoyable experience.
It may be short, but it's epic. There is so much unsaid, bubbling under the surface; you just know it's going to blow at some point...
Well he's much more than a pretty face, that's for sure. Gyllenhaal is an actor through and through, and he performs this excellently: understated - as his character should be - but with just the right pace and gravitas to show glimpses of the tension between the characters.
I found myself holding my breath a lot - and I did several detours on the way home so that I could carry on listening without interruption.
"Certainly Better Than The Film"
I listened to this before watching the film. The book described characters really well and found Gatsby a delightful character although a little deluded in the fact he can't have everything as he wants.
Would certainly recommend.
"My 1st audible book - a great story!"
Having never read the paper version its hard to compare however I think Jake did an amazing job on the story!
Gatsby was my favourite character!
All characters were very well read and as someone previously stated he soundds like Leonardo which helped with visualisation!
The details about the parties was fabulous!
"A little bit of Hollywood Glitz"
I downloaded The Great Gatsby, wanting to know what all the fuss was about and why it was an American Classic and made into a film multiple times by Hollywood. It's a fairly short listen, so it was a great introduction to this genre. Jake Gyllanghaal's narration was superb. I really felt like I was in that era with Nick and Jay and Daisy. A bittersweet story; a classic American book; performed finely by a Hollywood superstar - a great listening experience!
"Top notch production"
The sheer power of the story, which really seem as if it is written with the benefit of hindsight, but which actually did contain all the heartbreak and irony and glory of the years between the wars without knowing how the story ended.
The characters all interlock perfectly, and having a favorite is difficult. You are left wanting to know more, and yet knowing that even a little bit more would ruin the magic.
The versatility of it, and the way he makes it al seem effortless while really packing in the voice acting special effects. Did you know he can do female voices? I didn't. And now I'm left wanting more. Please get this man to read more.
It made me sad, and thrilled, and strangely enchanted. It is heartbreakingly beautiful.
Please just listen to it.
"Great Story - Beautifully Narrated"
A beautiful story - I really loved Jake Gyllenhaal's narration of The Great Gatsby. He has a wonderful modulated voice that really evokes the time that this story is set in. It brings out beautifully the feelings of sadness, hardness and madness that this tale tells.
I am quite fussy about the Narrator's voice so was extremely happy with this - I will definately look out for more books narrated by him.
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