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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"Great classic story, but dreary narration"
Sadly, it seems my take on the narration for this book, is somewhat different to the opinions of others...
I like Jake Gyllenhaal's acting, but his vocals in this story, didn't capture me at all. In fact, his monotone voice with lack of excitement, left me missing various important parts of the story as my mind wandered for something less dreary.
Great story, but I'm glad I had a re-wind button to re-listen to the bits I drifted off to...
Jake Gyllenhaal really brings this wonderful story to life. I've listened to a few audiobooks of this story, and they've always failed to engage me. This one, however, really succeeds, with Gyllenhaal breathing a charm and old-world sensibility into Fitzgerald's words. His Gatsby voice sounds very much like DiCaprio's, which lends itself well to the tie-in with the 2013 movie.
"Could be a better investment than the movie"
This is a beautifully written and narrated examination of superficiality and materialism and in America in the interwar years. It highlights the desire for money and things, drawing attention to the emptiness that can accompany the unconstrained search for more and more. The powerful symbols of Gatsby's house and the eyes of Dr T J Eckleberg, reveal the dominance of commercialism and the hollowness of the continuous search for wealth and recognition. When things go wrong it all collapses in a heap and there's barely a relationship that survives Gatsby's violent end.
Great story, beautifully written, well narrated, and probably more deeply evocative than the multi-million dollar movie. Maybe money can't buy it all, after all?!
"Best novel of the twentieth century"
Probably the best, the prose sparkles and the plot is spare and perfectly framed
The narrator, he is at once reflective and sensitive, aware of his own faults but capable of emotion and loyalty
One gets a clearer delineation of the characters by listening to their different voices, tonalities and inflections as read by him
Voted by me one of the best if not the best novel of the twentieth century. The music of the prose suggests the jazz era
I have now read this book twice, seen the first movie once and most enjoyed of all experiences the audible version. Fabulous.
Really enjoyed it - very evocative and brings the roaring 20s to life in a hedonistic manner.
"Beautifully read, great story"
I really enjoyed this book, and loved the narration. The tone felt perfect for the story.
From the opening line until the end, I was spirited away to the world of Gatsby and Daisy.
It was beautifully read and with the voice that seemed to be intended for the book.
Even if you have seen the film(I hadn't) It is a must.
"Quite a bit of fuss over nothing!"
It's written well but it's a little slow for my tastes! Also who'd have thought jake gyllenhal would have such a monotone narration???
"A charming story about love and obsession."
Jake Gyllenhaal makes a good performance, but not a great one. He does, however, give a pleasant spin to the story with his very own take.
"Definitely worth a listen!"
“If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life…. an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any other person and which it is not likely I shall ever find again."
Such beautiful prose... I studied The Great Gatsby in school but have long since forgotten the story. But with this refresher I find I appreciate the story a whole lot more than I did as a teenager - I suppose its mainly because I hadn't encountered people like in the story as a teenager but with time that changed and with it my perception. But even if the story doesn't speak to you, the words and phases are so wonderful that it's an enjoyable read anyway.
Also an additional positive is that Jake Gyllenhaal is the narrator, and he's brilliant at it!
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