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 story. Fantastic narration. Ten out of ten. I will listen to it many times
"Beautiful, eloquent prose"
Such a simple story of love and loss in a world of excess extravagance but the descriptions are so elegant that you can't help but be transported into the heart of the story. Loved it.
"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???
"fantastic book fantastically read"
Jake G narrates the story wonderfully. I loved every minute of it.
It is an important part of American literature brought to the present by a sexy contemporary voice.
"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.
"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.
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