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The Great Gatsby Audiobook

The Great Gatsby

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Publisher's Summary

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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  • B. J. Taylor
    uk
    6/1/15
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    "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???

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Anna L. Genger
    2/5/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • joe
    UK
    9/11/14
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bridget Trezise
    7/7/14
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    "Really enjoyable book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Great Gatsby the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Great Gatsby?

    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.


    What about Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance did you like?

    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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sam
    Haverhill, United Kingdom
    4/7/14
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    "1st time ever... the film was better than the book"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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.


    Was The Great Gatsby worth the listening time?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dinah
    United Kingdom
    2/21/14
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    "The Rise and Fall of Jay (Gatz) Gatsby"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Great Gatsby to be better than the print version?

    I would say that the reading of this great classic is as good as it gets.


    What other book might you compare The Great Gatsby to, and why?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Jake Gyllenhaal – was your favourite?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did listen to this all in one sitting, during Sunday. I listened to it again the following week.


    Any additional comments?

    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'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • E
    CULLOMPTON, United Kingdom
    12/14/13
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    "I haven't seen the film!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Really worth a listen, even though not my favourite audible book so far. Jake's voice is lovely to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • clementina
    taunton, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "The jazz age personified"
    If you could sum up The Great Gatsby in three words, what would they be?

    Tragic beautiful selfish


    What other book might you compare The Great Gatsby to, and why?

    The beautiful and the damned - because there is none to compare with f Scott Fitzgerald but himself.


    What about Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance did you like?

    His voice was of the period and had a quality that made us believe in the prose.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole book was peppered with moving phrases showing the futility of the protagonists' lives.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Westhill, United Kingdom
    9/9/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth
    Epping, United Kingdom
    8/27/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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