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 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.
"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.
"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.
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