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The Great Gatsby Audiobook

The Great Gatsby Audiobook

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Editors Select, April 2013 - I knew I always liked The Great Gatsby, but having not read it since high school, I couldn’t remember exactly why. After listening to Jake Gyllenhaal’s superb narration, I was reminded of what I found so great about F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic. Gyllenhaal strikes the right chord as, Nick Carraway, who exists within the hyper-privileged world of Long Island’s upper crust but manages to avoid becoming jaded and swept up by the materialism of his cousin, Daisy, and the titular Gatsby. Fitzgerald’s elegant yet simple prose still holds up, and Gyllenhaal treats it with the utmost respect, allowing the vivid descriptions of mansions, landmarks, and 1920s New York to flow at just the right pace. While ultimately tragic, The Great Gatsby is full of light and beautiful moments that kindle a nostalgia for the Roaring Twenties, and I was glad to have been reintroduced to a favorite book this way.

Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Classic, 2013

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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    Heather Martin Brooklyn, NY 03-29-17
    Heather Martin Brooklyn, NY 03-29-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Looking forward to the movie"

    It was underwhelming. Maybe translated into a movie, where I can see all the glitz and glam intermingled with tragedy, I will find it to be more appealing.

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    Christopher Serrano 03-26-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Eh book"

    I really don't get why so many people make such a big fuss over this book. The book story plot line is not that great I'm sorry for today's time at least. The diction is so confusing at the end of the chapter I would find myself going on spark-notes to see if I missed anything.

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    Nancie Perez 03-24-17
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    "American Classic"

    Great retelling of an American classic. I use this in my classroom, and my students really appreciate the clarity of the audio. I really imagine this is what Nick really sounded like.

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    Olga 03-22-17
    Olga 03-22-17
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    "Awesome narration"

    Awesome narration and performance, adds to the story and reveals characters. Great job!
    I very enjoyed this audiobook.

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    C. Reither columbus, oh 03-16-17
    C. Reither columbus, oh 03-16-17 Member Since 2014

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    "A must for anyone who has never read"

    I teach this classic novel every year. I listen to this version as I teach it each year. I think Jake G. gives a beautiful tone to this beautifully written tale.

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    Lilac South Portland, ME 03-13-17
    Lilac South Portland, ME 03-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A classic!"

    I have read this book several times. I get more from it with each reading but Jake Guylenhall's narration was especially enjoyable. It was as if Nick Carraway came over and personally told me the story. I will listen to this recording again and again.

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    Jacob 03-12-17
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    "English class/10"

    [these are extra words for the sake of having words in the body so I can post something]

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    Z. Bouis 03-12-17
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    "A classic"

    It's a classic. What can I say about it that a few generations of literary scholars couldn't? Most people my age read this either as part of a high school or college English course but for whatever reason I managed to avoid encountering it throughout my academic life. So at some point when I had a large road trip coming up I decided to download it and listen to it in just a couple sittings.

    The plot and characters are so well known after the last century that I don't really know what I can say about it that won't just be summing up common knowledge. But in general this is one of those classic books that is more striking because of the language and legacy rather than the intricacies of the plot. The plot is actually the most straightforward part about the book in my opinion, but Fitzgerald is a master of language, and it's a beautifully poetic type of book.

    As far as the audio performance goes. I didn't really know what to expect with Jake Gyllenhall doing the narration, but I was pleasantly surprised. I thought he did an excellent job and his voice fit my mental impression of Nick Carraway just about perfectly.

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    Ryan 03-09-17
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    "A true masterpiece"

    A singular masterpiece that has no equal. I can't believe I waited this long to enjoy it.

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    Garrett 02-25-17
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    "Great Narration"

    It painted a better picture than when I read the book it was quite fantastic.

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