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Editorial Reviews

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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  • Chris
  • arnold, MO, United States
  • 04-29-17

Gyllenhaal ruined it

Jake Gyllenhaal needs to stick to the big screen. couldn't finish due to his narration

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Great Book and Narration

Very well done all around. I will probably listen to it again and again. Great book.

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Amazing Amazing Amazing Amazing Amazing yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes ok I loved it for real

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Great Book!

Awesome narration by Jake, he really captured the essence of each and every one of the characters.

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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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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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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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Awesome narration

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

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Amazing book; amazing reading

Would you listen to The Great Gatsby again? Why?

I've already listened to it three times. I plan to listen to it again and again and again.

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

I wish I knew.

What about Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance did you like?

Everything. I love his voices, the emotion he puts into his performance. It's perfect from end to end. I'd like to be more like him in my readings. Why hasn't he done more audio books? Hes a master.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Sentimental; life changing; love; heartbreak; self-discovery.

Any additional comments?

You'll see life differently after this book. If you've already read it, Gyllenhaal brings so much power to his reading, I literally cry every time.

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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.