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The Great Gatsby Audiobook

The Great Gatsby Audiobook

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Audible Editor 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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    Ginny M 07-01-16
    Ginny M 07-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome!"

    Jake Gyllenhaal absolutely need to narrated more books. His voice really makes the story come to life and all the characters seem unique. Its a pleasurable listening experience. Listening to other books after this, its just not the same and slightly disappointing.

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    Brandon 06-27-16
    Brandon 06-27-16
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    "Impressive narration"

    Jake Gyllenhaal was incredible. I felt utterly submerged into the literature work. The actual text is quite impressive, its a rare piece of poetic philosophy that provokes deep thought. This is a must read (listen)!

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    Carolyn 06-23-16
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    "delightful suspense"

    great afternoon reading. fascinating storyline. I must listen again because I was a little distracted at the beginning.

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    Linda M Teaman Ann Arbor, MI, US 06-23-16
    Linda M Teaman Ann Arbor, MI, US 06-23-16 Member Since 2012
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    "So well read!!! Great book."

    Such a great piece of literature and so well-read. Delightful. I will definitely listen again in the future.

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    Jennifer T 06-20-16
    Jennifer T 06-20-16
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    "l loved this book! It's a keeper."

    This is a book I have read in book form previously at least twice. It was wonderful to listen to the audio book version and I will share it with my daughters for school. One is dyslexic and audio books have helped her immensely!

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    Matt Lathrop 06-14-16 Member Since 2013
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    "A true American Classic"

    A great story with great narration. Guaranteed to please. Fitzgerald's masterpiece is always a great read. It's a cant-miss selection.

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    Fran Foster 06-07-16
    Fran Foster 06-07-16
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    "One Of My Favorite Oldies"
    Would you listen to The Great Gatsby again? Why?

    Definitely !! Because, in my opinion, it was F. Scott Fitzgerald's finest novel and I find something - a story line or character - to enjoy each time. Also Jake Gyllenhaal's narration was excellent..


    What did you like best about this story?

    Nick's devotion to Gatsby - or rather to the person Gatsby wanted to become with Daisy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Sorry, cannot choose - loved the scene "Gatsby having tea with Daisy" at Nick's house..


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

    I would not change the title - "The Great Gatsby" is a classic.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes. My first reading of this novel was over 30 years ago and it still strikes me as strange that Mr. Fitzgerald wrote the lines (for Nick's character ): " .... in the end Gatsby turned out okay ...." (or ...."Gatsby turned out all right" ...."). Gatsby was shot and died in his swimming pool !! Perhaps he meant "okay" or "all right" without Daisy - to Nick's way of thinking. We will never know.

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    Alisa Utah 05-26-16
    Alisa Utah 05-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing"

    I thought Jake Gyllenhaal did a great job with this story. He represents Nick Carraway very well.

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    Karen Blocker 05-02-16
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    "Waste of time"

    I had to read this book for school
    It was horribly boring
    There is almost no plot and it just ends there is no proper ending it just ends, my only question is how is this book an American Classic

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    Shayla Hawkins 04-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Enjoyed the Book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Great Gatsby the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was really was very entertaining and the movie was similar to the book which made it very interesting. I wouldn't mind reading it again.


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

    No comparisons


    What three words best describe Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance?

    Entertaining, enjoyable, exciting


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

    Yes


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