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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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Outstanding Performance

I have to admit, this is not one of my favorite stories. It normally reads as more of a study in human nature and is not a book I would read for the enjoyment of it. However, the narration is what made each character, especially Gatsby, jump off the pages like they never had before~ Highly recommended

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favorite reading so far

Gyllenhaal did phenomenal on a classic story. I highly recommend this book. 3 more words. 😁

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beautiful boo

Everybody in this book is sent down from heaven to be just were it is. I'm a big Jake Gyllenhaal fan and he kills it in this.

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terrific read!

Obviously Gatsby is a classic. But Jake Gyllenhaal could not have been more perfect for this performance. I was blown away.

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did very good reading very high atrory remarks n l

loved the different words use. makes me want to read more n more thank you

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The Great Gatsby was a fine way to spend 4 hours.

I really enjoyed the Deep characters and lushly painted vision Long Island in New York City in the early twenties. Jake Gyllenhaal's narration was well done and for me not distracting at all from the story. since I had not read The Great Gatsby before I was surprised by how many parts of it seemed familiar from when other authors or writers have used themes and ideas from this book.

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I love this book!

I wish I could experience this time in history Gatsby is amazing I need to be more like him!

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Excellent performance

An incredibly well written work performed in a manner that both conveys the characters and the period. Highly recommend this version.

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The Great Gatsby

This is a very enchanting book that I love. The idea of romance never seems to get old.

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Excellent Narration of a Classic American Novel

The smooth, flawless narration aids in capturing the wonder of this classic American masterpiece of a story.