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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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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 05-11-13
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 05-11-13 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "Why Try?"

    Fitzgerald is too much greater than me to try to review him. Want to listen to what a great American novel is? Listen to Jake Gyllenhall read this. One of the greatest books in the American language. Did I write "Great" enough?

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Grider 05-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Flat performance"
    What disappointed you about The Great Gatsby?

    I've read the novel and it has always been one of my favorite classics, but I was bored to death by the reading. I listen to lots of audiobooks and this one could not keep my attention. The reading just seemed flat to me. I couldn't finish it.


    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Lauren San Diego, CA, USA 04-24-13
    Lauren San Diego, CA, USA 04-24-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Gyllenhaal is an incredible narrator"
    Where does The Great Gatsby rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This has to be one of my top ten favorites - no one can deny that this is one of the greatest American novels ever written.
    There's a reason we all have to read it in high school, although lamentably we're mostly too young to understand it very meaningfully at that age.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Impossible to say - the myriad interpretations offered by various symbols; the forgiving and compassionate way human folly, hypocrisy, and unthinking offhand cruelty are portrayed throughout the book; the equanimity of the narrator; the rich detail of the descriptions of wasteful yet magical opulence; the heartbreaking, love-soaked idealism of Gatsby juxtaposed with the completely amoral and brutal source of the income with which he intended to pursue Daisy; ok so this is already too long and you didn't read it.
    My review is really about supposed to be about Jake Gyllenhaal.


    What does Jake Gyllenhaal bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    In short, his narration allowed me to fall in love with the characters.

    Jake Gyllenhaal lends a quality to Nick's telling of the story that provides insight into varied aspects of the book - things I would not have understood quite as richly as a female reader with only a page in front of me.

    He brings phrases such as "old sport" to life without the cartoonish and annoying cadence my brain would have imposed on them.

    His voice is perfect for this. He's at just the right age to play Nick, whose point of view is so essential, and he perfectly portrays Nick's character as earnest, thoughtful, self-aware, unblinkingly critical, and yet still compassionate.
    Gyllenhaal also has a more than impressive vocal range to bring the various other characters vividly to life. His portrayal of female characters is notably nuanced.

    I'll be listening to anything and everything else he chooses to read.


    Any additional comments?

    Jake, please keep reading stuff so I can listen to it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jason chattaroy, WV, United States 04-23-13
    jason chattaroy, WV, United States 04-23-13
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    "Great listen!"

    I loved the reader, Jake Gyllenhaal, and I loved the book itself. They could not have picked a better reader for this masterful work of art!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Wells, MN, United States 04-15-13
    Terry Wells, MN, United States 04-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Narration was great"
    Where does The Great Gatsby rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This would be rated in the middle, however the narration makes all the difference in the world.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Great Gatsby is a classic no one can say anything about the story


    Any additional comments?

    Jake Gyllenhaal as a narrator is excellent and I will look for his narrations in other books in the future because of the excellence and the variations when necessary. Love the narration Jake want more!!!!!!!!!!

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Chris - Audible Newark, NJ, United States 05-03-13
    Chris - Audible Newark, NJ, United States 05-03-13 Member Since 2011

    I'm an Audible editor, and I think this quote sums it up: "A voice is such a deep, personal reflection of character." - Daniel Day-Lewis

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    "Jake Gyllenhaal Absolutely Nails It"

    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 nostalgia for the Roaring Twenties, and I was glad to have been reintroduced to a favorite book this way.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Windy Phillips Chesapeake, VA 04-19-13
    Windy Phillips Chesapeake, VA 04-19-13 Member Since 2010

    Windy P.

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    "Perfect Combination"
    If you could sum up The Great Gatsby in three words, what would they be?

    Fast, blinding, tragic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a classic. It presents a glaring portrait into the period, love and a man.


    What about Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance did you like?

    Jake Gyllenhaal's performance was nothing short of perfect. It's ironic, I have never been a huge admirer of his acting but having heard him perform Gatsby I don't think any other reader would ever do for me from here on out. I believe another reviewer indicated sometimes you find the perfect narrator for a given novel. Gyllenhaal is definitely that for Gatsby.


    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 04-19-13
    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 04-19-13 Member Since 2010

    Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.

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    "Bracing myself for the negative votes"

    There's good news and bad news.
    First the good news: As expected, Fitzgerald writes beautifully and has clearly communicated the decadent and dissolute atmosphere of the time and people of whom he writes.

    The bad news: I just didn't like any of the people of whom he writes. Reviewer Melinda has cheerfully offered a 21st century version of Gatsby, and I totally agree with her "then vs now" comparison. Fitzgerald's characters have the depth of the Kardashians and the moral compass of Lindsey Lohan. Gatsby himself is little more than a celebrity worshipping groupie trying to sell himself as one of the beautiful people in his effort to make his delusional fantasy of love and riches with Daisy come true. I found nothing authentic or admirable about any of the supposed loves, as every one of them is self-serving at the core. The single honorable act was Gatsby trying to protect Daisy, but even that reveals a basic contempt for another person's life. Nothing "Great" in that.

    I know this is a classic. I acknowledge Fitzgerald's use of words. As a reflection of the "lost generation" of which he was a key member, this is a literary reality show. I just didn't enjoy the show very much.

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    Jim "The Impatient" 06-11-16 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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    "I LIKE YOUR DRESS"

    I AM SLOW THINKING
    I am sorry, but if this is F. Scott's crowning work, I will pass on all Fitzgerald. Yes, the writing is descriptively beautiful, I will give you that and for many literary types that is of utmost importance. As a simpleton, I need a plot, characters and if you can't give me that how about some sex and violence. Some of that may have came later, but I only lasted two hours. Glad I only wasted 5 dolla on this. Tastes differ, as is obvious by the reviews.

    I AM PARALYZED WITH HAPPINESS

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    Brendan L United States 08-23-13
    Brendan L United States 08-23-13 Member Since 2001
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    Any additional comments?

    Jake Gyllenhaal's vocal quality is perfectly adequate to convey Nick's story, but unfortunately there are several passages that are read incorrectly (i.e., with emphasis on the wrong words or phrases) and presumably the director didn't call these out because Jake Gyllenhaal is a BIG STAR. I am compelled to recommend the late great Frank Muller's narration over this one.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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