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The Great Gatsby Audiobook

The Great Gatsby

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Classic, 2014

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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    Noora 07-18-14
    Noora 07-18-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Didn't draw me in"

    The story failed to draw me in. Maybe it was too short, or maybe it was simply too uninteresting, or maybe it's the dull reading.

    Having the book narrated by a screen actor was not a good idea. It wasn't terrible, but neither was it good. For such a short book they could have picked some really good professional narrator instead.

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    The Audience 04-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "My Favorite audiobook"

    Best book/narration combo ever!! Brilliant direction and production. A great testament to what audio can be. Can do.

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    V. Ahluwalia 08-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fun"
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    I liked this audio book. The performance was great and loved the story too.

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    Carla Fabiana Brazil 08-07-13
    Carla Fabiana Brazil 08-07-13
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    "Jake Gyllenhaal added character to a great story!"
    Where does The Great Gatsby rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have just started with the audiobooks, but surely this work is going up to the top of the list, together with Chesterton's Orthodoxy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nick Carraway, the novel’s narrator. Why? In his own words, he is tolerant, open-minded, quiet, and a good listener, and, as a result, others tend to talk to him and tell him their secrets.


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

    Oh the voice, the perfect interpretation of Nick Carraway, along with other main characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No particular moment, but the whole decadent downside of the American dream atmosphere.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible, please keep the audiobooks prices down so I get to listen to many more!
    Oh, I also love the whispersync idea. Hope there will be more sync'ed titles!

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    Lisa 07-27-13
    Lisa 07-27-13

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    "Fabulous Glamour!"
    If you could sum up The Great Gatsby in three words, what would they be?

    Love lust life


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Loved the Great Gatsby. He was fabulous and strong. He was assertive and passionate about how he got to where he was.


    What about Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance did you like?

    Sensational!


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

    YES!!!


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    Pedro Caxias, Portugal 07-06-13
    Pedro Caxias, Portugal 07-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great book, but I've heard better..."
    Would you try another book from F. Scott Fitzgerald and/or Jake Gyllenhaal?

    I tried "Tender is the night" but I found it was a bit of a letdown: "The great Gatsby" good, "Tender is the night" bad...
    Mr. Gyllenhaal however, who I like as an actor, I deeply dislike as a reader - you see, I had the luck to hear this book read by Robertson Dean (which is no more, sadly - the version, I mean), and it brought out all the greatness in Mr. Fitzgerald's work, with a deep and slow reading, whereas Mr. Gyllenhaal's performance sounded to me a bit monotone. In short - I'll see your movies, Jake, but I won't ever hear your readings...


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

    No clues.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jake Gyllenhaal’s performances?

    On screen, definitely. On audio - never!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Detached curiosity about the lives of the wealthy and glamorous. Made me a bit sad that the main character - but no, I'll refrain myself from publishing spoilers...


    Any additional comments?

    I know there are a few others of quality, but what about bringing back Robertson Dean's performance of "The great Gatsby"?

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    Lee-Ann Johannesburg, South Africa 06-14-13
    Lee-Ann Johannesburg, South Africa 06-14-13
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    "The Great GREAT Gatsby"
    If you could sum up The Great Gatsby in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent Descriptive Writing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mr J Gatsby was by far my favorite! He came from such a poor family and transformed himself into this great man all for the love of one woman! WOW!


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

    Jake brings his own style to the book with his different "voices" and the way he reads is enchanting!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Sort of...the ending is very shocking and the way it unfolds kind of takes you by surprise.


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    Siri Tromsø, Norway 07-17-13
    Siri Tromsø, Norway 07-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Meh"

    Ok so this book was not fore me. I could not fine the tread, I think it laced any depth and it was rather boring. I hope other found it more interesting.

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  • chris 955i
    6/14/17
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    "Great narrator"

    Everyone knows the story so I thought I would try the audio version although it's not really my genre. I couldn't get into this book as much as I thought I would, it was only a great performance by the narrator kept me going until the end.

    I think it's one of them stories that needs to be read and digested at your own pace.

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  • Lyly
    5/16/17
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    "Beautiful & haunting story!"

    Jake Gyllenhaal's narrating was amazing, using different voices for each character, full of emotions & expression.
    Always wanted to read this classic, I'm so happy I listened to it on holiday really got pulled into the story

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  • fedgie
    5/5/17
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    "I enjoyed this"

    I enjoyed this story set in early American at the time of gangsters and prohibition. To me the story took a wee side step but hinted in the characters involvement in such activities.

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  • Donna Smith
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    5/2/17
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    "A classic made easily available by audible."

    an easy listen to a dreary story. overall an okay read but it's not an easy story regardless of whether text, audio or film narrated.

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  • Barbara Murray
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    3/19/17
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    "Good narration but overrated story"

    I found this book hard to finish. obviously everyone knows the name but I didn't really enjoy it at all. the narration was really the only saving grace. I had hoped to enjoy it but it failed to live up to my expectations. I wouldn't really recommend it at all

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  • hjleeming
    1/3/17
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    "You'll appreciate it but don't expect tears"

    Evokes a Beautiful image and creates characters that are both Thoroughly believable and interesting. you can't help but appreciate Fitzgerald's talent in literary technique. However, I couldn't help but feel that far more feeling could have been coaxed out of the( rather short) plot. Maybe if we had other people's point of views rather than the deliberately dull main character (and some detached narration) the book could have moved my heart as well as my appreciation.

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  • Bunty
    11/19/16
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    "Amazing"

    I loved the book. The narrator was amaxing and read the book out very well. He was very easy to understand and it was so easy to follow. Jake Gyllenhaal is one of my favorite actors do I loved it.

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  • jaffareadstoo
    England
    11/17/16
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    "A classic story, well told.."
    What made the experience of listening to The Great Gatsby the most enjoyable?

    The portrayal of decadence and corruption in the Jazz age comes alive and I particularly enjoyed the imagery of this particular time in American History.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Great Gatsby?

    For me , it's the mystery of Gatsby - he's the classic 'bad boy' of American literature not particularly likeable but endlessly fascinating.


    What about Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance did you like?

    I though that his style of narration was easy to listen to and brought the story to life in a unique way.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I connected emotionally with the tragic aspects of the story.


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  • NAOMI P.
    9/23/16
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    "a classic"

    this is a great book of course and with very good narration. It was very easy to listen to and very enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • margaret
    9/17/16
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    "Good/ok"

    The narrator brought some characters to life but it was hard to tell who was speaking from time to time. Story was interesting

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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