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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.

Featured Article: 50+ The Great Gatsby Quotes on Life, Love, and the American Dream

The timeless classic, The Great Gatsby is a widely embraced tale of love, money, and facades. Through generations, the story of a humble man seeking to build a worthy life and reputation for himself has connected with people in a heartfelt way.

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Great performance

It’s always a little risky listening to a text you love narrated by someone else, someone whose voice might jar with the rhythm of the piece or miss the spirit of the characters... but not in this case. Gyllenhaal plays a brilliant Carraway, making the shimmering world of 1920s Jazz Age with all it’s illusions and deceptions and class difference and dreamer intensity come alive. While the text can be jarring in places with conventions (or prejudices) that certainly belong in an earlier age, it’s underlying meditation on character, honor, and what Fitzgerald calls here the “carelessness” of the privileged classes is still deeply poignant, and decidedly current.

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first audible book.

pretty good first experience with audible. book was nice and short and easy to listen to. Classic.

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Simply captivating.

This book had me in a trance. I would look forward eagerly to every car ride so I could let it play some more, further uncovering it's sophisticated and dreamy plot line. The narration was top notch aswell, really well done and a must listen!

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Jake Gyllenhaal brings so much life to the story.

I've listened this multiple times, and really enjoy it. The Great Gatsby is a book I only picked up for school, but the narrator (by F. Scott Fitzgerald) is poetic, making it easy to love.

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  • Jen
  • 2019-09-01

Meh

If you like Catcher in the Rye, you will like this. I don't enjoy stories about characters who pin all their hopes, dreams, expectation, etc. on someone or something else, so I didn't enjoy this story.

Jake Gyllenhaal was fabulous.

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This is the one you're looking for!

Absolutely perfect! Loved everything about this-the narrator, the story, the author's style! Will definitely listen again!

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Histoire classique

Je suis francophone mais je suis aussi très à l'aise avec la langue anglaise, je lis beaucoup en anglais et d'ordinaire j'ai de la facilité. Par contre ce livre-ci est à un autre niveau! Je devais restée concentrée pour ne pas perdre le fil, le vocabulaire est beaucoup plus riche et complexe que ce à quoi je suis habituée. Un vocabulaire plus classique et littéraire, probablement! Bref, mon évaluation n'est aucunement affectée par cela, je voulais juste aviser les autres francophones aventureux ;)

Sinon, je ne savais pas trop à quoi m'attendre, et finalement il s'agit d'une histoire assez classique qui fait réfléchir sur les classes sociales, le rêve américain, le pouvoir de l'argent et ce qui fait la valeur d'un homme/d'une femme. C'est le genre de classique dont on saisi bien la valeur culturelle/historique/littéraire côté intellectuel, mais côté coeur/émotions/sensibilité, c'est resté plutôt plat pour moi.

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good

good story jake gylenal does a great job
i like it and you shouls read this

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My favourite novel of all times

The story gets better every time I read it. This audio book is well presented. Thank you

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I didn't like this story

Needed to read it for school it was a long 5 hr listen for me.

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  • Daniel Nichola
  • 2018-07-16

A masterpiece!!!

Words may not be enough to describe Fitzgerald's work as it is truly a masterpiece of American literature!!!

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  • Matthew Stavros
  • 2013-05-09

Just the right reading style

I was reluctant to listen to a book read by a screen actor, and one I don't particularly love. I thought the creators would be selling the name rather than a gifted reader. I was wrong. Not only did Jake Gyllenhall read the story well, he did so in an almost whispered style that I think captured the book's subtlety in supreme manor. I can highly recommend this audiobook.

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  • Ian C Robertson
  • 2013-04-16

The Very Good Gatsby, Reprised

I apologise if you've read my previous review of the William Hope production, but what follows is essentially the same down to the Performance. Skip to there is you've read the other review.

The Book
What can I say? It is one of the best known plots of modern times. It is regarded as a modern American classic, alongside "Grapes of Wrath", Huck Finn's Adventures and Scout's wondering at her father's integrity. But for me, it has always been missing something. I know it's about soulless people for whom, what it looks like is more important than what it is. So of course it is missing something. That's the point! But still, there's something I can't put my finger on that separates this from the true "Greats".
I just read Melinda's review (which I always read with interest). She gets it, but I don't. For me Fitzgerald has so successfully dismissed these glitzy cut-out figures, that I have no empathy for any of them, not even Dan. That leaves me this: awed by the language, but not so hot about the story. And, isn't it all about the story? Anyway, who am I to criticise the book. It can't have been too bad because I listened to two versions of it over a day!
Overall, I think my prejudice is not a good guide. I love the language, but I could easily never read this again. I wouldn't say the same for Wrath, Mockingbird or Finn, and certainly I will read Of Mice and Men again, hopefully many times.

The Performance
I listened to this version of the tale second. I started with the William Hope version, then saw the Jake Gyllenhaal one advertised. It wasn't that I wasn't enjoying Hope's performance, because I listened to both from "cover to cover". However, maybe because I was looking for something more, I thought I would listen to this production, too, It had the redeeming feature of being an hour shorter, but I can't work out why that is. Certainly Gyllenhaal didn't read too quickly. To the contrary, I found his easy pace much more endearing that Hope's dramatisation, although I found Hope's characterisation better, overall. Also, I was driven to the hard copy with Gyllenhaal's telling because he punctuated it where he wanted to, not where the text does. On some occasions this changed the meaning of the language. I liked both versions and I can recommend both, but if forced to choose, I would opt for the more accurate reading (ie, Hope's) because I thing the language, including the punctuation, is the best of this book.

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  • Ashley Kim
  • 2015-03-25

한국어 리뷰

한국어로 적습니다. 책도 이미 읽었고 영화도 보았기에 내용은 다 알고 있고, 그다지 좋아하는 스토리는 아닙니다. . 새로운 책을 들을까 하다가 영화 배우들이 참여한 작품들을 좋아해서 제이크 질렌홀의 위대한 개츠비를 골랐습니다. 책으로 읽을 때는 지루해서 한참이 걸렸는데(한국어도 영어도...) 그래서인지 듣는 것이 낫다 싶습니다. 기대 이상으로 발음도 퍼포먼스도 좋아서 귀에 쏙쏙 들어오네요. 익숙한 발음이기도하고, 비교적 길이도 짧아서 좋은 선택인듯합니다:)

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  • Daniela
  • 2013-06-02

Gleaming prose and flawless reading

If you are in for a treat give yourself 4 hours of delightful entertaining.
Gatsby's sad but scintillating story is told by Fitzgerald perfect prose, with Gyllenhaal wonderful reading.
Whether you - like me - read it long ago and want to reread it now, or for the first time approach it, maybe because the movie brought it back under the spotlight, do not miss it.

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  • Jorge Curiel Lopez
  • 2013-07-06

Nice voice, terrible voice acting.

I was pretty excited when I saw this release. I hadn't read The Great Gatsby before, but I was aware of the soon to be released movie. I am a fan of Jake Gyllenhaal as an actor and I was curious about how his first audiobook narration would go.

To be honest, the listening was very dissapointing. From the very beginning I noticed how Gyllenhaal was merely whispering his way through the book. At first I thought this was needed to keep a nostalgic mood for the novel introduction, but the pace, tone and volume kept exactly the same till the end.

I even wondered wether Jake was trying very hard to sound what, sexy? Except that didn't work when he had to switch between different characters. When dialog occured, I had a very hard time distinguishing what character was supposed to be talking, the voice-acting being so plain. Only Tom and Gatsby sounded distinct (if not cued by hearing "oldsport" at the end of every Gatsby's line). Appart from them, even male and female characters were undistinguishable from each other, for they all had the same dull, muted voice of Nick, the narrator.

Also, there's lack of emotion everywhere. Not even lines like "oh my god" (hint: near the end) sound convincing enough to me. When characters are supposed to be really angry, Jake makes them sound like presenting their arguments as-a-matter-of-fact-ly. Several times I found myself mentally repeating the lines with my own expression added to it, in order to try and enjoy the novel a bit more.

Unfortunately, there's something else to add. There are several occasions in which listeners will notice audio editing, (i.e. cut and paste voice clips in the right place), like when the narrator does a mistake during recording and has to do a second take, but resumes from few words behind (presumably after a comma) instead of reading again the whole parragraph. You can tell where's the cut because of the change in Gyllenhaal's breath or the apparent variation in distance to mic (different envelope or openness sound).

As for the story... I didn't like it. But I can't tell to what extent the negative experience was due to the narration performance. It could simply be a different writing style than I was expecting, though. As I stated before, I didn't know the story before.

Bottom line: I don't recommend this audiobook. I sincerely hope Gyllenhaal gets better at narrating if he seeks this path.

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  • AReviewer
  • 2017-10-28

This book is a classic for a reason

It is poetry disguised as prose. Every word has a place and every combination of words packs within it a beauty, a profound sadness, an alluring decadence that almost fills you with envy for the writer‘s prowess in wielding his pen. Jake Gyllenhaal's narration couldn't have been more perfect.

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  • Charlotte Linde Nielsen
  • 2020-05-05

Boring

Had to read it because it was part of my curriculum - I found it boring

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  • Diego
  • 2020-04-08

Excelente soporte de audible

Me encantó la narración de este hombre. Una joya y un gran libro, ahora sí podré ver la película y comparar jaja

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  • Uri R.
  • 2022-04-10

Jake Gyllenhaal's narration is a work of art!

The book, of course, is a masterpiece. But what is not less delightful in this audiobook is the exceptionally enchanting narration by Jake Gyllenhaal, transporting you completely and fully into the storry.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2021-03-20

captivating!

I read this years ago in print. I liked it then. in audio this is captivating. Jake Gyllenhall''s performance made the characters alive. I looked for other books performed by him.