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The Great Gatsby

Written by: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Narrated by: Jake Gyllenhaal
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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.

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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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An American classic- for a reason.

The audible version is a great way to revisit an old favourite or experience the wonder that is Jay Gatsby for the first time.

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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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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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Great Book!

I used this audiobook to help me read The Great Gatsby and it was a tremendous help! Jake Gyllenhaal did a very good job at reading this novel! Well done audible and thank you for releasing this audio book.

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The narration was perfect!

Jake Gyllenhaal did an amazing job of narrating this book. I highly recommend this audio book.

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  • LG
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It’s ok

I read this many years ago and loved it. This audiobook version is just ok.

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Campy

I found this book kind of “campy”- which many people obviously appreciated but it wasn’t my cup of tea
Like the movie Fargo or Dog Show or anything by Qinton Tarintio (excuse spelling)- you either like them, or don’t.
Obviously a brilliant book for those who like it but I would say it’s not going to appeal to everyone.

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