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The Great Gatsby

Lu par : Jake Gyllenhaal
Durée : 4 h et 49 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (26 notations)

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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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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
  • 09/05/2013

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
  • 16/04/2013

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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  • Daniela
  • 02/06/2013

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
  • 06/07/2013

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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  • Arun
  • 28/10/2017

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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  • Diego
  • 08/04/2020

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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  • Ashley Kim
  • 25/03/2015

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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  • Charlotte Linde Nielsen
  • 05/05/2020

Boring

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25/03/2020

A timeless story flawlessly told

The story of the hypocrisy of the American dream is as relevant today as it was during the roaring 20s, and Gyllenhall's voice is like butter. Short and sweet, give it a listen!

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  • Charlotte Averhoff
  • 22/11/2019

Very complicated, old English

It’s a classic! But it’s also evident that it is written almost 100 years ago since the sentence structures and word choices are quite different from today. This makes it a bit hard to follow. It is very well narrated though.

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  • Ulrike
  • 11/09/2019

The Great American Dream

West Egg, Long Island, 1922: Ein Ort für die Reichen und Schönen. Der junge Nick Carraway versucht sich in New York als Wertpapierhändler zu etablieren. Er mietet günstig ein Haus und wird Nachbar des geheimnisvollen Millionärs Jay Gatsby. Den ganzen Sommer lang steht Gatsbys Haus offen für dekadente Partys. Nick beginnt eine vage Freundschaft zu Gatsby, nach und nach erfährt Nick die wahre Lebensgeschichte des mysteriösen Mannes.
F. Scott Fitzgeralds legendärer Roman, geschrieben 1925, ist auch heut noch absolut beeindruckend in Sprache und Handlung. Es ist eine unglaublich traurige Geschichte über einen Mann, der aus dem Nichts kam, alles erreichte und nichts behielt. Eine Geschichte über Liebe, Reichtum., Gier, Schuld und der ewigen Sehnsucht nach einem Neubeginn.
Ich habe den Roman in der amerikanischen Originalfassung gelesen beziehungsweise in der Audible Fassung, gelesen von Jake Gyllenhaal (Großartig!) gehört und kurz überlegt, ob ich die Rezension auch in Englisch verfassen sollte. Aber meine Schriftsprache ist deutsch und bin deswegen davon auch wieder abgekommen.
Nick Carraway, der Ich-Erzähler, ist ein bescheidener und anständiger Mann, wohl aus guten Verhältnissen, dennoch wirkt er in dieser High Society eher deplatziert. Seine Freundschaft zu Gatsby beruht auf ehrlichem Interesse ohne Hintergedanken. Jay Gatsbys Vergangenheit liegt im Dunkeln. Eine verschleierte Herkunft, ein geänderter Name und windige Geschäfte machten ihn zu dem Mann, der er vorgibt zu sein. Es stellt sich heraus, dass er alles unternommen hat, um die Liebe seines Lebens zurückzuerobern.
The Great Gatsby ist eine großartige Parabel für den „American Dream“, für die Macht des Geldes und dem Scheitern an Idealen.

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  • Monirul Islam
  • 12/01/2018

Wonderful!

This audiobook-version by Jake gyllenhall is exactly how I imgined it to be !! Wonderful soothing voice

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  • Anonymer Hörer
  • 16/12/2018

Great Novel, Great Reader

Fitzgeralds criticism of the wealthy is never loud, but subtle. Great job done by Gyllenhaal

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  • bookaholic
  • 23/03/2017

Gilt zurecht als Meisterwerk der Weltliteratur

Wunderbar gesprochen ...eine Wohltat vom ersten bis zum letzten Hörmoment.
Absolut zu empfehlen - es lohnt dich, diesen Klassiker neu zu entdecken. Bin begeistert.

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  • Jürgen
  • 01/04/2016

Very well done!

Doing justice to the melancholy of Fitzgerald's novel. Very enjoyable to listen to (although I know the novel almost by heart).

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  • lili89
  • 06/01/2015

Beautiful like poem-story and reading!

Beautiful like poem-story and reading!
I would like to listen again and again. It has it's unique melody and rhythm