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The Great Gatsby Audiobook

The Great Gatsby

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Publisher's Summary

Elegant, enigmatic Jay Gatsby yearns for his old love, the beautiful Daisy. But she is married to the insensitive if hugely successful Tom Buchanan, who won't let her go despite having a mistress himself. In their wealthy haven, these beguiling lives are brought together by the innocent and entranced narrator, Nick - until their decadent deceits spill into violence and tragedy. Part morality tale, part fairy tale, The Great Gatsby is the consummate novel of the Jazz Age. Its tenderness and poetry make it one of the great works of the 20th century.

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©1925 Charles Scribner's Sons, renewed 1953 Frances Scott Fitzgerald Lanahan (P)2010 Naxos Audiobook

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    John Bishops Stortford, Herts, United Kingdom 05/02/2013
    John Bishops Stortford, Herts, United Kingdom 05/02/2013 Member Since 2011
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    "A Real Scene Setter Old Sport"

    Enjoyable even though not my usual type of choice. A Classic novel very well read by Bill Hope. Evocative of a time and place in history

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    William Sheffiled, United Kingdom 17/06/2012
    William Sheffiled, United Kingdom 17/06/2012 Member Since 2016
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    "pure classic"

    A classic of american novel, a pure joy! The word's and voice combine to take you back to the 1920's and into a world that is not quite what it seems.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sigrin Valdisere, France 03/02/2014
    Sigrin Valdisere, France 03/02/2014 Member Since 2013
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    "All American historic novel"
    What made the experience of listening to The Great Gatsby the most enjoyable?

    Narrator was good


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I found them a little tedious if I am honest


    Have you listened to any of William Hope’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, and not sure I will rush out to get another


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

    Gatsby's love for his lady


    Any additional comments?

    I was really looking forward to this book but was a little disappointed. Don't get me wrong great story but just got fed up with the characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. Roger Dane Carryduff, Northern Ireland 09/07/2013
    Mr. Roger Dane Carryduff, Northern Ireland 09/07/2013

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    "The Greatest of the Great?"
    What did you like most about The Great Gatsby?

    Beautifully written. A multi-layered masterpiece with a depth that rewards multiple re-readings.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There is little extraneous fluff. Fitzgerald avoided padding and produced a clear and concise story.


    Any additional comments?

    Arguably the greatest novel of the 20th Century and has very few competitors from other centuries for the title of greatest novel of all time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MRS C J MORRIS 01/02/2015
    MRS C J MORRIS 01/02/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Audible - Great Gatsby"

    Very enjoyable and well read 😃 I would recommend this book to my friends and definitely younger readers for it's clarity.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Ian C Robertson
    South Australia, Australia
    16/04/13
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    "The Very Good Gatsby"

    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
    As mentioned, I listened to two versions of this tale. I started with this one, then saw the Jake Gyllenhaal one advertised. It wasn't that I wasn't enjoying William Hope's performance, because I listened to both from "cover to cover". However, I found it a bit over dramatic, although that sense of avarice has its place within this book. Also, I wanted to understand why this is an hour longer than the Gyllenhaal version. I never got to the bottom of that. I liked his (Hope's) characterisation (especially of Daisy and Gatsby) more than the other version, but I didn't like the "sing-song" aspect of some of the narrative. Still the performance was good and didn't detract from the book, and it's all about the book.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • donnakat
    MN
    24/09/12
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    "Excellent audiobook"
    Would you listen to The Great Gatsby again? Why?

    Yes. It was well read by the narrator, and of course it is one of the best books ever written.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The setting, the tale of unrequited love-- even though Gatsby turns out to be a stalker.


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

    This might sound odd, but his voice seemed to fit with the era.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Wanda
    Pretoria, South Africa
    05/08/13
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    "The writing is excellent as is the narrator."

    The Great Gatsby
    By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Narrator by William Hope
    Brilliantly written I liked the writing far more than the story.
    The narrator did his job well and the story came alive but the general sound level was very low.
    So back to the story. The author is brilliant. The way he engages the reader is amazing. The tragic nature of the story was not to my liking but I can't expect all of life to be rainbows and butterflies can I?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andy
    Philadelphia, PA, United States
    05/11/12
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    "Gripping reading!"
    What about William Hope’s performance did you like?

    Great reading - brought the book to life


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

    Yes, I think it was 2 sittings :)


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Natalie
    United States
    02/09/12
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    "A Classic Story of the 1920's"

    I have always wanted to read something by F. Scott Fitzgerald and understand why he is considered such a good writer. I finally got the chance to do it and am glad that I did.

    Fitzgerald portrays a wide range of complex relationships, emotions, and cultural patterns without sounding phoney or contrived. His characters live on Long Island after World War I and most, but not all, are young and wealthy. While possessing beauty, wealth, and power, they teeter and eventually cross over our cultural lines related to truthfulness, honesty, trust, loyalty, nonviolence, thrift, justice, and respectfulness. Over the course of a summer, their decadent behavior becomes more extreme and ends in unexpected tragedy.

    The narrator, a young man from the mid West, observes all this happening, and is confounded, especially by his enigmatic neighbor, Gatsby. As he gets to know Gatsby better and understand his motivation, he acquires a great respect for him.





    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Hereford, AZ, USA
    23/11/11
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    "Great Gatsby - Audio Book - Hope"

    Book - Rated as a classic it not sure if it should be in the top 50. However, I see it is a classic and a very good piece of work. The chief asset is the narration, characters, and description prose. I did not find the plot terribly grand but that was backdrop for the chararacter.

    Production - A very good production and presentation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wendy
    Ottawa, ON, Canada
    11/07/11
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    "A true classic"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this classic novel and William Hope's voice and speaking style made him the perfect choice as the narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • J. Rodriguez
    Northern California
    08/10/16
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    "perfect"

    great narrator, great story. audio books don't get much better than this! I look for this narrator every time I get a book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brendan
    28/08/16
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    "Great Performance!"

    The narrator really brought this book alive! Very impressed, helped me understand the novel in a better way. Very enjoyable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hedy
    19/08/16
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    "Can't download"

    This book can't be downloaded since I bought it several months before ><. Can any staff help me about it? Thank you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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