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The Great Gatsby Audiobook

The Great Gatsby

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Publisher's Summary

When F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby in the early 1920s, the American Dream was already on the skids. Originally based on the idea that the pursuit of happiness involves not only material success but moral and spiritual growth, the dream had by Fitzgerald's time become increasingly focused on money and pleasure - a phenomenon the high-living writer was only too familiar with.

Public Domain (P)2012 Trout Lake Media

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  • Phil O.
    San Diego, CA, United States
    05/06/12
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    "Enjoyed this version mightily"

    The narrator is somewhat flamboyant, acting the various voices with panache and energy. Some will like this approach, some not.
    The story took on added dimensions after I heard the elegant description ot (less developed) Long Island of that era, in the vast nonfiction "The Power Broker" by Robert Caro, a biography of New York's public works pioneer Robert Moses, who transformed the place.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Marshall
    United States
    30/05/12
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    "Simply Beautiful"

    Like so many classics of the era the beginning meanders and languishes around the characters but eventually the story does get moving. Fitzgerald's prose is simply beautiful and something rare while his metaphors paint an incredible picture in your imagination.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Christina
    SPRING VALLEY, CA, United States
    09/07/12
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    "Female reader, story by 1st person make narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. What on earth would possess them to hire a woman reader for a story told in the first person by a man?! Utterly distracting and changes the whole tone of the book. I got this on sale for $2.00 and paid too much. I couldn't even make it all the way through.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is fine. The reader was an awful choice for this piece.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Hire a male reader for a male narrator.


    Did The Great Gatsby inspire you to do anything?

    Listen to the sample for every book I buy to make sure the reader is not a ridiculously bad choice.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Troy
    Brighton, CO, United States
    23/07/12
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    "Female Narrator ruined it for me"

    Gatsby is Gatsby and the work changes depending on where you are when you read it. The Gatsby of my adult years seems very different then the Gatsby of my youth; so my cretic is not of the work or Fitzgerald. This is not my first audio version of the book and I found the female narrator detracted from my enjoyment. A personal prejudice to be sure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heather
    Las Vegas, NV, United States
    09/07/12
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    "Decent book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it's worth reading so you know what the big deal is.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It was very short, so there wasn't too much to the book.


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

    She brings the characters to life pretty well.


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

    neither


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • gracefulilly
    Johannesburg
    17/10/12
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    "A classoc, well read"
    If you could sum up The Great Gatsby in three words, what would they be?

    I have always wanted to read this book and as the first Audible book I bought I am glad I did. Jane Pauley has the perfect voice to bring the era into life without overdoing the whole over-the-top lifestyle the characters are.
    The story is classic and beautiful, and Miss Pauley certainly did it justice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ashleigh
    10/10/12
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    "You shouldn't have a female narrarator for a male"
    Would you try another book from F. Scott Fitzgerald and/or Jane Pauley?

    The narrator is female and the character is male. I tried and tried to listen to this book and it makes it impossible to just let go and go with the story because inevitably you have to keep reminding yourself oh, this is supposed to be a guy. Not to mention that her voice is so monotone...like Bueller....Bueller....monotone.

    Audible needs to be very clear that the narrator is a female when the charactor is male especially when their name gives no indication (F. Scott Fitzgerald) I would really like my money back on this one.


    Would you recommend The Great Gatsby to your friends? Why or why not?

    no. narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aaron
    Chesapeake, VA, United States
    06/08/12
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    "Why is this the great American novel?"

    Decided to check it out because of its status in American literature. However, it was a bit underwhelming and anti-climatic. No excitement... There was tension but no one I cared about... If you like gossip and rich folks acting like gossipy rich folks then check it out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Hampton, GA, United States
    06/08/12
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    "Great book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Great Gatsby to be better than the print version?

    While I truly enjoyed listening to the book I'm a book reader by heart


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

    Finding out about lost love


    Have you listened to any of Jane Pauley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    While it said it was her in fact it was a man reading the book


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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