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The Great Gatsby
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The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald's modern classic is one of the key novels of the 20th century. Jay Gatsby is one of the most famous residents of Long Island, New York. His sumptuous mansion, lavish parties and glamorous lifestyle are renowned throughout the neighbourhood. And yet, beyond the status symbols, no one seems to know anything about this elusive, ephemeral figure. Gatsby seems to have it all. However, it soon becomes clear that the thing that he craves beyond all else cannot be bought. The Great Gatsby captures the hotbed of vice and corruption underlying the glitz and the glamour of the roaring 20s in the most exquisite prose.

F. Scott Fitzgerald's modern classic is one of the key novels of the 20th century. Jay Gatsby is one of the most famous residents of Long Island, New York. His sumptuous mansion, lavish parties and glamorous lifestyle are renowned throughout the neighbourhood. And yet, beyond the status symbols, no one seems to know anything about this elusive, ephemeral figure. Gatsby seems to have it all. However, it soon becomes clear that the thing that he craves beyond all else cannot be bought. The Great Gatsby captures the hotbed of vice and corruption underlying the glitz and the glamour of the roaring 20s in the most exquisite prose.

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  • AudioFile Magazine New productions of literary classics allow new generations to discover elegant writing and learn about bygone eras. The 1920s seem so long ago, but this book reminds us that some themes are universal and timeless. Narrator William Hope delivers the novel in a deep, smooth, authoritative voice that fully captures the work by correctly focusing on the author's depiction of the American mythos as well as the plot. Hope's technical skills, such as diction and tone, are also impeccable. His characters, though, are not as successful. He tends to go overboard with his accents and raises his voice beyond what is necessary in order to get Fitzgerald's point across. The effect is that he creates caricatures rather than believable people. R.I.G. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine
  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from December 2, 2002
    Audio reviews reflect PW's assessment of the audio adaptation of a book and should be quoted only in reference to the audio version. Fiction THE GREAT GATSBY F. Scott Fitzgerald, read by Tim Robbins. Caedmon Audio, unabridged, six cassettes, 7 hrs., $27.95 ISBN 0-06-009890-2 Readers in that sizeable group of people who think The Great Gatsby
    is the Great American Novel will be delighted with Robbins's subtle, brainy and immensely touching new reading. There have been audio versions of Gatsby
    before this—by Alexander Scourby and Christopher Reeve, to name two—but actor/director Robbins brings a fresh and bracing vision that makes the story gleam. From the jaunty irony of the title page quote ("Lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover, I must have you!") to the poetry of Fitzgerald's ending about "the dark fields of the republic" and "boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past," Robbins conjures up a sublime portrait of a lost world. And as a bonus, the excellent audio actor Robert Sean Leonard reads a selection of Fitzgerald's letters to editors, agents and friends which focus on the writing and selling of the novel. Listeners will revel in learning random factoids, e.g., in 1924, Scott and Zelda were living in a Rome hotel that cost just over $500 a month, and he was respectfully suggesting that his agent Harold Ober ask $15,000 from Liberty
    magazine for the serial rights to Gatsby.

  • AudioFile Magazine Readers familiar with Fitzgerald's novel of the Jazz Age and those who have never read it will both benefit from Frank Muller's wonderful narration. Muller brings the classic's rhythms to life, letting us hear the differences in class or regional origins in just a few words that might be missed on the silent page. What's more, the fundamental dishonesty of Gatsby's self- creation comes through in his repetition of stock phrases. Muller's delivery accents the often missed poetic qualities of Fitzgerald's prose. One can hear the rhythmic cadences in each phrase, and even how the vowels in individual descriptive passages resonate with one another. This is what an audiobook should be. G.T.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine
  • Library Journal

    November 15, 2010

    Canadian actor William Hope reads Naxos AudioBooks' first unabridged production of Fitzgerald's classic novel of the Roaring Twenties. It is a book that deserves a perfect reading, and though numerous other narrators have tried--among them Robertson Dean, Anthony Heald, Alexander Scourby, and Tim Robbins--Hope may have come closest to achieving this perfection. He stumbles a bit at the beginning, drawing upon the revelation that narrator Nick Carraway is a Yale man by making the narration somewhat arch, but once he settles down, Hope ably conveys Carraway's optimistic innocence. He also does quite well with the party guests and the gambler Meyer Wolfsheim, faltering only by making Tom Buchanan sound a bit like a gravel-voiced truck driver. Recommended for absolutely everyone, as even those familiar with the novel may notice something new thanks to Hope's nuanced (and only mildly faulty) performance. [Gatz, a live ensemble reading of this classic novel, is currently playing to great reviews.--Ed.]--Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr. Lib.

    Copyright 2010 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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