The Great Gatsby


(4.5 stars; 327 reviews)

Language: English

The Great Gatsby follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922. The story primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his quixotic passion for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan. Considered to be Fitzgerald’s magnum opus, The Great Gatsby explores themes of decadence, idealism, resistance to change, social upheaval, and excess, creating a portrait of the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties that has been described as a cautionary tale about the American Dream.

First published by Scribner’s in April 1925, The Great Gatsby received mixed reviews and sold poorly; in its first year, the book sold only 20,000 copies. Fitzgerald died in 1940, believing himself to be a failure and his work forgotten. His work, spearheaded by The Great Gatsby, experienced a revival during World War II, and the novel became a part of American high school curricula in the following decades. The book has remained popular since, leading to numerous stage and film adaptations. The Great Gatsby is widely considered to be a literary classic and a contender for the title “The Great American Novel”. The book is consistently ranked among the greatest works of American literature. (summary by Wikipedia and Martin Reyto)

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Reviews

The Great Gatsby

(5 stars)

I was skeptical when I first started this book. Only because most of the people who I knew that had read it, talked about it obsessively. I also tend to automatically hate things that people obsess over. However, this book is absolutely fabulous! I was back and forth between listening to it on audio, and reading it, and I could not put it down. I highly recommend this book.

Good Book

(4 stars)

I recently took up switching between print and audiobooks, and I have no regrets putting this on my reading list, and I liked the reader.

Great book, good reader

(4.5 stars)

I cansee while this counted amoung the classics. I felt the reader's mannner fit the tone of the book. He was very easy to follow and understand. Sad to think that the author died thinking he was a failure. I found it to be a masterpiece.

amazingly tragic

(4.5 stars)

I love this book but it was like listening to droopy dog read. When the story gets quit lively its hard to get the full impact because of the monotone.

Helpful!

(5 stars)

Having the audio of this book helped me so much, i couldn't keep up with the reading pace of others. With this audio, i was able to read ahead half of my class! Great way of reading too, made the Great Gatsby more alive.

Okay Reader

(3 stars)

The reader took some getting used to. He sounded very tired at first. I still enjoyed listening to this sad but well-told modern classic.

Great Book

(5 stars)

This may be my favorite book ever and that's coming from a person who hates reading and even listening to books. Somehow though this book will always leave a special place in my heart because of it being my favorite book.

the great Gatsby

(5 stars)

the reader and the book were fantastic, a novel story with a message that far reaches that of traditional literature. the reader was awesome and maintained a great, the reader kept it interesting