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"The Great Gatsby", F. Scott Fitzgerald's third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. First published in 1925, this quintessential novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the mysteriously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted "gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession," it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.

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  • 04-10-2020

Author mispronounce could several words

Those few words make me wonder—What? Metrpoleee? It’s metropole —and several leaving g out a minor syllable or —The accent on the wrong syllable.For those who notice, it’s distracting

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  • Karen Easterling
  • 17-11-2020

The Better Narration

I purchased this version after listening to another with an inferior narrator. This reader knew how to pronounce French and did the voices better.

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  • pacoo
  • 02-02-2021

Many errors in this reading

This narrator is very talented at varying voices for different characters. He’s easy to follow and understand. BUT he mispronounced many words and even skipped phrases at times. Sometimes what he misread completely changed the meaning. It’s a shame, because he has the potential to be really outstanding.

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  • Paul
  • 28-11-2020

Bad Narration

Listening to this is like listening to a 60 yearold professor that is burned out read me a book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-11-2020

Great Gatsby

I didn't like the book really and the narrators voice made me want to fall asleep

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  • Goran
  • 01-05-2021

Symbols and caricature

Two decades after first reading this supposed pinnacle of American literature, I thought it was time to give the book another try. After all, what do we really know in high school?

Well, I came away just as underwhelmed this time around. The book is one to be analyzed: it's overtly full of symbols and repeated themes, a possibly (but mostly uninteresting) unreliable narrator, and a clear critique of society. But, to my eye, the empty characters undermine the critique. If the characters don't feel human, relatable, real to you - and to me they don't - then the book reads like an unjustified assertion about human nature and America expressed through symbols.

If you want to dislike and distrust America, and enjoy tracking the meanings of colors or eyes repeatedly referenced throughout, then you will surely find this to be a wonderful book. But if you want a book that makes its point with genuine subtlety, that builds empathy with its characters (however flawed), that makes you laugh or tear up or otherwise wonder how an author breathed life into words, you may want to look elsewhere.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-04-2021

skipped words and passages

I read along as I listened to the audio book and there were several occasions where the narrator missed or skipped words or passages. While I appreciate Fitzgerald's writing style, I didn't care for the story very much.

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  • Jacki Wallo
  • 30-03-2021

Read it For Literature.

Listened to it for literature. Good story composition, really unpleasant/disturbing content- at least for me. Well read, I appreciate the energy and variance of voice put into this book.

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  • HB.
  • 22-03-2021

Someone Give This Actor a Dictionary

This could have been a really good performance. The sense of drama is there. The voices are distinct. What's wrong? An unforgivable number of mispronounced words. Fitzgerald has one of the best prose styles out there. Well, Mark White just doesn't know all the words in the book. That's the long and short of it. He's regularly flubbing them, and I don't mean just tripping on them. I mean he says them as if he knows how they're pronounced, but sadly, he doesn't know how they're pronounced and it's embarrassing. I thought about making a list of instances for this review, but that would be a waste of time. Believe me, there's a howler at least once every ten pages, and probably more. So if you like English prose and like to have all the consonants and vowels and syllables pronounced, stay away from this performance. It's careless about the medium, and it's a shame.

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  • Luke Y.
  • 20-03-2021

Thanks Mark

Thanks Mark. I listened to this book while I ran every mid-afternoon. You did a great job.

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