The Great Gatsby Audiobook, by F. Scott Fitzgerald Play Audiobook Sample

The Great Gatsby Audiobook

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Read By: Frank Muller Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc. Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 3.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 2.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: May 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781705044346

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

9

Longest Chapter Length:

50:10 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

23:26 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

30:51 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

39

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Plot Summary

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a story that, on the surface, follows the romantic arc between a man and woman. But the novel’s main theme follows a darker scope. The Great Gatsby is a symbolic lens into American society during the 1920s, an era of unprecedented prosperity and material greed, before the ultimatum economic crash of 1929. Through the two main characters, Nick, and Gatsby, Fitzgerald portrays a generation of young Americans who have emerged into a post-war society with blurred morals, cynicism, and reckless greed, driving them to pursue wealth and materialistic pleasure. Fitzgerald carefully illustrates the societal divide between old money, new money, and no money, highlighting the author’s perception of the American dream, which he implies is about individualism. He makes these monetary differences through geographical symbols, where different areas represent established or new money.

Nick Carraway moved to New York in the summer of 1922. The young man rents a house in the West Egg district of Long Island, an area populated by people who have recently made their fortunes, and flaunt their wealth through parties and materialistic displays. He meets Jay Gatsby, who lives in a mansion next door, and throws these weekly outrageous parties, and pursues his love interest, Daisy Buchanan.

Fitzgerald explores new wealth in the 1920s, painting a picture of greedy, graceless new millionaires, and their distinction from old aristocracy, who possessed taste, discretion, and elegance. For example, Gatsby lives in a ridiculously luxurious mansion, and drives a Rolls-Royce, typically wearing a pink suit. He struggles to understand social cues and misinterprets interactions. In his exploration of wealth, Fitzgerald dissects the ideals of the American Dream, from which all his characters draw inspiration from. However, Gatsby, in particular, suffers from the promises of the American Dream, believing his whole life that if he makes enough money, he can graduate from lower-class to upper class, and become his love interest, Daisy’s, equal. Despite his wealth success, the established aristocracy still refuse to accept him within their circle. Fitzgerald implores the reader to question the American Dream and wonder whether such a goal is realistic.

The Great Gatsby is a classic for a reason. With poetic prose, this lens into the past is an excellent way to explore the present and future. A tragic, yet brilliant story from one of America’s most critically acclaimed writers.

Publisher Summary

No one - fictional or factual - embodies the Jazz age as completely as F. Scott Fitzgerald's Jay Gatsby. First published in 1925, this legendary novel continues to enthrall generations as it serves as a lens to view our not-so-distant past. Many of our notions about that period are taken from the pages of this book. Bathtub gin, flappers, and house parties that last all week enliven Fitzgerald's classic tale. Stylish and engaging, The Great Gatsby is also a startling literate portrait of Gatsby's search for meaning in his opulent world. With his sharp social insight and breathtaking lyricism, Fitzgerald stands out as one of the most important American writers of the 20th century. Frank Muller's timeless interpretation enhances the imagery of Gatsby's stylish and unfulfilling world with brilliance and insight beyond the printed word.

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About F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896–1940) was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and educated at Princeton, where he was a leader in theatrical and literary activities. He began writing his first novel, This Side of Paradise, while serving in the army. Its publication in 1920 established him as the spokesman for the Jazz Age. His major novels include The Beautiful and Damned, The Great Gatsby, and Tender Is the Night.

About Frank Muller

Frank Muller (1951–2008) was an Audie Award–winning narrator. A classically trained actor, Frank appeared on both television and the stage. His credits include Hamlet, The Crucible, The Taming of the Shrew, The Importance of Being Earnest, Law & Order, All My Children, and many, many more. In 1999 Frank was awarded the AudioFile Lifetime Achievement Award, the top honor in the audiobook community. He has also won twenty-three Earphones Awards.