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The great Gatsby
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Jay Gatsby (Male), World War I veteran, Wealthy, Millionaire, Self-made millionaire;uses his vast and implicitly ill-gotten fortune to buy his way into society; wants to win back the love of his life, Daisy
Daisy Buchanan (Female), Married, Socialite, Wealthy, Tom's wife; Jay's former love; still in love with Jay
Tom Buchanan (Male), Married, Wealthy, Daisy's husband; is unfaithful to his wife and has a girlfriend on the side
Nick Carraway (Male), Jay's neighbor; dreams of being rich
Cautionary tale
Love story
Upper classes
Wealthy lifestyles
Jazz Age
Obsessive love
American Dream
Organized crime
New York - Mid-Atlantic States (U.S.)
Time Period
1920s -- 20th century
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  Library Journal Review

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. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Robertson Dean's rich, deep voice sweeps us into this classic with the same straightforward narrative elegance Fitzgerald gives his narrator, Nick Carraway. Dean manages to be moving without dramatic exaggeration, and to distinguish characters, male and female, without resort to stereotyping. He reifies Jay Gatsby in all his ambition and naivete, and paints Fitzgerald's complex picture of love, power, money, and hypocrisy with simple sonority. This audio is a wonderful experience for old fans as well as first-time Fitzgerald readers, and it comes with a companion e-book. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Nick Carraway idolizes riches and glamour. At the height of a decadent era, he moves to Long Island's swanky North Shore and rents an inexpensive bungalow sandwiched between two mansions. In this new world of frivolity and excess, he meets his distant cousin Daisy, her faithless husband Tom and their attractive houseguest, Jordan - a women's golf pro. Nick had realises his dream but the unrestrained materialism and blatant immorality of Jazz age New York starts to make him edgy. His life becomes more complex and troublesome when he finally meets his wealthy and very mysterious neighbour, Jay Gatsby.
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