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AudioFile's Listeners' Guide to The Great Gatsby

Listeners have enjoyed one of the great works of American literature for many years. Published in 1925, Fitzgerald's novel of class and wealth has been recorded as audiobooks many times with skilled actors putting their unique stamps on the voices of Gatsby's Jazz Age world.

  • Listen to Anthony Heald talk about his recording ofThe Great Gatsby
  • Compare 3 different performances of Gatsby's world
  • Get listening recommendations for Jazz Age audiobooks

Conversations About The Great Gatsby

Narrator Anthony Heald 
Anthony Heald, narrator of The Great Gatsby, talks with AudioFile's Randy O'Brien about his approach to recording this classic of the Jazz Age. Listen to Heald's comments on the challenges of F. Scott Fitzgerald's work and how he strikes a balance between emotional connection and performance. Heald selects a passage to share and discusses why The Great Gatsby remains with us. 

Listen to the AudioFile interview here. Time: 5:15

The Big Read Does Gatsby

Community reading initiatives are popular across the country, and the National Endowment for the Arts program The Big Read is the most prominent. A radio program produced by The National Endowment for the Arts features The Great Gatsby in a fascinating overview. Listen to actor Robert Redford, author Gish Jen, and Fitzgerald biographer Matthew J. Bruccoli talk about this great American novel. Excerpts read by Sam Waterston give another voice to Gatsby. 

Listen to the NEA's Audio Guide to The Great Gatsby here. Time: 29:13

Three Riffs on Gatsby 

Listen to the three performances fromThe Great Gatsby read in turn by three different narrators: Anthony Heald, Tim Robbins, and Roberston Dean.

Then visit us on Facebook and chime in with your comments on the voices of Gatsby. Which voice is your favorite? Time: 5:00

Gatsby Voices

Anthony Heald
Jake Gyllenhaal
Tim Robbins
Alexander Scourby
Robertson Dean




More Jazz Age Listening

THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON AND OTHER STORIES BY FITZGERALD
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Read by Scott Brick, Grover Gardner, Ray Porter, et al.

BOBBED HAIR AND BATHTUB GIN
Marion Meade
Read by Lorna Raver

TENDER IS THE NIGHT
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Read by Trevor White

Z: A NOVEL OF ZELDA FITZGERALD
Therese Ann Fowler
Read by Jenna Lamia

THE CHAPERONE
Laura Moriarty
Read by Elizabeth McGovern

THE DIVINERS
Libba Bray
Read by January LaVoy

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