Jake Gyllenhaal's Performance of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby Now Available as an Audio Download at Audible.com
NEWARK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Audible Studios, the production arm of Audible.com, today announced the publication of Jake Gyllenhaal's masterful audio interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's preeminent novel, The Great Gatsby. The release marks the first audiobook performance by Academy Award nominee Gyllenhaal, and the first of Audible Studios' series of definitive recordings of the Fitzgerald canon in association with the Fitzgerald Estate. Forthcoming audio editions will include Tender is the Night and The Love of the Last Tycoon as well as other works of fiction.
"We are thrilled to bring this remarkable new recording of F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece to our listeners," said Audible EVP and Publisher Beth Anderson. "Jake Gyllenhaal's subtle pacing of the narrative and his portrayal of these fabulous characters showcase his versatility as an actor. Fans of his theater and film work will love hearing Jake's interpretation of Gatsby."
Anderson added, "Everyone who's planning on seeing the new film version of The Great Gatsby will want to listen to this audiobook first for the fullest experience of Fitzgerald's language."
Baz Luhrmann's much-anticipated film version of The Great Gatsby will open this year's 66th annual Cannes Film Festival and will be released nationwide May 10.
"We are delighted that Audible Studios will be bringing an avid and growing audience of listeners to F. Scott Fitzgerald's works," said Jake Elwell of Harold Ober Associates, which represents the Fitzgerald Estate.
Audible will announce its casting choice for Tender is the Night shortly.
Among the acclaimed actors who have performed works of literature for Audible Studios in the past year are Anne Hathaway, Claire Danes, Colin Firth, Diane Keaton, Dustin Hoffman, Kate Winslet and Samuel L. Jackson. Audible Studios secured 31 nominations for this year's Audie Awards, which honor outstanding audiobooks and other spoken-word performances. Earlier this year, Audible Studios received its first Grammy Award, for its production of Janis Ian's memoir Society's Child.With Audible Studios, Audible.com has become the largest producer of audiobooks in the world.
Audible, the world's largest seller of digital spoken-word content, invented and commercialized the first digital audio player in 1997, and has since been at the forefront of the explosively growing audiobook download segment. In 2012, Audible members downloaded an average of 18 books over the course of a year.
Exclusive audio excerpts of The Great Gatsby are available at www.soundcloud.com/audiblestudios.
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