The Great Gatsby Audiobook, and a Few Other Classics You Should Hear for Yourself


Audiobooks are a modern-day miracle. Listening to The Great Gatsby audiobook is your chance to be immersed in one of the all-time great novels of American literature. When sitting down to read the actual hardcopy book might not be possible, classic novels in audiobook format are sometimes neglected and forgotten. I’m here to remind you that some of the best stories in classic literature are available in audiobook format, with amazing narration and increasing production value levels.

I’ve heard the debate come up in the past, are you actually “reading” a book when you listen to an audiobook? I can tell there’s some second-guessing and hesitation to the question. “I just finished reading Shoe Dog, and I loved it…well, it was the audiobook.” I’m sure you’ve heard a similar confession, or maybe you’ve used it yourself.

Reading a hardcover book cover to cover can be one of the most rewarding and enjoyable activities. Still, many people might find it to be unrealistic in their busy daily lives. Podcasting has exploded in popularity recently for this reason. Apple has sold maybe a trillion AirPod Pro’s in the last year, as people are consuming audio like never before. There’s much more time in the day to consume audio content, but don’t forget about the classics. Amazing recordings now exist in world history’s greatest novels, and I would encourage you to add them to your queue.

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Audiobook market size is projected for strong growth in the coming years for both fiction and non-fiction.

Do you really need to listen to the tenth podcast on intermittent fasting again? Or are you ready to hear one of the greatest stories ever told, on a journey through the roaring 20s where the wealthy Jay Gatsby searches for true happiness?

Here’s a list of some of the most incredible stories ever created, digitally packaged and ready for modern day consumption.

The Great Gatsby Audiobook

The way audiobooks have been produced and recorded has evolved over the last few years. The Great Gatsby is almost one hundred years old now. The opportunity for people to enjoy this wonderful tale by F. Scott Fitzgerald has never been greater, thanks to the proliferation of audiobooks.

Let’s face it; some people just have amazing sounding voices that soothe and comfort human ears. Gone are the days of the robotic-sounding stranger droning on with a monotone delivery, where it’s almost impossible to pay attention longer than 2 minutes. Recent recordings of many classic books include celebrity narration. In The Great Gatsby, Jake Gyllenhaal is the voice of Nick Carraway, who finds himself renting a house next door to one of the most mysterious millionaires alive, Jay Gatsby. And if you want to know what happens next, you’ll need to listen for yourself and find out why F. Scott Fitzgerald is widely known as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century.

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A YouTube comment from a review of the Great Gatsby audiobook, which is narrated by Jake Gyllenhaal. A listener perfectly explains why audiobooks can be so much fun when the narrating is done well.
The Great Gatsby narrated by Jake Gyllenhaal – Image credit Amazon.com

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Audiobook

What’s the use you learning to do right when it’s troublesome to do right and ain’t no trouble to do wrong, and the wages is just the same?”

Huck Finn wrestles with “right” and “wrong” in Mark Twain’s 1884 book, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, often cited as one of the great American novels.

Listing to the ‘Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ audiobook displays the genius of Mark Twain in another light that’s hard to capture when simply reading the text. Hearing another voice presenting Twain’s groundbreaking writing style gives the listener a new dimension of appreciation. Mark Twain re-defined storytelling with his unique dialect, telling the story completely from Huck Finn’s point of view.

To give you an idea of how ground-breaking the book was, in 1935, author Ernest Hemingway remarked, “All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called ‘Huckleberry Finn, it’s the best book we’ve had. All American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since.”

Over the years, critics have argued against the book for its coarse language and perceived racial stereotypes. But in a stroke of genius expected only by a legend such as Mark Twain, he pre-emptively addresses his critics and begins his novel with the following remarks. “Notice, persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot. By order of the author, Per G.G. Chief of Ordnance.”

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Mark Twain lays the ground rules for his story, “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” Confronting the critics and naysayers before they can even get started. The Legendary Twain.

The Alchemist Audiobook

Sometimes, a book lover is given a special treat that they don’t deserve. And one of the all-time great stories written by Paulo Coelho, “The Alchemist,” provides this very thing. Now, listen very carefully to this first instruction. Do not listen to “The Alchemist” story for the first time in audiobook format. Read the book with your very eyes the first time through. This is a must.

Second, listen to The Alchemist audiobook, narrated by Jeremy Irons. You will be fully immersed in the story the second time, just as the first. And the incredible and unforgettable voice of Jeremy Irons adds remarkable flavor to the entire journey.

Third, if you think I’m going to give any other details about the book here in this post, you must be out of your mind. Your job is to go read this book if you haven’t already, it’s a wonderful tale you won’t forget.

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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, narrated by Jeremy Irons.

Lord of the Rings Audiobook

J.R.R. Tolkien began writing a children’s fantasy novel titled “The Hobbit” in 1937. Success from The Hobbit encouraged Tolkien to create an expanded story leading to The Lord of the Rings. Over the course of a year beginning in 1954, publishers released The Lord of the Rings in three separate volumes, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King.

It’s one of the best-selling books of all-time, with more than 150 million copies sold. The audiobook is narrated by Rob Inglis, who provides a commanding presence throughout the reading of Tolkien’s amazing adventure. It’s no wonder the eventual movies directed by Peter Jackson in the early 2000s went on to rack up almost $3 billion in box office sales worldwide.

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The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, narrated by Rob Inglis

More Great Audiobooks to Consider


Catcher in the Rye Audiobook – Written by J.D. Salinger, Narrated by Stephen Heintz

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Lord of the Flies Audiobook – written by William Golding, Narrated by William Golding

Of Mice and Men Audiobook – Written by John Steinbeck, Narrated by Gary Sinise

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Audiobook – Written by C.S. Lewis, Narrated by Michael York

The Right Stuff Audiobook – Written by Tom Wolfe, Narrated by Dennis Quaid

Slaughterhouse-Five Audiobook – Written by Kurt Vonnegut, Narrated by James Franco

A People’s History of the United States Audiobook – Written by Howard Zinn, Narrated by Matt Damon

To Kill a Mockingbird Audiobook – Written by Harper Lee, Narrated by Sissy Spacek

The Call of the Wild Audiobook – Written by Jack London, Narrated by Peter Husmann

Fahrenheit 451 Audiobook – Written by Ray Bradbury, Narrated by Tim Robbins


An audiobook narrator explains her process on how she reads for a recording.