A collection of radio readings of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s fiction – plus two bonus programmes.
Over the years the BBC has broadcast readings of many of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novels, novellas and short stories. This collection includes some of his most famous works alongside various lesser-known tales, including three ‘lost stories’ (first published in 2017 and with an introduction written by editor Anne Margaret Daniel).
Contents and track listing:
Track 1-10 - The Great Gatsby - read by Sam Robards
Track 11 - The Diamond as Big as the Ritz - read by Garrick Hagon
Track 12-31 - Tender is the Night - read by Kenneth Haigh
Track 32-34 - Babylon Revisited - read by Stuart Milligan
Track 35-36 - The Sensible Thing - read by Stuart Milligan
Track 37 - Bernice Bobs Her Hair - read by Laurel Lefkow
Track 38 - Financing Finnegan - read by John Sharian
Track 39 - The Smilers - read by John Sharian
Track 40 - An Alcoholic Case - read by John Sharian
Track 41 - Three Hours Between Planes - read by John Sharian
Track 42 - Pat Hobby’s Secret - read by Ed Bishop
Track 43 - Pat Hobby: Teamed with Genius - read by Ed Bishop
Track 44 - Pat Hobby and Orson Welles - read by Ed Bishop
Track 45 - Pat Hobby: The Homes of the Stars - read by Ed Bishop
Track 46-47 - Thank You for the Light - read by Karen Bartke, with an introduction read by Laurel Lefkow
Track 48 - The Couple - read by Finn den Hertog
Track 49 - Salute to Lucy and Elsie - read by Stuart Milligan
Also included are The Great Gatsby Letters (track 50), in which F. Scott Fitzgerald tells his editor about his hopes and fears for his new novel, and The Beautiful and the Damned: A Portrait of F. Scott Fitzgerald (track 51), featuring Ed Bishop and Sarah Keller as Fitzgerald and Zelda.
Please note: some of the language in this recording reflects the era in which it was first broadcast.
Great collection of high quality BBC recordings
If you like F. Scott Fitzgerald and missed out listening to these specials over the years, then this is an essential download. Worth it for the short stories, where the BBC specials are the only professional recordings of them.
Also want to thank Audible for responding directly to my original review, and adding Chapter titles.
ORIGINAL REVIEW: Terrible presentation; Not a single chapter marker for any of the books, which makes it impossible to pick what to listen to. Avoid until they change this.
- Amazon Customer
I was utterly absorbed by this. I have been a fan of Fitzgerald for decades and have been disappointed by the narration of a couple of novels - sometimes it sounds as though there has been no rehearsal at all. But this is what the BBC does - so professional and well-cast. I usually avoid anything that's been abridged but made an exception in this case, and so glad I did.