The book is a great listen. Robbins does an good job narrating throughout most of the book; however his voice change on Daisy and Jordan (the main women characters), was quite awkward and did not fit the characters. But overall this is well worth the purchase.
Tim Robbins sounds like a 7th grader forced to read a newspaper article in front of class. His lack of nuance demonstrates no understanding of the characters or the book overall. I like him as an actor, but I'm now wondering whether he even reads his scripts. I mostly complain because I suspect he didn't take this project seriously.
I didn't make it through this one. Hard to believe it is a classic.
P.S. Tim, your interpretation of the female voice is NOT good.
While I really enjoyed this audiobook this is the first one I had issues hearing what the narrator was saying. I usually listen to audiobooks on my way into work on my iPod through a FM transmitter on my car radio. The sound quality is not great and the FM frequencies are quite congested during my drive, but this has never been a real problem until I listened to this Audiobook. Some of the voices that Tim Robbins used for the characters (including Gatsby) were very quiet (almost a whisper) and even with the volume turned all the way up I sometimes had trouble hearing what was being said.
I don't expect that everyone will have this same issue but I thought it was worth pointing out to potential buyers who might also be working with an FM transmitter and low quality sound.
Overall this was a great listen and I enjoyed the book and the narration of most of the characters. Definitely a classic worth listening to!
He has the voices of the Woman down very, very well! Once i started a chapter i did want to stop listening, i must have heard every chapter at least 6 times!
Recently moved and turned a 4mi commute into a 40mi one. I'm sold on audible as a way to not only pass the time but look forward to the traffic (almost). But at least look forward to jumping back into this world of Nick, Gats, Tom and Daisy brought by Tim Robbin's fantastic reading. His enthusiasm, humorous and appropriately absurd voices really made me feel like my buddy Tim was sharing this great story from the passenger seat. I'm pretty sure after I get a few titles under my belt that I'm going to get replay value out of this one...especially at 6hrs or so I haven't put this one down for good.
OH! The letters from F Scott at the end are fascinating!! I think Robert Sean Leonard reads them but they are a great peek into the person and shows both arrogance and insecurity -- to me probably most interesting were the details in getting the book published, first as short stories and the standard compensation he would have expected back then. Not to diminish the artistic integrity of the novel but it's easy to forget that a title as famous as this is now was just another writer making a living.
I waffled between 2 and 3 stars for this one but landed on 3 because the end did get considerably better. I think this could have been a great story but Fitzgerald spent so much time using flowery words to describe the setting and characters for the first 1/2 of the book that I really had to force myself to keep going. The end of the book contained all the action which wasn't a lot. It appeared to me more of a secondary soap opera plot than the basis for an entire novel.
While I really love Tim Robbins acting, his reading of this was monotonous and he butchered all the women's voices making them all sound like southern ditzes who are strung out on something. Not going in my favorites column.
This was my third time with this book and first audiobook version. Tim Robbins was fantastic. He did a great job capturing the different personalities in his voice. And the book was as rich and delightful as the first time I read it. I highly recommend this.
I have always heard of The Great Gatsby but even though I am 62 years old, I had never read it. I am sorry I waited so long. It is extremely well written and is an interesting story. I couldn't stop listening until I had finished it. The characters (especially Daisy, her husband and Gatsby) are fascinating. A reading of personal letters from F. Scott Fitzgerald follow the reading of the The Great Gatsby. They were most interesting and enlightening. FSF was an arrogant and egotistical person. He was a good writer and he didn't mind letting everyone know that he knew it too.
I was a little disappointed by the narrator of this book. He read a little too slow for my taste. But the story itself was even more of a disappointment. I never read this book and wondered how I had missed it. The book came together at the end with the letters in the last chapter. The letters seemed to validate my feeling that the story was a disappointment. Save your credits and get something else.... sorry!