The debate over text to speech being anything similar to a "performance" (as the law is attempting to distinguish) is completely put to rest here. If you have only seen the movie then you owe it to yourself to find out the complete story and the complete character(s) of Gatsby. The performance brings this book to life. One of the best readings of any book I have heard (out of hundreds). Tim Robbins, not usually a favorite of mine, is perfect. A genuinely subtle and penetrating reading of Gatsby. Voices for each character that are spot on. So often narrators changing voices draws too much attention to itself. Not here. Highly recommended.
I have had this audiobook for a couple of years now. I keep it on my ipod and listen to it often, whether all the way through or just random parts. Tim Robbins makes Fitzgerald's prose sound like music, and every time I listen I am amazed by Fitzgerald's genius.
This was extremely disappointing. Robbins' narration was mush-mouthed and difficult to understand. His volume level dips so low, I totally missed exactly what happened at the climax of the book.
Great book, horrible listen.
Marvelous. Audiobooks have given me the chance to use car time and paint-the-bathroom time to return to a bunch of the books I was made to read as a student and was too young or too dumb to appreciate. This book is beautifully read by Tim Robbins, and the additional material, narrated by Robert Sean Leonard, is almost as good as the novel itself.
Am I the only one who wasn’t completely irritated with Robbins’ attempt to do Daisy’s voice? What a horrible sound—somewhere between Miss Piggy and Scarlet O’Hare. I chose this version of Gatsby because I love Robbins’ regular voice, but was sadly disappointed when I heard him attempt to tighten his voice to a satirical degree. Why he would he even do this and not allow the character of Daisy speak for herself, I don’t know.
Audible offers two choices of narrators for the Great Gatsby and I believe this is the better. My idea of Nick Narraway is that of a younger man and Alexander Scourby's voice simply didn't fit this book. I do agree with an above poster about Tim's choice of a southern voice for many women. The setting is New York and not Atlanta. However I didn't find it too intrusive.
...maybe not the listen. I found it difficult to follow, as Mr. Robbins' voice rose and fell constantly. He was either high-pitched, as with Tom's voice, or he was whispering as the characters called for it. As another reviewer experienced, I was constantly raising and lowering the volume. This proved to be annoying. I've listened to quite a number of audiobooks, and while this is not the worst, it requires too much adjustment to be enjoyable.
I can listen to this book over and over and not ever get tired of it. I keep it loaded on my Ipod for times when I'm between new books, or bored. I love the way Hemingway uses words.