Great Narration. I thoroughly enjoyed the story. The characters truly cone to life. I plan to listen again!
If you love something ... Set it free. If it was real ... It will return to thee!
The book is told through the impressions of Nick, a middle class guy, and revolves around the Great Mr. Gatsby. A man who has replaced the fortitude of spirituality with the frailty of materialism in the hopes of acquiring a woman, Daisy, hardly worth his disdain let alone his life.
The story reflects the deeper truth that rationality and science alone cannot solve our problems and certainly cannot supplant the need for a higher purpose in life or belief in a higher power. To do so leaves a void too often filled with materialism which is a cheap substitute.
This is exemplified in the characters of Tom Daisy and Jordan, soulless wraiths who drift aimlessly from place to place draining the life of everything they touch. Even Tom, who has every conceivable material possession, betrays a longing for days gone by when he was revered as a football hero presumably since this was the only title he ever earned.
Gatsby is a compromised and tragic figure partially redeemed only by his solitary quest to fulfill an adolescent meaningless fantasy. Unlike "old money" he has a goal, however trivial.
The fulfillment of his goal is anti-climactic as with all objects pursued solely for possession and display. The empheral joy of possession is replaced with the enduring meaninglessness of his life and the eventual ignomy of losing Daisy.
The end of the story shows the illusion of Gatsby, a young wealthy eccentric enigmatic gentleman, dissipated by the reality of Gatsby, a hollow common criminal consumed by the desire for a used mindless woman.
With the contemporary obsession with materialism, in the form of youth, beauty and wealth, to the exclusion of all else the book is more relevant today than it was then.
This book has everything, the (impossible) love story, money and wealth, greed, affairs, jealousy and obsessions. Fitzgerald's writing style is vivid and eloquent. Simply an elegant use of the language! His language reminds me of Hemingway, one of my other favorites.
Narrator Jake Gyllenhaal is one of the most authentic narrators I have listened to. Wonderful performance! He brought this tale to the believable platform necessary to maintain this classics high standard of excellence.
Perhaps The Great Gatsby is famous because it was the first soap opera, but I don't like soap operas, even if they're called "classic". However, if you like soap operas, you'll probably love The Great Gatsby.The narrator was very good.
I never read the print version although I have read other FSF books
The first half of Atlas Shrugged
Yes - it was realistic, sad and truly captured what seems to occur too frequently ...
Yes. I love it, but Jake sucks.
Everything, and especially the ending.
He's dry and slow and sleepy and sounds like he's bored or just woke up. He sounds like an amateur. The BEST VERSION is on CASSETTE TAPE by Christopher Reeve. Yes, SUPERMAN reads GATSBY BEST! Find the old cassette version. It hasn't been put on digital, sadly.
This may be the most beautiful writing I have ever encountered. It is a perfect gem of a story. Jake Gyllenhaal does a phenomenal job of narrating. Listening to this audiobook with Mr. Gyllenhaal's dead on interpretation, may be more moving than reading the book.
Say something about yourself!
The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite novels, but I found myself constantly bored and falling asleep when listening to this audiobook. In my opinion, a lot of the beauty in Fitzgerald's work is being able to see and experience his words. Often I like to read beautiful or poignant phrases once or twice before moving on, which isn't easy when dealing with audiobooks. Unfortunately, I found this audiobook incredibly hard to focus on, though Gyllenhaal's performance was adequate.
A Busy Dad
There is a good reason why this story is considered a classic. The writing is direct and too the point, the prose is artistic without detracting anything from the story, and the characters are deep and nuanced. The narration is perfect for this novel.
I have read some of Fitzgerald's other works and they were good.
Make it less confusing, especially with the characters. I read this in high school-confusing. I saw the original movie with Mia Farrow - still confusing. Read as an adult-ugh!! I give up!
Performance was fine.
I know it's a classic and I think at the time of publication, the plot would have shocked most people. Today, the plot is predictable.
Sorry I wasted a money on this.
This is a new reading of this classic, at only around 4 hours, it was SO worth my time. Excellent narration, and totally prepped for the movie. I say this all the time, but AUDIO is a great way to encounter classics. For some reason, the way we talk hasn't changed as much as the way we write. Jake Gyllenhaal nails this essential American novel.