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.
I was not one of the fortunate ones (or unfortunate ones, depending on your viewpoint) to have read "The Great Gatsby" in High School. I suggest the word "unfortunate" because I think one has to have lived a little, before the poignance of this book can be truly felt.
I really thought I would hate this storyline: a book about the over-indulgance of the Roaring 20's. Instead, I found that I, was disgusted by it, and detached from it, and somewhat longing to belong in it at the same time. And, like everyone else, I too had misjudged the Great Gatsby.
I couldn't help but reflect on the fact that the roaring 20's preceded the great depression. Although the reasons for the depression were numerous, and in many ways, a series of unpredictable circumstances, it still seemed to loom over the storyline, and made itself felt out in our own era of indulgence.
The narration by Jake Gyllenhaal may be an acquired taste for some, but I felt that his strength lies in his even (almost monotone narration) complemented by his almost forgettable character voices (they were that good! So alive and believable that you forgot he was reading momentarily) and then he went back into narrators voice again to carry the story forward.
Yes, the story is interesting, the writing very beautiful, and the narrator was good.
I liked the young, innocent tone to the narrator's character. It sounded very believable.
The final reflection comparing life in the east and west. It was read with particular authenticity and delivers the author's sentiment perfectly.
I had never read the book. I enjoyed it very much, it made me want to keep hearing it and finished very fast.
Gatsby -- the unfolding of his mysteries
Gyllenhall's performance was subpar. I like him as an actor, but his poor inflection made it difficult to follow the story. I found it to be rather monotonous at times, which was frustrating.
I remember plodding through The Great Gatsby in high school and wanted to reassess. I have to give my 17 year old self credit for not being enthralled. So many self centered characters with few redeeming qualities. That being said, the book pulled me in and Fitzgerald's prose is quite amazing. It was definitely worth the "listen." I ended the book feeling sad but satisfied.
Jake Gyllenhaal does a great job narrating this classic. His voice is smooth and pleasant, and varies according to the character.
I bought this book because it was on sale and Jake Gyllenhaal was narrating it. Not only because I am a fan of Jake, but because I have had very positive experiences with the books that have been read by professional actors, like Elijah Wood, and Anne Hathaway. Unfortunately Jake's performance is just awful. His delivery is forced and abrupt. There is no subtlety or emotion in his delivery. It is almost robotic in its cadence. It bored me and i never felt anything for any of the characters. I was so disappointed.
I feel that this novel needs to be dramatized with several narrators, and music in the background during the scenes that require it. I think that that is the only way that you can get drawn into the characters with F. Scott Fitzgerald's writing style.
Yes! The story was one of timeless importance and full of intricacies that can be enjoyed over and over again.
The gradual revealing of why the characters' feelings led them to do what they did.
Haven't listened to any others, but this one was very good!
"The hope of one man is the downfall of another. "