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. "
I had never been required to read "The Great Gatsby" in school, and was very interested in reading it before seeing the movie. Jake Gyllenhaal does a great job with the narration. Sometimes I've had to speed up the narration of other books, but he delivers at a pace that was just right. The story itself is a classic. Love, jealousy and pain........
You never have to wait for anything if you bring a good book.
This book is was luscious. I was an underachiever in HS, so it appears I shortchanged myself by skimming it instead of reading it when it was assigned in English Lit, but this book by F. Scott Fitzgerald delivers a lot in a neat little package and this novel is this American classic for good reason.
I enjoyed it very much. The narration was also very well done, with clear distinctions between various characters.
graphic & fine artist
i should have realized that i would find the story just as boring as i did in high school -- good performance - uninteresting (to me) story. ho hum.
A treat for the ears. A wonderful story. No susrprise it has been filmed repeatedly. Nicely performed.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
Still and always a classic, you just can't beat timeless writing. The beautiful verbiage and illuminating descriptions bring the casual allusions to life. The story has kept its longevity because of the depth of its layers. The characters are all so diverse it almost feels like they don't belong together but in the end are more alike than anyone could ever know. I think I enjoyed it more as an adult.
Wow, Jake Gyllenhaal. I was not expecting him to do anywhere close to the excellent job he did. Every now and then I had to remind myself who was narrating, much more professional than anticipated. Bravo.
Librarian, writer, book nerd.
I first read Gatsby in high school for my American Lit class but with the recent release of a new movie adaptation, I wanted to reread the book so that the story would be fresh in my mind. Listening to the story is a very different experience from reading it. While reading it on the page, I was much more interested in the symbolism of the story (although that probably had more to do with the American Lit class and less to do with the format) but listening to it, I found myself lost in the glitz and glamor of the story and the characters. That said, I won't review the story itself as that has been done to death by people much more intelligent and qualified than me.
The narration was brilliant. It took me a few minutes to get used to Gyllenhaal's voice but I think this was due to my familiarity with the story and the mental narrator I had invented and not to any fault of the narrator. Once I settled into the listen, I very much enjoyed Gyllenhaal's style of narration. As an actor, he does a nice job of separating character's voices and accents without sounding cheesy and his voice soothing without being boring.
If you haven't read The Great Gatsby, you absolutely must. Love it or hate it, it's a classic. And whether or not you've read it before, I would recommend this version with Jake Gyllenhaal. His performance brought a freshness to a well-known work of literature.
Reformed Tom Boy
The narrator sounded like Brad Pitt. Is that petty? That's petty. Oh, well.
It inspired me not to drink or do drugs. I forgot that I disliked the interplay among the characters when I first read it in high school but I figured that I'd matured and perhaps I'd like it now. No such luck. The dialogue made me feel high which may have been FSF's objective but I didn't like it n
Writer of Songs, Musician, Photographer & Artist. Reader of History, Non-Fiction, Music, Science & Cosmology.
First, I want to preface my review by saying that I really wanted to enjoy this novel. I have been listening to many of the classics, and until now have not been dissapointed. Maybe I am living in the wrong century, but I just didn't get why the Great Gatsby is considered a classic? The story was not exciting, like watching a boring night in front of the TV. There are only two aspects of the Audible edition that I enjoyed. 1. The narration was fantastic - Jake is the penultimate reader. 2. I live on Long Island about 20 minutes from the gold coast mansions, which I've passed by many times. For me however the Great Gatsby was anything but.