I get it. Maybe they're was something special about this book when it was written. But it, in my humble opinion, has not survived the times. Not like others have. It wasn't a waste of time listening to it, but I wish my expectations were a little lower before starting.
I didn't read it in high school because I was rebelling against finding the symbolism in EVERYTHING I had to read. I'm glad I finally heard it. I'm not sure I want to hear it again, though. The story was okay, but I think I expected something more, but I don't quite know what.
I didn't enjoy the narration as much as I wanted to, either. There wasn't much differentiation between characters' voices.
Love to listen.
The narration took awhile to pick up. Gyllenhaal seemed to try to put too much meaning in each word up until then. The voices and pacing were much better in the second half of the book. Great listen.
The book is fine; the prose is beautiful and haunting at times. The only thing I'd change is the book's status; it's a really good book but overrated. I don't really understand why it's generally regarded as the great comment on "The Jazz Age." It's solid. It's well done. Worth all the credit it gets? I don't think so.
I would recommend it, if for no other reason than everyone expects you to know it. It's part of the culture; you need to know what everyone is talking about. It's a pleasant enough experience, if simple in plot.
Mr. Gyllenhaal did a fine job of drawing his characters, although his Southern Belles sound like 1950s gay man stereotypes.
I did watch the movie; in fact, the recent version and the HORRENDOUS Robert Redford version from the early 1970s. It's a simple story with vivid characters, why on earth can't they make a decent film of this book? I expect it's because they try too hard to attain the "greatness" of the novel.
loved the contents. I saw the movie first then read the book, and the book is far better; can savour the expressions.