Jake Gyllenhaal's vocal quality is perfectly adequate to convey Nick's story, but unfortunately there are several passages that are read incorrectly (i.e., with emphasis on the wrong words or phrases) and presumably the director didn't call these out because Jake Gyllenhaal is a BIG STAR. I am compelled to recommend the late great Frank Muller's narration over this one.
I vaguely remember grinding through reading this book in high school. With the new movie coming out and knowing that is one of the great classic American novels, I wanted to give it another chance. This time the experience was so much different and better in every way. The story was fascinating and crisp and the prose was wonderful.
I won't really review the novel itself since it is a classic and held in the highest regard. I will say that Gyllenhaal did an outstanding job with the narration -- one of the best I've ever heard. The only disappointing thing was learning that this is the only book he has narrated on Audible.
If you are at all curious about this book, I can't imagine a better way to experience it than this.
Absolutely. The prose is beautiful.
Gatsby, the person with a past.
No, I have not heard him narrate. It's wonderful for actors to narrate classics such as this. They bring intent and interest to the story. The elocution is wonderful. Gives me a new appreciation for how important voice is one of the instruments of master actors.
With a 4 1/2 hour commute to work, it's not hard for me to find time to listen to a good audiobook.
I must say that I gave tried to give this audiobook a fair chance that I didn't do to the book when it was required reading in Mrs. Hobbs 11th grade English class 20 years ago. Jake Gyllenhaal was a very pleasant surprise as I thought him narrating a classic was more of a gimmick than anything. But he was extremely good with varying his tone, inflections, and giving life to the story that just didn't resonate with my interests. So, that is why my people may feel that I am off of my rocker for not liking the story, The Great Gatsby. But the storyline and writing style did not pull me in like many of my favorite books in the mystery, thriller, and business genres.
The mastery of literary devices that make F. Scott Fitzgerald an icon and The Great Gatsby an American classic are lost on me. I have conditioned myself to enjoy the drama of Grisham and Baldacci, the thrill of Patterson and Ludlum, and the wit of Fey and Halpern.
I don't think it was a waste of a credit by any means. It was well worth trying out this classic given it was not a very long audiobook. But be warned, if you didn't enjoy The Great Gatsby when it was required reading in high school, you may not fall head over heels with this rendition. However, I am glad that I listened to it so I can speak with intelligence and authority when I critique Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio when the movie is released later this spring.
Jake Gyllenhaal's narration of this book was likely the most amazing performance I have ever heard. From the amount of different types of voices to the variations between both men and women, it was very easy to tell the difference between characters. Every shift from one character to another was fluid, and it was though each person came to life right in front of me. I'd watched the movie before I read the book, and despite how much I loved the movie, this audio telling of the story was 100 times better. I would love to see more narration from him, and actually, I'm quite looking forward to it. The book in itself is an amazing love story and exactly what I was looking for when I chose it. Fitzgerald is a genius. I only wish there were real life Jay Gatsby's in the world.
Wonderfully elegant prose by Fitzgerald.
Fabulous narration by Gyllenhaal.
Well produced recording. I would listen again and again!
An avid reader that has run out of time to read and has turned to audiobooks to get his daily bookworm fed.
One of the best, I own the book but Gyllenhal adds something to the narration that just reading it doesnt have.
The ending of course, I wont spoil anything for people who havent read it or havent read it in a very long time.
His performance slowly changes through out the book portraying the subtle nuances of the characters change from the beginning to the emotional end.
The end made me cry. This book is in no way a happy book, no one is actually happy and every choice each character makes just nudges them closer to the explosive end.
If you havent already, wait to watch the movie till you at least read the book. The 2013 version not the crappy old versions.
I knew the story would be wonderful as I've read it several times but Gyllenhaal's narration was wonderful! Very much worth the download.
The scene of Myrtle's death and her husband's reaction stands out to me the most. It was beautifully written, subtle but powerful.
I haven't listened to any but I plan to now!
I did listen to it all in one sitting. I couldn't turn it off!
The book is a classic masterpiece, who stood the test of time.
Jake Gyllenhall's narration is a classic too!
Jake Gyllenhaal's performance really keeps it moving. I listened to the whole thing in one sitting (couldn't put it down, so to speak).
Has universal appeal due to the perennially relevant themes of how: 1) the well-established wealthy and privileged tend to run right over the "little people" (literally, in this story); and 2) the "nouveau riche" (e.g. Gatsby) find that, in their life at the top, the "dream" continues to elude them.
Nick, the narrative voice through which we "see" the others. Jake Gyllenhaal is a perfect choice to channel this voice.
I think we are meant to be MAD at the carelessness of the old money (Tom, Daisy) and SAD at the destruction of the new money (Gatsby) in the vain pursuit of his dream. I felt both.
Stellar example of how a classic can be made highly palatable for a non-text-media-oriented contemporary audience. A GREAT LISTEN!