This book was required reading in high school. I purchased it, since the new movie was coming out about it. I thought it was horrible! I liked the last two hours, but everything else was a waste of time.
If they would have used another narrator.
Wrong person for the job he just couldn't read the story.
None, the book was not the problem, I love the book.
We all read this book in high school, and so we all take its meaning and depth for granted...until we read it again with more age under our belts! The nuanced, poetic writing of Fitzgerald just seemed to mean so much more to me at age 36 than 16. I can better appreciate the angst and mourning of decay in the 1920s because it's so similar to the feeling of loss and decay that we experience now with the end of one era and beginning of another. Fitzgerald's writing comes alive with Jake as the reader. he does a beautiful job, and it's no wonder he is such a successful actor: Because he is good!
What I love about this story is that we can all find ourselves in Gatsby. We are all weak. We all have experienced love and loss. We all have trouble letting go. We all desire something more, beyond what we have, and we all must fall and die at some point. The themes in this book are universal and true, and Fitzgerald is a master at giving us this enigmatic, elusive character who ends up being a weak boy in yearning for love with Jay Gatsby.
Jake's reading voice is so understated. He does a great job at Tom Buchanan's rough and tumble voice. I love the vulnerability he shows when George Wilson mourns the loss of his wife, and he says "Oh, god, Oh, god," over and over. I really do believe it with Jake reading the novel. This was an excellent audio book.
Towards the end, when Nick describes his cousin Daisy and Tom Buchanan as being careless people who smash things up and then retreat to their money, and how Nick is really a Westerner (Midwesterner) and how he felt he never quite belonged with the people of the East was just lovely. It made me feel so much more compassion for Gatsby at this point in the novel.
I guess I'm a baby...I just love to be read to.
Had read Gatsby in high school and listened to Tim Robbins' narration but wanted to celebrate the book with Gyllenhaal's narration before the movie came out and of course it didn't disappoint. The voice didn't sound like Jake Gyllenhaal to me but it was still really good.
Just typical Scott Fitzgerald, it was a great performance of this maudlin book. If you haven't read it, or haven't read it in a while this is a good refresher.
A freelance screenwriter with two feature length screenplays to date and one short...I am also an avid reader.
In the top ten
Jake's narration; a good actor can really make a story come alive. I wondered if he had aspired to the movie role..he would have been wonderful, I'm sure.
Nick, of course, the narrator.
I loved the language, the ethereal words of Fitzgerald.
I downloaded The Great Gatsby after seeing the movie. I was interested at how much the movie followed the actual book. I did enjoy the movie and have recommended it to friends, the book is so much better that I would recommend it even more so.
Fitzgerald is not usually my type of author but I'd never read Gatsby and had only seen the old version of the movie with Robert Redford so I thought I'd give it a try. Great story, Jake Gyllenhaal does a good job reading.
My favorite character was, of course, Gatsby himself... misunderstood and though a criminal really, quite likable... wish we could have got to know him better.
I am sure I will both reread and listen to The Great Gatsby again as time goes on. It is Fitzgerald's remarkable use of language that raises his tale so far above a mere story. It is a great story, of course, but it is the way he looks at the lives of "the careless people," deep underneath their wealth and excess, that makes the book so extraordinary.
This was the first time I had listened to Jake Gyllenhaal, and I was impressed.
Gyllenhaal's wonderful performance sounded totally authentic. I really felt Nick, the narrator, was someone I had not seen in years, who sat down by my fireplace, glass in hand, and told me the amazing tale of how his life had gone...a story he was still a little amazed by himself. I already knew the book well, but I hung on every word, and would have listened all night if I could. When the story was finished, I was sorry to see him go.
I hope the new film adaptation will inspire readers and listeners to experience this finely crafted novel for themselves.
One of the best. I've listened to it twice now, the older version when I was re-reading it before going to see the movie and immediately after seeing the movie because I found the critical reception upseting. I thought for a movie trying to remake The Great Gatsby the movie was pretty dead on. I know it was Lermany (like my new word) but of course it was. With a story as brash as The Great Gatsby, Lerman needed to be over the top and I think that Fitzgerald would have been pleased. But, I digress. I thought Gyllenhaal's reading was very well done -- understated, not too emotional, but easy to follow.
Gatsby. How can it not be Gatsby?
The ability to listen to the book in the garden, in the car... everything that a good audio book can give you, this gave me.
Yes, (SPOILER ALERT) the funeral and that no one showed up.
Such a classic in American literature. If you haven't read or listened to this since your high school days, you really should. You will have a much better perspective now than you did in high school, well, at least I did.