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.
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!
I would definitely recommend this audio book. Story, style and language was exquisite and the narration managed to enhance a classic book.
Compares to Steinbeck's Cannery Row in precision and pace.
J Gatsby of course.
Made me think.
Get the book. It's a steal.
Gyllenhall's reading is good, though voice characterization is not a strong suit for him. That said, if you have not read it since high school English class, you must re-read this book.
His voice brings the poetry of Fitzgerald to a rhythmic and flowing narrative.
I remembered liking the book in high school but didn't remember anything about it. When the movie came out, I thought it was time to revisit it. All I can say us this book was meant to be heard, not read.