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.
I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!
This is truly an excellent book to listen to--even if classic literature is not your favorite genre. It is not what I normally listen to, but this version was certainly enjoyable due to the fabulous narration by Jake Gyllenhaal. I am glad this was resurrected and re-recorded to coincide with a new version of the movie opening in theaters this month. Certainly worth any time and credit spent!
I'm just a book lover!
Misplaced Dreams. (I guess that's only 2 words)
I know this book is a classic. I like reading the books and then (being disappointed by) seeing the movie. It kept my interest, however, I feel at the end of the book, the author doesn't round out Daisy's character. She basically....well, disappears. I would have altered that with more description..
He has a most pleasant voice to listen to. I found it very comforting.
I was hoping to have enjoyed this book more. However I was not unhappy with the listen.
I read the print version in high school and just re-read via audio book and I thought it was fantastic. It really brings it to life in a completely different way
Great, highly recommended!
I got this to catch up on the story before seeing the new Leo DiCaprio movie coming out soon. Jake Gyllenhaal does a fantastic job narrating this book. If he ever does more reading, I would definitely consider checking it out.
I read this in high school and watched the Robert Redford version of the movie and am just coming back to it now. The story was not as good as I remembered and the characters are really shallow and not very likeable, but it's always good to get another classic under your belt if only for discussion reasons. And there are certain parts of the descriptions of characters and locations that when read by Gyllenhaal, were very moving, and certainly made me glad to have purchased it.
The writing style fit the absolute craziness of the time .
Yes and no. What I wanted is the characters more flushed and exploration of lessons learned.
The Great Gatsby has been one of my favorite books for many years, so I was pretty nervous about listening to the audio, but Jake Gyllenhaal's narration received warm reviews, so I decided to give it a go.
His narration was solid, albeit fairly lackluster. It could probably be considered the antithesis to Baz Luhrman's sure to be over-the-top film adaptation. I would agree that the prose is so solid that it does not require extreme conveyance of emotion, or an intensely dramatic voice, however at times Gyllenhaal's sleepy, somewhat monotone voice nearly put me to sleep. I began to get used to it after a while, however, and enjoyed the story regardless of the narration.
The book still outrates the audio for me. But to be fair, that may always be the case, Gyllenhaal or no Gyllenhaal. I am biased towards the Gatsby that took shape in my head years ago.
Gyllenhaal does a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life.
The little twists and turns of the plot, as well as the sub-plots, keep you on the edge of your seat through the entire story.
He really does a good job of distinguishing the characters and bringing their inherent traits to the surface with inflections of his voice.