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.
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
Regardless of whether this was a recent movie with Leonard DeCaprio or an audio book narrated by Jake Gyllenhaal, this an an all time classic. The writing is impeccable, with each paragraph and page expertly crafted. Although I loved the Audible version, this is a book that should be read, not listened to or watched on the big screen. It's a rather short book that exemplifies the power of the written word.
Classic literature is one of my favorite genres, but I had a hard time sinking into this. I had never read The Great Gatsby before and I have not seen the movie. I'm not sure if it was the story or the narrator, but I think it was the latter. No offense to Jake Gyllenhaal but he has to be one of the most boring narrators I've listened to. The cadence of his voice made me want to sleep and half way through the book, I was still reluctant to see it to the end. I also had a hard time discerning whether some dialogue was intended to be tongue in cheek or serious, and I think that was the narrator as well. There are a lot of positive reviews, so I might try this again with a traditional book rather than an audio book.
I had read The Great Gatsby before, but Jake Gyllenhall's narration really brought the book to life for me and showed what a great book it actually is. It's so well-written - little turns of phrase that just capture the imagination and almost put you in the scene. Definitely worth a listen!
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Jake Gyllanhaal brought this book to life for me. As Nick Caraway got to know Gatsby and to know his old friends Tom and Daisy as adults, I was drawn into their world in a way I never had before. The reading made everything perfectly clear and let me know why this book, featuring such unlikeable characters, is such a classic. Enjoy.
I'm a dedicated reader/listener. My tastes are very eclectic, and there's not much I don't like except horror and dull history.
Probably in a few years. It's an enduring book, but not one I return to year after year.
This is hard to narrow down since I've read the book so many times before. The narration made them all memorable...
This is a classic and I can't say much of anything that hasn't already been said over and over again!
Nothing and everything! Jake Gyllenhaal is a superb narrator who completely "got" Gatsby. Can't think of a narrator who could have been more right for this.
Thank you, Audible, for making this classic available at a reasonable cost. Since I've read it several times before, I could not justify paying full price since there are so many other books to listen to that are new to me. As a daily deal, it was a "must buy" and I'm very grateful to have it in my audiobook collection as well as my dwindling "real" book collection -- since I'm only buying and keeping audiobooks and books as I downsize my life...
Jake Gyllenhall was absolutely fantastic with this F. Scott Fitzgerald classic. I really enjoyed my whole experience listening to this one!
I loved the narration, Jake Gyllenhaal did a great job and gave me a great visual of the characters and his voice fit well with feel of the book. It's a classic read and I hadn't read it since high school, I enjoyed rediscovering Gatsby as an adult.
What isn't there to like about Gatsby - it's a classic for a reason.
I loved the narration, Jake Gyllenhaal did a great job and gave me a great visual of the characters and his voice fit well with
Yes and no. I had trouble getting into it at first but once I got the rhythm I couldn't put it down.
Great story, classic american prose, done right by Jake Gylenhall. One of the few that I could listen to a 2nd time.