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.
Yes, it is a new way to enjoy a classic.
It is a classic!
This is the first of Jakes Gyllenhaal's reading for me, he did a great job.
I've read the novel and it has always been one of my favorite classics, but I was bored to death by the reading. I listen to lots of audiobooks and this one could not keep my attention. The reading just seemed flat to me. I couldn't finish it.
The power of women ...goes beyond simple words.
I had forgotten a lot of what the story was about after both reading it and watching the original Great Gatsby with Robert Redford a few years back. But that ending was the one thing that remained in my head. The new movie is soon to be released and I was curious to hear it in audio format AND it was a good price, so I got it, heard it, and LOVE IT! Yes it's far fetched, indulgent and from another era we can no longer relate too, however, it is still possible no matter how far fetched, it is indulgent in a way to be appreciated by those who 'are' indulgent, and it mirrors a piece of history and their personal lives that is true to the times and luxury and lack of luxury in those times. I found Daisy to be annoying, but I have known men who love those damsel in distress types. But the romance was truly romantic and the story is luxurious and suspenseful. Excellent narration from Jake Gyllenhaal.
Loved the story and the way the reader told it.
Liked the way he changed his voice so that each character was believable.
I've spent my entire life around the written word - writing it, editing it, teaching it. So, it's no wonder I also love to read it!
I would absolutely recommend this audiobook to my friends. Jake Gyllenhaal's reading is superb and very engaging.
Thematically strong, this book is masterfully written.
I found Jake Gyllenhaal's performance to be exactly right. His reading perfectly captured the seriousness of the book. It was lovely to listen to and I was sad when his reading came to an end.
I was overcome by emotion at several key scenes of the book.
It has been years since I read this book and I feel as if I was too young and immature to appreciate its beauty at the time I read it before. I am older now and I can fully embrace the novel and all that Fitzgerald hoped to do with it.
This is a wonderful book with strong themes and engaging characters (starting with Jay Gatsby himself). It's not difficult to become thoroughly involved in Gatsby's life, his intense love for Daisy and his mysterious upbringing. Importantly, despite its being written many years ago, it perfectly translates to today. With the economic upheavals we are currently experiencing, it's good to have be reminded that money doesn't buy you happiness...and it never will.
I am a married 52 year old mother of 2 adult kids. I started listening to audiobooks for entertainment while hiking. It has really motivated me and keeps me from skipping my walks. These audiobooks make my 1 hour commute to work less annoying.
One of my favorites.
When Jay and Daisy met, again at Nick's house.
He is so cute and imagining him reading it to you was great, besides he did a great job. He would be a good Nick in the movie.
Yes, when Jay and Daisy met at Nick's house.
I have read the book and I have seen the movie with Robert Redford so I knew the story, but I enjoyed every minute of this audiobook. Still wish it had a different ending but.. loved it the all the same.