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!
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
Fitzgerald is too much greater than me to try to review him. Want to listen to what a great American novel is? Listen to Jake Gyllenhall read this. One of the greatest books in the American language. Did I write "Great" enough?
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.
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.