The story is an acknowledged classic of American literature. The surprise for me was Jake Gyllenhaal. He does a really great job. He stands out for me as the best narrator of the 50 or so audiobooks I've listened to.
This book was required reading in high school. I purchased it, since the new movie was coming out about it. I thought it was horrible! I liked the last two hours, but everything else was a waste of time.
If they would have used another narrator.
Wrong person for the job he just couldn't read the story.
None, the book was not the problem, I love the book.
The Great Gatsby has always been one of my favorite stories and the performance by Jake Gyllenhaal blew me away - this version is my new favorite. I already thought the story was outstanding, but the performance is as well.
This is the best of the best. Jake is one of the most genuinely real actors of today because of his inability to hide any and every emotion that he feels. What makes him a great actor also makes him the best narrator. I wish he would narrate all the audiobooks. His warm velvet voice and inflections make the book even more enjoyable, something I never thought would be possible.
When Jay Gatsby once again becomes James Gatz through his own storytelling has always been a favorite moment of mine.
I think Jake perfectly captured Fitzgerald essence as the narrator. I wish Baz Luhrmann had listened to this audiobook before casting Spiderman.
When you realize that Gatsby's death marks the end of his reign, the reader must reflect on the shallow insignificance of material belongings.
READ ALL OF F. SCOTT FITZGERALD'S BOOKS NOT JUST THIS ONE PLEASE
I like the voice of the narrator "Jake Gyllenhaal", it makes the book sound more interesting and enjoyable.
I usually don't read so I can't compare this book to anything, all I can say is that its interesting and i'm usually picky with books.
My favorite scene was when Nick finally met Gatsby or at least when he found out it was him. :)
I LOVE THIS BOOK AND LEONARDO DICAPRIO! <3 :D
I guess I'm a baby...I just love to be read to.
Had read Gatsby in high school and listened to Tim Robbins' narration but wanted to celebrate the book with Gyllenhaal's narration before the movie came out and of course it didn't disappoint. The voice didn't sound like Jake Gyllenhaal to me but it was still really good.
Great Narration. I thoroughly enjoyed the story. The characters truly cone to life. I plan to listen again!
I was not one of the fortunate ones (or unfortunate ones, depending on your viewpoint) to have read "The Great Gatsby" in High School. I suggest the word "unfortunate" because I think one has to have lived a little, before the poignance of this book can be truly felt.
I really thought I would hate this storyline: a book about the over-indulgance of the Roaring 20's. Instead, I found that I, was disgusted by it, and detached from it, and somewhat longing to belong in it at the same time. And, like everyone else, I too had misjudged the Great Gatsby.
I couldn't help but reflect on the fact that the roaring 20's preceded the great depression. Although the reasons for the depression were numerous, and in many ways, a series of unpredictable circumstances, it still seemed to loom over the storyline, and made itself felt out in our own era of indulgence.
The narration by Jake Gyllenhaal may be an acquired taste for some, but I felt that his strength lies in his even (almost monotone narration) complemented by his almost forgettable character voices (they were that good! So alive and believable that you forgot he was reading momentarily) and then he went back into narrators voice again to carry the story forward.
Just typical Scott Fitzgerald, it was a great performance of this maudlin book. If you haven't read it, or haven't read it in a while this is a good refresher.