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 driving to work. I am hooked!
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.
Like others, with the new movie coming, and the re-release by narrator Jake Gyllenhaal, I decided to use a credit and re-"read" this classic that I hadn't read since forced to in high school. It was extremely enjoyable and I plowed right through it. I had forgotten what a compelling tale this was and Gyllenhaal's narration only added to my pleasure. Highly recommend!
This has to be one of my top ten favorites - no one can deny that this is one of the greatest American novels ever written.
There's a reason we all have to read it in high school, although lamentably we're mostly too young to understand it very meaningfully at that age.
Impossible to say - the myriad interpretations offered by various symbols; the forgiving and compassionate way human folly, hypocrisy, and unthinking offhand cruelty are portrayed throughout the book; the equanimity of the narrator; the rich detail of the descriptions of wasteful yet magical opulence; the heartbreaking, love-soaked idealism of Gatsby juxtaposed with the completely amoral and brutal source of the income with which he intended to pursue Daisy; ok so this is already too long and you didn't read it.
My review is really about supposed to be about Jake Gyllenhaal.
In short, his narration allowed me to fall in love with the characters.
Jake Gyllenhaal lends a quality to Nick's telling of the story that provides insight into varied aspects of the book - things I would not have understood quite as richly as a female reader with only a page in front of me.
He brings phrases such as "old sport" to life without the cartoonish and annoying cadence my brain would have imposed on them.
His voice is perfect for this. He's at just the right age to play Nick, whose point of view is so essential, and he perfectly portrays Nick's character as earnest, thoughtful, self-aware, unblinkingly critical, and yet still compassionate.
Gyllenhaal also has a more than impressive vocal range to bring the various other characters vividly to life. His portrayal of female characters is notably nuanced.
I'll be listening to anything and everything else he chooses to read.
Jake, please keep reading stuff so I can listen to it!
I loved the reader, Jake Gyllenhaal, and I loved the book itself. They could not have picked a better reader for this masterful work of art!
I'd read this book about fifteen years ago and, truth be told, I'd forgotten a lot of what the story was about. But that ending had stuck in my head. I tend to think that I probably didn't recognize this book for the work of art that it is. With age and experience, I can see the genius of Fitzgerald and recognize the nuances that I think I missed in my younger days. I bought this audiobook for two reasons (1) the movie is coming out soon and I wanted a refresher on the story; and, (2) It's narrated by Jake Gyllenhaal. I wasn't overly impressed by Jake Gyllenhaal's narration. I thought it was adequate but he didn't bring that magic to the story that great narrators do i.e. Colin Firth in The End of the Affair. If you've never read this book, I'd say listen to this audiobook. It's well worth the listen even if the narration isn't out of the park.
Enjoyable listen. Enjoyed the narration, though was a little confusing to follow when the character vocal tones were not consistant. Overall I would highly recommend it.
His description of the party.
Jake Gylenhaal was great as a narrator. He brought the characters to life.
Listening to Gatsby reminded me why some authors clearly stand out from others as masters of the craft. Fitzgerald's use of language is a delightful reminder of the what storytelling can be. Gyllenhaal's presentation enhanced the joy of listening.
When Jake reads this it is like a 4 hour poetry reading. He reads every sentence like it is the only sentence. I have all of his movies and love this guy. Who knew he would be so outstanding as a narrator. I have loved this story for many, many years and have other copies from Audible, but this is THE best of all.
To me, FSF only writes a sentence that carries the story forward. There is no blah, blah, blah in his writing. Every character in the story is developed. You know them. You care for them. They are precious to the theme of the story. He writing has this amazing sense of humor. For example, when they buy the dog off of a dog peddler on the street. Just incredible for the concise, sarcastic, exchange between the characters. Love, love, love it!
And Jake pulls this off so well. I've read/heard/seen this story many, many times, but how Jake reads this scene is just, well, hysterical.
I only hope we get to hear more from Jake. This has been, by far, my most fav book in years.