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.
Jake Gyllenhaal's vocal quality is perfectly adequate to convey Nick's story, but unfortunately there are several passages that are read incorrectly (i.e., with emphasis on the wrong words or phrases) and presumably the director didn't call these out because Jake Gyllenhaal is a BIG STAR. I am compelled to recommend the late great Frank Muller's narration over this one.
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!
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.
A freelance screenwriter with two feature length screenplays to date and one short...I am also an avid reader.
In the top ten
Jake's narration; a good actor can really make a story come alive. I wondered if he had aspired to the movie role..he would have been wonderful, I'm sure.
Nick, of course, the narrator.
I loved the language, the ethereal words of Fitzgerald.
I downloaded The Great Gatsby after seeing the movie. I was interested at how much the movie followed the actual book. I did enjoy the movie and have recommended it to friends, the book is so much better that I would recommend it even more so.
Fitzgerald is not usually my type of author but I'd never read Gatsby and had only seen the old version of the movie with Robert Redford so I thought I'd give it a try. Great story, Jake Gyllenhaal does a good job reading.
My favorite character was, of course, Gatsby himself... misunderstood and though a criminal really, quite likable... wish we could have got to know him better.