With a 4 1/2 hour commute to work, it's not hard for me to find time to listen to a good audiobook.
I must say that I gave tried to give this audiobook a fair chance that I didn't do to the book when it was required reading in Mrs. Hobbs 11th grade English class 20 years ago. Jake Gyllenhaal was a very pleasant surprise as I thought him narrating a classic was more of a gimmick than anything. But he was extremely good with varying his tone, inflections, and giving life to the story that just didn't resonate with my interests. So, that is why my people may feel that I am off of my rocker for not liking the story, The Great Gatsby. But the storyline and writing style did not pull me in like many of my favorite books in the mystery, thriller, and business genres.
The mastery of literary devices that make F. Scott Fitzgerald an icon and The Great Gatsby an American classic are lost on me. I have conditioned myself to enjoy the drama of Grisham and Baldacci, the thrill of Patterson and Ludlum, and the wit of Fey and Halpern.
I don't think it was a waste of a credit by any means. It was well worth trying out this classic given it was not a very long audiobook. But be warned, if you didn't enjoy The Great Gatsby when it was required reading in high school, you may not fall head over heels with this rendition. However, I am glad that I listened to it so I can speak with intelligence and authority when I critique Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio when the movie is released later this spring.
I just couldn't relate to the story. It's a classic American novel, but I just couldn't appreciate it.
Jake Gyllenthaal was fine, but his narration was more of a straightforward reading than a dramatization of the Dawn Tripp
Exquisitely written, unflinching and
I wouldn't be interested in a follow-up, although others might be. I didn't care about anyone in the story.
Classic literature is one of my favorite genres, but I had a hard time sinking into this. I had never read The Great Gatsby before and I have not seen the movie. I'm not sure if it was the story or the narrator, but I think it was the latter. No offense to Jake Gyllenhaal but he has to be one of the most boring narrators I've listened to. The cadence of his voice made me want to sleep and half way through the book, I was still reluctant to see it to the end. I also had a hard time discerning whether some dialogue was intended to be tongue in cheek or serious, and I think that was the narrator as well. There are a lot of positive reviews, so I might try this again with a traditional book rather than an audio book.
I was so excited to listen to this classic. But, I was very disappointed. I know it seems like a great SELLING move to market an audiobook with a screen actor- screen actors have ONE character, not seven.... or more. And, honestly, A talented actor/actress should stick with acting. Just because you are a talented actor/actress DOES NOT equal that you are a master at audiobook narration.
Now, if I just wanted to hear Jake Gyllenhaal read a book to me, this would have worked out...... probably would have cost me much more than this audiobook, however!!
I would change the decade that this book was written. As much as I try, it's hard for me to enjoy such old American literature. I guess I need a class for context so I can enjoy it. TOO LATE.
I have not. And I probably won't. If I didn't care for this, I don't think I'd like anything else.
Despite the content, he has a lovely voice. Not my most favorite voice, but he read well and made it at least a little bit compelling.
Yes, it made me listen to it as fast as possible so I could listen to something else.
Not much except context makes everything better. I'll live without it though.
An avid reader that has run out of time to read and has turned to audiobooks to get his daily bookworm fed.
One of the best, I own the book but Gyllenhal adds something to the narration that just reading it doesnt have.
The ending of course, I wont spoil anything for people who havent read it or havent read it in a very long time.
His performance slowly changes through out the book portraying the subtle nuances of the characters change from the beginning to the emotional end.
The end made me cry. This book is in no way a happy book, no one is actually happy and every choice each character makes just nudges them closer to the explosive end.
If you havent already, wait to watch the movie till you at least read the book. The 2013 version not the crappy old versions.
Best, first one I've tried
ha, all the characters were truly terrible. I only sympathized with the cuckolded husband, the killer
First one - loved it
I went into this work with fresh eyes. I have never seen a movie adaptation and really had read nothing about the story beforehand. I was in fact, a bit skeptical, if only because of so many other "classics" that to me, fell short.
This story however, was truly remarkable and deserves to have stood the test of time. It's not filled with violence, sex, or any of the other attributes of many modern stories, but it does have a tension between characters throughout that draws you in.
Written at the beginning of what could be called "the century of wealth" for America (which continues into the present), it offers a window into a world of money and privilege. The view presented, however, is one where not all is happiness and roses.
So, if you've never read this book, or wold like to experience a classic you've read but in an audio format (the narrator was excellent), then this work is highly recommended.
It was okay, but I certainly don't think that it a great piece of American Literature....doesn't compare to Steinbeck
It's a quick read
Thde narrator was good
Maybe a prequel
I knew the story would be wonderful as I've read it several times but Gyllenhaal's narration was wonderful! Very much worth the download.
The scene of Myrtle's death and her husband's reaction stands out to me the most. It was beautifully written, subtle but powerful.
I haven't listened to any but I plan to now!
I did listen to it all in one sitting. I couldn't turn it off!