Jake Gyllenhall was absolutely fantastic with this F. Scott Fitzgerald classic. I really enjoyed my whole experience listening to this one!
The story was awful. I had hoped it would be decent. It seemed to have a decent cast for the movie, looked interested from the previews. The audiobook was narrated by Jake Gyllenhaal. He does a fair job. I expected better from such a high ranking movie star. But, to be fair to him, the material he had to work with was just terrible. 2/3rds of the book boiled down to rich people sitting around gossiping about each other!! Really! Then the last 1/3rd was Gatsby trying to rekindle a love he let go because he didn't think he was good enough for her the first time around. He ends up paying for it this time around. The big plot twist at the end and underlying meaning in the last 1/3rd just were not enough for me.
I really had to force myself to finish this one and it was a short one! I finished one of the Game of Thrones audiobooks, which are really really long, in the time this one probably took make.
Just awful. Stay away if you can.
I loved the narration, Jake Gyllenhaal did a great job and gave me a great visual of the characters and his voice fit well with feel of the book. It's a classic read and I hadn't read it since high school, I enjoyed rediscovering Gatsby as an adult.
What isn't there to like about Gatsby - it's a classic for a reason.
I loved the narration, Jake Gyllenhaal did a great job and gave me a great visual of the characters and his voice fit well with
Yes and no. I had trouble getting into it at first but once I got the rhythm I couldn't put it down.
Great story, classic american prose, done right by Jake Gylenhall. One of the few that I could listen to a 2nd time.
I favor history, non-fiction, lectures, and the occasional purely fictitious work. I also listen to many children's books with my family.
I am a big fan of the book. I've listened to it in audible form at least sixe times and revisit it pretty regularly. This particular recording is my second favorite fof the three I have listened to.
I think the narration here is stellar - it falls short of Frank Muller for me, but I think the style may please some listeners more than Muller's reading. Jake reads it almost as the embodiment of Nick, which he pulls off very well. The reading is a disaffected and has a pretentiousness to it that suits the character perectly. I can't mark this book down for it's performance at all - it's great, just not my personal favorite.
So my personal picks of the three audio versions I have listened to:
1) Frank Muller's read (is this unavailable now!?!?)
2) Jake Gyllenhaal (this book - great)
3) Tim Robbins (good - not quite up to the above in my mind)
I have sampled many other narrations and found them lacking - but I would have to check them again to provide details. There are recordings I plan to check out as well - but none have warranted the buy yet since I have such good listens available already.
Anyway - hope this helps!
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.
Living the Dream
The Great Gatsby was a trip back in time to an era that lived to love life and indulge in vice. The colorful depictions of the lavish parties and costume of that era as well as the social and political climate told through a captivating story of rags to riches and love lost and found.
I have not heard Jake Gyllenhaal read any other books. I do respect him as a well versed actor and am sure any book read by him is going to be well read. His performance on this version of The Great Gatsby is second to none.
You’re only as good as your last party
While many versions of this book exist on audio and 4 feature films have been made based on the book I can say that this is by far the best I’ve heard. The unabridged version gives the book so much more substance as the book itself is not very long. Also, the latest feature film with Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby is an almost exact replication of the book in word and in what I saw in my mind’s eye as I listened to the Jake Gyllenhaal reading. I find it hard to believe that at the time of its publishing this work was a flop and not until F. Scott Fitzgerald passed away and some years later that it was brought back to light and is now considered a prime example of American literature along with The Catcher in the Rye and Of Mice and Men. Fitzgerald lived and witnessed the twenties and gives us a firsthand account of the life and times of the “Flapper Era.”
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.
Not sure why this is a classic. Found myself bored frequently. Jake's performance was a little rough. Accents started to blend together.