It's been many years since I first read and loved The Great Gatsby, and I'm grateful to Audible and Jake Gyllenhaal for taking me on a new journey with it.
Truly, this is Fitzgerald's finest work. Vivid, poignant and fascinating with characters that are unforgettable. They linger long after the book is finished.
I loved Gyllenhaal's reading. He brought depth and subtlety--and, certainly, skill--to his nuanced presentation. Light changes made each character clear, never jarring or ridiculous (as sometimes happens when an otherwise good reader voices the opposite sex). Jake G. made me fall in love with Fitzgerald's words and characters all over again.
It's rare that I can say with certainty that I will read a particular book again. This time, however, I am certain that I will listen to this many times.
It was a little disappointing listening to the voices blur together while also blurring into the narration. I would say he needs a bit more practice in voice acting, and maybe hire voice actors to read these books!
Other than that, the story is amazing!
I don't get this book. I didn't in high school and I still don't after reading it again. I thought maybe an Audible rendition would suit me better, but alas, that was not the case. The book itself feels like a journal where someone is using fancy words just because they think they will look better for it, but in the end they just sound a fool. Jake's performance was fine, nothing special. If you wanted to check this out again later in life, skip it.
Extremely overhyped - the characters were shallow and the relationships were non-esistant. I was at least expecting Nick & Gatsby to have a decent friendship but it wasn't there in the least. Quite disappointing.
This is a book I would recommend for a book club --so many topics for conversation.
I wondered several times if I loved the writing or if it was terribly overdone/an excess of descriptive phases. Almost a testament to the era it captured.
The narration was wonderful, the story interesting. Glad I finally "read It".