I'm an English teacher and I used this in conjunction with students my reading along with the book. Jake Gyllenhaal's fluidity and performance with the text allowed my students to hear correct pronunciation of difficult words, different voices for the different characters, and the opportunity to practice active reading strategies.
I gave the performance four stars rather than five only because I felt Jake sometimes read parts of the text too slow, too fast, or with little emotion. However, My students and I highly enjoyed listening to this version of The Great Gatsby and I will definitely use it with my classes next year.
At first, I found Fitzgerald's phrases too stilted and flowery, but with the narrator's smooth delivery, I came to appreciate the poetry of the descriptions. The accents in the dialogs were excellent and effortless.
Although I had read The Great Gatsby years ago, listening to Jake Gyllenhaal made this one of the greatest Audible books, I have ever listened to! I only wish Jake Gyllenhaal has other books that he has narrated!
The overall experience was great. Acceptable and enjoyable. It's nothing special but listening to the book makes any book more comprehensible. The narrator was especially helpful when it came to powering through those boring moments in the book and highlighting the dramatic ones as well as adding emotion to the tragic ending. As a student, the audiobook aided me in
of the book. The narration emphasized and "brought to life" the complex vocabulary and rich people 20's jargon as well as the emotion of this book.
9/10 -would listen to again
The story is all time classic and my all time favorite.Jake Gyllenhaal's narration adds to the charm of this great book.
Boring story. Extremely slow to start. Then spends about 5 minutes on the actual plot.
Come up with something more interesting than "Rich people are immoral."
Not bad. Needed better material to work with.
It was short.
Read it because it's a "classic".
I get it. Maybe they're was something special about this book when it was written. But it, in my humble opinion, has not survived the times. Not like others have. It wasn't a waste of time listening to it, but I wish my expectations were a little lower before starting.