I have never read any of the print version, but if I have time I usually prefer reading the words myself. However, when I am pressed for time, which I usually am, it is convenient to listen to the book while I do whatever I need to do, whether it is house chores or a long drive (which was the case for the Great Gatsby). The convenience and accessibility of the audiobook is what I love, not necessarily the reader, although he did a good job.
It is impossible not to compare The Great Gatsby with contemporary works such as Hemingway and my favorite author, Orwell. If you enjoy these modern classics there is no reason not to pick up the Great Gatsby.
It is always awkward when a reader does the voice of a character of the opposite gender, but he did a good job with the ones in this book, emphasizing, yet not overemphasizing his interpretation of their voices.
This is a book that I literally did listen to in one sitting. It is not a very long book and I happened to be on a crosscountry road trip when I listened to it. It was a good companion for a long nighttime stretch through western Texas.
This was not my favorite book ever, but it is easy to see why it is important, and I enjoyed the story and I think a modern imagination of the plot is easy to visualize.
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