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Windy Phillips

Windy P.

Chesapeake, VA | Member Since 2010

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  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Jake Gyllenhaal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3466)
    Performance
    (3173)
    Story
    (3199)

    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

    Darwin8u says: "Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured"
    "Perfect Combination"
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    If you could sum up The Great Gatsby in three words, what would they be?

    Fast, blinding, tragic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a classic. It presents a glaring portrait into the period, love and a man.


    What about Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance did you like?

    Jake Gyllenhaal's performance was nothing short of perfect. It's ironic, I have never been a huge admirer of his acting but having heard him perform Gatsby I don't think any other reader would ever do for me from here on out. I believe another reviewer indicated sometimes you find the perfect narrator for a given novel. Gyllenhaal is definitely that for Gatsby.


    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Nocturnal: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Scott Sigler
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (326)

    Homicide detective Bryan Clauser is losing his mind. How else to explain the dreams he keeps having - dreams that mirror, with impossible accuracy, the gruesome serial murders taking place all over San Francisco? How else to explain the feelings these dreams provoke in him - not disgust, not horror, but excitement? As Bryan and his longtime partner, Lawrence 'Pookie' Chang, investigate the murders, they learn that things are even stranger than they at first seem.

    valarie says: "Another AMAZING story"
    "Meh."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you enjoy dark, I guess this might work for you.


    Has Nocturnal: A Novel turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance wasn't too bad. I just didn't really enjoy the book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It had some interesting concepts.


    Any additional comments?

    I've enjoyed other books by this author. This one was just very dark and worse predictable. I am usually ok with dark books, but something about this one I just did not enjoy. Other than Pookie, the funny side-kick, the main characters are pretty unlikeable. And I could see most of what was coming way in advance. Just too formulaic and depressing overall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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