History in sloooow motion. Pretentious reading weighs down a great subject.
The debate over text to speech being anything similar to a "performance" (as the law is attempting to distinguish) is completely put to rest here. If you have only seen the movie then you owe it to yourself to find out the complete story and the complete character(s) of Gatsby. The performance brings this book to life. One of the best readings of any book I have heard (out of hundreds). Tim Robbins, not usually a favorite of mine, is perfect. A genuinely subtle and penetrating reading of Gatsby. Voices for each character that are spot on. So often narrators changing voices draws too much attention to itself. Not here. Highly recommended.
This always remarkable book comes alive with this reading. I love audio books for their convenience and I get through many more books in audio format than I do with physical books. Comparing what I get from sitting in a chair reading to listening to a book generally is a toss up for me often with reading the book getting a slight edge. But once in a while the audio format far exceeds the page turning experience. This book is a perfect example of how well audio books can be done.
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