I never write reviews, simply because I can never seem to be as clever as all my fellow audible listeners who review regularly. But with this book, I just had to write something. I'm not normally a fan of young adult lit, but Suzanne Collins is really on to something here. Her story is incredibly appealing to adults because the plot is complex, full of intrigue, has a political and moral message, plus there is lots of romance, futuristic speculation, and enough blood and guts to scare away any adolescent teeny-bopper! Loved it, loved it, loved it!!!! The narrator does a spectacular job, and in my opinion, she really makes this book a must-listen, not a must-read. All you men out there, don't be scared away by this book just because it was written by a woman and is considered young adult lit! You won't be sorry. My husband loved it, too.
We all read this book in high school, and so we all take its meaning and depth for granted...until we read it again with more age under our belts! The nuanced, poetic writing of Fitzgerald just seemed to mean so much more to me at age 36 than 16. I can better appreciate the angst and mourning of decay in the 1920s because it's so similar to the feeling of loss and decay that we experience now with the end of one era and beginning of another. Fitzgerald's writing comes alive with Jake as the reader. he does a beautiful job, and it's no wonder he is such a successful actor: Because he is good!
What I love about this story is that we can all find ourselves in Gatsby. We are all weak. We all have experienced love and loss. We all have trouble letting go. We all desire something more, beyond what we have, and we all must fall and die at some point. The themes in this book are universal and true, and Fitzgerald is a master at giving us this enigmatic, elusive character who ends up being a weak boy in yearning for love with Jay Gatsby.
Jake's reading voice is so understated. He does a great job at Tom Buchanan's rough and tumble voice. I love the vulnerability he shows when George Wilson mourns the loss of his wife, and he says "Oh, god, Oh, god," over and over. I really do believe it with Jake reading the novel. This was an excellent audio book.
Towards the end, when Nick describes his cousin Daisy and Tom Buchanan as being careless people who smash things up and then retreat to their money, and how Nick is really a Westerner (Midwesterner) and how he felt he never quite belonged with the people of the East was just lovely. It made me feel so much more compassion for Gatsby at this point in the novel.
I've been an audible member for years and years. Only about once a year do I come across a book that I just could not be pried away from, a book that leaves me daydreaming about it when I'm not listening to it....This is that book! I was addicted from just the first few minutes. I found myself in the parking garage at my work, sitting in my car and listening, unable to get myself to press stop on my ipod because I was making myself late for work. All of the characters are so fully developed. The author took painstaking effort in making sure that each character made us feel a definite emotion each time she appeared. The plot was rock-solid and sobering, but hilarious at the same time. And the narration was PERFECT!!! All the readers were amazing. Such a good book!!!! Well worth the time and money.
After listening to a handful of pretty heavy books, I needed something light and romantic, while still slightly educational, and this book was perfect. It is cleverly told through letters, which I loved, because it was easy to pause if I was distracted. The story was beautifully written, very innocent in the midst of a horrid time in Europe, a bittersweet story that gives a mid-30's guy or gal hope for a simple, good love after experiencing the worst. The readers were fantastic, too.
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