I first read 'The Great Gatsby' as a high school student. Made an 'A' on my required report. Thought the book was incredibly boring at the time and never once recommended it or understood why everyone else went on so about it...
Flash forward 30+ years and Jake's reading of the classic. I learned something from listening: I am a much drier, more technical reader than I am a listener. I found myself much more attuned to the attitudes and behaviors of the characters, as well as their reactions in the narration. I thought that Gyllenhall did an excellent job catching the various voices... (I notice "Old Sport" references everywhere now... even in an episode of "True Blood"... :)
So... I move my story rating up a star... and the performance was superb!!!
Both as a story and to be well read (or the audible equivalent) I highly recommend this title!!
All the best,
PS. Unrelated side note to the book review and fan statement for audible recordings - in addition to this title, I found that the 'Game of Thrones' series was one that I could not get through by reading, but devoured on Audible.... Just sayin'.
I would highly recommend this book in audio format. So much of the story is descriptive in nature and if you are at all a fast reader, you will skip sections. Driving in the car or sitting around, you won't hit the fast forward, where your eyes would definitely skim ahead to the the action bits!! I tried the books three times, then settled on listening to the series. Epic improvement!!! :)
When someone I expected to be around to the end was dispatched with extreme prejudice...
Pretty much any scene with John Snow...
The book is epic in scope... it hits all the emotions at one time or another!!!
This book/series has already become part of our culture... If you read/listen - and if a bit of rough language or action do not offend you - you should definitely have this in your collection. After all... Winter is coming!!!
All the best,
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