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Jay

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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
    (3865)
    Performance
    (3513)
    Story
    (3542)

    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"
    "One book where the narration beats my inner voice!"
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    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,

    Jay


    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'.

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  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30506)
    Performance
    (23826)
    Story
    (23910)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "The perfect format for an epic story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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!!! :)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Game of Thrones?

    When someone I expected to be around to the end was dispatched with extreme prejudice...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Pretty much any scene with John Snow...


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book is epic in scope... it hits all the emotions at one time or another!!!


    Any additional comments?

    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,

    Jay

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