Elegant, enigmatic Jay Gatsby yearns for his old love, the beautiful Daisy. But she is married to the insensitive if hugely successful Tom Buchanan, who won’t let her go despite having a mistress himself. In their wealthy haven, these beguiling lives are brought together by the innocent and entranced narrator, Nick – until their decadent deceits spill into violence and tragedy. Part morality tale, part fairy tale, The Great Gatsby is the consummate novel of the Jazz Age. Its tenderness and poetry make it one of the great works of the 20th century.
©1925 Charles Scribner's Sons, renewed 1953 Frances Scott Fitzgerald Lanahan (P)2010 Naxos Audiobook
Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.
What can I say? It is one of the best known plots of modern times. It is regarded as a modern American classic, alongside "Grapes of Wrath", Huck Finn's Adventures and Scout's wondering at her father's integrity. But for me, it has always been missing something. I know it's about soulless people for whom, what it looks like is more important than what it is. So of course it is missing something. That's the point! But still, there's something I can't put my finger on that separates this from the true "Greats".
I just read Melinda's review (which I always read with interest). She gets it, but I don't. For me Fitzgerald has so successfully dismissed these glitzy cut-out figures, that I have no empathy for any of them, not even Dan. That leaves me this: awed by the language, but not so hot about the story. And, isn't it all about the story? Anyway, who am I to criticise the book. It can't have been too bad because I listened to two versions of it over a day!
Overall, I think my prejudice is not a good guide. I love the language, but I could easily never read this again. I wouldn't say the same for Wrath, Mockingbird or Finn, and certainly I will read Of Mice and Men again, hopefully many times.
As mentioned, I listened to two versions of this tale. I started with this one, then saw the Jake Gyllenhaal one advertised. It wasn't that I wasn't enjoying William Hope's performance, because I listened to both from "cover to cover". However, I found it a bit over dramatic, although that sense of avarice has its place within this book. Also, I wanted to understand why this is an hour longer than the Gyllenhaal version. I never got to the bottom of that. I liked his (Hope's) characterisation (especially of Daisy and Gatsby) more than the other version, but I didn't like the "sing-song" aspect of some of the narrative. Still the performance was good and didn't detract from the book, and it's all about the book.
Yes. It was well read by the narrator, and of course it is one of the best books ever written.
The setting, the tale of unrequited love-- even though Gatsby turns out to be a stalker.
This might sound odd, but his voice seemed to fit with the era.
The Great Gatsby
By F. Scott Fitzgerald
Narrator by William Hope
Brilliantly written I liked the writing far more than the story.
The narrator did his job well and the story came alive but the general sound level was very low.
So back to the story. The author is brilliant. The way he engages the reader is amazing. The tragic nature of the story was not to my liking but I can't expect all of life to be rainbows and butterflies can I?
Great reading - brought the book to life
Yes, I think it was 2 sittings :)
I have always wanted to read something by F. Scott Fitzgerald and understand why he is considered such a good writer. I finally got the chance to do it and am glad that I did.
Fitzgerald portrays a wide range of complex relationships, emotions, and cultural patterns without sounding phoney or contrived. His characters live on Long Island after World War I and most, but not all, are young and wealthy. While possessing beauty, wealth, and power, they teeter and eventually cross over our cultural lines related to truthfulness, honesty, trust, loyalty, nonviolence, thrift, justice, and respectfulness. Over the course of a summer, their decadent behavior becomes more extreme and ends in unexpected tragedy.
The narrator, a young man from the mid West, observes all this happening, and is confounded, especially by his enigmatic neighbor, Gatsby. As he gets to know Gatsby better and understand his motivation, he acquires a great respect for him.
Book - Rated as a classic it not sure if it should be in the top 50. However, I see it is a classic and a very good piece of work. The chief asset is the narration, characters, and description prose. I did not find the plot terribly grand but that was backdrop for the chararacter.
Production - A very good production and presentation.
Pretty high, but I do wish I would have read the paper version. I don't think the imagery jumps out as much if you aren't reading it for yourself. But I wanted to read it before the movie came out and I am so glad I did!
I was a business major during my undergraduate and post graduate years so I did not take many courses in literature. I was excited to listen to this book. I see why it is a classic. Some of it is timeless. Some is not. I've been going to Manhattan on business two or three times a year for 14 years and it was cool to know some of the places the book refers to.
I've listened to at least 24 books and William Hope's reading may be the best. Fantastic job.
As for the story, I found it interesting, engaging and exciting for about 3/4 of its length. After that, I was disappointed. It kind of went flat for me. The ending was actually a shock. Maybe I've got too much of a bean counter's brain.
Regardless, I'd love to see the original two versions of the movie. I refuse to see the version with Redford and would consider putting my life in jeopardy while trying to escape if being forced at gunpoint to sit through the upcoming release of the next version.
Having somehow never read this book in high school, nor seen the Robert Redford film adaptation,I picked it up in preparation for the new Leonardo Di Caprio flick set to come out soon. I have to say, I just don't get why this is such a famous book. Supposedly a chronicle of the 1920's and Prohibition, I found it a tedious soap opera of an improbable love affair between two characters I really didn't care too much about. I do think it would make a better movie than a book, since the settings involve many beautiful people at beautiful parties in beautiful houses. The narrator did a good job.
"A Real Scene Setter Old Sport"
Enjoyable even though not my usual type of choice. A Classic novel very well read by Bill Hope. Evocative of a time and place in history
A classic of american novel, a pure joy! The word's and voice combine to take you back to the 1920's and into a world that is not quite what it seems.
"All American historic novel"
Narrator was good
I found them a little tedious if I am honest
No, and not sure I will rush out to get another
Gatsby's love for his lady
I was really looking forward to this book but was a little disappointed. Don't get me wrong great story but just got fed up with the characters.
"The Greatest of the Great?"
Beautifully written. A multi-layered masterpiece with a depth that rewards multiple re-readings.
There is little extraneous fluff. Fitzgerald avoided padding and produced a clear and concise story.
Arguably the greatest novel of the 20th Century and has very few competitors from other centuries for the title of greatest novel of all time.
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