When F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby in the early 1920s, the American Dream was already on the skids. Originally based on the idea that the pursuit of happiness involves not only material success but moral and spiritual growth, the dream had by Fitzgerald's time become increasingly focused on money and pleasure - a phenomenon the high-living writer was only too familiar with.
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"Enjoyed this version mightily"
The narrator is somewhat flamboyant, acting the various voices with panache and energy. Some will like this approach, some not.
The story took on added dimensions after I heard the elegant description ot (less developed) Long Island of that era, in the vast nonfiction "The Power Broker" by Robert Caro, a biography of New York's public works pioneer Robert Moses, who transformed the place.
Like so many classics of the era the beginning meanders and languishes around the characters but eventually the story does get moving. Fitzgerald's prose is simply beautiful and something rare while his metaphors paint an incredible picture in your imagination.
"Female reader, story by 1st person make narrator"
No. What on earth would possess them to hire a woman reader for a story told in the first person by a man?! Utterly distracting and changes the whole tone of the book. I got this on sale for $2.00 and paid too much. I couldn't even make it all the way through.
The story is fine. The reader was an awful choice for this piece.
Hire a male reader for a male narrator.
Listen to the sample for every book I buy to make sure the reader is not a ridiculously bad choice.
"Female Narrator ruined it for me"
Gatsby is Gatsby and the work changes depending on where you are when you read it. The Gatsby of my adult years seems very different then the Gatsby of my youth; so my cretic is not of the work or Fitzgerald. This is not my first audio version of the book and I found the female narrator detracted from my enjoyment. A personal prejudice to be sure.
Yes, it's worth reading so you know what the big deal is.
It was very short, so there wasn't too much to the book.
She brings the characters to life pretty well.
"A classoc, well read"
I have always wanted to read this book and as the first Audible book I bought I am glad I did. Jane Pauley has the perfect voice to bring the era into life without overdoing the whole over-the-top lifestyle the characters are.
The story is classic and beautiful, and Miss Pauley certainly did it justice.
"You shouldn't have a female narrarator for a male"
The narrator is female and the character is male. I tried and tried to listen to this book and it makes it impossible to just let go and go with the story because inevitably you have to keep reminding yourself oh, this is supposed to be a guy. Not to mention that her voice is so monotone...like Bueller....Bueller....monotone.
Audible needs to be very clear that the narrator is a female when the charactor is male especially when their name gives no indication (F. Scott Fitzgerald) I would really like my money back on this one.
"Why is this the great American novel?"
Decided to check it out because of its status in American literature. However, it was a bit underwhelming and anti-climatic. No excitement... There was tension but no one I cared about... If you like gossip and rich folks acting like gossipy rich folks then check it out.
While I truly enjoyed listening to the book I'm a book reader by heart
Finding out about lost love
While it said it was her in fact it was a man reading the book
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