“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald – narrated by Jake Gyllenhaal

This was one of the books I read in AP English when I was a senior in high school. Before listening to the audio book I remembered I liked it in high school but I couldn’t remember why. Looking back now, I wonder why I liked it back in high school haha! I don’t think there’s any way I could have related to it then the way I do now. Perhaps it was the movie I liked back then. We watched it in class after studying the book. What teen girl in 1997 wouldn’t enjoy looking at flapper dresses and Robert Redford? Yum.

This time through I totally understood the need to fit in and how better than with money and booze? And look how it showed that the rich can get away with anything, except can they? Maybe from the law, but even if you escape the law, you can never escape your soul.

I wonder what my AP English teacher taught us about this book. They always show us things in the writing that I wonder if the authors ever really intended. All I can remember about this one is a billboard or a sign or something with a guy wearing glasses. I specifically remember my teacher saying that symbolized that the people were always being watched, something like that haha! Having done a little fiction writing myself, I know I never intend for any major deep symbolism; I’m just writing the story that is begging to get out. It’s up to readers to interpret.

I have my mom’s very old copy of this book on display on her old music stand in my apartment. For some reason this is a book that I always think of when I think about favorites of mine throughout the years.

I loved the narration by Jake Gyllenhaal. Actors always do a good job of narrating and having seen him back when I was a sightling, his voice was also good eye candy.

Rating: So good!

Oh! I should mention this book was part of a fun night on Twitter when I asked for help in picking the next book I read. I listed the books I had on my iPod at the time and people voted. I can’t remember the name of the book that took first haha! The second place book was “Little Women”. The first was also a classic. The narration was so bad I didn’t read either book. ‘Gatsby’ took third. Might do that again the next time I’m undecided even though it wasn’t necessarily successful. It was fun!

“The Great Gatsby” at Audible ~ “The Great Gatsby” at Amazon


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4 Responses to “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald – narrated by Jake Gyllenhaal

  1. Alyssa

    I wonder what you would think of the old version… The one narrated by Frank Muller. He had a motorcycle accident which left him unable to record books for the past few years, but up until then, he was my absolute favorite narrator. No, he’s not a Brit, but he could sure as heck fool you with his narration of that book. Not one of my faves of his though.

  2. Ro

    I recently read a scathing review of the Frank Muller version. It also mentioned his accident. I wonder if there was something about the way Muller narrated that made this other person dislike the book, since narration can make or break a book.

    I think with “The Great Gatsby”, you either love it or hate it. I’ve never known anyone that said something like, eh it’s ok I guess. Haha! People seem very passionate about their feelings towards this book. I just love it. Maybe I relate a little too much even though my life is nothing like those characters.
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  3. Alyssa

    I think it was that he did the whole thing in a British accent. I don’t remember how long ago it was recorded, but maybe it was when he first started. It was very, very dull. In contrast though, pick up Stephen King’s Green Mile… Also narrated by Frank. Awesome!

  4. Ro

    I wonder why on earth he read it in an english accent. Everyone in the book is American. Odd.
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