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5.0 out of 5 stars A Monument in Audio Book History, September 28, 2005
This review is from: The Great Gatsby (Audio CD)
Scott Fitzgerald, a monumental talent who only occasionally got things working right, made Gatsby great by the extraordinary invention of Nick Carraway. Carraway as narrator provided the exact perfect pitch: more awestruck than he would admit, more moral than it was fashionable to reveal -- always objective and distanced and subtle and charming, genuinely decent and impeccably well mannered, a little dangerously smitten himself by the lovely but corrupt Jordan Baker.

Alexander Scourby, one of the greatest reading voices of his era (overlapping Fitzgerald's enough to know and feel it all) here does Carraway in a way that cannot, therefore, again be quite equalled. Imagine having a recording of a great contemporary actor reading Ahab's speeches in Moby Dick, and one begins to appreciate the gift that we only now have in recorded sound, something we are already quite casual about. But there is much more here than historical accuracy. Scourby's voice wraps around every phrase of Fitzgeral's text with both an actor's professionalism and a good reader's care, making it not only uncannily his own monument but also a monument in audio book history. It sets the bar, and anyone interested in the recorded voice as an art form should own this for repeated learning.
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Initial post: Mar 24, 2013 4:59:10 PM PDT
Frank Muller's narration of the book surpasses that of Scourby.

Posted on Aug 10, 2013 3:01:34 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 10, 2013 3:04:09 AM PDT
Quincy, M.E. says:
I couldn't agree more with "Billyjack D'Urberville's" review...this audio book is the perfect marriage of two stellar talents - the exquisite prose of Fitzgerald, and the elegant, sonorous precision of Scourby. These two have no peers in their respective artistic fields.

Posted on Sep 1, 2013 6:27:24 PM PDT
There's a new audio version performed by Tim Robbins and it's also wonderful. I have not heard the other two described here so don't know how it compares, but Robbins was mesmerizing. Although I've read the book before, listening to this version was like discovering the story for the very first time.

Posted on Sep 10, 2013 8:14:37 AM PDT
R. Waters says:
Thank you guys! I think I will check out the audio version.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2013 7:43:08 AM PST
MAMZELLLE says:
I've read 10's of 1000"s of books all my life and just can't do BOOKS anymore, only read on Internet, but never tired voice books... Will it play in my DVD player. It says UNabridged, IS IT really, with NOTHING omitted, not a single WORD? My big combo VCR/DVD player is my biggest concern if it will play THERE, it's my only recouse and of course with the remote to pause, when phone rings, and a million other times I'd have to PAUSE it. Please HELP. I have all 4 FILM versions of Gatsby and have become obsessed for the book too, but can't hold a book, I'm a multitasker and little concentration left for a whole book so VOICE will be perfect... seeing all FILMS I'm DYING to know how they are different from the original BOOK!!!
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