Since I wrote this post about becoming a Librivox audiobook reader I’ve completed recording an audiobook of The Great Gatsby by Francis Scott Fitzgerald. It’s available to listen to now.
On Librivox, volunteers record books in the public domain. These mp3 files are made available to listen to as free audiobooks.
This audiobook, free to listen to, is the 2nd version on Librivox. The first was read by an American woman, called Kara Shallenberg. Librivox thought some folks might like a man to read it as well, so there was a choice of reader. As it’s such a fantastic book I stepped willingly in. Now it ‘s had 45,181 views!
it’s impossible to say how many people have actually listened, but I like to think a good percentage of that 45,181 will have done.
Wikipedia says The Great Gatsby is ‘set in the Jazz Age on Long Island, near New York City. It depicts narrator Nick Carraway’s interactions with mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and Gatsby’s obsession to reunite with his former lover, Daisy Buchanan’.
The original motion picture directed by Jack Clayton, starred Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. I didn’t watch the recent Leonard De Caprio version. I like De Caprio but no one could improve on the original film, as far as I’m concerned.
Roger Ebert of the Sun Chicago Times only gave Clayton’s film 2 1/2 stars. Ebert’s ideas and reviews generally fall in with my own views, but sadly not that time.
However little a few critics appeared to have enjoyed the 1974 film, it opened my eyes to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wonderful storytelling, in this modern classic.
It is a tragic story and a beautifully written one, about beautiful people, some with oodles of money, and some without. We gradually discover there are some things, even money can’t buy.