Since I wrote this post about becoming a Librivox audiobook reader I’ve read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and it’s now available to listen to. It’s the 2nd version on Librivox but it has already had 26,000 views!
Wikipedia describes the story as being ‘set in the Jazz Age on Long Island, near New York City. The novel depicts narrator Nick Carraway’s interactions with mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and Gatsby’s obsession to reunite with his former lover, Daisy Buchanan.’
If you’ve never heard of Librivox, it’s where volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain into digital audio (eg. mp3), and make the audio files available to the world, for free.
I don’t know if I read the book first, and then saw the film, starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, but it could have been the other way ’round. No matter. I didn’t botherwith the Leonard De Caprio version, which came out a few years ago now. I like De Caprio but no one could improve on my first Gatsby, as far as I’m concerned.
Before the film was released, in his review, Roger Ebert of the Sun Chicago Times only gave it 2 1/2 stars. Roger’s ideas and reviews generally fall in with my own world view. Sadly he is no longer with us and anyway, I forgive him.
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.
So here’s my audiobook version of The Great Gatsby, read under my Librivox name of afinevoice!
Click a chapter to listen or download the zip file, and I hope you enjoy it.