The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, narrated by Robertson Dean
Published in audio by Tantor Audio
From the Scribner paperback edition:
The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.
Thoughts on the story:
Dude, it is Gatsby, y’all. One of my favorites.
Thoughts on the audio production:
Robertson Dean was the first ever narrator that I just absolutely loved when he provided the voice for Ethan Canin’s America America. Somehow, though, I haven’t listened to a single other audio he has narrated in the intervening 3 years since I developed my audio crush on him. When I saw that he had narrated one of my favorite classics, The Great Gatsby, I jumped to listen. Robertson Dean is just as wonderful as I remember, he has a wonderful and sonorous voice and great delivery. That being said, by the end of the book I found him a slightly ill-fitting choice, primarily because the book is told from Nick’s point-of-view and Dean simply sounds a bit too mature for this young Midwestern man. Despite this slight disconnect, though, this is still a strong production that is well-narrated, although perhaps not perfectly cast.
I love The Great Gatsby and I love Robertson Dean, but they didn’t quite mesh as well as I had hoped. Still, this was an enjoyable listen.
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