|Publisher:||Blackstone Audio Inc|
|Publish Date:||Jul 2008|
|Number of Pages:||0|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.35|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.5 x 6.25 x 1.0|
Actor and narrator Alexander Scourby was born on November 13, 1913 in Brooklyn, New York. Scourby appeared in more than 20 movies and made numerous television appearances, but is better known for his vocal work. He narrated several movies and more than 500 audiobooks, including a perennially bestselling edition of the King James Version of the Bible. Scourby died on February 22, 1985.
Canadian actor William Hope reads Naxos AudioBooks' first unabridged production of Fitzgerald's classic novel of the Roaring Twenties. It is a book that deserves a perfect reading, and though numerous other narrators have tried-among them Robertson Dean, Anthony Heald, Alexander Scourby, and Tim Robbins-Hope may have come closest to achieving this perfection. He stumbles a bit at the beginning, drawing upon the revelation that narrator Nick Carraway is a Yale man by making the narration somewhat arch, but once he settles down, Hope ably conveys Carraway's optimistic innocence.
He also does quite well with the party guests and the gambler Meyer Wolfsheim, faltering only by making Tom Buchanan sound a bit like a gravel-voiced truck driver. Recommended for absolutely everyone, as even those familiar with the novel may notice something new thanks to Hope's nuanced (and only mildly faulty) performance.
[Gatz, a live ensemble reading of this classic novel, is currently playing to great reviews.-Ed.] - Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr. Lib.
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A true classic of American literature. The Great Gatsby celebrates a heightened sensibility to the promises of life, an American capacity for hope that remains unsullied even by the falsity of what it pursues. Fitzgerald's clean, elegant style evokes to perfection the glitter and charm of the Jazz Age, as well as the falseness of its values. Gatsby embodies the naive American notion that it is possible to invent oneself and persuade the world to accept that definition. Gatsby's youthful neighbor, Nick Carraway, fascinated by both the display of enormous wealth and the essential integrity that he perceives in Gatsby's vision, becomes his confidante and accomplice in his plan to capture the heart of Daisy Buchanan.
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