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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
The book is okay. It is high interest and low level reading for high school kids.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
Well, it's a poor redo of The Great Gatsby. I would just have left it alone. The Great Gatsby is iconic American literature. Why dumb it down for teens? If they read the original they're better off.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jim Colby?
I don't know but this reading is rather flat. I generally do a better job myself when reading aloud... more emotion, reading to the punctuation, etc.
Was Jake, Reinvented worth the listening time?
I suppose. I mean, sure, I could have found more productive ways to spend the four hours...
Any additional comments?
I cannot emphasis enough how much better off a person would be just reading the original story, The Great Gatsby. It's the same ideas... but Fitzgerald was just a better writer. Here the characters are so flat, unlovable. These teens are empty shells not real people. Tom and Daisy are just more believable, you can actually feel for them. I found myself rolling my eyes quite a bit with this reinvented story.