yes, you think you know where it is going and then bam! it turns you around!
oh... the book its self.
I was very upset at times but never to the point of laying it down.
this author is Amazing! all 3 audio books I have of Flynn's is great!
Very good listen. Gillian Flynn did a great job on this one! Interesting, deep characters and enough psychiatric problems to make the characters multifaceted. I found myself rooting for the "bad guy" a few times. The performer did a great job and handled the different characters and accents well. Would recommend!!
Yes, but only if they like mystery novels. It was a good mystery that led you in different directions, but ultimately was easy enough to figure out. There were a couple of clues that I didn't even think of, but were definitely alluded to early on. The story is slow to start, and I almost stopped listening, but after a while, when the psychological thriller part started kicking in, it became more interesting for me. I appreciated the readers voice alterations and thought that she really captured the characters well. Without her, this book might not have been as good.
Her voice interpretations are spot on. She captures the characters well and really gets the listener involved in the conversations.
The characters are despicable, with very few redeeming qualities. Those who are prudish should stay away. Those looking for redemption won't find it here. The story is pedestrian, for the most part. It is easy to see where the story is headed, and the journey to get there is not as interesting as it started out. Please do not misunderstand me--Gillian Flynn is a great writer. This is not a critique of her writing quality or style. The journey and the destination made me reconsider whether it was worth the listen. Listen to the second book, also filled with despicable characters, but a far better journey and destination.
I have not listened to any of Ann Marie Lee's other performances, but she was fantastic in this audio book. Great job with tone and pacing, giving a distinct voice to the characters.
When we are introduced to the main character's "issue", which I will not disclose here. It is very well done, as well as continued references throughout. I just didn't care for the plot.
It is well written. There are no real curveballs in character traits or movement--all believable. Just for me, not worth the time investment. If you like dark, disturbing stories with little redemption and despicable characters, you may like it. Otherwise, check out her other books.
Unique! Great story. Realistic. Strong characters.
Unusual story. Interesting family dynamics. Character very interesting.
Best female narrator! Slipped between voices unnoticed and with ease. Perfect for story!
(I usually avoid female readers. I never find their voices quite right)
Can't wait to read her other books and will also look for books read by this narrator.
Sharp Objects is a tight, integrated story that flirts with Southern Gothic, Stephen Kingesque horror without crossing the line. Although you will probably guess the villain and the specific syndrome early in the novel, the characterization and plot are so tightly interwoven that it holds your interest to the very end, and the reward is one more horrific detail. Flynn is an excellent writer, far above most who write in this genre. The plot is described elsewhere, so I won't rehash that. I do recommend this book to anyone who wants something a little different in mystery suspense.
I listened to this book years ago and the story has stuck with me over time. I think, because the story itself was interesting and the characters well written, I was able to really pay attention to the graphic descriptions of the emotions that went along with this medical disorder. The power of words drives us to read/listen and write, but for this individual, they were painful and permanent; each word meaning something deep that was left up to the reader to discern. Disturbing.
I'll start with what i liked. I feel that Flynn really did her homework regarding the "disease" explored in this novel. Also, she did a great job leading the reader, then suprising them. Kudos. I got a real sense of the protagonists grudging familiarity with the town and the people and a CLEAR understanding of why she didn't want to go back (so much so I think more time could have been spent convincing me that ANYTHING could inspire her to return!)...okay, I'm heading into the dislikes...
I understand that Flynn was striving to achieve a decidedly creepy and dysfunctial feel with her characters, BUT when EVERY character is ugly within and often without (okay, maybe not the young cop, but my point stands) the absurdity of that much ugliness and evil congregating in such a small place (I mean come on, even two of the poor mudered youngsters had at least one fairly demonic habit) the reader becomes overwhelmed and eventually desensitized to it all. This novel became a movie in my mind, directed by Stephen King, with "Black Hole Sun" figuring prominently in the soundtrack! I'm all for character development but too many charicatures make for a cesspool in which none of the characters are particularly jarring no matter what they do. I'd give Flynn another shot, I guess, but not a third. Perhaps non-Stephen King fans need not apply. We'll see.
I couldn't stop listening to this book, though I definitely called my mother at the end to thank her for not being insane. Wow. I called the ending very early on, but Gillian Flynn pulls you in so far that you really feel like you're in the story. Which is completely messed up. Awesome, creeptacular read.
I liked this book a great deal for the reason many did not like it. The characters are not your cookie cutter beautiful people. They are flawed and affected by their lives and those that have touched them. They aren't honorable. Some are very realistic people who could be in your own town. Flynn does a good job of developing characters and giving you very subtle hints through the story. Because of this the book may seem to plod at times. However, I learned to listen carefully and remember tiny traits of characters to try and figure out the ending. I gave this book four stars because I was sadly able to figure out the most of the book about an hour before the end. There are some surprising twists. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and a lot of my enjoyment came because the characters had significant faults, they were multi-dimensional.