The narrator, although pleasant, was not edgy enough for the main character. I thought this book had a slow start and combined with the gentle narration, I was bored at first. It does pick up though. After the midpoint, I got the point where I could not put it down. Gone Girl was a more interesting "listen".
It was a little predictable to me. The story was OK but a little flat. Maybe I was just spoiled by the authors other book Gone Girl which was fantastic.
Sure. I might listen to the last one that I haven't listen to. If you haven't listen to Gone Girl I think you should.
Avid Audiobook listener. Mostly like historical fiction or contemporary mystery/suspense.
If you've read Gillian Flynn books before you won't be surprised to know how miserable and unlikeable the characters are but I think this book takes the prize of most miserable people. The book is filled with MEAN GIRLS which at times can take you back to junior high. EVERY character in this book is unlikeable. It doesn't help that the story is very predictable from the start.
Flynn has easily become one of my favorite authors. All 3 novels are great listens, and she has the greatest gift to keep you guessing all the way to the end! Great, great listens!
The bold yet believable character portrayals, couples with the gothic-noir subtext.
The memory of the main character's mother biting the cheek of an infant.
The cadence, tone and inflection of Lee's character drove the novel.
Yes, often times my reaction was visceral.
Rock on Gillian Flynn!
I haven't "read" a book since 1998, just not interested....after the 50 Shades Trilogy, I have become an audio book addict! I am a very tough critic.
The story was good, slow moving in parts.
The performance was ok, I have heard better.
Probably not, but I could see it as an episode from Law and Order
Sharp Objects is the story of very troubled women.
The story takes place in a town that is hard to believe exists anymore in the US. A place where the values of patriachy are so ingrained in the entire culture that women, even from young girls, are treated as only as valuable as their bodies. These values are instilled in the girls of the town at an early age, not by their fathers but by the females in their lives who learned the same rules of behavior when they were young. And in the midst of this sick, backward way of looking at gender roles, there is a psychopath. This person has taken their ideas of how little girls should behave to the point that they are killing the little girls who don't fit that mold.
This story is absolutely chilling, difficult to listen to at times, but definitely worth your time. I took a bit off on the performance because the reader sometimes sounds less emotional than the story calls for, but overall it was done well.
Flynn really writes broken characters well. Her main characters all (so far) have a dark twist, and this is no exception. This book is noir at its best. Quite modern but also timeless. I want to say it's a fun read, but I guess that really depends what you consider fun! If you don't like dark topics or deep explorations of people who are not very happy, this is not for you. But if you do or you think you might, Flynn is pretty good at what she does. The performance on this one is also quite good.
I liked the fearless exploration of taboo topics, and [SPOILER] I liked that it didn't have a happy ending.
I like a reader that fades away and allows you to feel immersed in the story. This reader did that very well. She did males without being hokey about it (a common pitfall), and she conveyed the bleak attitude of the main character very well without turning me completely off or boring me.
Maybe not in one sitting, but I did listen in two days.
I don't tend to listen to books more than once.
It had good twists and turns
The first book I "heard" from Flynn was Gone Girl and I really liked it so I immediately bought Sharp Objects. Again the author is extremely skilled at telling a story but the story itself got me feeling sick and I almost couldn't finish it. I've heard plenty of stories that portray violence, abuse and despair but Sharp Objects is in a different category. If you don't mind murdered children, self mutilation, incest, sadism/masochism sex, drug and alcohol abuse then you will enjoy this book as the author knows her craft and the performer also did a good job.
Probably not, especially earlier stuff. I liked her last book so if she comes up with new stuff I might give it a try, otherwise I can't stomach another story like Sharp Objects.
She's a good performer.