Ghost writer of over 100 unpublished works...;).
Short version: Give it a go. It's somewhat of crap shoot but you can do worse with a free credit.
The first part of Gone Girl is an unflinching look at the nature of a relationship: people aren't perfect, and when they try to form a life together they bring their imperfections with them. It's a complete opposite of the happily ever after cliche, and it's done very well. Witty, insightful writing is complimented by two very capable narrators.
But as the mystery begins to unravel...so does the realistic treatment of the subject. Unbelievable characters are introduced, and the actions of the main characters go so far off the rails that it was hard to follow and impossible to identify with anyone in the book.
Yet, it wasn't necessarily bad. At its best, Gone Girl is an interesting commentary on the role of popular media in modern American culture. Its bit of worthwhile dark satire, and very enjoyable in a Bruce Campbell kind of way.
Yes, because the different voices of the characters make it feel more real.
My favorite character was probably Nick, because regardless of his flaws, I still liked him. He was basically a good person who made mistakes, while his wife was just plain crazy, conniving, dangerous, and sociopathic.
The Dangers of Marriage
This book was an enjoyable, slow burn which kept you guessing through a good part of the book. When the reader understands what is going on, it is a shocker.
Pretty incredible the way she tied all those clues together, and planned ahead. The weakest subplot was the cabin/harbor time, she would NEVER have given away her identity like than, so sloppily, and would have sought revenge on the robbers. Strange to see that one sub plot not woven very well into her personality/planning/meticulous evilness.
Both were just fine
The only reason I found this audiobook is because I noticed a movie of the same name. Sure glad I didn't miss it. All around great read, great character development, very hard to predict what was coming next. Gone Girl and Dark Places are very different but on the same level of excellence. I'd pass on Sharp Objects ......of the 3 books, Sharp Objects (the debut) does not reach the same level, full of cliches, cartoonish caricatures. Can't wait for her next work, though, which I hope continues in the excellent vein of the last titles.
I decided to listen to this book as I knew there was going to be a movie. I always like to compare and contrast. In the beginning, there is a lot of background information, and at times the digression was slightly annoying. However, as one earlier listener stated, you need the background to understand the ending. So persevere!
I hated the characters - couldn't wait for the book to be over. Self absorbed people trying to find validation in the eyes of other self absorbed psychotics. "No! I'm not my father!" "No! I'm the amazing one!" Please. Nick and Amy need to wake up and look around - use their brains for something other than "Oh my, how will I live without someone loving me... Oh noes!" Try Biology, Physics, listen to NPR, history - something! Look out, not in. The book was filled with women haters... Nick couldn't see any other choice of women but a smart psychotic or some dumb mediocre cartoon of a woman? I am sad and disappointed.
Great book! Held my attention to the very end and I found myself wanting to keep listening. I enjoyed the fact that their were 2 narrators telling from 2 different characters in the book.
All the way to the end. I do wish the ending could've been a tad different. But it was still a great book. The book actually makes me want to see the movie, but I'm sure book will be better than movie as I have found that to be true usually.
The book keeps you engaged. You either love yourself for not be duped or chastise yourself for not figuring things out sooner.
What I like best is that it isn't totally predictable. There aren't so many twist that you can't keep up but just when you think you've got it.......do you really?
Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne made me feel as if I was just a fly on the wall. It did not sound like a performance.
You cannot discuss that with spoiling the experience for others.
It is obvious that this book is a set up for a sequel. I did not care for the ending but that is where you will build from in the next installment.
This tale was weaved around two VERY intense characters. It kept me guessing with twists and turns I didn't see coming.... That is hard to do!
Amy....Nick....I can't choose! Both characters were very well written. You go from feeling sorry for one to hating them then back to feeling sorry...
I didn't care for Kirby's voice at first, but it grew on me... From seeing the movie advertisements, I just wanted his voice to be Ben Afleck! Julia...her performance was FLAWLESS!
Already a film. LOL
At least one redeeming character. They were all terrible people.
I don't think I have listened to them before, but they were fine.
Disgust. Seriously, every story needs some redemption. This was utterly hopeless and dreary.
I want my credit back.
Gilliam Flynn's writing is spot on.
The performances were sooooo annoying. Kirby Heyborne's voice is completely un-Nick-like. And both readers have the super annoying habit of trying to mimic the opposite gender's voice - totally irritating and dumb.
Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier and The Fabulous Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith.
Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio
The ending is disappointing. The plot twists seemed absurd and everything was over-explained.