The main characters are not likeable folks. But they are fascinating. This is a great thriller with great shocking, unexpected turns. I could kind of feel the big surprise coming but it was still shocking. I'm not sure I've read (or listened to) a thriller with such well developed characters.
Flynn's use of first person narration really gives Julia Whelan (Amy) and Kirby Heyborne (Nick) great material, and they take advantage of it. Whelan's performance is down right scary.
This may not be a good book for people thinking about marriage. It will make you want to take a closer look at your boyfriend/girlfriend. People aren't always what they seem. This book is quite dark but very entertaining.
I think Gillian Flynn did a fine job, so yes, I'd listen to her again. I wasn't impressed enough with the story, or the way it was written, to rush out and get anything by the authors again. I won't rule it out either, if the book sounds interesting enough.
I'm not sure as I'm not a writer. I wasn't thrilled with the technique of telling the story in different parts and I certainly didn't like the way the book ended. I hate cheaters and cheating, but I also hate seeing a certified whacko end up alive and well at the end of the book. Was it written that way so they could write a sequel? It really doesn't matter. I wouldn't be interested in following up the story.
I didn't have one. I pretty much disliked everyone.
Apparently, I'm in a minority in disliking this book as it's already being made into a movie.
Generally, I love mysteries. This one just didn't appeal to me. It was too long and drawn out and didn't have a single character I could actually like. I did manage to make it all the way through. Mainly because I wanted to see if the ending would redeem the rest of the book. Not so much.
Yes, I will listen again in a year or two.
The last couple of lines made me howl with laughter, but the whole book was great.
Never listened to her books before.
I wasn't sure about the story and had a completely different reaction to the characters as the story unfolded. First, I didn't like Amy. Later I was on Amy's side. But THEN, bam, I figured out where the story was headed and was in complete shock. I couldn't put the book down. Toward the end I was sure I had the outcome all figured out, but I didn't. But seriously, the last two lines of the book made me laugh and howl with delight.
I recommend this book highly. I have listened to many audiobooks and this is one of the best so far. It was chilling with surprises at every turn. Look out Fatal Attraction, there's a new girl in town.
I hesitated to download in case I was accidentally buying a romance. I can assure you this is far from a romance! I am Not going to tell you anything about the plot, except to say that I was wrong..and then wrong again..and then wrong again, as to where the book was going next.
Some other reviewers said they thought the first half was slow. I disagree. I enjoyed the pace of the build, and thought the writing was superb.
The two narrators do a quality job breathing the right emotions into the words at the right times.
I definitely recommend this book
I found myself constantly telling other people about this book as I listened to it, which is always a good sign.
The characters also are well fleshed out, and by the end of the book you will find that there are no "wasted" scenes - everything is relevant and everything is important.
I believe this to be the best and most enjoyable audiobook I’ve listen to so far.
The plot is very interesting and full of fascinating twists and turns. I listened to it while driving in my car from one place to another for a couple of weeks and found the story very easy to follow and even sometimes hard to let go. Although being quite lengthy, I did not feel at any point the story became tiresome or boring. This was also because the story unfolds, chapter by chapter, trough the voice and eyes of one of the two main characters; masterfully interpreted by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne, imposing more realism and dynamism to this wonderful story about human defeat and imperfect, yet powerful, love.
Other reviewers seem to have not liked the, I must say, very original ending that Gillian Flynn chose for what may be considered today as her best novel. Yet we should remember Gone Girl as a history of love and denial, and as such, I wouldn’t have chosen to end it in any other way.
!Two thumbs way up for the author, the actors and Audible!
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend, but with some reservations. The readers are what kept me listening. They are very good and make the best of the material.
I have encountered the theme of this book before and think that Scott Turow did a much better mystery with the same basic idea. Having said that, the author does have some significant writing talent. However, the chaaracters go through passages in the book where they don't seem "consistent" or believable. A good effort and entertaining, but not a great classic mystery thriller. Nonetheless, very successful and remains a best seller.
Both of these readers are very good and have a wide repertoire of voicings.
Perhaps, although I generally like the book over the movie.
This book is fun and entertaining, but because of the stretch to make the characters seem believable, I can't go higher than 3 stars.
It's hard to write about the book without spoiling it. This book is a fantastic mystery with many twists and turns. It is thoughtfully crafted and smartly designed. I couldn't stop listening. This book held my attention right up to the last line, where I felt like I was left hanging. I wanted the story to keep going; it felt unfinished. That being said, it is a great story and worth a read/listen.
I LOVED this book! The narration was superb and the characters so "crazy"! Fantastic story line, intense and entertaining....can't wait to listen to another Gillian Flynn!
I am often hesitant of woman mystery writers because often they are a bit soap operaish and to nice. Boy Did Gillian Flynn blow that view apart. First let me say the prose is amazing. If you've ever had a long relationship that desolves you'd think she was often speaking just to you. Her imagery is also incredible and makes everything seem so real and personal. Then there is the story. Wow. Amazing. A book you'll carry around a long time. Readers are also fantastic. Story takes a little bit to hook you then not even therapy can keep you away from the train wreck. Great listen.
This is a book about very sick people. I guess there are those who would point out that yes, well perhaps all of us are a a little "sick" but the characters in this book are personifications of the worst characteristics people can embody. There is no "good guy" in this book .. only "bad guys" and "bad gals" plus enablers and embellishers and on and on and on. About the time I was getting bored .. about 1/3 of the way through, there was a dramatic change and I thought "okay, now it will get better." Wrong. It never got better, but only worse and worse.
My friend told me she read about a third of the way, got tired of the dysfunction and just read the ending. I switched to double time, finally finished it and feel like I wasted my valuable time.
I can't think of a single redeeming feature of Gone Girl .. except that it finally ended and Audible will give me a refund!