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I am a travel nurse, I drive 6 hours to and from work each week. I usually only listen to books during my driving hours...but Gone Girl...I had to listen to it on my days off at home as well, just couldn't put it away!
This book was just totally addicting.
Gillian Flynn weaves a suspenseful, masterful story. She brilliantly takes you on a ride through twists and unexpected turns. I loved being continually surprised by the character's actions and a plot that often left me wondering who the hero/heroine truly was.
Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne personify the charismatic couple of Amy and Nick Dunne. Julia easily moves between sweet and sympathetic, to a strong, kick @ss female voice. Her inflections are perfect. Kirby's smooth delivery makes the charming Nick riddled with character flaws both likable and infuriating throughout the story.
Gillian Flynn's prose is wonderfully crafted. Not only do you get a compelling story, but it's wrapped in wonderful imagery and a brilliant weave of words.
I have been married to my wonderful husband for almost 30 years. I love reading - romance, adventure... Captain Blood is really great!
I usually like a different genre but this book really intrigued me - and it did not disappoint. I love the flow of the book and the perfect way the story unfolds -
I think the author's other books are also pretty good. Se is good at suspense and she is an excellent story teller
The nailed the characters- I really got a riveting picture of the characters based on their work. Great job!
There were moments when I found myself holding my breath- just waiting to see what would happen. There were also several humorous moments that made me laugh out loud
A must for suspense readers!
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It kept me guessing and emotionally involved with the characters. It had some fabulous twists and that first shift in Amy's character blew me away! A fun, unpredictable read.
Yes! It was well into the story before you really know whether Amy is safe or not. And then, when her true self was revealed - wow - I couldn't wait to hear what would happen next. And then I could see no way for Nick to recover, and then another twist with her being trapped!
Their voices were perfect for the characters. The intonations and expression with which Amy's different personalities came across, the craziness of Nick's dad, the pleading of Andy, the drone of Gilbert and Bony, the tone of Rand... it just made a very rich listening experience.
Parts are overwritten and the subtleties are not that subtle. The author lost interest in the story before I did. I found myself checking the reviews several times on Audible and Amazon--maybe I need to read more of the low reviews next time. Lots of twists and turns and some parts well executed. Everyone has a character flaw. Sociopath,psychopath,narcissist,borderline personality are just a few of the elements. Excellent narration. As far as the ending--let the madness continue.
When I first started listening, I wasn't sure that I was going to like it, but my goodness an I glad I did!
exciting plot, but did not follow through with an appropriate ending
life does not happen like this
yes, this is a movie, because it would never happen in a real life story
This is one of those books that causes one to ponder for a while when the reading is completed. It's hard to write a review fairly without completely spoiling it for those who haven't read it yet. I'm sort of at a loss how to explain my feelings about it.
What I can say is that it is very well written. It is a tightly crafted mystery story with characters who are deeply flawed, both sympathetic and loathsome at times. Mostly loathsome.
A friend said she hated the ending and I can totally understand why. I'm rather torn about it, too. But I can also understand why people love it, although love may be too strong a term. Maybe appreciate it is better. I think that's where I am - I appreciate why it ended that way. I don't necessarily like it, but it works.
My initial thought was that I hated the book, but with further thought I realized it wasn't the story I hated. I hated the people. But I think we're meant to. They are not likable characters. Not at all.
So do I recommend it? Yes, because it is a very well written story. The only warning I give is for the adult language. It is rather crude and graphic throughout, which I didn't like.
As to the two narrators, both are very good. I think that Julia Whelan was exceptional, but Kirby Heyborne was very good as well.
Love mysteries with a lot of twist and turns. Page turners. Love books that invite me in to stay awhile and make me sad when it ends. It can be the voice that brings the story to life or the story that breaths life into the voice. I am happy either way!!
Making the characters more likable so you will care about what happens to them. The more they spoke, the more I disliked them.
Too much whining.
I would recommend this to some friends. I thought the plot was good and had a lot of potential, but that the ending was terrible. Flynn works up to a great ending and then cuts it short. She takes a common occurrence and tries to stretch it and twist it into a plot which she seems to be unable to follow through with.
Maybe, it would depend on the story line, she has the potential for a knockout story.
I really enjoyed Whelan and Heyborne's performance. They both added so much personalty to the characters. They were wonderful.
It did inspire a conversation with my partner on how well we know one another, which was fun.
I expected this book to be much better from the ratings and the ranking it had on the best seller list. I was disappointed with the story's ending, but it did keep me listening.