The characters in this novel are terrible. At one end of the spectrum the are imbued with characteristics common to today's adults (Gen X though mostly Gen Y), while at the other they are complete and utter morons of proportions that normally one would attribute to children pretending to be adults.
The only character that is consistent is Amy and everyone else lacks any moral compass or guiding principle and forgets what they are/should be doing when they are not in the scene.
So the easiest improvement would be to construct characters that are capable of surviving in the world.
That it got published, became popular and was made into a movie.
There is nothing unique about the story, and by that I don't mean it is plagiarized, rather that it is including elements from other (better?) stories to make a whole that's ... stupidly predictable. Yes it has twists and turns, but mostly you see them coming a mile away, and when they aren't obvious it's probably due to attributing more creativity to Flynn (of who I had not experienced any prior works as far as I know).
Julia Whelan's performance is okay. It doesn't stand out as great but definitely is not bad. Kirby Heyborne on the other hand is dreadful, and I do say that aware that his performance is very closely tied with Nick's character, which casts him in a bad light. Still I don't feel that it's just the character, in that he speaks too slowly and i was considering tweaking the playback speed.
Disappointment. After being such a publicized movie that garners so much positive feedback (reviewers and friends) I expected something to be in the source material that made it ... good.
Watch the movie, it's over much quicker than this book (which might thus move fast enough that you don't see everything coming). Except the ending, that was a massive surprise and made me more angry about the characters again.
Second book. First fiction I have listed to.
Yes. I enjoyed the ping pong exchange or narration between Nick and Amy.
I was continuously shocked at Amy's deviousness.
Julia's voice was perfect. Kirby's effeminate voice was a poor match for the masculine Nick Dunn. I found myself irritated throughout the story with this incongruity.
I am surprised that this book is so well-liked. It is ridiculously contrived. Yes, it's fiction, but I expect the story to be reasonable. Some of the story threads are built up and then just dropped (Nick's dad, for instance). About two-thirds in, I just wanted it to end. It got boring and I just didn't care about the main characters anymore. I gave the performance 4 stars because the narrators were quite good, considering the mind-numbing material.
Who wants to spend this much time with such unlikeable people? I couldn't wait for this book to end.
A busy lady, just tryin' to fit her reading in where she can!
YES! The 2 narrators did an amzazing job making the story believable and keeping you on your toes.
I really enjoyed Nick, I hated him through most of the story but I could never tell if I though he was guilty or not. A true mystery wll keep you guessig until the last minute and this book surely did.
Julia Whelan's portrayal of Amy, she did an amazing job created the idea of a damaged an vulnerable woman.
With work i wasn't able to, but I would have.
I've listened to Gone Girl twice...both times, loving it. It's a great story--full of unpredictable twists and jarring turns--matched with excellent narrators, both of them tenaciously talented.
The psycho antagonist. (Can't say much more without a "spoiler alert.")
After Gone Girl, I listened to Ms. Flynn's other two books. Neither one had been narrated by Ms. Whelan or Mr. Heyborne...though they should have been. (See my review of Dark Places & Sharp Objects.) Typically, I don't select audiobooks based on the narrator, but Ms. Whelan and Mr. Heyborne have caused me to reconsider. I would very much enjoy hearing either of them again.
The film is coming out next month, I believe, with the current tagline, "You don't know what you've got until it's..." gone, presumably. Whoever paid to have that tagline composed ought to get their money back...because that tagline sucks. From it, I'd think the movie was about a heartbreak, perhaps a death, a tear-jerker, touchy-feely, reflective theme...and that's not Gone Girl. Not the book, anyway. I'll give a tagline a shot.
"Nobody knows what lurks inside the heart of another...not even when it's your spouse."
It's not great, but it does suggest mystery and suspense...which more accurately depicts Gone Girl!
Some reviewers have criticized Gone Girl's ending. Well, that's just plain moronic. Gone Girl's ending was perfect. PERFECT. It held true to the story's intensity, ending exactly as it should have ended...which was awesome!
While the story was engaging, the narration superb, the ending was so dark and sad, I couldn't wait to finish it and forget it!
The twist and suspense
Nick - he played the part well and figured out what was going on
Amy very smart and crazy all at the same time
When Amys truths began to surface about Desi and Hillary.
Good easy read the ending could have been better however I enjoyed the book.
I am a business owner, a single Mom, & a lifelong book addict. I hope to fuel my 7 yr. old daughter's passion for books while I feed my own!
If you have seen the movie, but not heard THESE performances, you are missing out! Kirby Heyborne gives an incredibly emotional performance, whereas Julia Whelan must have had ice in her veins. Gillian Flynn's novel is incredible on its own, BUT, by far the best way to experience this twisted, dark tale is with earbuds!
This was a fun read. It was a good mystery novel. It kept my interest. It was light listening though compared with some
More intense novels of this genre.