Yes, I can't say enough good things about everything Gillian Flynn! This was such a good book, it keeps you guessing the whole time!
Yes! I normally only listen in my car...but I found myself listening to this book while I cooked, cleaned, worked...any chance I got!
The narration was superb, they put on quite a performance.
Great, GREAT book...even better narration. You won't regret this!
I enjoyed the smart writing in this book... the brutal honesty, the character portrayals, and the interesting plot. It kept my interest. Also, the performances are first-rate.
I liked when Amy described what it was to be a "Cool Girl."
Ultimately, this book was upsetting. In Amy and Nick's world, raw intelligence is more important than morals, virtue, and goodness. Amy and Nick do not think that their actions reflect who they are. They have no concept of sin.
The book is very thought-provoking. It's cleverness, combined with morally repugnant subject matter, reminded me of Lolita. High praise, I know!
Wicked, Seething, Delicious
Lots of people are talking about the gender wars, the plot twists, and "Who's the real villain" so I'll take the Missouri angle and the class warfare angle. I liked when each character told his and her secret, seething resentments...Nick about how Amy could never feel the full weight of the economic burden because she hadn't had to struggle to get to a comfortable place economically and socially, and Nick has had to. I liked the part where Nick had to keep on his toes to keep measuring up to Amy, and he resented it secretly. At the same time, Amy resented how she had to jump through hoops and wear a mask and be physically and socially perfect in order to win Nick (and thus win the singles game in New York by landing a good-looking, debonair man). Amy's take on competitiveness (that life wasn't worth anything without super-competitiveness) was interesting when compared to the "mediocre also-rans" back in Missouri. I think once back in Missouri, Nick wanted Amy to like the Missouri part of him, too, and she didn't, and he resented that. The writer is also from Missouri, so rather than taking the digs at Missouri at face value, I think the writer was examining whether it's really true that the people who leave Missouri and aspire to the Nick and Amy life are really better off all-round. I know a couple who ended up like Nick and Amy when the wife, who was hard to please and impress, stopped being impressed and started giving the bored eyeroll when the husband would point out things like Nature that he cared about...this was just like a scene between Nick and Amy when things were going bad. I kept thinking about my own relationship, back in Missouri, while listening to the book. Is it true that all mediocre Midwestern also-rans are just dumbly content because we don't want to do the constant work to be a little more edgy? Or do we go into relationships from the beginning accepting each other's shortcomings and being glad someone puts up with us/we balance each other out? Look at Marge Gunderson and her husband in Fargo. Marge accepts her husband's hobby and pudge and builds him up. Is it really better to be part of the more cutting-edge competitive set if they have to keep on their toes to that extent? Or do they mellow out and accept each other's imperfections indulgently too? Is there such a thing as a lovable slob in New York? From what I've heard, I think it's easier to be happy in a Marge Gunderson-type marriage far from the coasts. I think the writer was eminently familiar with Amy "types" among the writerly set and has possibly also decided that it's easier to find happiness with a little less of a perfectionist/competitive attitude. Now, for the economy. I loved the part where Nick starts lying around after becoming unemployed and taking out his resentment on Amy and she starts writing in her diary about resenting him for turning her into a nag. What is it Nick really resents, and is he thinking it through, or is he really just two years old? One might ask that question about a lot of men in real life (see my brother-in-law, or my ex, or my lodger, or Hannah Rosin's The End of Men) I think a lot of people think they want to be Amy, but they may not really be happy if they got to be Amy. According to Amy, the competition never ends, and the whole world is a game of who's more beautiful, accomplished, in control, intellligent, and perfect, at all times. I think Nick should have ditched her long before the events in the latter half of the book, done some growing up, and found an intelligent woman from his own background to be a real friend and partner to him and he her. Like other couples, some of whom have a little pudge, tell dumb jokes, and eat the occasional casserole, they could have done like thousands of other couples and smiled indulgently while the other re-told that same story for the thousandth time and sent them the wrong flower etc. I can personally attest that kind of life can be happy, and I don't say that with resentment that I'm not super-beautiful or upper middle class. I'm about 1000 steps more mediocre in every way than Marge Gunderson but I would love to be Marge. I want Marge to get Nick and Amy in the back of a police car and say "All for a little bit of cutting-edge sensibility and image. There's more to life than a little bit of cutting-edge sensibility and image. Doncha know that?"
No, but they were good.
Yes. It made me squeal every few seconds "This book is unbelievable!"
Chicagoan. Natural redhead. Happy mama of a corgi and a blue crown conure.
I don't want to give away any spoilers, but this book keeps you wondering almost the whole time. I truly enjoyed listening to it, even though it is a bit longer than i'd like. They need every minute of it. Can something be twisted and delightful at the same time? This story is :)
I have recommended this book to several people already.
Amazing Amy of course!
I'm not new to Julia. She brings so much to the characters as does Kirby. They both turn in stellar performances.
I loved how the story grabbed me an would not let me go, it was one of those stories that you just could not put down. I loved the twist and turns.
I havent listened to anything that I could compare it to.
Not sure that I could pick just one, and I dont want to give anything away. You just must listen.
Yes, I didnt want to put it down. I had my ear pods in at work and found myself holding up my finger to people to wait.
This is a must listen! Totally worth the credit or pay for it outright...it's that good. I highly recommend it, its one of those stories that totally sucks you in...Great Book.
Don't know. Haven't read the print version. The performance, however, was marvelous.
The psychological angles and unexpected turns.
Their own interpretation of the text, I assume.
Neither. I thought it was an intelligent and entertaining book, well written and well read. I was surprised and pleased with the insights into the relationships and personalities of the characters, and thought it a grabbing, smart, and very pleasurable book.
This book started out very slow and the middle was the best. You kept on listening and hoping that it would have a great ending. The ending just left you hanging.
Absolutely. There are so many angles and nuances to this book. I just finished and I know I will spend days thinking about this story. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE books like that. That it's a very giving story, not just one angle, good or bad. It's like life - there's everyone's version of the story and the story you side will be the one most like yourself, except beware when you begin to side with the devil. There is no simple way to capture marriage and while this story is a marriage where the couple and the problems of their marriage have been magnified - the dialogue and feelings are not far fetched. They are human and I can relate on most levels but they are also crazy.
"The Time Travelor's Wife" not for subject matter but similar in the way that the story can be viewed so many different ways depending on the type of person we are. As far as similar subject matter I would say "War of the Roses"....on steroids, amp'd and ready to go.
This is the first time I've heard either reader.
Not necessarily but that doesn't mean I was any less interested. I'd figured out early on what was happening but then dismissed my guess because it was far fetched maybe but then the book seemed to take another turn every time I listened to it so eventually I just gave in and let the book happen for me.
I just might create a book club for this book so I can actually discuss in detail!!
Very slow at the beginning but then after you figured out the diary was fake everything changed and I couldn't wait to see what happens.
When Amy got robbed by the trailer trash couple.
Evaluate my own personality and be sure I don't know any socopaths!
Usually I don't partake in anything trendy with lots of hype but since this book was classified as a Thriller (my new favorite category) I decided to give it a try. NOT MY CUP OF TEA!! I have already listened to "Into the darkest Place" and "Still Missing" and those were excellent stories with satisfying endings, this was not.
The story was well written and well narrated and there are plenty of twists and turns but this is a very dark and depressing picture of marriage, human nature, public opinion, the media, etc. By the end of the story I felt drained and empty then angry because I had stuck with the story only to get no satisfactory ending. Both of the main characters are unlikable and neither have qualities that are redeeming. The only characters I had any relation to are the twin sister and the female cop (Boney). They had human reactions to the situations and intellengence.
I wish I had spent my token on a different thriller, I was trying to get away from the series books and listen to a single novel. Now I am going back to the tried and true.