The writing instantly drew me in...and the plot twists kept me interested. The narrator was great (I'm very picky about narrators). Overall, a satisfying story.
Wish I hadn't seen the movie first. This story makes me feel sorry for Nick, yet pine to be as witty and thorough as Amy. I feel like the women who read this will get a lot of bad ideas. Next time I see a wife has gone missing in the news I'll always wonder...
Adore true crime, mystery--a story of fact, full of twists that are fair and keep me challenged and a step behind the gifted writer.
The beginning to middle was full of suspense and intrigue on what was really happening here. When the female role (wife) began narrating, that was the beginning of the segments I disliked. The story went on a little too long. Her voice went on (period) which was a little too long.
Most interesting was the element of surprise after being stumped on what was going on. The narrator for role of husband was great, not overdone to distract from the words or the story itself. But least favorite and most uninteresting was the reader for his wife. Right from the start her voice was grating and her acting, way over the top. I think it's a story that had such a big introduction that it might have been impossible to live up to the hype.
Kirby didn't detract from the richness of the book although this isn't stellar writing. For example, this isn't Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. But still, it had a good pace and a page turner. Meanwhile "Julia" I would stay away from if I saw her name as narrator on future audio books. She was just too exuberant.
No. I like to stretch a good story out which I did in this case. I especially like commuting with a decent audio book waiting for its next chapter. And audio books have replaced t.v. in the evening, especially in bed. You know it's an interesting story when you're angry because you fall asleep too fast.
I'd recommend this to anyone who likes a good plot with twists, as long as you're prepared for some pretty far fetched situations and manipulations. Also, if you're prepared for the obnoxious voice of the wife--more or less in line with the personality of the character though, so it's not too invasive.
I did not see that ending coming, and I am a little disappointed, but on the whole, it made sense. I'll say no more about the ending. The characters of Amy, spoiled but misused only-child New Yorker of parents who used her as a muse for their bestselling children's books, and Nick, good-looking, charming Missouri-bred boy made good in New York, are deftly and cynically drawn by the author. The story of Amy's disappearance is full of twists and turns. I don't think it could have been much better, but it is hard to give 5 stars. The audiobook, however, would have benefited from a different voice actor for Nick. Kirby Heyborne is very skilled at his craft; his voice is just too boyish for the character he plays. Amy's voice actor, Julia Whelan, is spot-on, however. It was a delight to hear her narration.
my wife read the book. plus she saw the movie.
she insisted that I watch the movie.
but audio book was the best choice.
narrative was easy to follow.