I don't know why books like this achieve such popularity. You will rarely find lead characters so unlikeable as those in this book. Maybe it is not the narrator's fault, but she really brings out the snarkiness in the husband and wife's observations -- they are snarky about EVERYTHING, big and little. Overall, it's a nasty piece of work. There is one - and in my opinion, only one - neat little twist in the plot. But other than that, spending so many hours in the company of these vain and annoying people is time I could've better spent so other way. I do, by the way, sometimes like mysteries featuring twisted or sociopathic characters (Ruth Rendell comes to mind) but this story pours it on too thick without any charm whatsoever.
The ending was horrible. The book was great up until the end.
I liked how they went back and forth between Amy's story and Nick's story.
Again, it was until the end.
Couldn't get enough. The plot twists were awesome. Then there was no justice. At the end she basically won. And she does not deserve to win.
This is one strange book. A woman plans her disappearance so that it appears her husband has murdered her. It is amazing how she plans it, and it seems so hopeless that her husband would be charged with her murder. Julia Whelan just cannot do a male voice. Her male voices are very feminine.
What I loved the most about this book was how well written the characters are, Gillian Flynn knows how to enter the psyche of human beings. But the most interesting thing is that you never know what to expect with this story.
The narrators are A+ as well and they capture perfectly the personality of both Amy and Nick. I can't wait to listen to it again.
I definitely recommend the audio version of Gone Girl. There's a certain intonation that comes from this audiobook that I think really helped set the tone of each chapter.
I can't imagine loving this book so much had it not been for the excellent narration by Julia Whelan. She's not narrating the Amy sections, she becomes Amy. I Didn't care much for Kirby Heyborne's over enunciation of words though.
It started a bit slow but once it got going, it was real hard to stop listening.
High! Was very well written and performed.
All of it but the ending! It built such suspense but it left me somewhat hanging.
"Did he, or didn't he?"
The book has a great hook in the beginning but seems like the author had a hard time keeping the same energy throughout the book.
The ending...Nick just gives up or so it seems with a small window opening that he may fight fire fire. There were several points towards the end the book could've ended to set up for a sequel but I guess that depends on the authors future plans to continue the story or end it. Overall it seems the author got tired of writing and was ready to end it already.
They were good...although maybe have a man do all the male voices instead a female trying to hard to represent a male role.
Yes. Ewan McGregor for sure...
When you begin the second half of the book, be prepared to have your perceptions shaken to the core.
This book is a perfect companion to "The Sociopath Next Door" by Martha Stout because one of the characters (I won't spoil who), could have been ripped from the pages of her clinical case studies! This is a brilliant piece of fiction made all the more terrifying for its realism.
The big twist and the ending! (No spoilers here.) Although many people didn't like the ending, I thought it fit perfectly for what the characters would do and how they would act. Loved it!
No, but I only had one dislike. Kirby Heyborne reads soooo slooowly. Phew! It was never to the point of annoyance but it didn't take long for me to realize why this audio book is 19+ hours.
Absolutely loved this book. As my headline states, I wish I could read it again without knowing anything. I may listen to it again anyway, because it would actually be fun knowing the secrets and twists and turns.
The whole story. I started reading this book (paperback) and just couldn't get into it. It seemed to DRAG on. Then I saw it in audio format and decided to try again that way. Still very disappointed. I'm shocked that this book has done so well and that they are making a movie of it. I kept telling myself it would get better, the story will get interesting, the ending will make it all worthwhile. Wrong! The only feeling I got out of this story was frustration and disappointment. Not how I want to feel through the whole story and for sure not how I want a story like this to end. I was expecting a really good mystery/thriller and this book did deliver a on the mystery side but, no way would I describe it as a thriller. When I had to walk away from the story, I was never eager to get back to it. More like, "Ok, this is when it will get really good." Sadly no. Not for me. I was very disappointed.
Not a Gillian Flynn book.
I can say one positive side was the characters were well developed. You really got a good understanding of them and felt you really knew them.
After reading this book I mentioned online that I didn't care for it and was surprised that there were several people who agreed (based on the reviews, I thought it was just me). I guess they just aren't the ones reviewing books.