This book had me at every page. I thouroughly enjoyed the story and the unexpected turns and at times even found myself rooting for the most unlikey character. The narrators were great and the content itself was intrigueing. However, the ending sucked ass!!! i mean it was like the author just gave up. Not how i would of like to see it end, it kinda leaves you hanging, thinking wow, i just wasted 12 hours of my life for what? A great story anyways and worth the read even with the crappy ending.
no first time, because of the lazy ending i will prolly skip her others.
Yes,Because it was entertaining from beginning to end
I cant think of a comparison, but there is a little Rhett and Scarlett in the characters...
Thought they embodied the characters well
And you thought your marriage was "F"ed up... or
A match made in heaven
I loved this book, it was entertaining, frustrating, satisfying. You could guess what was going to happen next many times in the story but it was still rewarding when it happened that way. The most disturbing thing is when I thought about what might happen next and realized I was thinking like the characters. I dont easily give 5 stars and I did not give it 5 stars for the brilliant writing but rather for the fact that I was entertained from beginning to end. I really liked the ending too.
YES! Let me start by saying that I get the hype for Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and why it's getting so much attention, both on the sales charts and in the media. We have all heard those stories where the wife goes missing and the husband is the suspect. Gillian Flynn's psychological thriller is so well written and hard to put down, but now with that said I have to say I hated every single person in the book, but never enough to give up on the book. I did want to write my own book where everyone dies and I know that sounds creepy, but if you read it you'll understand. Don’t jump to conclusions that this is a horrible book, because it’s not I just never felt like I had a hero and someone I could side with. I find myself talking about this book a lot and the best way I can sum it up is dark and twisted and something you really have to experience for yourself. Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne did a great job as narrators of the audio book. I knew Kirby would be great because he is the narrator for Breadcrumbs, which is one of my favorite audio books. Julia also did a great job I would gladly listen to other books she reads. I need to read a lot of happy books before I pick up another book by Gillian Flynn.
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.