I've been an Audible member for a bout a year now and Gone Girl is by far the best listening experience yet.
I joined the party late - Gone Girl's hype has ebbed, though it's sure to ramp up before the movie comes out later this year. I'd heard it was good, just hadn't gotten around to reading it. But, from the moment I first clicked play it was nearly impossible to put down.
I think the narration makes this book. Sure, I probably would've liked it had I read it, but Oh My God it's awesome with the two narrators. They became Amy and Nick in a totally believable way.
As for the story, it's full of twists and turns and will have you pausing playback and saying, "What? Wait — what just happened?"
Loved it. LOVED IT!
I would recommend this book to a friend because of the story. It's good and you just want to know what happens. The people chosen to narrate this story do a fantastic job. Upon first downloading an audio book I thought their voices would be boring and make me regret it. But I actually felt like they were Nick and Amy.
I liked the way it ended. I also enjoyed all the elements and how it was thought out. I was surprised multiple times.
It's hard to choose. I liked and hated them both. I guess I could say I liked Amy better especially in her Diary entries.
The ending moved me. I was rooting for both of them and neither of them at the same time.
This book gripped me from the beginning - and I'm not going to lie - it had one definite surprise turn for me - but once that surprise passed - I knew how the book would play out. What I hadn't counted on was how much I would dislike certain characters. Don't want to get into specifics for fear of ruining it for anyone. But when I finished - I was actually annoyed. Which is not a bad thing. If a book evokes any sort of emotion - well - it's done its job!
Daughter, wife, mother, feminist, equestrian, vampire enthusiast
This book has more twist and turns than a slinky! Had me guessing right up to the end.
Good pace. Excellent character development. Fantastic story.
One main then the other. Can give to much away....
Read it, listen to it, whatever. It's a must experience.
After four hours I was intrigued... After eight hours I wished I had really not started this book but was determined to see it through... After twelve hours I just wished they would have killed each other at the beginning and saved us all the agony... I did finish it, but only because I thought there might be SOME redeeming quality in either of them... I was wrong.
Performances were outstanding... Just too bad the characters were so, so, I don't even know how to describe how twisted and unredeemable...
Again, the performances were great, and it was an interesting exercise to think about how this could have even possibly been worth my time, but I just can't get over feeling abused.
This is only my 2nd written review after 50+ listens... It basically pi--ed me off...story wise and loss of my time wise... At least the author got a reaction out of me...
I'm disappointed in Audible listeners. This is the first time I've listened to a book with an average rating above 4.0 that I didn't like. One of the main characters is pathetic. The other is diabolical. The lesser characters are one dimensional. The ending was unsatisfying. I finished the book, but wish I hadn't wasted the time.
I love Gillian Flynns writing. I always am waiting for the next page. I look forward to all of her new books.
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again there is no use in reading it at all. Oscar Wilde
It is a book that you keep wanting more from, will there be revenge, does he figure out his wife's mind, is he really a bad husband. The whole book is so twisted you cant put it down.
This book is so twisted you cant pick one particular moment, soon as you finish one chapter your struck with something new so for me to pick one would be hard.
I don't feel that he was able to give Nick true character. Nick was from Missouri and I didn't get that from him, and he really kind of had no feeling to his reading.
Yes this book is such a rollercoaster of lies and betrayal that you just want to see where the author is going with it.
This book has gotten many mixed reviews I was hesitate to buy it, but when it went on sale I figured why not give it a try. I'm glad I did, I just hope the author will release a sequel to it because your left at the end with the feeling of really that's it .
Among the top 25 of mysteries and thrillers. This story is not for the "faint of heart".
This book is in a class all of its own among the books that I have read.
I could not get enough and it was difficult to stop listening to the story. I had to back track and re-listen if I drifted off and missed a part of the story. There was not one favorite scene--all were equally interesting. The language is rich and can be very graphic at times.
Disgust is my reaction to the book. It is possible that we know people similar to the characters in this story. It was a good story but nothing "good" was happening to the characters if it makes sense to say that. This was a hard story to put down because it held my interest and my need to know what will happen next. There really was not one character, with the exception of Mo, that I cared about. Mo was the only normal person-character. She did not have some sinister intent or participate in immoral behavior. Without committing a serious story spoiler--Mo is truly the only good person in the story. I could not stand Amy's voice or words. She sounded like one of those "valley girls" all grown up. Her voice in the beginning of the story was irritiating, shrill and immature. As the story progressed, it was toned down a bit. Perhaps it was the intent of the narrator who did a great job. Nick's voice was more calm and easier to listen to. Also, the last few chapters seemed to drag to the end. The end was unsatisfying to me. Tragic. I needed more to feel good at the end.
I agree with most posts that the writing was spectacular. Great twists and turns in the plot. The ability to be "inside the heads" of the two main characters and to learn of the other characters through the perceptions of the main characters was great. I have to comment that all of the charcters have flaws and are unlikeable for one reason or more. However, I did not like the way the story ended. This would be an excellent book to discuss with a group.
I'm a fairly harsh critic of books and I was totally taken with Gone Girl. It's one of those stories that hooks you from the beginning and will barely allow you a trip to the bathroom before you've finished. The narrators were also great which can truly make or break a "book on tape" in my opinion.
Where'd You Go Bernadette? - Intriguing/mysterious read with a proper dose of humor.
I though they both "felt" like the actual characters while you were listening.
I felt fooled at some points, mad at other points, and constantly intrigued to listen to more.