I'm am avid reader who has found I can fit in more books by listening when I drive. I'm a busy mom/grandma who likes to travel and reading is my relaxation so I choose books that keep my interest.
The narrators of this story caught my attention from the start. They present the characters so well that you're drawn into the story. It feels believable, like real life. And then it veers into very odd territory that keeps you listening just to figure out where it's going. The narration gives you a rare glimpse into the thoughts of a really twisted person and the people that allow (or are forced to allow?) the dysfunction to continue. It is intense and it is graphic and very, very good!
I really enjoyed this story - I listen to a lot of mysteries, and this one was different, had more interesting characters, and kept me involved until the end. It had the ring of truth without being too heavy. I recommend it.
Didn't read the print version.
Amy, she is complex. You may at one point think she's a bitch, and then she kicks her crazy up a notch, then you may think psycho bitch, and then she kicks it up another notch and you think pity the poor sob who crosses her. And not to be outdone she kicks it one more notch and you think, man I wouldn't even want to be on the same continent with this woman.
When she starts to believe how smart she is compared to us mere mortals and is robbed by a couple. No street smarts, and you should never buy your own b.s.
Yes, but I stretched it out.
Twisted but good and it sure kept my interest.
I have been waiting anxiously for quite some time for Flynn to have a new audio book after having so been entertained by Sharp Objects and Dark Places. Gone Girl was great! The twists are there, you think you know where it's going and you may be partially right, but then there is a turn you don't anticipate. I just loved the book and the narration was flawless.
The narration is quite good.
The plot is interesting and fast paced.
The characters are, for the most part, unlikable but are interesting despite that.
Overall, I think it's worth listening to, especially if thrillers are your genre of choice. That said, there are issues. First among those being that the ending is somewhat weak. Second would be that Part I of the book drags on for too long and is more obvious than the writing seemingly thinks that it is.
The ending isn't quite enough to ruin an otherwise good book. Still, I can't say that it left me satisfied.
The alternating POVs were interesting. It's very "he said"/"she said" with unreliable narrators which I find to be an interesting way to tell a mystery.
No complaints about the narration. They both did a very good job.
Throw the book across the room?
Well, no, it's an audible book on MP3, so nothing so dramatic. That said, I did find the ending to be less than satisfying.
I like different books for different reasons, but this one ranks way up there. I have recommended it to several people, and a few have read and/or listened and they liked it, too. This book will stay with you long after you have finished.
I don't think I can compare Gone Girl to any other book I have read/listened to. This was not your everyday ordinary crime drama. This book was a puzzle with so many twists and turns (but was not hard to keep up with). It is a very chilling portrayal of a sociopath like the ones who live among us. (I would recommend The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout, which is a non-fiction book about sociopaths - and you probably know a few. They are ordinary people living ordinary lives and it is frightening. That book is also available from Audible.)
Wow! It is impossible to choose. Both performances were off the chart and at times you equally loved/hated both Nick and Amy. The characters in the book are developed very well, and these two narrators did a fantastic job. I have already searched for other books narrated by each of them and plan to listen to some of them.
You live with true evil among you every day. What would you do if it was your spouse?
LISTEN TO THIS BOOK!
Am a new fan to Gillian Flynn. She doesn't mince words and is completely bare bones and sometimes graphic to the point of a cringe. The story twists and turns and is one of the best I have listened to in a long time. Keeps you going along with the characters personalities and the great narration. Could go on and on but let me just say, yes some people have said the story is offensive with the language or detaIl, but the story is a good one. You won't be dissapointed with your purchase .I have purchased the other 2 because of this one and they are the best I have listened to recently.
I love mysteries, but lately I have become bored with how predictable they can be. This book suprised, entertained, and engaged me. I would reccomend it to most mystery fans. Give it a try!!
No, because I so disliked the ending.
Edgar Sawtell. It was fascinating, engaging, suspenseful and well written but had an even worse ending than Gone Girl..
They were outstanding, especially Julia. She really made her character(s) come to life. So believable was her interpretation it was like listening behind the door to a real person thinking out loud.
Only if you had the time, but it was certainly absorbing enough that you could without getting bored.
It was so great up to the end that the conclusion was especially disappointing.
I have never even heard of Gillian Flynn, much less listened any of her books. I love this book and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys psychological thrillers. This is a different style of writing so if you are not open to non-traditional storytelling, this book may not be for you. The tone and style of this book reminds me of one of my favorite authors, Lisa Gardner. Gone Girl is a very personal book, so the narration is critical. Fortunately, the dual narration is excellent. For me, most of the intrigue was created while I was trying to imagine just how far each of the main characters would go in their chess-like game of dominate and destroy. I kept thinking, "Wow, I can't believe he/she just did that!" Then I could not put the book down until I found out how the other main character reacted. I am one of those listeners that will abandon a book if there is no clear protagonist, so I almost didn't get this book because of some of the comments here. With Gone Girl, I found that I need not love either of the two main characters in order to be entertained by their psychological gamesmanship and cunning. I respected each character... the way a person respects an intricately beautiful, but deadly insect while carefully examining it through the lens of a microscope.