Pair a masterful story with two wildly entertaining narrators and you have an audiobook worthy of taking a road trip for. I opted for longer commutes, ran extra errands and even looked forward to hitting the treadmill in order to listen to more of this book. Having a voice for each of the main characters added so much to a story where ones perception of the characters is constantly shifting. The alternating voices kept you on your toes and matched well with the differing timelines and accounts of its characters. A must listen!
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I finally jumped on the Gone Girl wagon and found Gillian Flynn's book enjoyable but troubling. Nick and Amy, the married protagonists of Flynn's story, are a toxic mix of love and hate. Flynn has written Amy as a manipulative bitch who leaves you wanting more subtlety of character in her portrayal as such. While Nick is a nice likable character who leaves a lot to be desired. But what kept me listening was the page turning tension that saves the book because without the nuanced story and the surprise ending the characters would not be worth our time.
The end of this book made me wish I had never read the book in the first place. I don't life cliffhanger books, especially ones where you are fairly sure the good guy and an innocent life is getting royally screwed over but you never know for sure. The book leaves you wondering how and if he able to escape from her manipulation and if their baby was saved from having to endure it's mother' coniving ways. I will never read another book by this author. Not recommended.
Not leave the ending up to the imagination of the listener. As stated earlier, I hate cliffhangers.
The narrator did not necessarily detract from this book, she just had a bad storyline to work with.
It started out quite good. Even when you found out she had planned everything the book remained interesting. It wasn't until towards the end of the book when her true character was revealed and you find out how her husband and child are manipulated that the book turns bad. Then it just rather ends without really an ending.
Do not read this book unless you are prepared to be very disappointed. I am disappointed in very few books, but this was one of them.
I highly recommend this book to people who have already seen the film and for those who have not. The book is super suspenseful and really fleshes out the intense nature of Amy and Nick's relationship, I put her name first so I don't get into Amy's deadly sights, is defined in a way the movie could not do.
I've read some reviews that talk about how Amy was an over-the-top character and there is not really any woman out there like her. I find that extremely naïve and I can only assume the reviewers have a "June Cleaver" or "Brady Bunch" image of most women. There are women and men who are "evil", for lack of a better word. Watch your back, carefully.
The narration was great and Julia and Kirby's voices completely complimented each others and really helped to deliver a perfect package of story and narration.
This will definitely be a book I read again and again.
This story is very captivating. The newly released movie is nearly 100% true to the book. The only reason i didn't rate it 5 stars was because I would have preferred less foul language... but that is my personal preference. The story was really good. I recommend both the movie and the book.
So many have reviewed this book that another long review isn't needed. Let me just say that if you think you've read them all, you haven't read this one.
Your typical mystery/suspense novel devotes the first third to the crime, the second third to the buildup that led to the crime, and the rest to the solution and the exposure of the criminal. Or even more commonly it starts with character introduction and the story leads to the crime and the crime to the solution and the bad guy.
Gone Girl breaks the mold, revealing the criminal and crime in the middle and still managing to maintain suspense to the end. The first third will have you suspecting that the author is up to something, giving out clues as to who has done what to whom, but you won't be sure and you will still be at least a little astounded when you run into the facts in the middle.
Despite the staggering originality of this novel, I only gave it four stars because the author could not pull it off without creating a character who anyone could ever mistake for a human being. This creature had to have some blood of an evil alien flowing through the veins.
Stopped listening after chapter 3. Then after revisiting the rave reviews I tried again. As much as I tried I couldn't get past Chapter 5. SLOW, and characters are annoying. I kept hoping the exciting part was coming up, but I never got there.
Yes, it helped me get through the tedious background on the characters
Once I hit the halfway point, yeah - because now we had a REAL story and not just a slow reveal of one side.
Depends, I thought Heyborne as Nick was terrible, and I hated his female voices.
An educator and senior who listens to his books from his phone through his hearing aids.
This is the most frightening book a married man could ever read. It can be summarized in one statement. If you are married to sociopath, do not cheat on your partner.
language is so offensive!! don't like it for myself, therefore not recommend it for anyone i know!!
The most interesting is the fluency of the details; the least is the facts listed of the problem solving or conflict. full with stereotype and unreal facts .