"It's been agony, but I couldn't have done it any other way." - Quentin Crisp
I really liked it until the end. The narrators did a very good job. The writing was generally very good. It's hard to talk too much about it without giving things away, but I just found the ending really unsatisfactory. I'm not even sure I want to see the movie anymore just because of those last few chapters.
People talk a lot about the twists and things so I was looking forward to my mind being blown by that, but I sort of predicted most of what would happen except the end, which I thought was a bit of a mess. Until the last two or three little chapters I thought I was going to rate it 4 stars, but all that nonsense at the end, Mary....
I think my favorite thing was the theme about how we're all fixated on these fantasy types of people we want to pair up with who don't actually exist in real life and how these fantasies are perpetuated by the people who manage to play these types for limited periods of time.
I guess I'd say, other than changing the ending, one thing that could have improved the book for me would have been more character development in the supporting characters.
This book really kept my interest. I also enjoyed the way the chapters went from his perspective to his perspective. It really made it hard to put stop listening to the book. I started to figure things out through out the book and I just knew I had it all figured out. I never in a million years thought it would end how it did.
Everyone told me this book was a real page turner, so I was excited to listen to it on a road trip this fall. I was surprised by its 19hr length, but thought 'Well, everyone said it was good... and so fast'. Even at 1.5x speed this book was far too slow for me to finish. (2x was too Alvin and the Chipmunks for me). I'm returning it.
Yes! The story is so eloquently told from to different first person perspectives, I know I missed something!
I really liked the female detective!
My favorite scene would be a spoiler sooooo I will tick a lock.
If you can get past the first few chapters of background information it picks up and keeps you wondering.
Crazy, exciting, amazing...
When Amy came back. Even I wanted to strangle her, she is soo crazy and over the top.
Performance was some of the best i've heard so far, great job...
When Nick found out Amy was really pregnant. The manipulation that Amy puts Nick through is just crazy, but he’s also just as crazy because he stayed with her. Although, at the end I felt that Nick was a puppet stuck in a box, an Amy box.
Overall great book and great performance.
Say something about yourself!
Yeah but with hesitations and explanation that the story is extremely SLOW
figured it out way before the ending so no not really surprised....
Nothing... They were fine but not better than my own internal voice
Read it because I do not like seeing movies before reading the book and my wife is desperate to see the movie... I hope the movie gets to the point faster than the book did..
This is not my typical genre that i like but a friend recommended it to me and I have to say this is an Excellent story - Great narration - the twists and turns had my jaw dropping. Finally an author who knows how to end a book!
This was my favorite audiobook so far. The dual narrators were incredible. The thing I loved most about this book was that I could not trust my own thoughts! Just when I had it figured out BOOM - something major changes my mind! Loved it and went to the movie immediately after listening to it! The movie is good too - but the plot is more detailed in the book and that made the movie even better to watch.
When "cool-girl" is gone and Amy is presented "as is"!
Gone Girl is smart, absorbing, and hard to turn off.
The interplay of the two main characters was riveting.
Gone Girl gives experienced insight into the mentality of a sociopath. The author must have lived with one at one time. It also shows how a basically good person (Nick) can be sucked in by one and end up identifying and staying with someone who cannot feel other people's pain. After all, it really isn't her (Amy) fault that her brain lacks the ability to feel or understand other people. This book has the smartness and complexity, especially with the two voices and time shifting, to surprise and teach. I was so happy to find a book that I enjoyed this much.
Entertaining. Definite mind-candy.
I'd read some reviews. So, as I formed early opinions about the two protagonists, I knew that further twists would make me re-evaluate.
YoungHigh-pitchedDistractingBoth had younger and higher-pitched voices that I am accustomed to. I found it distracting for about the first third of the novel. Got used to it eventually. I would not go out of my way to listen to these two again.
This is not a book that moves you. It's a book that unsettles you or angers you.
One protagonist has a twin (we learn that very early - no spoiler here). Twin relationship was not as well developed as it appeared that it would be. In fact, most characters bordered on caricature and seemed drawn from dime novel stereotypes. It's more about the inner thoughts and the actions of the two protagonists. Beyond them, the remaining characters are primarily filler.