This was the perfect book for a long, long holiday drive. The narrators, were very good. Voice inflection was excellent. Perfect balance of good and bad. I became so engaged, I couldn't stop listening.
Have read nothing like it. However it was a softer, gentler, more engaging, interesting version of 'War of the Roses'. Characters were definitely more likable.
I enjoyed both. Julia's voice was great for gaining trust and Kirby played all his moods well.
Yes -- so many twists... so a really good story, not necessarily believable (at least I hope not) but truly thought provoking
Swearing was a bit much. In some instance I thought Kirby was going to loose it. He just had so much pent up rage when the rage should have been directed toward his father.
Probably not. It just isn't either exciting or fun to read. I liked the twisty plot, but the characters are not pleasant to learn about and it's a frustrating story.
Nope. I read another review that said she's famous for creating dark unlikeable characters. Well that about sums it up. I like mysteries, complicated, fallible characters, but don't like to be "surrounded" by completely unlikeable, selfish and cruel people.
They were both fine. She was slightly better than he was, but Nick is more of a cypher than Amy.
Although it was entertaining, it really did drag a bit and sometimes there was just too much detail. I think it could have been about 2-4 hours shorter.
Duh...check the stars rating I gave it.
Despite the publisher blurb, I was questioning what was really going on until half way through. By then I was so drawn in to the tightrope walk and chess game aspect of the second half I could not stop listening. The main mystery is not the point of this book. That part is only half and the most enjoyable part is the suspense of what comes afterward. You should time it so you hit the second half on a weekend. I’m afraid of spoiling it for others with more details than that. Top notch. I'm glad it got an award because it cerainly deserves it.
They bring the characters to life with just-right voices. The only lame or off voice is for the Desi character.
Some parts made me laugh and clap in applause in a few points.
I think the character development supercharged it, made it like 3 times more enjoyable. The men and women characters are developed with a good understanding of life in the Anglo-west from their POVs. This is missing or simply way off in most novels by women. But she did this better and more entertainingly than most novels by men, who know and use the observable but dare not use it in too much detail in novels. You may need to have been an adult for at least a couple of years to fully appreciate this so it might go over teens’ heads. Beyond the quality via POVs, most main characters are not just snatched from the collective stereotype pile but built, so you buy into them and can get into their motivations and the suspense.
I can't get enough from this writer her two other books were top notch. They hit in places I didn't know writers could hit. So, I waited for years, I suppose, for this book. Was it good? You bet. It was sinister, completely dysfunctional, intelligent and the Author knew it all the way through. If you liked her other books the characters in these books are beautifully and frighteningly flawed. I'd cheer for one protagonist only to find that I was starting to like the villain. The villain became the protagonist. And then Flynn's turns kept one moving back and forth wondering should I even be rooting for one or the other. Is there another player in this game that redeems a marriage gone horribly wrong? Listen and enjoy!
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Yes, because the actors gave the characters such life that I'd like to go back and revisit their stories sometime.
I would say waiting for the eventual twist did, and when it did that's when the story really starting moving.
Julia Whelan's portrayal of Amy was amazing, No pun intended.
What would you do to get your wife back?
Great listen, glad I picked it up!
I am not a prude by any way, shape or form but I did not enjoy hearing the F-word all the time.
These characters were writers. They were creative people. They would have been creative with thier words.
The author spun a great yarn but the author should have used more creative words.
The performances were very well done.
The author needs to buy a thesaurus.
Their cadence and they made it seem so personal!
Do you really know who you're sleeping with?
Great ride! Will definitely listen to this author again.
No Insufferable characters, anticlimactic ending.
Develop characters with some likeability.
No. I think Gillian Flynn was as sick of these characters and the plot as I was. She stopped trying to find a decent ending.
Its hard to like a book when there isnt a single character you can root for. By the time I was just over halfway through I was ready to stop. Only the need to finish each book I start kept me going but I wont listen to it again and I'm glad I didnt buy the hard copy. Narrators are great, the story would be great but the writer doesnt give the reader a character we can sympathize with or feel empathy for.
I have only listened to this book, haven't read it in print. The voices are very appropriate and sound exactly like what the character would sound like. They are very good at making it clear who is saying what.
Probably the beginning/middle of Part 2 when you realize something and it changes the WHOLE way you think about what's happening!
I would totally buy advance tickets to see this book if it were made into a film!
This book is amazing. The writer has a way of making it all feel so real. Her writing is actually unlike anything I've seen in a while and it's completely refreshing! There hasn't been a dull moment since I started listening!!!