Voracious bookworm who's sanity has been threatened by commuting and the occasional commercial flight. Audible to the rescue!
Having heard quite a bit of praise about this author (and with the knowledge that this particular book is about to be released as a movie) I thought I'd finally give her a try. I wonder now whether that was a mistake. The hallmark of every worthy novelist is their capacity to "flesh out" the characters they create - respecting each one's flaws as much as, if not more than, their virtues. But basing entire personalities upon some of the vilest aspects of human nature seems a bit over the top.
Don't get me wrong, I love a gritty thriller as much as the next person - more, in fact, since such tales are my preference. I just never expected that any novel could create such a profound need to shower after reading it.
Is that how all of her books are? I mean, I'd love to get a better sense of her as an author but... [shudder]...I'm not sure my stomach can handle any more emotional sludge like this.
The first half was very good, even some of part 2. But the rest started to drag on and then the ending made me with I had never read it at all!
I think I read Gone Girl is going to be a movie and their going to change the ending. I might go see it if they actually do change it.
Yes, I really do look like my picture.
Yes, the actors did a wonderful job bringing life to the characters.
I'm not sure who I loved to hate more--Nick or Amy. They were both deliciously demented and wonderfully described.
Yes, because it will take you away
Excellent dialog among the characters, very real
emotion, and the great ability to tell the story with fabulous acting/voice over skill
I think each part was equally riveting, and we listened intently from morning till dusk 2 days in a row.
Highly recommended audio book, that will engross you.
Wife, mom of one amazing son, and I have the second best job in the world, working in a bookstore :)
It would depend on the friend. This isn't a story for everyone, it deals with some quite dark characters and situations
The twists and turns
I guess it would have to be Amy, not because I thought she was a great person, but she was definitely the most interesting and well developed character
Yes and I did manage to listen to it over 3 days. Thank goodness for 2x speed :)
This book is amazing and I have recommended it to everyone. It absolutely grabs you and doesn't let you go no matter how many times it twists and turns.
My favorite part was the first big reveal when I realized that someone wasn't at all who I thought. It turned the whole story upside down!
They were fantastic. I felt like they were the characters and that they were just chatting with me. I will definitely be looking for other things they've done.
I'm a writer and a yoga teacher with a Masters in English Literature.
Intriguing, surprising, delightful
Every time the story twisted and turned was memorable. As a reader you really got to watch your expectations keep changing. Gillian Flynn offers an interesting feminist perspective in the book which really gets you thinking. She doesn't let you get away with a "normal" story. That being said, I wasn't thrilled about the way it ended. The intricate, careful story sort of fell apart in the last few threads. Overall though it was a great listen.
I don't want to give away any of the plot twists, but there's a despicable character that I ended up having a strange kind of respect for. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters, they were so much more complex than when you first get to know them.
Yes, I have never been so obsessed with finishing an audiobook. Usually I listen on my commute and when I'm walking my dog, but with this one I'd get home and make excuses to clean my house so I could keep listening. I didn't laugh or cry but I was so fascinated with what was going on.
I purchased Gone Girl on a whim and boy am I glad I did! Great storyline and superb character development. This book will make your jaw hit the floor on more than one occasion!
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.