I was impressed by the rave reviews of other reviewers and gambled a credit. I did listen (albeit painfully) clear to the end. Yes, this story is demented. First half is somewhat boring, 2nd half has a little more action. Narration is too slow for my taste. Others may truly enjoy this book but the genre isn't one of my favorites.
I was taken aback by the story line. It was suspenseful and sad. I would not recommend it.
I don't think I would be willing to invest the amount of hours in this author's work. While it was well written and the style in the book was interesting. I don't like sad stories with no real good conclusion.
Avid Reader in TN
I believe the voices added a nice element to the story. Amy was especially "amazing".
I liked Detective Boney and Margo the best as they both seemed really interested in finding out the guilty culprit AND the most sane.
Julia Whelan did a fabulous job as Amy. Really brought her to life for me. Kirby was great as Nick, but I didn't enjoy his female voices as much.
Well, I was pretty upset about something close to the end, but by the last line, I had to laugh out loud!
At first I thought the book was great for any newlyweds because it shows how quickly a union that is not properly tended to can go from "You are the perfect match for me" to "how could I have EVER thought this person was for me?" in a couple of years. You can't get too comfortable in your happiness that you don't do the work required to keep it going. Communication is key. Once some of the extreme psychological twistedness came out, I found it a fascinating read on how some people's minds work! Scary stuff for sure!
I enjoyed the narration and also the story. It had many twists and turns and I was often quite surprised at where the book headed.
I liked once the book started to inform the reader what happened to "Gone Girl"
Suspense, Intrigue and Deception!
AFTER THE FIRST FEW CHAPTERS IT WAS HARD TO STOP.....
MOST, IF NOT ALL, OF THE CHARACTERS WERE DESPICABLE AND INCREDIBLY FLAWED HUMAN BEINGS......TO BE ABLE TO PAINT SUCH A PICTURE, THOUGH, IN WORDS, IS BRILLIANT.
IN HINDSIGHT, THE WHOLE BOOK. BUT, THE FIRST FEW CHAPTERS, NOT KNOWING WHAT EXACTLY WOULD HAPPEN LATER, WERE VERY SLOW.
YES, IT MADE ME CRINGE WITH DISGUST...ENTERTAINING DISGUST.
Great writing style, I liked how it really kept the reader guessing what the real story was without giving much away up front. Then revealing bits and pieces as it progresses to put the puzzle together. Unfortunately for me, the picture that came together in the end left me very unsatisfied. I know that is part of the draw of the book for many people, but for me it was a very unfulfilling end to the story. That's all I can say without spoilers.
Surprising. Compelling. Fresh.
The twisting and turning of the characters personality was unexpected and fabulous.
Amy disclosing her true personality.
I wasn't prepared for the turn of events when Amy planned her own murder.
I was late a couple of times while I sat in my car and didn't want to quit listening. Each chapter had surprises and kept me guessing. The book gave me a couple of ideas in case my husband stops being attentive!!
I did not enjoy listening to this book. But it was highly recommended and we needed something to help us get through a road trip. So we were essentially committed to listening to two spoiled adults complain about each other for hours and hours. The book had some interesting twists, but overall it was like being stuck in the car with a bickering married couple. Not fun.
The ending was hopelessly unbelievable.
The Nick character was flat.
Be nicer to my husband.
I don't understand why this was the novel to read this summer.
For me, Gone Girl started out slow. I found my mind drifting and would realize that I hadn't been paying attention for awhile. I thought the writing was almost overdone, or like it was trying too hard, that it was being too witty, and then little by little, the book drew in my interest. I no longer found the writing overdone. It felt engaging and full of texture. I sat at the edge of my seat, chewing on my nails, thinking I knew the characters and then realizing that I didn't. It happened again and again. I'd find excuses to listen when I normally wouldn't because I had to figure them out. The book drove me to know what was truly going on, and whenever I felt like I had a firm footing, it tore the carpet from underneath me. I look for books I can't put down, and this was one of them.
I loved the narrators, and I am insanely picky on narrators. They both did a superb job and left nothing lacking. They portrayed these horrible, ruined, two-faced people quite beautifully.
I noticed some complaints that people had. One was that the characters were so horrible. I found that strangely thrilling, to see how depraved they could be. When I thought they couldn't get worse, they did, and it pulled me more into the story. I was able to suspend my disbelief and happily delve into their demented lives.
A second complaint was the ending. I won't try to ruin anything, but the ending was a sweet awfulness, the kind of ending that makes you want to tear your hair out, and I liked that. Sometimes you need a book to kick you in the kidney and leave you a frustrated mess because it means that, for awhile, you lived in that world and that you cared enough to be angry at it turning out a way that you didn't want.
Overall, I loved it and now face the daunting task of trying to spend my credits on something just as good.
The story captures interest and is well narrated. However, the characters are so very dark, dysfunctional, and outright crazy that is hard to get pass and give the story the credit it may deserve. I think if there were any sane, normal or nice characters I would have liked this better. This novel was just absolutely too dark to me.