Better narrators would have helped tremendously. I read this book when it was first published and thought Gillian Flynn was an incredibly gifted writer, particularly after I read her first two, lesser known books. That said, the narrators of this book destroyed the brilliance of the writing with their shrill voices, their forced emotions and their complete lack of skill.
I don't think I can compare this book to any other work. Gillian Flynn is truly a uniquely gifted writer who will continue to create fiction which stands out as brilliant and entertaining.
Using narrators who had the ability to actually perform as skilled actors would make the audio version worthy of the written word.
The book is fabulous. The narration is terrible. Don't blame Gillian Flynn for the poor quality of this Audible offering.
A story with believable characters would be a start. Maybe this is the female genre of science fiction."Spoiler ALERT" Do not read farther if you intend to listen to this book.......
I wanted to listen to the book before going to see the movie. Based on the reviews, I thought this was going to be an enjoyable read. Boy! Was I wrong!!Amy's character is unbelievable. The author tried hard to portray her as an intelligent person who plans her conquests a year into the future, but she cannot anticipate getting robbed of all her money by two seedy opportunists. Nor can see foresee a hostage situation. Amy goes to all the trouble to frame Nick because of his infidelity, only to commit murder to get back to him so they can live happily ever after. Why, because he says some nice things about her.Then after all Amy does to him, Nick stays with her. This confounds me. I have never returned a book back to Audible in the 14 years I have been a member, but I am with this one.
Exciting, unpredictable, real
The plot twists were the most memorable parts of the book
I'm glad to find a book that is not a "Young Adult" that I enjoyed!!! I think I will try some of her other titles too!!
Absolutely! The story is one of my favorites and listening to it really added some oomph.
Julia Whelan was really great. Her portrayal of Amy is really spot on especially with such a...character.
I would recommend this book because it's an easy listen but so captivating. The plot has several twists and the ending is impossible to guess.
I liked that the voices changed showing me when the character's narration changed. It made the book easier to listen and understand.
Yuck. This was a horribly written book full of cheap twists and weak characterization. I listened to it because I'd spent money on it and had to follow it through, but if this is what Americans want to read ... wow. God save us all.
It was an exciting psychological thriller.
The end was disappointing, otherwise I would give this 5 stars.
A smile is the sexiest curve on your body!
At first I was drawn in- of course things are never as they seem... especially Amy! I found myself puzzling over the "Anniversary Clues" during times I should have been concentrating on things of much more importance. Gone Girl draws you in- makes you sad, empathetic, and astonished. Great book- a must read!
This book was so funny! I honestly hadn't seen the reviews, just bought it because I tend to like longer books (seems like I get more for my money that way). The story moved along quickly, had lots of twists and surprises down to the end.
I haven't heard either narrator before. I thought that both were great...at first, I thought the whiny voice of Amy very irritating, until I later realized why she sounded how she did. This was one of the best audiobooks I've listened to, both for the entertainment value and the narration.
The story seems rather confusing at times (purposely), and it's difficult to figure out what is really going on until one is well into the story. A nice surprise, considering how in most novels the reader or listener can, for the most part, figure out what's going on and the probable ending 1/4 into the book. This one keeps you guessing the whole time! Hopefully the movie will be as good.
No because I can retain the awesomeness the first go round.
It's real life. Dumb, stupid man story with a delicious twisted twist. Love it!
Kirby's part didn't mesh with dynamic nature of Nick - his voice was not as manly as I would've liked. Julia's part was dead on with how I'd envision Amy to sound.
I can relate to ALL of this. This is priceless, true, riveting. All too common social tragedy run a muck.