The impact of the alternating points of view and the development of many of the supporting characters carried this book farther than the actual story supported. The fundamental thesis seems either too clinical for me or just not credible. The resolution was not credible, based on the main characters. I don't want to provide a spoiler review, so I'll leave it there. Plot details were compelling and kept me listening around the clock. I loved the twin angle, the Amazing Amy impacts on the main characters, and the manipulation of the book's Nancy Grace character who brings the story to the national. stage. Its hard to praise all these factors while not accepting the greatness of the underlying themes of the book, but that's the way it came across -- the book was smaller than the some of its parts, i.e. development of minor characters such as Go, the powerful alternating points of view, the development of Bony, and the excellent presenters.
A Confederacy of Dunces, a book which I've read twice, but a preliminary listen makes me certain that the reader is terrific and will do justice to a true comedic masterpiece.
I read such great reviews of this book and even have an acquaintance who thinks it is the best book she's read in years so I couldn't wait to get started listening to it. I didn't like the first third of the download, but on the acquaintance's encouragement I listened to two thirds of the book before becoming so bored I couldn't continue. I don't care what happened in the end. It is a stupid book. It is written on an 8th grade level (maybe even 6th grade except for the sex). I will never have any respect for the NY Times book review or any other reviewer who gave this mess such a hot rating. I do not consider myself to be a critic and read just about all categories of books. Mysteries are among my favorites. This doesn't even deserve to be called a mystery, it is just a small, mean little book.
I found that I could not like any of the key characters in this book. They were both self centered egotist. You usually want someone to come out ahead when you read or listen to a book...needless to say I found the ending somewhat of a downer.
It's impossible to review this book in any depth without spoiling one of the numerous plot twists. It's a thriller, it's riveting, it's readable and totally engaging.
As a water-cooler or book club discussion focus, this book is a gold mine. Insights into marriage? Check. Point of view switching? Check. Unreliable narrator(s)? Check. Also do-I-like-them-or-not characters, will s/he won't s/he, oh-no-you-DIDN'T, and much more, handled with adroit skill by former Entertainment Weekly reviewer Gillian Flynn.
The woman is a helluva novelist.
It was on the best seller list and everyone seemed to like it so I selected this book. Only one other time in my 12 years of Audible have I gotten a book I just could not stand to finish. I stuck it out for three hours, but finally had to give up, though I would like to know what happened to her.
At first I thought it was Heybourne's reading that made it bad. He's so slow and drags out words like wwwaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrmmmmmmmmmmmmmm thinking it will convey warmth. Well, it doesn't; it's just a drag. Whelan's not much better; I could imagine her popping gum though it wasn't in the book. But then, maybe that was a lot of it...the book itself was so, so, cutesy every time it referred to something "shitty". And naming his sister , "Go"; give me a break. It went of on so many tangents at the least little drop of a noun, a verb, anything - it didn't take much. The story could probably have been told in 6 hrs if Flynn had stayed on point and Heybourne could have picked up the pace.
Eventually I threw in the towel. Glad everyone else liked it so much; it's just not for me.
The story reminded me of the Lacey Petterson case, but it turns out much differently with ongoing twist of events. I hope they make a movie on this one!
This story is well-written and well-performed (hence the stars for story and performance), but it's an awful misery. No kidding. If you listen to this you'll be dropped into a terrible situation between two insane individuals. The story will be interesting and stressful, but a nightmare from beginning until the author grows tired of telling you about it. Justice is not served, evil prevails and the innocent suffer.
I wish that someone had warned me away from this because it will likely take the rest of the day to get this dark feeling out of my heart.
A different plot
the characters, the endlessness, the lack of appeal of any lead characters
A different story to read
I only finished it because I needed something to listen to at the time -- miserable story - not a beach read, more like a garbage dump read
I own a small shop selling custom/costume Jewelry. I love to listen to audio books while I create jewelry. I love all animals and get very upset when they aren't treated well, even in fiction.
I am not a person who is bothered by profanity. However this book had so much that even someone who isn't bothered by it was bothered by it. It's gratuitous and the story would've been just as well, better without every other word being the F word.
The mystery was good. And there were some thought-provoking storylines on relationships.
Not really. I kept listening because I had read reviews and they all were pretty good. Then it got exciting in part two, and I thought "This is what everyone is talking about". Then it flatlined again.
They did fine, it was the subject matter that bored me. The endless descriptions of the past ...ugh