Dogs believe they are human. Cats believe they are God.
Unique. Dark. Edgy.
I can't compare it to another book but I can compare it slightly to the movie War of the Roses.
Everything! They WERE the characters.
Yes. It's the first time I have hated both main characters and still couldn't stop listening.
It's one of the best books I have read or listened to in a long time. It is really an experience.
This one is well worth a credit! It will surprise you in more ways than one.
While I enjoyed the audio, I think once was enough. It is a devilishly clever read and a guilt free way to partake of completely amoral situations but I find with thrillers, at least for me, I rarely have a need to revisit. I will say, that while I did guess the outcome and major twist/s, it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the listening. The pacing is so well done, that it keeps you listening, even when that listening is akin to watching a pile up on a highway--you just can't seem to help yourself.
The basic plot has already been addressed by others, but suffice it to say the plot revolves around a once happily married couple, Nick and Amy, whose marriage and livelihood have taken a decided downturn. Now Amy is missing. Kidnapped, dead or alive, a victim of her husband's tattered ego...? Well, you will just have to follow the cleverly placed breadcrumbs and red herrings and listen to the audio for yourself.
That Nick and Amy are possibly the two least sympathetic fictional characters I have encountered in recent history. Yet, I followed their story because the writing is that good. What I liked least was the ending. It just sort of hung there, as if after an intricate plot, the author just ran out of steam.
The end was a major let down. I had two really juicy theories about how it was going to go, and they were both better than the non event that was the actual ending
There are at least 2 ways to end this novel that are appropriately poetic, inevitable, and character defining. and frankly those are just what I could come up with, I figured the author would have something even better up her sleeve. not so apparently.
Amy was very well performed. The narrator captured her many sides very well.
The beginning was so intriguing I loved the dual perspectives and the emphasis that it's the little things that drive a wedge between people. Small acts and how they are perceived are what make up every single day and every single interaction.
I was hesitant about this book for some reason, perhaps it was too popular....when you've listened to this story you will see the irony in that.
I very much enjoyed this book. Amy's character is a blown up version of a scant few people I have met in life and always had a sinking feeling about their motives. Frightening look at trial by media. Gillian Flynn gathers as all that is left unsaid in relationships, words that are lost at the back of your throat, left to fester and for Amy, turned into fuel for the ultimate comeback....
I liked that Gillian was able to articulate the many complex layers of the relationship between the two main characters, their personalities and attitudes towards one another. The two characters themselves were not particularly likable, but that was the point and I liked that! They were two seemingly normal people with different ideals and expectations of love and marriage. I like that she gives nothing away and allows you to ponder what exactly has happened to Amy and if Nick is involved.
And then there's the twist!
I haven't come across another book like Gone Girl. That's not to say there aren't any out there, I just personally haven't read any.
Sure, they were fine.
I did have an extreme reaction to this book. It made me gasp, shake my head in wonder and cringe.
Listen mostly to urban fantasy and suspense/thrillers but also enjoy mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, adventure, classic, modern, spiritual or general literature. And I always like a bit of romance in any of my stories.
This is just the sort of book I look for when I want something different. Each time I thought I knew where the story was going I was wrong right up to the end of the book. It was definitely one of those where I didn't want to stop listening. I'm not always a fan of dual readers but in this case it worked perfectly. If you're looking for something a little dark, a little different and maybe more than a little twisted this is your book.
This book is unlike anything you've every read
I hated all the characters.. But LOVED the book
I couldn't stop. Nothing got done till the book was done. Including sleep
Best book every
When I finished this book I said "ahh!" Not, "ahhh" as in I'm satisified, but "ahhh" as in, I've lost my balance and am trying to keep myself upright. Weeks later I am still unsettled.
The narrators did a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life, and I greatly enjoyed their performances. The only reason I did not give this title an overall rating of 5/5 stars is because of the language issue. I do not understand why the need for constant vulgarity in today's literature. And while I can skip over words when reading, it is much harder when they are coming into my ears as part of a story I do not want to turn off, but detest the language in which parts of it are delivered.
That being said..
This story sucked me in and did not let me go. I didn't have the luxury this listen of getting the whole book in in just a few days, as is my wont. But every time I had the chance, I was listening, totally wrapped up in the drama unfolding in Nick and Amy's lives. And feeling increasingly uneasy.
This is not a comforting read, but it is engrossing and thought-provoking.
This review contains spoilers. This book was a three star listen for me - not because it's average, but because it contains hints of brilliance surrounded by boring, and also seems to include some pretty bald-faced plot devices. The first half of this book was quite slow at times, and hard to get through. It seems to lay the groundwork for the major plot twist early on, then spent a lot of time trying to distract the reader before the twist. Amy's character is particularly unlikeable, ultimately, of course, but was also really inconsistent in a few places. For example, Amy is incredibly controlling and wary. She can see intended harm in the most innocent actions of friends and takes immediate steps to protect herself and punish the "offender." But she's somehow also lax enough to be robbed by strangers she has willingly spent significant time with, taken essentially no measures to protect herself from, and, most out of character, made no effort to control or manipulate. The robbery just feels like a clumsy plot device to make the reader feel a tiny bit better - something bad finally happens to evil Amy - and to move Amy toward going home.
All in all, a decent story I enjoyed very much at times, but not one I'd bother with again - it's too much of a downer, and not quite clever enough to make up for that.