Listening while I run.
This is well done - by Flynn and by the narrators. It is over the top at times but it kept my interest. Great twists and turns but there's not a redeeming character to be found.
Less than half way through I was thinking, I can't believe someone hasn't made a movie out of this! A husband who has lost interest in his marriage and has an affair. Wife disappears under suspicious circumstances. Husband is accused of killing wife. I know, I know, you've heard it before but NOT like this. Trust me, this is not your run of the mill murder story.
I felt someone was playing with my mind. My wife and I share the audible.com account and usually she is listening one book, and I listening other and sometimes we pick one for both. This was one that we were sharing. Nobody could cheat!!! I was traveling for work at the time and we would have to wait and get together during the weekend to listen Gone Girl. I used to say to her: There has never been so much excitement to get together.
What I love the most about the book is how you start developing the story and believing everything. You take part on what is happening and feel sorry or hate for the characters. But suddenly the whole thing changes and you feel like you are dumb and felt i the trap as everyone did.
I dont think I have read one quite similar to this one. I will update this review once I find one like this.
I have not! This was my first book by them. I have to say Kirby is great. I think his performance was much better then Julia (she was good too). The way he changes his voices for his characters is brutal. I love his interpretation of women. They are so real.
Gone Girl: Expect the unexpected
You have to read this one.. no question about it...
Gone Girl is a great story that is excellently narrated by it's two narrators. Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne bring the characters to life in a way that is seldom heard in audibooks. The story for the first 2 of 3 acts is gripping and keeps the reader wanting to learn more.
My favorite character had to be Nick. When you are immediately placed in his shoes you feel for the character but at the same time you question the behavior and motives that he may have, and you get a feeling that he isn't quite telling the audience all the information he has. This makes the character straddle the line of being likeable and unlikeable at the same time which makes him all the more compelling.
These two narrators are able to tell the same story in two different view points in a way that makes the reader see into the world Flynn has created with a different perspective. Both narrators bring the characters to life in a way that is seldom heard in audiobooks. Their delivery honestly makes you feel like you're watching a movie.
Most definitely, as the story progresses you can't help but continue to listen.
The only real issue that I had was the ending of the book is completely unsatisfying. You invest 18 hours into listening to only end up feeling let down by the end, while you get a resolution it's not what the audience hopes for, which is a shame because the rest of the book is incredibly well written. It feels that when you reach the last act Flynn has just tired of her own characters and ran out of steam. It was the equivalent of watching an Olympic 100 yard dash where the runners are going full steam for 90 yards and then all of a sudden at yard 91 they decide to stop and walk off the track. And the worst part is that the reader can see what is most likely going to happen when they reach 91st yard marker. Overall I enjoyed the book, I just wished for a stronger ending.
dark, twisted, entertaining
I would and I wouldn't. While the story and the build up was great, "page turning" even (or whatever the audio equivalent), I was so disappointed with the ending that I'm not sure I would recommend it. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this book (which I suppose is quite fitting for this story haha!). It really kept me entertained right up to the end so I can't say that I regret listening, but I was just so frustrated with the conclusion (if you can call it that), it left me discontented.
They did a fabulous job of depicting the characters emotions and personalities. I can't imagine the characters being read any other way.
If it wasn't 19 hours long I probably would have. I listen on my commute and I often found myself sitting in my car after I had reached my destination to keep listening a little longer.
Yes, it keeps you guessing. Just when you think you've figured out Nik or Aimee something happens to change your need. I couldn't wait to get in my car to go to and from work listening to Aimee and Nik's story.
Ohh, good question. Ok, so my favorite character was Aimee. She was very clever, patient and methodical in her plan(s) of action. She was the story. She's the reason I continued to read. I couldn't wait to see what was next on her list.
It was a good listen, the language was a bit crude but I guess it was needed to portray the characters particular moods each time. A love story gone bad. The readers were exceptionally good! It was a captivating story with twists, however, I didn't like the ending at all.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
Whew! That was a trip! Loved the tormented, twisted, demented characters and could not stop listening just to see what dark turn the story would take next. The narrators were so very, very good! A rather dark tale, not light reading, but engaging, gripping and memorable to say the least!
YES.THIS BOOK HELD MY INTERET FROM BEGINNING TO END. GREAT STORY WITH TWIST AND TURNS.
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