This is definitely hard to put down, with unexpected twists and turns.... the action is constant, the characters compelling in a train-wreck kind of way and the dialogue engaging. I kept coming back to the story often because I had to find out what happened next. Others complain about the ending, which I won't spoil, but to me it adds to the haunting quality of the story.
One thing that drove me nuts was the mixing of tenses in Amy's part of the book. Using the present tense to describe the past is bad enough, but then it switches tenses back and forth..... to the past tense for something that happened earlier than morning, and back to present tense to talk about an event that happened two weeks ago! "Two weeks ago, we are driving to...." instead of "we were" Very clumsy sounding.
The other problem I had, and this is common, is Julia Whelan's narration of male voices. In fact, I have a message for half the female narrators who read audiobooks: Don't try to sound like a man. Don't bring your voice to an unnaturally low level or disguise it to sound like what you think is manly. The result will sound like a man with a really bad stomach ache. Instead, just bring the pitch down about a half-octave, but stay within your normal speaking range. The goal is to differentiate between characters, not sound exactly like they would sound. The audiobook-listening world will still be able to tell the male is speaking and won't be distracted by the fakeness of the voice. A good example of a female reader who can do this is Laurel Lefkow.... you can hear how she does a man's voice the the sample of "The Reckoning" by Alma Katsu.
Gone Girl is a great story that keeps you guessing as it twists and turns. It is a well crafted story that keeps you engaged until the end.
"It's been agony, but I couldn't have done it any other way." - Quentin Crisp
I really liked it until the end. The narrators did a very good job. The writing was generally very good. It's hard to talk too much about it without giving things away, but I just found the ending really unsatisfactory. I'm not even sure I want to see the movie anymore just because of those last few chapters.
People talk a lot about the twists and things so I was looking forward to my mind being blown by that, but I sort of predicted most of what would happen except the end, which I thought was a bit of a mess. Until the last two or three little chapters I thought I was going to rate it 4 stars, but all that nonsense at the end, Mary....
I think my favorite thing was the theme about how we're all fixated on these fantasy types of people we want to pair up with who don't actually exist in real life and how these fantasies are perpetuated by the people who manage to play these types for limited periods of time.
I guess I'd say, other than changing the ending, one thing that could have improved the book for me would have been more character development in the supporting characters.
This book really kept my interest. I also enjoyed the way the chapters went from his perspective to his perspective. It really made it hard to put stop listening to the book. I started to figure things out through out the book and I just knew I had it all figured out. I never in a million years thought it would end how it did.
Everyone told me this book was a real page turner, so I was excited to listen to it on a road trip this fall. I was surprised by its 19hr length, but thought 'Well, everyone said it was good... and so fast'. Even at 1.5x speed this book was far too slow for me to finish. (2x was too Alvin and the Chipmunks for me). I'm returning it.
Yes! The story is so eloquently told from to different first person perspectives, I know I missed something!
I really liked the female detective!
My favorite scene would be a spoiler sooooo I will tick a lock.
If you can get past the first few chapters of background information it picks up and keeps you wondering.
Crazy, exciting, amazing...
When Amy came back. Even I wanted to strangle her, she is soo crazy and over the top.
Performance was some of the best i've heard so far, great job...
When Nick found out Amy was really pregnant. The manipulation that Amy puts Nick through is just crazy, but he’s also just as crazy because he stayed with her. Although, at the end I felt that Nick was a puppet stuck in a box, an Amy box.
Overall great book and great performance.
Say something about yourself!
Yeah but with hesitations and explanation that the story is extremely SLOW
figured it out way before the ending so no not really surprised....
Nothing... They were fine but not better than my own internal voice
Read it because I do not like seeing movies before reading the book and my wife is desperate to see the movie... I hope the movie gets to the point faster than the book did..
This is not my typical genre that i like but a friend recommended it to me and I have to say this is an Excellent story - Great narration - the twists and turns had my jaw dropping. Finally an author who knows how to end a book!
This was my favorite audiobook so far. The dual narrators were incredible. The thing I loved most about this book was that I could not trust my own thoughts! Just when I had it figured out BOOM - something major changes my mind! Loved it and went to the movie immediately after listening to it! The movie is good too - but the plot is more detailed in the book and that made the movie even better to watch.
When "cool-girl" is gone and Amy is presented "as is"!