Top 5, was able to keep my attention along with the story changing while keeping it suspenseful
What can I say about Gone Girl? Am I glad I read it? Yes. Do I recommend it? Yes. Would I read it again? HELL NO. I must admit, I truly was captivated until the end, but once it was over, I was sooooo glad it was over. I could deal with the fact that both characters were pretty unlikeable... It is hard for me to give a review without spoilers, so I will pretty much leave it at that.
It is well written, and it really does hold your interest. I hesitate to even rate this book, because of my mixed feelings. This book left me feeling so conflicted. I hated it, but yet I'm glad I read it.. and I actually recommend it.
I think overall I'm amazed by how such a sh*t story was so well crafted, and such a 'page turner', it still intrigues me as I sit here and write this review...
I think the story could have been condensed into far less that nineteen hours. I found myself trying to listen at 1.5 speed, but that was not a good plan. I started out enjoying the story but the intricacies of the plot got so unbelievable that I became "tired" listening. Apparently, there was only one smart character in the book and everyone else had to fit in the "stupid" category. Then when I got to the end (which I will not reveal) I just said to myself, "Oh, please!!" I think the author just wanted to leave her options open to write a sequel - which I will not read/listen to.
I think I might listen to the latest Jonathan Kellerman or Ken Follett book.
Their voices fit the characters and they were very easy to listen to.
I could definitely see it being made in to a movie but have no idea who might play the parts.
I waited a few months after I finished before writing a review to see if my initial opinion changed. It didn't. I still don't get what all the hype is about. I will give the author kudos for the creative "twist" in the plot line, but the story overall just left a bad taste in my mouth. Maybe it was just a little too dark for me, but I would not recommend this book.
This book kept you guessing but I never liked the answers much. If you want to be surprised by weird things people can inflict on one another this book is for you. If you want a happy romance this is NOT it. It was too dark and twisted for me.
Great book, definitely one of the greats. The story has plenty twists and turns and although you see some of them coming it still manages to keep you in the air. But what really takes this audio book to the next level is the narration, both Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne manage to take in a journey for the ages keeping you guessing and hoping for more.
It did, the book creates this level of comfort for the listener and as you the listener have chosen a side it completely turns the worlds upside down.
No, this is my first time listening to both these narrators, but they were both superb.
As the book first starts it seem to me a bit dull, but about a quarter in I just couldn't stop.
This is one of the better audio books that I have heard as far as narrators go. I appreciate the producers bringing in two actors to play the main characters instead of only having one actor for both the male and female narration.
This book did rope me in. It was a roller coaster of emotions and opinions of the main characters. From previous reviews I knew that there was a big plot twist somewhere in the story and I spent a lot my time listening trying to predict what that would be. In the end I wish that I would have read this instead of listening to it. I can read a lot faster than an actor can narrate and I think I would have been happier if it didn't take so long to get to the end.
Oh the end... it really pissed me off. I hated, loathed and fantasized about murdering some of these characters myself. In some ways it is a testament to a writer's ability to be able to elicit such emotions from her readers. However, I wish I had never read/ listened to this story at all.
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Love this book! This story had me captivated with the twists and turns of a well written story. Every time I went to put it down something would happen that made me want to continue. The narrators are fantastic and brought the story to life. I've heard different perspectives on the ending...but I thought it was appropriate.
Ugh, I want the last five days of my life back. I can't remember who recommended this to me but whoever it was did so with full enthusiasm. I spent the last five days listening to this while I did another project with my hands and eventually decided to buy the kindle version so I could continue racing through the story. It's a trap!!
Non spoiler review:
The idea of this story is twice as good as the execution. The author uses the ENTIRE FIRST HALF yes HALF of the book to lay down groundwork for this story-with-a-twist and to be honest it's four times longer than necessary. I didn't care for the dumb minutae of dumb pop-cultury lives, I didn't care about how the dude and his sister bickered. There was a lot of aimless bs that was probably, in the author's mind, "characterization." It's wasted time is what it is! Then, HALF WAY THROUGH, comes the big twist. Ok, 'bout damn time, and I can NOT get through fast enough. It's fast-paced, it's exciting, it even makes me think I'll forgive the author using half the book to get to this good stuff. There's got to be a big worthwhile finish, I think to myself as I race and race through. The way it wraps up isn't bad per se, it's just extremely disappointing. You can argue that it's consistent with our two protagonists and the kind of friends and family they have, but I argue that it's bs.
It's bs. I do not accept that Amy, having been so sloppy, gets away scott-free. I get it, she manipulates literally everyone including herself and the irony is that she became the kind of woman in the kind of relationship she (pretended to?) scorn in her diary. I can say that the f*cked-up psychology of Amy is not just good, it's fantastic. That is probably the pinnacle of the book for me - Amy's twisted perfectionist mind flown off the handle. I just... the ending was such a let down. She broke Nick so he would become her puppet. Evil prevails, evil never gets caught. Maybe some people are into this genre of fiction but I'm not one of them. I wish Nick's dad had choked Amy, that would have been a nice clean ending. Or 'Go poisons Amy. Something. I would have been a lot happier with the ending had it been as clever as the twist itself. It fell way short.
Live near Yosemite National Park. Listen to Audible books while hiking.
I bought this book to listen with my wife on a long drive. I was guided by the reviews. Never again! I suspect the reviews were submitted by author groupies or college students hired by the author’s agent to spam fake reviews.
First, the hero and heroine in this book reveal themselves to be emotionally about 13 years old. And extremely narcissistic! Who can care about book-length navel inspections by thirteen year olds?
Secondly, the dialogue is poor. For example, the conversations between police and POIs are unrealistic. In this work, the police talk more like therapy group facilitators than cops. In fact, all the males in this work do not talk to each other like guys actually talk. This is especially true of the hero, and very especially true of the hero’s interior dialogue. (At one point, he thinks that a room’s décor is so 1960’s. I don’t know a single guy whose mind would cross this thought.)
Thirdly, the author did little or no research in writing this work. For example, no police department in America would launch an expensive missing persons investigation when a wife was missing for (possibly) only 12 hours. Maybe three days. Nothing sooner, absent clear evidence of criminality. They’d tell you to call all your relatives first, then call all the local bars, then call all the homeless shelters, and then to call them back only if nothing turned up. Then they’d get around to your problem a week or so later. Same for TV cable shows. The author has the hero being pummeled on a TV cable missing persons reality show just five days after the heroine went missing. Never happen! Maybe three months; nothing sooner. TV shows are in the can and queued up several weeks before they are aired. The author clearly just wrote off the top of her head with no knowledge and without checking to see how things are really done.
Fourthly, a press conference about a missing adult the day after they’re missing? This would never will happen. Maybe a fortnight after at the earliest.
There are few scenes in this book. Most of the book is author summary or author narrative via puppet characters. The device used for the heroine is that she reads from her diary. (Barf!) For the male character, the author narrates via the hero’s inner dialogue. These thoughts are not guy thoughts, not even gay guy thoughts. They are more like teenage girl thoughts.
Bottom line: If you’re a reader who likes well-researched and realistic fiction, the kind that holds your interest, such as that written by Dalton Fury (Black Site) or Brad Thor (Full Black) or James Lee Burke (Creole Belle) or Robert K. Morgan (Altered Carbon) (all available from Audible), you will not like this book.
When we arrived at the end of our trip, we were about half way through this book. My wife turned to me and asked what I thought. Not wanting to influence her comments, I deferred to her: “What do you think?” She replied, “I could care less about both of these characters. They are boring. And they are juvenile.” I agreed. We did not finish the book. Beware the reviews. They can’t be genuine.