I think they used the F word excessively and flagrantly, also much other unnecessery crude langauge that didn't really add to the story. It embarrassing to listen to in the car with the windows open and just seemed distasteful.
I recommend the story, but I won't recommend the book because of the profanity and use of words throughout. I feel like I cannot really recommend this book to any of my friends based solely on the amount of bad language.
I have not, but the reading was very good
Fantastic performance. Tremendous noir thriller. Made an incredibly long and tedious car ride go by like a trip to the corner store!
The two narrators for this book made me love this story even more
When we found out about the REAL Amy!!
Really grabbed hold for the characters and brought them to life!
This book was one of my first trillers and I am hooked !!!
The book itself is outstanding - it holds your attention to the last sentence, and the plot turns are perfectly executed. Ms. Flynn ensures that each is airtight, so we are not compelled to suspend disbelief. I highly recommend it.
However, the two narrators - male and female - were a problem. The female did not accurately capture the personality of her character, and the misinterpretation changed the feel of the narration. The male narrator is guilty of the same problem - misinterpreting the character.
Maybe it's generational, but they both infused their reading with sarcastic and/or ironic undertones. In addition, the male narrator's penchant for over-acting when reading the dialogs of secondary characters was off-putting in the extreme.
Finally, I decided to purchase the book and read the second half, rather than listen.
To say too much would spoil the story. But suffice to say that this is a story about the dissolution of a marriage as well as being a suspense story. Flynn can be a mean spirited writer--and I mean that in the best way.
The readers really make this work, as the story alternates between the point of view of the characters and moves back and forth in time. Julia Whelan in particular is SPECTACULAR.
A word of warning, this is a dark book. Quite funny at times, but dark. People who dislike it prefer Hollywood endings. If that is you, skip this.
too long. last 3rd trying
the concept of two voices, not knowing where the truth lies
Liked them the same- less and less as book progressed.
Flynn is an ambitious writer and the concept was engaging. I found it way too long and the characters both so narcissistic that I got impatient at the end. I think that may be the point of the book.
I am a high school Science and English teacher. I grew up reading Stephen King and have branched out to include thrillers, historical fiction, science fiction, and my secret pleasure--teen dystopian novels. I am always looking for something new to add to my list of "to reads". I am a book-a-holic at heart!
Though this book has gotten good reviews in the paper and I was very excited to read it after I skimmed the synopsis, I was disappointed. The plot itself was different from the norm which is something I really look for in a book lately and the ironic twists kept me reading, I did not like either main character though I could identify with some of each them at various points in the book. Between ironic twists the book could be a little slow.
Flynn did a great job of making this intricate and surprising plot but, for me, it was unsatisfying in the end. Maybe I was just expecting more since it was so hyped in the media and I am one of those people who like justice to be served in books since it is so often not done in reality. I did love that the book was set in Missouri since I live there and there were some settings in the book that I could actually picture.
Listening to this book, relatively new author, has left me scouring audible for a thriller that will be as good as this one!
The narrators nailed it..... I loved all "Amy"'s sarcasm.....The narrator did such a good job that I can easily forgive her one mispronounciation.....it's Fes-teeeeee-va....
And the twists and turns....don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't read it yet, but it was totally " M. Knight Shayamalon" for me.....things you totally didn't see coming....
Nick, of course.....
Wondering if the very unpleasant, mind-boggling, unsatisfying ending for poor Nick might be leading up to a sequel?