OMG, this was one terrific book. The story as it wound in and out and around the characters of Nick and Amy was as intricate as the fabled Gordian knot. This is far more than the story of a marriage. The psychopathology of both Nick and Amy will remind you of people you know - or maybe it will remind you of a long forgotten episode in your own life (although yours is probably not as involved). I simply can't say any more without ruining the story, and as Sweeney Todd would say "What happened now, well that's the play, and he wouldn't want you to give it away". Just listen to the book. And plan on spending a lot of sleepless nights until you finish it!
Yes, I always pick up little things I missed the first time through.
Once I started the second part, I had to listen to the entire book to see how things ended.
Read her books!
I have been a member of Audible since 2001. I have over 175 titles in my library. This is the first time I have ever reviewed a book. This book was perfect. Wonderful plot. Amazing character development. Spot-on narration. Best listen EVER.
I listen to audiobooks while I run and this one made me want to keep on going and going. Lots of twists and turns and it keeps you guessing.
I was caught off guard more than once, which makes for a very good listen.
The scene where you see Amy's true side.
It was too long for one sitting but great for 2 weeks of running or a long road trip
I would not recommend this book to a friend solely because of the ending. I felt as if the author got tired of writing the book and all of a sudden needed to wrap it up. Such an injustice to the characters.
I'm just a simple man who is trying to be water.
I like that it was topical. Almost felt like I could've been reading about contemporaries...people that I know today. I like how it contrasted city/urban life with that of Midwestern America.
Two moments stand out for me: (SPOILER ALERT) First was when it was revealed that this sweet, innocent, angst ridden, attractive, stand-by-her-man young lady was something a little bit different. Second was when (SPOILER ALERT) Nick ultimately decides to acquiesce.
Julia's performance was much, much stronger than Kirby's. He ultimately grew on me but I'd like to think the male character's voice should have been a little more mature, confident. He sounded very "highschoolish" in parts - especially in the beginning.
(SPOILER ALERT) When "Amazing Amy" crossed over to "Murdering Amy".
This book was just dope. Loved it. And Flynn's an adopted Chicago girl. We support our own. Go Girl!
At first, I thought: oh-oh, I'm not liking this and there are about 20 hours left. I was really turned off by the female narrator, whose chirpy voice seemed out of character for the nature of Amy's character. There was also some clunky writing. But the more I listened, the more I became hooked by the plot, and the narration didn't bother me. I came to see that the characters were well drawn, and I appreciated the major plot twists and turns that I never saw coming. I thought the ending was superb; again, not what I expected but perfect pitch.
No. Though I enjoyed it thoroughly, until the ending that is, it's one of those books that relies heavily on suspense and surprise plot twists. I rarely re-read stories like that unless they are of the classic/epic variety. Gone Girl was entertaining, but would hardly fall into that category.
Julia Whelan was masterful as the snarky she-devil, Amy, the kind of character you love to hate. When her true character was revealed, I was genuinely shocked and delighted to see the story take such an unexpected turn.
When the wife he didn't love goes missing.
I can't fathom what Flynn was thinking at the end. This was the most unsatisfying conclusion in memory. Not that I expected a neat little tie-it-up-in-a-bow, conventional Hollywood ending, mind you. I always appreciate something different or unexpected, but I felt like the story was unresolved and it didn't feel like an honest, artistic choice. Rather, it seemed to me like she couldn't decide what to do and left loose ends for a possible sequel. It didn't work for me at all, but since my issue was only with the last 30 minutes or so, I had to give 4 stars for my enjoyment level up to that point.
I loved that just when I thought I had it figured out-bam-everything changed. I just could not put it down
they had just the perfect voices in my mind. Nothing about the way they read annoyed me. I did think that Amy would have had a Yankee accent in reality, but that would have been annoying to listen to so glad they didn't go that way! :-)
I don't like the profanity but this book was so good, and I imagine that is true to how these people really would talk so I just cringed and kept on listening!
This book had only unlikable characters. Terribly unlikable. The book started off very slow. It didn't really pick up speed for several hours into the book.
Still deciding what to listen to next.
LOVED the narration. Both narrators really played the characters very well. If not for their performance, I probably wouldn't have finished the book.
Tough to say without being a spoiler, so I'll not say my opinion.