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"!
Gone Girl is smart, absorbing, and hard to turn off.
The interplay of the two main characters was riveting.
Gone Girl gives experienced insight into the mentality of a sociopath. The author must have lived with one at one time. It also shows how a basically good person (Nick) can be sucked in by one and end up identifying and staying with someone who cannot feel other people's pain. After all, it really isn't her (Amy) fault that her brain lacks the ability to feel or understand other people. This book has the smartness and complexity, especially with the two voices and time shifting, to surprise and teach. I was so happy to find a book that I enjoyed this much.
Entertaining. Definite mind-candy.
I'd read some reviews. So, as I formed early opinions about the two protagonists, I knew that further twists would make me re-evaluate.
YoungHigh-pitchedDistractingBoth had younger and higher-pitched voices that I am accustomed to. I found it distracting for about the first third of the novel. Got used to it eventually. I would not go out of my way to listen to these two again.
This is not a book that moves you. It's a book that unsettles you or angers you.
One protagonist has a twin (we learn that very early - no spoiler here). Twin relationship was not as well developed as it appeared that it would be. In fact, most characters bordered on caricature and seemed drawn from dime novel stereotypes. It's more about the inner thoughts and the actions of the two protagonists. Beyond them, the remaining characters are primarily filler.
Yes...not boring AT ALL
Not my favorite character but the dad was funny in a woman hating twist.
Julia's voice was perfect...Kirby's was a bit droll but that seemed to coincide with the Nick character. Both did a great job mimicking other characters voices.
I would sit in my car, practically late for work trying to find a reasonable stopping point but I just wanted to keep listening!
Yes! Specially to the weird friends. They will love it.
I would skip the politically correct ones... they might think YOU are the weird one for enjoying it.
The whole book kept me on my toes. It is all so chocking that if I describe any moment I will spoil the book.
I can tell you though, that at some point you will say: HA! I knew it!
Believe me - YOU DON'T. I fell for that too...
I have not. I was very impressed. I felt that more than 4 people were narrating the book. I wish they could narrate EVERY book.
I personally hate books... I can't concentrate (serious ADHD). Monotone narrators drive me crazy.
These 2 were awesome! Even if one have narrated this books, it would've been great.
I did! I listen to my books during my long commutes to and from work. I almost crashed my car several times (if you are dramatic like me, don't listen to this book while driving).
I was so disturbed and amused at the same time.
Bottom part of list.
Readers were good. Liked the back and forth from Nick to Amy The ending was disappointing. A big let down.
Amy describing how she set Nick up
Yes, wanted to find out what happens
Was good up till the last two chapters. What a bogus ending!
No. I am a Patterson and reacher fan. Boring
I already listened to forced to kill. Exciting. Now on to Walt longmire.
They were ok. Story was not. I hit the wrong stars. Can't delete them
Want to return it
Narrators and storyline
The plot has enough twists and turns to keep you wanting more.
Both narrators were top notch. They captured the emotion of the characters in their different state of minds. Very well done.
Gratuitous cursing. Expect mature language.
Yes and I have. The story is excellent, but it's the narration that really sold it for me. Julia and Kirby bring these characters to life in a way that made me both hate to love them, and love to hate them.
Indeed it did. I was nearly obsessed. When I wasn't listening, I was thinking about the story and the characters. I wanted to know what insanity was going to unfold next, and again, the narration was key.
Yes and no. I can get really emotionally involved in a story, so there were times when the craziness was too much for me to handle. However, that didn't stop me from listening for 3-5 hours a day.
I'm terrible at finishing audiobooks. For some books it's a struggle to get past a particular writing style, poor or uneven narration and length. Gone Girl exhibited none of those hurdles. The writing was natural and lended itself to the audio format brilliantly.
Is the story perfect? No. There were some slow moments in the middle and near the end. With so many moving parts and minute details to keep track of, the story seemed too outrageous and unbelievable, but that only made the listening experience that much more enjoyable.