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You will love this book if:
* You enjoy being surprised at every turn. This plot consistently seemed to be pointing the listener/reader in one direction and then turning 90 degrees. Just as soon as I thought "ah ha, I can now outguess the author", it caught me flatfooted again.
* You want well drawn primary characters with full dimension flaws.
* You love well executed writing with all the dramatic and short-term cliff-hangers that make for a good mystery.
You won't love this book if:
* You don't like fully self-absorbed characters. The two main players are vitriol laced and consumed with deep and dark anger.
* You need an "all's well that ends well" ending. Or even just an ending that suggests there's hope for something less malevolent.
I never once considered not finishing this book -- I had to know how it ended. However there is absolutely nothing uplifting or happy about this book. I wouldn't consider rereading it (my absolute litmus test for a good book) and I'm turned off enough that I don't think I'm interested in seeing the movie.
I never read, much less listen to, the same book twice. Why? there's a million I haven't read.
Amy was fantastic. Especially on the audio version.
Wouldn't want to give anything away.
Great narration by both the male and female voices.
No, I was offended by the gratuitous use of foul language. It seems that Gillian Flynn tried to prove she is a crass as any guy and it did not add to the novel but ruined it, almost as much as a bad story with a poor ending
No, I would not take a chance on the poor story or the poor language
I always check reviews before I buy a book and I figured the "raves" had to be right... right? NOPE! What I cannot believe is that the reviewers were so 5 stars about it. The first part of the book was horribly boring... the second part created the plot, I guess... and the third part kept you hanging on just in case it was actually going to have a good ending. This book did not even have a climax. It also had a terrible ending. I'm sorry but it was NOT GOOD! Sorry I wasted my credit and even sorrier I wasted my time. I almost NEVER say that about a book.
The narration was very good... they did their jobs well.
An avid reader who has become an avid listener. I take my listens seriously as there is no greater injustice than investing in a bad book.
Engrossing, Outrageous, Twisty.
To say would be to give something away. There were many, many memorable moments throughout the book.
Margo, Nick's sister. It would be easy to say Nick or Amy as well but there was something about Margo...
"Nothing is as it seems" or "Judge not lest you be judged."
Fiction is about weaving a story that holds your attention and leaves you thinking about characters long after you have put the book down. Ms. Flynn has done both. This book will challenge your perceptions of what is true, what should be true, whether your instincts are spot on and what you consider to be a "just" ending for characters that you have invested in.
An avid reader that has run out of time to read and has turned to audiobooks to get his daily bookworm fed.
Yes, the ending alone makes it worth a look.
I loved both but I gotta hand it to Julia and her performance as Amy. She gave a life to Amy's character that Rosemand Pike didn't achieve in the movie.
I almost threw my phone twice I'm sad to admit. The ending made me cry more in frustration than sadness.
I have a long drive to and from work so I go through a book a week most times!
I don't listen to books more than once, but this book is a good one.
I don't normally listen to this type of book, however I thought I'd give it a read and I was impressed. to keep this short and sweet the story line was good, narrator's were very good and overall, great listen!
Ghost writer of over 100 unpublished works...;).
Short version: Give it a go. It's somewhat of crap shoot but you can do worse with a free credit.
The first part of Gone Girl is an unflinching look at the nature of a relationship: people aren't perfect, and when they try to form a life together they bring their imperfections with them. It's a complete opposite of the happily ever after cliche, and it's done very well. Witty, insightful writing is complimented by two very capable narrators.
But as the mystery begins to unravel...so does the realistic treatment of the subject. Unbelievable characters are introduced, and the actions of the main characters go so far off the rails that it was hard to follow and impossible to identify with anyone in the book.
Yet, it wasn't necessarily bad. At its best, Gone Girl is an interesting commentary on the role of popular media in modern American culture. Its bit of worthwhile dark satire, and very enjoyable in a Bruce Campbell kind of way.
Yes, because the different voices of the characters make it feel more real.
My favorite character was probably Nick, because regardless of his flaws, I still liked him. He was basically a good person who made mistakes, while his wife was just plain crazy, conniving, dangerous, and sociopathic.
The Dangers of Marriage
This book was an enjoyable, slow burn which kept you guessing through a good part of the book. When the reader understands what is going on, it is a shocker.
Pretty incredible the way she tied all those clues together, and planned ahead. The weakest subplot was the cabin/harbor time, she would NEVER have given away her identity like than, so sloppily, and would have sought revenge on the robbers. Strange to see that one sub plot not woven very well into her personality/planning/meticulous evilness.
Both were just fine
The only reason I found this audiobook is because I noticed a movie of the same name. Sure glad I didn't miss it. All around great read, great character development, very hard to predict what was coming next. Gone Girl and Dark Places are very different but on the same level of excellence. I'd pass on Sharp Objects ......of the 3 books, Sharp Objects (the debut) does not reach the same level, full of cliches, cartoonish caricatures. Can't wait for her next work, though, which I hope continues in the excellent vein of the last titles.