I did not read the printed version, but was drawn to the book through many different reviews and since my ability to find moments to sit and read are limited audio has been my way of finding stories.However I will say, it is disturbing, yes it is unlike so much that has come before, and yes it is well worth it.
I can not say I have experienced anything like it, in written or audio work. I can go back and this is way back to first reading Carrie by Stephen King as a teenager back in the early 80's, and how it connected to me in a way I did not expect, and I guess this is the same in that sense and yet not the same.
Oh they did a marvelous job! Bravo! This book deserved and need the two very distinct and different voices to bring this story in it's audio version to full life. They were able to give voice to characters who "could have been caricatures" , that snarky New Yorke or that folksy, or red neck version of not being New York that is so much a poor version of what people are who come from _____ well fill in the blank. Well done.
How far would you go to fill the script of the story of your life?
Thank you to the author, performers all those involved, again well done :)
I loved the voices of the two narrators going back and forth as the book was written. This kept the story lively and more "real." Great story line that kept me hooked the entire time. So many twists and turns to the plot. I absolutely loved it.Lots of late nights listening!
They added life to the pages. There was already a lot of substance to the story, but they brought out the characters even more.
The author could have ended the book about 2 hours earlier and I believe it would have been better. It just rambled on and on. I believe the book suffers from poor editing. This should have been the second draft, not the final. I didn't care for the narration; the voices didn't seem to jive with the story. Up until the last few hours, I found the story engaging but not fabulous. Not recommended.
The way the author unfolded this story was unconventional and brilliant.
Every time you think you know what's going to happen, the tale took a 180. I highly recommend this one.
I don't think I would listen to Gone Girl again because once the suspense is fulfilled it wouldn't be as thrilling the second time; however, when I was reading it the first time I was late to work a few times waiting to get to the end of a chapter because I just couldn't bring myself to hit pause. I normally use my car time to make phone calls and catch up with friends and family but I found myself jumping in the car and turning it on before I even pulled out of a parking spot.
Much of the story is written through an inner monologue that is filled with varying emotions. It gave depth to the characters.
I listen to this book on my way to and from work and the narrators keep you completely captivated with the inflections and changes of their voice. The range of emotions they can convey makes them so real and you find yourself siding with one or the other at different times. In our busy society, so many people tend to skim or quickly read through even a leisure novel but Julia and Kirby allow you to return to the lazy days of childhood when you could take some time to visualize the scene and create the dialogue in your own head.
100% worth the purchase! This book was recommended by my colleagues at work and I have since recommended this book to almost everyone I know.
If you are naive to the ways of the world, this book might be for you.
I was not a fan of the book because it became predictable.
Unraveling some of the lies was good, but again, predictable.
My sister in law raved about how good the book was so I gave it a try. Based on her recommendation, I now question my S-I-L's ability to pick decent stories!
Narration was enjoyable because of the two character usage.
I found this book really entertaining and would highly recommend it. I found the characters interesting and the story kept me guessing.
No, probably just once because the results are surprising and that's the beauty of the story.
The way the author wrote, she really takes you on a roller coaster of emotions; you begin to side with one character after seeing their train of thought, then two chapters later you hate them. Very well written.
I appreciated the scene where Nick is being coached by Betsy - it's funny.
Til death do us part.
This book was a pretty big disappointment. As others have said the story is tiresome because none of the characters are at all likeable. I also have to wonder if the director even paid attention to the way the actors were reading. Kirby makes Nick sound like one of the "Fab Five" on Queer Eye instead of the player that the book makes him out to be. Julia's interpretation of Nick was far more masculine.
The story eventually becomes so outrageous that it you just want it to end. Characters that had potential are just dropped. I don't know much about this author but from this book I can asses that she has no idea how to write a male character. What man uses the word penis other than when he is talking to a doctor? It also seems that she has a lot of pent up man hatred.
Don't believe the hype. Read something else instead.
There's nothing as interesting as the human psyche gone awry and Flynn has captured this well. These personality disordered people are completely captivating. In fact it was difficult to put this one down.
The only problem was with the male narrator. His voice did not fit the character. I would have preferred someone like Grisham's Michael Beck who would have nailed this. The female narrator was great!
All in all, I loved this book!