I almost stopped listening early on - the quizzes that the female narrator reads through painfully slowly are so annoying. If I was reading the book I would have skipped over them (the female character of the book, Amy, wrote the quizzes that you see in many women's magazines, and she'll give "what should I do/have done" scenarios in the form of a quiz - annoying, to say the least and the one aspect I wish the author would have left out). However, I'm glad I kept going. The quiz format thing eventually goes away (pretty much), and I actually found the female narrator of this book is especially good, aside from her reading of the "quizzes." There is a twist to this book that keeps you hooked. And the author writes like we often might think, there's no dumbing-down of anything. It's very well written and I'm so glad I used a credit on this! Get past the first part and you'll be glad you did too.
Exciting, dark, unique
Amy because she was so unpredictable
Till death do us part
One of the best books to which I've listened. The story was so well developed that you were never quite sure what was in store for Nick next. Loved it!
Only those with time on their hands and a taste for lighter fare
The fascination with sociopaths and unexpected twists in psychodramatic mystery work that is "ripped from the headlines" is becoming yawnable. It's a matter of premise and all of the underpinnings of the book. Not so deeply flawed that I didn't enjoy it -- just so much of the same from the genre that it didn't move me to say, "that was totally wonderful and kept me wanting more.
not really thinking of one
none of those -- it really didn't move me
I'm thinking that this is a fine beach read, okay to listen to while puttering in the garden or knitting a blanket... but not a classic in the making, not a watershed insight into motivation or relationships, and not a genre-defining accomplishment.
but I couldn't quit listening! Gone Girl is a compelling tale of what happens when two distinctly unlikable characters combine in a perfect storm of nasty behavior.
I'd love to read Dark Places and Sharp Objects, but I'm more than a little afraid to! Take this as a testimony to Flynn's skill as a writer. We don't have to love every character or story, but they do have to affect us.
A moral structure, both in plot and in the relationship and duty of author to her readers.
No. I suppose she, like her character, has accomplished what she wished--which is a reaction from her readers. But two-year olds can do the same with their parents and have to be trained out of it (which, regrettably, Amy never was).
Their performance was fine. I'm writing this review because I found the book's plot and outcome so odious.
I would not have countenanced the plot outcome.
Gone Girl is a terrific read (listen) with a little bit of everything! Love, suspense, mystery and lots of twists! My only complaint is the curse the use of the F word in the book. The book would have been just as good if the F word was replaced by simply saying sex. But that is a huge hangup of mine in the real world too! Anyway great book overall!
This was the first book I have ever read where none of the main characters appears to have any redeeming qualities. I wanted to like, and sympathize with, Nick, and then I wanted to like, and sympathize with Amy, but soon realized neither was very likable, nor worthy of sympathy.
I liked that the story was told from both sides, and found this an interesting aspect.
I thought both narrators did an excellent job with all the characters, but I didn't have a favorite in the book.
To me, no. I stuck with it till the end, but was disappointed by the conclusion as it seemed no one really "paid for their sins". There were no real consequences for their actions.
I know the book has averaged 4.5 to 5 stars and this was one of the reasons I chose it. While I found the premise interesting, there were more reasons to dislike both the main characters than there were to like and sympathize with either of them. I wish I had not wasted a credit.
The only reason I would is because they are making it into a movie. It wasn't a hard read. Good for the beach, but not really that deep.
The book has two alternating narrators. As you read on, you realize one of them (or both) is a sad liar. Neither of the main characters was likeable to me, and I just ended up not caring what happened to them since they were both awful people.
Probably not. If this is indicative of her style, glorified beach novels, I'd rather not. It's interesting, but I didn't really get anything out of it.
Not bad. Not good. Murder mystery beach novel.
Intelligent, Twists, Captivating
Yes, just when I thought I had it figured out, a part of the story made me change my mind. This occurred often until the very end.
I was impressed by the rave reviews of other reviewers and gambled a credit. I did listen (albeit painfully) clear to the end. Yes, this story is demented. First half is somewhat boring, 2nd half has a little more action. Narration is too slow for my taste. Others may truly enjoy this book but the genre isn't one of my favorites.