I tend to avoid pop culture as so much of it is derivative or poorly written, but this is one that stands out. It is a thoroughly enjoyable and fast paced page-turner of a mystery thriller and a lot of fun.
The rotating narrators is a technique that works perfectly. Hard to say too much without giving something away.
I liked the "voices" of the characters, especially Amy after the halfway point. I did have a couple of issues with the dialogue in the first part in regards to Nick, both from the author, and from the narrator, that didn't fit, but not worth going into here. If you're listening to this book you're here for exactly what it will give you and not for stylistic/literary crit, and there was nothing here so egregious that I couldn't overlook it and have fun with this.
Now and then you run across something that is done so well that it's tempting to call it an unrepeatable performance and genre changing, like Hunt for Red October, or the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and other standouts. Recommending this to many people.
Only caveat would be if you're put off by some explicit sexual moments and language.
I get what I want from Shakespeare, and I got what I wanted from Flynn. Not that this is a literary masterpiece, but it is standing rather tall on the thriller shelf.
It may be that Flynn is a far better writer than most of the pop mystery stuff that pours out daily and I may look at her others. Hard to beat this one though.
None of the characters were likeable
Not make the main couple so crazy or stupid
I would have changed the ending
What an overrated book. I would not recommend this book to anyone.
Author of Stitch Alchemy
I've listened to all of Gillian Flynn's book and this was enjoyable and exciting. "Dark Places" is still my favorite of her books though and I'd rate that a full five stars.
Gone Girl was unique in the way the characters were revealed little by little in alternating chapters. On the surface we were introduced to a married couple who seem to be sharing the intimacies of their marries. As the book progresses it's apparent that something is wrong because the stories diverge in a way that makes it clear someone is not telling the truth. During the course of the book I could not tell who to believe, which built the drama and excitement as I tried to figure out the puzzle.
I enjoyed having separate voices, which allowed for very distinct characters to emerge.
I could not wait to get back to this as the story raced to an impending drama. Flynn kept me constantly surprised as she dosed out the real story a little at a time. One of the most exciting listens I've had for awhile.
Any Gillian Flynn is worth a listen because of her innovative plots and interesting characters. Definitely one of my favorite writers and I'm glad she's finally broken out of the pack with a bestseller!
It was so slow. I kept listening thinking it would get better but never did.
Not likely. But I will listen to a little of it before I use a credit on another one.
None that I found!
The reviews were so great for this book, maybe it just wasn't my cup of tea. The story line was slow and it seemed to go on and on with nothing moving forward.
I guess part of the appeal of the book is the "dark and twisted characters" but in spite of any novelty that might hold, I loathed them and struggled to finish the book.
Hasn't put me off the genre but certainly put me off the author.
Thought the performances were about right for what the author was trying to convey but since I didn't like that, the performances didn't count for much.
Started this book several times hoping I would "find out" what the buzz was all about. After I finished it - finally - I realized that the characters really were despicable people and that I had wasted my time.
This is one of those stories that, like most things that are bad for us, appeals to our baser instincts. Its only saving grace is the narration. Whelan and Heborne capture the paranoid delusions of the two main characters, their mean, selfish, petty, sickeningly narcissistic self-love, with amazing range and authenticity. You will get to the end and hate yourself for slogging through the mud with these two people with the hope that you will have earned or learned something of value. But in this story, no one pays the price of his or her immoral, unethical, and illegal actions. Moreover, Flynn's ending is cowardly. Along with the allegiance of her reader, she looses control of her characters. I was left begging for Nick and Amy simply to shut the hell up.
After this, a cleansing listen is in order. Perhaps Henry James.
This was a really captivating story. I didn't want to quit listening. I did however, guess the resolution but felt it ended abruptly. It was like the author thought , "well now it is tme to stop." I appears to me that maybe the author set this up for a sequel.
Hmmm not sure this was a bit dark for my tastes.
No, I don't want to know anything more about either of those people.
I like stories about "real" people, but these two take it to an extreme - they are way to sick for me to want to know as much as I know about them. The first part was entertaining and intrieging, the second half I found quite depressing. On the good side - it was well crafted and narrated and kept me very interested until close to the end when I saw no hope in sight and then I felt cheated - why should I have cared about two suck sick individuals.
Probably nothing by the author. I'd give the narrators a shot. They did their work well.
I know that the world is full of horrible people. I know that this book reflects that. This is just not what I enjoy, vindictive, selfish characters that never seem to have any redeeming value.
The lady cop. I can't remember her name. She's the only one who seemed likable. Margo, Nick's sister was ok, but she was snarky and mean in her own way. She was loyal, though.
I know art demands a reaction. I guess if that is what the author wants, she got it. But to go for a bad reaction just for reaction's sake seems cheap to me. I just really disliked the book. It never got better, either. I kept expecting some sort of turn that would redeem ... something. I would recommend not reading this. Some people loved it. Not me.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
I read the Gone Girl when it was introduced and have seen the movie. I've also read Sharp Objects and Dark Places, Flynn's two prior novels. It seems common these days for people to say novels are like Gone Girl. If any psychological thriller is like Gone Girl or as good as Gone Girl, I have not read it.
Amy Dunne sets the standard for villains in psychological thrillers. Nick Dunne? Let's say that he did a poor job at choosing a spouse.