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.
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.
I downloaded and listened to this book ahead of the Ben Affleck movie coming out soon. I like to have "read" the book before I go to see a movie. That way I can enjoy the original story on screen as well as see the changes to make it more dramatic.
I can also find out if I should bother going to the movie.
Am I glad I listened to this book because I won't be going to the movie.
It's supposed to be a look at a modern marriage. With a terrific twist in the story. But the author's little surprises make the entire first third of the book fake.
The story of an "innocent" husband protesting his innocence in the face of mounting evidence against him is so obvious and trite that I kept waiting for the twist that would make it all redeemable.
The twists are there, but when they happen all they did was made me hate the characters.
Other characters such as the father are written totally one-dimensional and the sister pokes in and out of the story as an afterthought.
The idea of the book being told by the husband and wife is good and the performances of the man and woman reading it are great. But when the woman is supposed to sound like some of the men, she ends up sounding like a record playing too slow.
I was particularly disappointed with—no angry at—the ending which is a cop-out. The author wrote herself into a corner and rather than resolve anything, she has the characters choose to do things they would never do.
I can imagine how the movie will handle this book. In fact, the author has written her own cinematic twists into the book. These can only be as written so Hollywood would see what a great movie the book would make.
The trailer for the movie is terrific. And really picks up the most exciting plot points in this book.
But if you've seen the trailer, you don't have to listen to the book or see the movie.
I'll start by saying I literally hated how often this author misused the word "literally". Add to that the fact that both protagonists (husband and wife) are ugly, hateful characters, though in different ways. Even the more benign characters, like "the girl"s parents, are willfully blind to their situation and passive aggressive in dealing with their daughter, so saying they're benign is not very high praise. I really didn't care much about what happened because I disliked the characters so much, and the best I can say is that the pathological protagonist was inventive and intelligent in creating cruel situations. I don't mean cruel in the physical sense (no scenes of torture, or anything), but in the emotional and psychological sense. Nasty. I won't bother with another of her books, but I knew that by the second time she misused "literally"
I completely trusted the reviews of a few people I follow and it paid off. I would have never looked for this book as it would never make my radar list.
This book is pretty course (meaning vulgar language and content), which I always enjoy if it represents reality and written into the story as a natural aspect of the story. In this case the author accomplished just that.
The story bounces back and forth from the perspectives of the husband and wife, respectively and follow different timelines, interestingly enough. The author pulls it off brilliantly as sometimes this can lead to confusion or a hard-to-follow story line.
In the end there are certainly a few hard-to-believe aspects of the story that could be interpreted as holes, but I simply decided to ignore and enjoy the story, and it worked.
The narrators did a great job and the production was good (as you probably know many multiple narrator efforts are butchered - but not this one).
Two of the most juvenile, annoying characters and the readers are just as bad. I am shocked at the "great reviews". It is almost as bad as 50 shades of you know what.
Thinker Meets Explorer
I brought Gone Girl on a trip with me to London, and while I enjoyed the sights there, I also couldn't put this book down when I got back to my hotel each night. I didn't like the wife Amy's voice at first - she felt a little too self-absorbed and flippant - but as the mystery unfolded, I could see just why.
Like the couple at the center of this novel, you somehow get sucked into their dysfunctional marriage and cannot let go until the very (twisted) end.
This was my first time listening to Gillian Flynn, and it won't be the last--she has a fresh, eye-opening way of shedding insight into marriage and relationships. (Just listen to the "cool girl" passage--it's worth your credit alone.)
Just when you've settled into a fascinating story things happen that throw you--in a good way. The story lends itself to two narrators and they are first rate. Gillian Flynn is a talented "crafter" of a roller coaster tale that will hold your interest from start to finish. The Audible credit you spent on this book is well spent.
I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
A few of the reviews say a bit too much.
No spoilers below – just the minimum readers should know.
This book is really worth reading to the end, which was not clear early on.
The book contains strong adult language, very adult themes, and deviant behavior.
Kirby Heyborne is a just a bit weak as Nick, Julia Whelan is terrific as Amy, overall the narration is quite good.
This is not great art, but it is well written and near the top of this genre.
Fiction: I like Paranormal, Young Adult, Historical, Fantasy, Romance, Classics. Non-Fiction: I like Historical, Military, Memoirs.
I really wanted to give this five stars--I really did--but I wasn't happy with the way things ended and had to dock a star for that. Having said that, Gone Girl is the best book I've listened to and read in a long time. Great, great writing. This was the first Gillian Flynn book I've ever read, and she can turn a phrase like few others. And the twists and turns...my poor nerves! The narration was terrific as well. Both narrators were spot on. What an all-around great book.