Engaging, honest, poetic
The story was told in a literary/poetic way that you don't often see in memoirs, but it's not too flowery. It's a perfect mix, and the word choices convey more meaning that what is actually said.
Yes, I definitely wanted to listen to it in one sitting. Some of it was difficult to get through, such as the part where she describes her sister's death in detail. I paused and walked away for a bit, but the vividness of the description needed to be there, because the rest of the story is told in a vivid and raw way. So, the rawness is both compelling and at times difficult.
If I were to answer this question, it may come across as an insult to those who would like it. I can only speak for myself!
Becca Battoe was perfect, because she sounded really bitchy, and the main character seemed to kind of be that way.
All of it.
This book is so not good, that it lends itself to the audiobook format, because it has to be heard out loud to be believed. I recommend anyone who wants to read it to enjoy it in audio format for a good chuckle. The two main characters were completely unlikeable, and I was relieved when the story finally ended. I was bored towards the end. After they'd had sex for the twentieth time, I didn't care anymore. I was mildly horrified to learn there are TWO MORE books, wherein they get back together. Why? She needs to go away from him. Remind me of the allure again? Oh yeah, he's hot and a billionaire -- boring.The author overuses repetitive descriptive adjectives to the point where it became a game to try to guess how she would describe his smile or her reaction. Repetitive. Did I mention that it was repetitive?
I would have sped up the pace a bit. The story unfolded a little too slowly for me. It was good enough to maintain my interest, but it wasn't a super-excited interest.
He does the creepy voice REALLY WELL.
The ending was very good. That was the best part.
It's YA, which isn't my favorite genre. It was recommended by a friend. I'll rank it among other YA books that I've read and enjoyed -- it's way high up there. I love the dystopic future theme. The story is unique, and unpredictable, which I enjoyed. The characters are really compelling.
There are so many, and I don't want to give the story away. Amazing things are always happening. I think the creepy zombie-people (called "Cranks" - who don't appear until the second book) are the most memorable. NOBODY wants to be a Crank. TRUST ME.
You can't just read the first one. You have to read them all, so be prepared for that to necessarily happen. Just go ahead and download all of them now so that you don't have to pause in between them -- smooth transitions, one to the next.
No, I think one time is good. I mean, it's a good story and all . . .
That one memoir by the fourteen-year old boy who set himself on fire and recovered in the burn unit of the hospital. Do you know that one? "The Burn Journals" by Brent Runyon. Both memoirs are interesting descriptions of going through a terrible medical ordeal in a hospital, and they're both really good.
The author is able to piece together amazing details and tells the story in a compelling way. The whole time, I was thinking, "What? That's crazy!" And then when I found out the diagnosis, I was all, "What? That's crazy!" The brain is a fascinating and mysterious organ, I tell you.
I think it's a one-time listen. That is usually the way with fiction for me.
The story follows the lives of three women, and they eventually intersect in a somewhat predictable way, but also with completely unexpected moments. I liked the way their lives were intertwined throughout.
I didn't know what pavlova was before this book, but it talks about them eating it on Good Friday (in Australia), which happened recently in real life, and I encountered pavolova at an Easter buffet (in America), which was really exciting to me. Now I know what it is. I become enthralled by new food items. It has nothing to do with the quality of the book, I apologize.
Excellent, marvelous, wow.
Yes! Aside from the cool factor that it takes place in Kansas City, which is where I live, the plot was fast paced, and I never knew what was going to happen next. The character development is rich, and the main character is thorough in her investigation of the murders. The pieces don't all fall together until the end, but then wait, just when you think you've figured it out, there's something else different going on.
I kind of really liked the scenes involving members of the Kill Club. I liked Lyle. The Kill Club people aren't even developed characters, but they represent current reality, the real world, both instigators and grounding elements. They're the place that Libby has to periodically return to in order to gain perspective.
One thing that was cool was the various different perspectives from which the story was told. We hear from Libby in current time, and also the day of the murders from first thing in the morning until the event that happened late in the night -- we hear about the details of that day from both the perspective of the mother who was murdered and the brother who was convicted of being the murderer. The day started off so normal that you strongly wonder what could possibly have happened to cause it to spiral into total madness. The story takes you there!
The main narrator, Camille, was excellent. As with all Gillian Flynn books, the main characters are flawed and not mainstream, which makes them likable and approachable. You get a real sense of her character, personality, likes and dislikes, and you truly come to see things from her point of view. Very good character development.
It started out a little slowly, and I wasn't sure the direction it was going in, but after about an hour maybe, then YES. I was listening to this at work and was upset when Friday came and I had to leave the audiobook for the WHOLE WEEKEND. It was a terrible weekend, and Monday never looked so good. This author needs to write more than three books so that I may continued to be entertained. All three of her books are equally excellent. Listen to or read all of them right now.
The mother is really creepy, and if there is ever a movie, she obviously needs to be played by Jessica Lange. Imagine Jessica Lange in "American Horror Story" only creepily perfect. That's this lady. Also, I come from Missouri, and Gillian Flynn knows her Missourians.
The author was able to detail daily life as a kidnap victim with such clarity that you can picture it all in your head.
All the little things she does to survive day-by-day or hour-by-hour or minute-by-minute are interesting. Obviously, I can't even imagine being put in a situation like that.She seems to have come out of it with a more positive view of the world and is doing good deeds with her non-profit organization to help educate women in Somalia. Good for her.
She gave a very neutral reading, with easy to understand diction.
There were many moments, but the rape and torture events were particularly brutal. She didn't describe them in too much detail, but just enough so that you understand exactly what happened.
After listening to this, I learned that Nigel Brennan also wrote a memoir. Unfortunately, it's not on Audible (or maybe it was never made into an audiobook). I would be interested in hearing about the same incident told from his point of view.
The way the author describes scenes with clarity and poetry is great. The scene where Hildy Good sells the house to Rebecca stood out. It involved a drama with horses that was heartbreaking and touching. Hildy has amazing insights into watching people, and Rebecca has amazing insights with horses. Rebecca's interaction with the horses cemented her decision to move to the town.
For most of the book, it didn't seem like it was about anything or that it had a plot, really. It was more of a slice of life look into life from the perspective of Hildy Good. Due to lack of plot line, I didn't know where the story was going, which I normally dislike. But the story was so well written, the characters and scenes described with such depth and interest, that I was happy to go along for this ride. It sucked me in for sure. The story culminates a dynamic shift in the character of Hildy Good, so that was a satisfying conclusion. Also? Hildy is really funny, and the narrator is PERFECT. One of the best audiobook narrations I've ever heard.
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