What are you thinking, Amy? The question I've asked most often during our marriage, if not out loud, if not to the person who could answer. I suppose these questions storm cloud over every marriage: What are you thinking? How are you feeling? Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do? Just how well can you ever know the person you love?
These are the questions that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.
So what really did happen to Nick's beautiful wife? And what was in that half-wrapped box left so casually on their marital bed? In this novel, marriage truly is the art of war.
©2012 Gillian Flynn (P)2012 Random House
Very disappointed with the narration; almost bad enough to toss the audiobook. But I wanted to hear the book more than the performances irritated me.
The story itself was good. Not unpredictable, but still twisty enough to be intriguing in the details. The details are where this book is most enjoyable. I recommend it to anyone wanting to listen to a intriguing mystery that is told from several perspectives. You'll know "whodunnit" by the halfway point (is it halfway? Hard to recall with an audiobook), but it's still a fun mystery seeing how things pan out.
It could have at least had a clever or even satisfying ending...written well but where's the plot, where's character development? What did they learn, what did we discover?
Yes. Even though the twists would no longer be a surprise listening again would allow you to focus more on the details rather than the overall story
I don't normaly read fiction, so don't know.
Yes, and I did.
Highly intriguing tale, slightly disappointed with how everything just fell into place as the perpetrator planned and felt slightly rushed and a bit lazy three quarters through. However, I couldn't put it down and finished it in 4 days! Most enjoyable.
I loved this book when it first came out and so when my book club chose it I was excited to read it again....or listen to it as I thought a change of venue would be nice. I was wrong. While the story was as good as every and great to revisit, Julia Whelan's voice was so grating, so annoying that I had to forward past her. Kirby Heyborned more than made up for it. I ended up reading "Amy's" parts and listening to "Nick's" part.
The unreliable narration and how brilliantly that is done gets me every time with this book.
Julia Whelan's voice, in particular her long sssss's got on my last nerve. It completely ruined the audible experience for me I'm afraid.
Just love books.
Yes, it is an interesting book from the start.
It was a full story from start to finish. No wading through the first half of the book to get to the guts of the story.
Not the ending! It didn't go how I wanted it to :-)
imho - ymmv
The story unfolds in parts, with wonderful narration. The use of two (talented) voice actors is perfect for the book.
Part 1 is a cracker of a whodunnit. Gillian Flynn has mastered the art of parallel story-lines, a skill honed in Sharp Objects and wielded here to perfection.
But wait! There's more - a psychological suspense-thriller in the final parts as the protagonists grapple with the consequences. And while Gillian Flynn's second book, Dark Places, fell a bit flat due to improbable coincidences and a largely unsympathetic cast, Gone Girl had me totally sucked in.
I felt so sure this book would be 5 stars and a heart.
That is, until the final climax; the final few pages. WTF? I am underwhelmed and unconvinced.
Perhaps the silver lining is that Gone Girl was almost - but not quite - the ultimate masterpiece in the style that Gillian Flynn has been evolving over three stories to date, so I am left eagerly looking forward to her next. Will that be "The One"?
"Keep going with this"
When I started listening I thought I had made a mistake - I didn't like the voice of the man, the aggressive tone and the bad language,but I always think it worth persevering for a while and I'm glad I did. It's one of the those books that might take a bit of getting into, but once the characters were established and the book began to deal with the disappearance of Amy the feel of it changed and it became absorbing. So I would recommend - and if you start listening and have some doubts, keep going you will enjoy it.
"A bit of a struggle"
Although this book is clearly well written, the characters are so unlikeable that I really struggled to finish it. I suspect that if I was reading it rather than listening to it I may very well have given up. The narrators are good, though I like Amy's voice better than Nick's so there was a jolt every time they switched while I got used to the voice again. If you like psychological thrillers then I wouldn't want to put you off altogether - as I said - it is well written,I just found that because I wasn't routing for one of the characters the plot wasn't enough to hold me.
There has been so much hype surrounding Gillian Flynn's latest novel. It's been on lots of 'best thriller of 2012' lists, was apparently the hippest read in New York in 2012 and there is talk of a Hollywood movie. I am also a big fan of her two previous novels which I think show her to be one of the most original contemporary thriller writers. Therefore, I was very excited about the release of this, her third novel and actually started listening last year when it was first released. However I became really stuck about half an hour into it
and could not move beyond Amy's narration- I did not like the character or the narrator. However, my New Year's resolution is to finish all those unfinished
listens (I am so pleased I decided to do this as my first unfinished listen I
revisited was Alex Marwood's 'Wicked Girls'. - outstanding!)
So am I glad I put in the effort to finish this? I can't believe I initially stopped listening- so if you are struggling, once you get past the first hour it is definitely worth persevering.
Initially I found Amy's narration irritating and wanted to hear more of Nick's story, however as the book progresses and you navigate the many twists and turns of the plots you are drawn further in to both narrator's stories never knowing which one to believe. This is the real strength of this novel - the
reader is kept guessing throughout - all the way until the end.
This is a long listen but I could not stop listening and as with any excellent read I miss the characters stories and am struggling to find a listen to match it.
I had to listen to the last 3.5 mins 3 times as I thought I had missed something or that my audio app was not working.The poor ending spoilt the whole experience of a great novel. Even though I was gripped by the story I feel ripped off in the end......
"Not a Thriller"
If am confused with the positive ratings that some have given this novel. I spend a lot of time driving long distances and find listening to thrillers an ideal way to relax when stuck in traffic.
Some of the thrillers I have recently listened to such the Forgotten by David Baldacci have caused me to remain in the car once I have arrived at my destination as they were absolutely riveting.
It is crucial that the book I am listening to is exciting, not dull and tedious or the journey feels like it is taking longer than it actually is.
I listened to over half this book before, I made the decision to sack it, it just wasn't getting interesting. This is the first time I have not finished an audio book or bothered to write a review.
Take my advice and try another book.
"Not quite 5 stars"
This book is totally absorbing from the start, the characters are complex and interesting and although they are unlikeable they manage to pull you in; I became immersed in their viewpoint. The first 2 thirds of this book I found so gripping that I thought it would be a five starer but I think because it was so involving I expected a slightly more satisfying end. Worth listening to though for the weaving plot and the characters that are so well thought out.
"What a disappointment!"
I read all the reviews and was really looking forward to a good thrilling read. The book started well and hearing the story from 2 perspectives was an interesting twist. I was gripped for the first few chapters, but then it turned into a sour, angry, outpouring of bitterness and lust for retribution. The characters became hateful and I found myself not really caring what happened to them. I rarely throw books that I have paid for away, but after I had finished the last chapter, I deleted it disgust.
"Great Book, but poor ending"
I just raced through this book. Loved the style of writing. It certainly was one of those books you just didn't want to put down and not a dull page until the ending.
I couldn't believe Gillian gave such a good book the crappy ending that she did.
It left me feeling like I wished I hadn't wasted my time reading this book. A poor conclusion which I'm sure most people would agree just didn't do the story justice at all.
"The perfect holiday listen"
The perfect holiday listen. Brilliantly written. Two wonderful characters. Two wonderful voices. The writing is sharp and incisive and both Nick and Amy are completely believable. The plot is brilliantly planned and the secrets are held back and revealed in teasing snippets. Loved it!
"Intriguing story marred by language"
This is a well-crafted if implausible story with excellent narrators who must have got as tired as I did of the author's rather juvenile use of the F-word hundreds of times so that when it would have had impact it fails to register as it had been used so indiscriminately as verb and adjective ad nauseum. I don't object to swearing when it's justified but it is lazy writing that diminished an otherwise compelling story.
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