Gone Girl Audio

Discuss the October 2014 book of the month, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.
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Post by Alpha_Betty » 07 Dec 2016, 09:57

I listened to Gone Girl as an audiobook, and I found myself wishing I'd read it from the page instead. It's not that the readers weren't talented, but their voices seemed completely mismatched to the characters. Julia Whelen, who reads Amy, often voices teen girl characters on audiobooks, so I couldn't get the image of her as a 16-year-old out of my head while listening. And Kirby Heyborne, who voiced Nick, sounds uncannily like David Sedaris! Even so, I enjoyed Gone Girl and found it so well-written that I could hang in there for the unlikely plot twists. This hasn't been the case for the spate of books billed by online sellers as "the next Gone Girl". The Girl on the Train, The Girl with a Clock for a Heart--basically any book with "Girl" in the title. Flynn's focus on character and sharp observation of details put her books (I'm thinking of Dark Places here, too) on a completely different level.

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Post by Scerakor » 27 Mar 2017, 08:47

It's too bad that you felt that way about it; I thoroughly enjoyed the audiobook version (but admittedly cannot say that I have read the text version as well.) Maybe I haven't listened to enough of those specific narrators to have the conflict of character as you have. Either way, I thought it was well done.

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Post by Naval Aulakh » 09 Jul 2017, 07:02

I don't really prefer audios because sometimes I feel sleepy and miss a few things. I prefer reading a printed book instead.
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Post by Mallory Whitaker » 23 Jul 2017, 18:41

I listened to this on audiobook the first time around. I loved it! I don't do audiobooks much so I'd never heard them read anything else. I thought they were perfect. Although, her male voices were pretty comical/bad.
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Post by Riptidemom8 » 22 Sep 2017, 12:28

I listened to the audio and loved it. However I can see where you are coming from.
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Post by jaylperry » 22 Jan 2018, 13:43

There have been several times when I've felt that audiobook readers were mismatched to their characters. I don't specifically recall that in Gone Girl, but I certainly understand how it detracts from the enjoyment of a particular book.
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Post by holsam_87 » 20 Jun 2018, 22:29

Scerakor wrote:
27 Mar 2017, 08:47
It's too bad that you felt that way about it; I thoroughly enjoyed the audiobook version (but admittedly cannot say that I have read the text version as well.) Maybe I haven't listened to enough of those specific narrators to have the conflict of character as you have. Either way, I thought it was well done.
I also enjoyed the audio version. It felt like the story was more authentic because of a male and female narrator being used. They gave a lot of emotion to the characters and made it a lot more interesting to me.
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Post by AmySmiles » 23 Aug 2018, 10:07

I often don't enjoy audio books because the narrators voice annoys me. I guess I just prefer to read the book myself.
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