The Good Girl

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13,136 Ratings

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  • 4.1 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
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    2,106
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By Roger on 09-11-14

Brilliant performances, moving story

The reading performances of the three major characters were outstanding. Nettleton as Eve, was perfect, with the flattened English accent of someone who has lived in the US for 20+ years. I loved the mix of Englishisms and Americanisms that we (yes, I am one) accumulate. Also, her gradual, but subtle, decline was compelling and the attraction to the cop-as-savior was moving.

I didn't want to listen to the Thatcher character, the brute, but, of course, that was the point. The motivation of the character only slowly emerges because his is a story that is revealed over time, and the author had the courage to let it evolve at the right pace.

I loved the gruff cop. I admit it took a while to get through the hoarseness, but, gradually, the character and reader won me over.

The story only gets 4 stars because there are two conclusions (I hesitate to say "endings"). The first is the inevitable outcome that the author leads you towards through both the structure and the content of the story. Presumably, this was all intended to set up the epilog, which I won't give away here. While cleverly done, I thought it was not particularly well motivated within the story.

This is a book about the gradual change in people under the stress of a terrible situation. (This is not an adventure story!) Motives emerge and characters change subtly revealing their true nature. In some way, each character becomes the opposite of what you thought they were.

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By Katie on 12-07-14

Great Narration, Not So Great Story

Any additional comments?

Sad day.. My first audiobook that I regret using one of my treasured credits for! This book has mistakenly been compared to Gone Girl. Which, yes, we have a missing person situation with a couple of twists at the end. But those are the only things that make the book even remotely similar. I was expecting the same mood and deep sense of suspense as Gone Girl. Unfortunately, this book just was not as sophisticated. I guessed at the very beginning who was behind the kidnapping and hoped that I would be pleasantly surprised with an intriguing twist... Didn't happen! Anyways, there's my rant for the day!

On a positive note I thought the narrators were fabulous until they had to do an impression of the other characters which was strangely awkward.

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66 of 72 people found this review helpful


By Keri on 09-23-14

Nice surprise.. you won't be disappointed!

Would you listen to The Good Girl again? Why?

I would listen to The Good Girl again just to make sure that I didn't miss anything. There were a lot of different twists and turns leading up to the very end.

What other book might you compare The Good Girl to and why?

I would compare The Good Girl to Gone Girl for the many plot twists but also to Harlen Coben books. It was very well written. Great from beginning to end.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

I love a book that has different narrator's for different characters. Each narrator seemed to really grasp their character's personality.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I don't want to spoil anything but the relationship between mother and daughter was moving and the ending was the best part.

Any additional comments?

I hope everyone will give this book a shot. It is a well written suspense that will keep you engrossed until the last word. I can't wait for the author to write her next novel!

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43 of 47 people found this review helpful


By Katheryne on 12-07-15

Good but not Great

Just because it has “Girl” in the title doesn’t mean it should be compared to ‘Gone Girl’ or ‘Girl on the Train’ which are both better books. This was not a bad listen but certainly wasn’t a great one either. I had the plot twist figured out from the very beginning but I still enjoyed the story. Some of the characters are slightly unbelievable (the mother) and others are way over the top (the father). The ending was exciting but unbelievable. At least there wasn’t a giant cliffhanger or an ambiguous ending. Over all a solid 3.5 star listen.

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By Wendy on 09-06-14

Disappointing.

I love a good thriller, and some of my favorite audiobooks have casts of multiple voice actors, so I was looking forward to this book. However, this listen was far from thrilling. The so-called "twist" at the end was incredibly predictable; the author threw in plenty of heavy-handed "hints" throughout the story (not to mention the cover art on the book - it practically screams, "I have a secret! Look at the "R" in Girl! Guess what I am hiding!"). I was hoping that, because the twist seemed so apparent, the author MUST have something else in mind. Alas, she did not. I was also disappointed in the voice acting. Some of it was terrible (when a male read a female voice and vice versa; also, the actors lacked nuance so that it was sometimes difficult to tell if a character was thinking something or saying it aloud). I do not recommend this audiobook.

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47 of 52 people found this review helpful


By Coco Onnen on 08-25-14

A Good Book

Where does The Good Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Though I gave it 3 stars, it probably was not my favorite...it did drag a bit, but all in all a good story. I would rank it last on my list.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Not really, I was more intrigued than anything.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I have not listened to this narrator before..but there were 4 of them.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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