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Gone Girl | [Gillian Flynn]

Gone Girl

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    WOLFGANG frankfurt, Germany 02-11-13
    WOLFGANG frankfurt, Germany 02-11-13 Member Since 2014
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    "OUTSTANDING"

    great story,the author has a creative mind.recommended to listeners who are bored by the average run-of- the-mill mystery plot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ric 02-08-13
    Ric 02-08-13
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    "More then an intriguing crime mystery"

    I loved this book, interesting set up, suspenseful story, with plot twists but the two main characters and their relationship dynamics really take center stage. You're taken on a fantastic ride of finding out what the hell is going on. Nick and Amy are so well written, authentic and relatable and the narrator's are excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    May the 4th New Delhi, India 01-21-13
    May the 4th New Delhi, India 01-21-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Love the ‘cool girl’ monologue"

    I was pleasantly surprised by this book, it really woks well as a portrait of ‘love among the imperfect’.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Froisland Oslo, Norway 01-17-13
    M. Froisland Oslo, Norway 01-17-13
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    "A Love story"

    This is a love story. If you do not want to read a love story this is definite not for you. I got it as a gift, and (wrongly) assumed that the giver had found a good book for me, therefore i did not quit the book in mid part 1. Part 1 is terrible, it is love love love, it's like you have stumbled in to the world of girls teen magazines.

    In the second part (which I thought was the final part) the book picks up. For a while it feels like this is a thriller and not a lovestory. But all to soon it falls back into being a love story.

    What was I thinking as I listened to this book:
    Part 1 - Terrible, awfully boring
    Part 2 - This is not bad, if it keeps this up it might actually be a decent book.
    Part 3 - Shouldn't this have ended by now?

    One note about the presentation and the way things are written. The autor has many good ways of putting things, and create some concepts that are fascinating like the dancing monkey. However the storyline kills the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carly S Price 09-24-12
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    "Surprising. Not your run of the mill mystery."
    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    No, but that's because it wouldn't hold me in suspense to the same degree. I don't regret listening to it at all, in fact I found it making me reassess things in my life. I was expecting more of a mystery, and found that it was more a critique of human nature along with some mystery. It was very entertaining.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gone Girl?

    Would love to say, but it would be a spoiler. Just listen to it!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, I found myself quite drawn into the characters lives and at time it made me very angry and at times very sad. Quite a powerful book that really makes you consider how human relationships work.

    I really didn't want to stop listening at the end of each train ride, I wanted to delve deeper. Definitely not a book to start listening to if you are about to be distracted from listening for awhile!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Fisher 08-16-12
    J. Fisher 08-16-12
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    "Brilliant book"
    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    Probably, in a year or so.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nick


    What about Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance did you like?

    Definitely


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    A definite reaction, but if I talk about it I will give away the suprise


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent story, kept me thinking all the time what would come up next. Very sorry when it was all over.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Louise Kangaroo Point, Australia 03-11-15
    Louise Kangaroo Point, Australia 03-11-15
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    "Frustration!!"

    What a great story, to end in such a ridiculously frustrating way. I am so sorry I started it. Fabulous storyline, dreadful end.

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    Mia 03-02-15
    Mia 03-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Bleak, too much F-ing Language"

    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?

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    Sarah 02-24-15
    Sarah 02-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Totally Engaging"
    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    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


    What other book might you compare Gone Girl to and why?

    I don't normaly read fiction, so don't know.


    What does Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great narration


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and I did.


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    Chris 12-31-14
    Chris 12-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Addictive"

    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.

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  • David
    Old Colwyn, United Kingdom
    3/17/13
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    "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.





    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Abi
    Ilford, United Kingdom
    11/19/13
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    "Yep you should download this."

    This is a truly gripping read (listen). Gillian definitely gets you thinking about, not only the part the media plays in peoples lives but the part you play, even if it is just in your head.

    This tale gets thinking about relationships, friendships, family and the media. But most of all is that you really do not know what goes on behind close doors. So if you want a tale of 2 halves, exciting and nail biting then this is the book for you. I have kept away from the story as it is the type of book that you do not want to reveal anything just in case you give anything away.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gavin
    Dunbar, United Kingdom
    6/10/13
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    "A fabulously hateful book"

    It will anger you frustrate you and as soon as you know where it is going you will be wrong. I loved it while I cringed at the characters. How can people be that hideous and shallow?
    The plot is just epic and I urge you not to find out to much in advance.
    It is a book that will challenge your faith in people.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tiffany
    denbigh, United Kingdom
    3/8/13
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    "average"

    it didn't make me want to smile, cry or make me angry or sad ...very predictable pulp fiction.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Julie
    Coventry, United Kingdom
    2/28/13
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gatehouse reader
    edinburgh
    10/15/12
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    "Slow slow slow"

    I don't really care what happens to either of them I am so bored maybe its the narration or maybe the story is just unexciting but I love audiobooks and seldom leave one unfinished but this one is

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Verner
    Camberley, United Kingdom
    12/7/14
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    "Good intro and build up, but the end...is a wimper"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Its worth a listen - on double speed, but there are many better books and stories.The performance was good and fitted the characters. Its a shame I disliked the characters so much I'd have preferred them to all have died.


    What could Gillian Flynn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    At times the characters appeared to act out of character. Their actions actions did not feel right for reasonably intelligent thinking people.


    What does Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    To a great extent they helped believe the character might have done what they did.


    Do you think Gone Girl needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    If they all die in a follow up that might be appropriate for such awful people.However, there would not be much suspense in that.


    Any additional comments?

    I stuck it out to the end as I wanted to compare it to the film. And because I always do for an audiobook I have bought. Probably should have done so on double speed......

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amelia
    United Kingdom
    1/15/13
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    "What really??"

    I got this book as highly recommended everywhere The voices for the audiobook were really annoying and did not add anything to the story Basically I felt as if I should read it to the end as I expected to suddenly love it as everyone else seems to do I gave up halfway before Christmas and had to drag myself back to it last week and finished it today

    I won't say too much as don't want to spoil the plot but basically all the characters especially Nick and Amy are not interesting and to be honest I have wished that Nick could have been spirited away with Amy at the beginning to save us the annoyance of reading They are both toxic and really felt no empathy or understanding with either of them and felt they deserved each other They may be a product of their family life and upbringing but who cares 'Go' Nicks sister is totally spineless and again no empathy with her The plot was so unbelievable in parts especially re planting finger print evidence sperm storage and use etc Does not ring true and as such no value I wish I hadn't wasted my time reading on to the end Would give it zero star if I could I really cannot imagine why it is so popular!

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Vivienne
    Esporles, Spain
    7/27/12
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    "A psychological thriller without compare!"

    How can I describe this without giving anything away? Superbly written and brilliantly narrated. The main characters by turn are hateful and deserving sympathy. I sincerely wish that I could read this again without knowing the outcome. You will not be sorry to get this in your library.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • issie
    Billericay, United Kingdom
    3/4/13
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    "Very disappointed"

    Most of this book seemed suited to an adolescent. Towards middle of Part 2 and a lot of Part 3 was OK but I felt for most of it that I was too old (62).

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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