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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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    Shom Hyderabad, India 04-15-14
    Shom Hyderabad, India 04-15-14 Member Since 2014

    Marketer. The Engineer-MBA stereotype. Sports-fiction writer. Poor reader of text. Thus at Audible. God Bless.

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    "Wow!"

    Gone Girl
    Author : Gillian Flynn

    Genre: Thriller, Mystery

    Source - Audiobook

    Rating - 5

    April 14

    Shudder. A delicious, twisted, evil, satan of a book. Unreliable, lying, attractive, detestable, addictive narrators; the most realistic take on a crumbled marriage I've read in recent times; twists and double twists and triple twists and then --- just as we were slowly moving towards some kind of an expected conclusion, a whoosh-what-the-f**k-was-that howitzer of an ending. I hated, HATED the ending. Perfect ending. Hated it. Loved it.

    PS: Great performances by both of the narrators too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Auckland, New Zealand 04-02-14
    Lisa Auckland, New Zealand 04-02-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Hard to switch off and go to sleep"

    This is not the usual type of book I go for, but it was genuinely gripping - flows along in a way that makes it really hard to put down at any given point.
    Very well written, sharp and mesmerising insight into two people's psyche's and the tension never stops.
    It did get a bit too dark for my liking, and though I'd like to read more from the author, I read the synopsis for her other books and they sound ever darker, so think I'll give them a miss.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    nina førde, Norway 03-23-14
    nina førde, Norway 03-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Is she gone?"
    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    If I have time


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

    Natural way of telling the story


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Gone girl


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the psychology in the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny Auckland, New Zealand 02-27-14
    Jenny Auckland, New Zealand 02-27-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Brilliant"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Loved the narrators, so engaging. This book interrupted my life as I had to listen at every opportunity.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    Generally I stick to non fiction, but this book as reignited my enthusiasm for quality fiction.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Beautifully written - some colorful language - but in keeping with the characters. Otherwise great writing, and neatly woven together strands of narrative. Kept me on the edge of my seat.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Could not fault narrators performances whatsoever.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    Such a great book - surprising twists, even after 19 plus hours I did not want this to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lorna Johannesburg, South Africa 02-10-14
    Lorna Johannesburg, South Africa 02-10-14 Member Since 2010

    I have a busy career, travel a lot and don't have much time to read, so I listen to Audio books. I love reading!

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    "Not your typical "whodunnit""

    It took me a few chapters to get into this book. When I started listening I thought I had bought a romantic novel with a sicky love story.. Girl meets boy, blah, blah, blah.. I nearly stopped listening, but pushed on because I was on a road trip. Well, what can I say! It turned out to be fantastic.. So push through and enjoy!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Camilla Recife, Brazil 02-02-14
    Camilla Recife, Brazil 02-02-14 Member Since 2015

    Looking for characters to fall in love with and stories that will blow my mind!

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    "A bit disappointing"
    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    Probably. And the performance by Heyborne and Whelan was REALLY good. I believe they really did absorb the essence of the characters.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Gillian Flynn? Why or why not?

    I would. She can write, I'll give her that, her story here is pretty clever, but I found the characters quite real and at the same time they're like the worst people with the worst character you can find, well, I didn't find that appealing, people are pretty messed up as it is. Moreover, I'd probably try another book because Flynn seems to really be good at writing, I just hope to see some characters the you could empathise a little bit more.


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

    They make it sound a lot more real, they make you think of the characters as if they were real people. Their performance was excellent, I guess that's one of the reasons I kept on going with the audiobook.


    Was Gone Girl worth the listening time?

    Not really, but it wouldn't be fair to say that there was nothing to it. I guess it made me think a lot about how we behave, how we try to be accepted(or not), how we play cool, just to fit in, or to think it is the only way we can be loved; and a lot more concerning behaviour, acceptance, deception...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Liesl Johannesburg, South Africa 01-29-14
    Liesl Johannesburg, South Africa 01-29-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Expected more"

    After reading all the rave reviews over this book, I figured it must be really good. The first part of the book really bored me - I even skipped a few hours. I started listening again in Part 2 and only here did the story grab me. The middle part of the book is really excellent and you are completely pulled into the book and I found myself listening non-stop. The story had such an immense build-up, but the ending was just so unbelievably disappointing! I had a jaw-drop-"no-this-cant-be-the-end"-moment* when I heard the familiar voice "thank you for listening to audible". Even though the story was gripping, I'm not sure I would recommend it due to the awful ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Caspar Australia 01-20-14
    Caspar Australia 01-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Over Rated"

    Self confessed pathetic protagonist, inconsistent antagonist and deeply unsatisfying ending. The plot is interesting and excellent at building suspense, when it isn't introspection from immature, uninteresting failures, but has no pay off. You can predict the ending and hope it isn't coming, but when it gets there you just wasted nineteen hours.

    Some of that's hyperbole... I'm just mad about how much it sucked. When Julia Whelan reads for Nick she sounds as though she is performing a parody.

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    Jodie Pakenham, Australia 12-15-13
    Jodie Pakenham, Australia 12-15-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Great read."

    Great read with lots of twists and turns. Unpredictable and original plot. Strong characters, good narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny Woodlands, Australia 11-03-13
    Jenny Woodlands, Australia 11-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Too long by half"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only to a friend who a) really liked drawn out mystery/thrillers; b) needed an audio book that lasted a long time - ie someone who was travelling a long distance/time; c) had a lot of patience and d) is very open-minded about sexual dysphemisms.This is because this story, although filled with murderous and ghoulish twists and turns, moves remarkably slowly - and this is different from your average thriller book. There is a lot of backstory in it, which is interesting and to some extent useful, but it seriously interrupts the flow of the front story.Amy, the female protagonist is a particularly nasty woman with a sweet affect and a pitch black soul. Her various sexual images is disturbing and, was for me, unpleasant.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Amy's plot(s) were ingenious. Amy's back story was almost irrelevant.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The interview that Nick does with Rebecca in the pub.


    Could you see Gone Girl being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not without a lot of editing and shortening of the story. I don't think it has enough to carry a TV series, other than a 2 or 3 parter that tells the story in some detail.I am not very au fait with current stars, so am not able to comment on who would be good currently. From yesteryear - I think Amy was almost written for Joan Crawford and the hapless Nick could be played by James Stewart or Kevin Spacey.


    Any additional comments?

    The essence of this story is excellent. The twists and turns were not easily predicted, usually, and there were a lot of them. My difficulty was that it went on and on, and much of what was told did not take the actual tale any further forward. It was a lot of reflecting by one unreliable character about the other, equally, unreliable character. The opinion of one of them about the other was not often helpful.
    The format, of Nick and Amy speaking in the first person was very good. Neither of them are reliable narrators, both of them lying frequently but undetectably.The readers were very good. They brought the characters to life vividly.If you have a long time to fill in, or simply enjoy an almost neverending story - then this would be an excellent choice.

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  • Mary
    Christchurch, New Zealand
    11/12/12
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    "Excellent"

    Great story, and fantastic value. Hours and hours of listening - and never a dull moment.



    Spent a chapter or two getting accustomed to the American accents, but they did grow on me (just as well as there's about 18 hours of audio). After that, really enjoyed the book, and having two narrators was excellent - wouldn't have been nearly so good with only one.



    Only problem now is i've got to find something else to replace it, and not sure it will be as good.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rayleigh Essex, United Kingdom
    9/8/12
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    "Could not get in to this book"

    I found this book very difficult to get interested in from the start. I did not find the narraters very good.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • alex
    7/31/15
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    "Great actors and amazing story"
    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high


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

    Girl on a train


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

    I had seen the film and could actually match the voices to the movie stars. It didn't clash. There are not enough audio books with more than once actor. Fifty shades of grey could learn something from the production of this.


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

    The 'cool girl' speech!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Katherine
    New Malden, United Kingdom
    7/31/15
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    "Keeps you guessing even after it ends"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The book constantly manipulated you into thinking one thing, then twisted it round to make you wonder the complete opposite. There was never a moment when I knew what was going to happen, the characters so carefully constructed and interconnected to constantly keep you guessing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    7/27/15
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    "Disappointing ending."

    I thought the ending would be more than Amy's smugness, and Nick's quiet defeat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • L M Murphy
    7/27/15
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    "Interesting story"

    An interesting story didn't really know I was going to end quite interesting ending had to listen to a couple of times

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dh
    7/26/15
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    "Brilliant performance but overhyped book"
    Would you try another book written by Gillian Flynn or narrated by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    Probably not by the same author, but would consider readings by these narrators who brought the characters to life


    If you’ve listened to books by Gillian Flynn before, how does this one compare?

    N/a


    Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    N/a


    Was Gone Girl worth the listening time?

    Probably not- disappointing overall


    Any additional comments?

    This book had had huge publicity and has a good concept but is overworked and loses credibility.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew Davis
    Cornwall, UK
    7/24/15
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    "I liked it but a frustrating ending"
    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    in the top 10


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think Go is my favourite character mainly because the central characters evoke such strong emotions in the listener whereas she seems fairly stable and normal in comparison


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    When you find out who is the person that keeps ringing the other phone


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

    Yes as I wanted to find out what was going on and this book has more twists and turns than a twisty turney thing


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Kelly Willcox
    7/22/15
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    "Good story but hard work"

    It took a long time to finish this story - I had to start over a few times.

    I found it interesting but hard work

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • joanna
    7/22/15
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    "Brilliant! Pleasantly suprised!"

    Really loved this book, great narration and story and really gripping stuff! I do love a story with a twist!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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