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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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    Matthew Singapore, Singapore 10-16-13
    Matthew Singapore, Singapore 10-16-13 Member Since 2013

    Moving further from work extended my daily commute... thank God for Audible.

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    "Masterful"

    As a general rule, I avoid anything that implies “dark” or “sinister” in the synopsis – it’s just not my preferred style. I only purchased this novel to see what all the fuss was about.

    19h and 17min later – I understand the fuss – this is the best book I have ever read. I literally had to drag myself away from the headphones each afternoon.

    To ensure I reveal not even a clue of the clever and flawless narrative, I’m going to avoid any discussion of plot.

    The pacing and quality of the writing is spot-on. The performances of the two narrators are excellent, and brought the perfectly formed characters to life – I really feel like I know Nick and Amy, which is simultaneously thrilling and distributing.

    Enough said. Read this book before the David Fincher film adaptation is released in 2015, and it becomes an even bigger deal than it already is.

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    Howard Sydney, Australia 09-25-13
    Howard Sydney, Australia 09-25-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Very gripping, but essentially nasty."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Gone Girl to be better than the print version?

    Yes, excellent narrators.


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

    Good start, flat middle, and gripping, but unpleasant ending.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The early days


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

    Yes, a real 'page turner'.


    Any additional comments?

    Unpleasant characters all. Nasty little plot. Wish I hadn't got seriously sucked into caring about these people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Niki Lawrenceburg, Kentucky 09-13-13
    Niki Lawrenceburg, Kentucky 09-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Very surprising! Love the structure of the book"
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    I loved the way the book was structured, not only shifting back and forth between narrators but back and forth in time as well.
    The narrators did a great job. They enhanced the content, you always knew exactly who was talking. I've listened to some bad performances recently, so I absolutely appreciated the lack of effort I had to put into concentrating.
    I also liked that the ending is not your typical everyone lives happily ever after and it's kind of up in the air.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    I think Amy was brilliant. Seemed kind of flat at first, but that was part of her unpredictable character, wasn't it?


    Any additional comments?

    Would definitely recommend. It's a refreshingly different read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jaydeep Kolkata, India 08-21-13
    Jaydeep Kolkata, India 08-21-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Inconclusive"
    What disappointed you about Gone Girl?

    After a promising start the book lost it's grip in parts. The central plot was good but wish more attention was paid to the planning which makes the plot thicker


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

    Amy's character


    What three words best describe Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s voice?

    Articulate, persuasive, cogent


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment - not about the plot but about the lack of authenticity in a relationship


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lee-Ann Johannesburg, South Africa 08-19-13
    Lee-Ann Johannesburg, South Africa 08-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Thrilling...but also SLOW"
    What did you like best about Gone Girl? What did you like least?

    I loved the twists and turns in the story line!
    I did not love the loooong pauses between lines?


    Would you recommend Gone Girl to your friends? Why or why not?

    Maybe...not too sure?


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I liked Kirby's performance, but I found Julia's to be too drawn out for some reason and she did not connect with the character for me?


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes...until I got to the end, but now that I know the ending I don't think I would!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 07-27-13
    Lisa 07-27-13 Member Since 2011

    Addicted to Audible.

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    "shockingly brilliant!"
    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    LOVED Gone Girl and recommended it to six others to read.


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

    I haven't experienced a book like this before with so many plots and twists.


    Any additional comments?

    Brilliant book. Well thought of, well written and well read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Erica Patria Lack 07-16-13

    Erica

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    "Couldn't finish this"
    What disappointed you about Gone Girl?

    Mainly the story. Very dull but in a nervy kind of way. Akin to listing to strangers having a heated argument over something inconsequential.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Golem and the Jinni


    What didn’t you like about Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance?

    I found them grating but I think that was more to do with what they we're reading rather than the performance


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    Diane North Shore City, New Zealand 07-08-13
    Diane North Shore City, New Zealand 07-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Nerve wracking and gripping story; well told"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This is a long story but don't let that put you off listening. Just when you think it can't take anymore twists or turns.. It does. It is clever. I wanted to keep listening even though I had other things to do.


    Any additional comments?

    It is narrated by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne and they enhanced the suspense in their portrayal of the leading characters.
    I can thoroughly recommend it for those who enjoy devious psychological thrillers.

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    05-31-13
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    "Could not get into it"
    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    Probably not. This was a book recommended by a friend so I forced myself to listen to at least the first 8 chapters.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Winds of War. Already bought and downloaded it and looking forward it.


    What three words best describe Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s voice?

    Slightly over done.


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    katherine islinton, Australia 05-13-13
    katherine islinton, Australia 05-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "WoW!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Gone Girl to be better than the print version?

    I was addicted to this book, such a great story line, so many twists... as soon as you think you know whats happening it does a 180. I loved it. Highly recommended! GET THIS BOOK!


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  • S. D
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    7/20/15
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    "What a twist!?"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favourite character is Margo, she stands by him and has great intuition.


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

    I've not listened to a book with 2 characters before. Julian and Kirby really fit my idea of the characters. They are brilliant.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is brilliant it has you sold on one conclusion, until 1/2 way through it just spins it on its head. the end makes you question what you would do in that situation and also how little you can know someone whom you think you love.

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  • Pansypotter
    7/14/15
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    "Not as good as the hype indicated"

    It was a boring beginning
    and a disappointing end
    I tried to read the book myself but kept giving up it was made more interesting having someone else read it

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  • Steven
    7/12/15
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    "Disappointed beyond belief!"

    I'll start on a positive, the great narration captured the characters brilliantly & had me feeling knowing of them & if it wasn't for this I would 100% binned this overrated book very promptly!
    Good story idea can imagine the film will be good as it would be impossible to drag on as laboriously as this book does!
    I can only imagine the publisher wanted a doorstop for a big heavy door & forced the author to a ridiculous page count that killed this book as a good read/listen....
    If I didn't drive for a living therefore not wasting my personal time & always finishing a book I would feel robbed of my own time.....HATED IT!

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  • Gareth Shaw
    7/6/15
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    "Wow... Remind me never to get into a relationship"

    The narrative is engaging, fast paced and scary in equal measures. Nick and Amy are in many ways as bad as each other. Wonder what he sequel would or could be..?!

    First audiobook listen and I'm hooked.

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  • at713
    7/6/15
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    "First audio book "

    Story is very chilling, the narration made it come alive with all the emotions being betrayed and hidden just like actors in a play. Fantastic listen, didn't want to stop.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • KCT
    7/2/15
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    "Only finished it out of annoyance"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I really didn't care about either of the main characters in this book which doesn't lend itself for an enjoyable read... people have compared this to Girl on the Train, but I have to say I preferred that immensely to this. Maybe I would have preferred it in printed form as the narrator wasn't easy to listen to but can't say I'd recommend it... although millions of people have bought it so it's obviously just my taste :)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hannah
    6/24/15
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    "Great Story!"

    Really disliked the voices which sounds horrible to say but I found them very irritating. Almost stopped listening.
    Loved all the twists and turns. Amy is such a great character!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christine
    Southampton, United Kingdom
    6/19/15
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    "Worth persevering"

    This is a well written story told through the eyes of the two key players, I liked the dual narration. I found it quite slow to get in to but it is worth persevering. It tells the story of a wife who has disappeared and a husband who despite his protestations, is suspected of killing her. However this is no did he do it story because we as readers know a lot more than the police do. The story has twists and turns and you do not know what is going to happen next; the ending is good. I did not like either character but interestingly, this did not matter much. If you like a crime story with a difference, this is worth buying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gloria
    6/18/15
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    "brilliant from start to finish"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    would definitely recommend this audiobook in fact i already have.
    The narration was excellently done. Each chapter made you want to carry on to the next.


    What did you like best about this story?

    you were able to transport yourself as a fly on the wall seeing what was happening the emotions which were being portrayed at the time. you were able to to feel the anger and frustration from Nick. The constant disbelief of what was happening. Could someone really be so cruel in the name of love?
    Brilliant!!!! well done and well played out.


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

    At first i was a bit confuse to how Nicks character was supposed to be as he did not match up to the flash character he was portrayed as in his youth but then as the story unfolds you begin to understand the transformation.


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

    yes near the ending but i wont elaborate on that as i don't want to spoil it for others.


    Any additional comments?

    nowt else i can say really apart from Brilliant!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Susan MacDonald
    6/17/15
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    "Dragged on"

    Great start, but it dragged on a bit. It was well narrated, but found it quite difficult to Finnish

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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