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Gone Girl Audiobook

Gone Girl: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Marriage can be a real killer. One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times best seller Gillian Flynn, takes that statement to its darkest place in this unpausable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work "draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction." Gone Girl's toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife's head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge.

Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn't do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.

©2012 Gillian Flynn (P)2012 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Flynn masterfully lets this tale of a marriage gone toxically wrong gradually emerge through alternating accounts by Nick and Amy, both unreliable narrators in their own ways. The reader comes to discover their layers of deceit through a process similar to that at work in the imploding relationship. Compulsively readable, creepily unforgettable, this is a must read for any fan of bad girls and good writing." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Ida 02-07-14
    Ida 02-07-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Hmm, believe the hype. This is a good trashy story"
    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the top 25 of mysteries and thrillers. This story is not for the "faint of heart".


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

    This book is in a class all of its own among the books that I have read.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I could not get enough and it was difficult to stop listening to the story. I had to back track and re-listen if I drifted off and missed a part of the story. There was not one favorite scene--all were equally interesting. The language is rich and can be very graphic at times.


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

    Disgust is my reaction to the book. It is possible that we know people similar to the characters in this story. It was a good story but nothing "good" was happening to the characters if it makes sense to say that. This was a hard story to put down because it held my interest and my need to know what will happen next. There really was not one character, with the exception of Mo, that I cared about. Mo was the only normal person-character. She did not have some sinister intent or participate in immoral behavior. Without committing a serious story spoiler--Mo is truly the only good person in the story. I could not stand Amy's voice or words. She sounded like one of those "valley girls" all grown up. Her voice in the beginning of the story was irritiating, shrill and immature. As the story progressed, it was toned down a bit. Perhaps it was the intent of the narrator who did a great job. Nick's voice was more calm and easier to listen to. Also, the last few chapters seemed to drag to the end. The end was unsatisfying to me. Tragic. I needed more to feel good at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    I agree with most posts that the writing was spectacular. Great twists and turns in the plot. The ability to be "inside the heads" of the two main characters and to learn of the other characters through the perceptions of the main characters was great. I have to comment that all of the charcters have flaws and are unlikeable for one reason or more. However, I did not like the way the story ended. This would be an excellent book to discuss with a group.

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    Laura HOBOKEN, GA, United States 02-06-14
    Laura HOBOKEN, GA, United States 02-06-14 Member Since 2012
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    "I was hooked from the beginning."
    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm a fairly harsh critic of books and I was totally taken with Gone Girl. It's one of those stories that hooks you from the beginning and will barely allow you a trip to the bathroom before you've finished. The narrators were also great which can truly make or break a "book on tape" in my opinion.


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

    Where'd You Go Bernadette? - Intriguing/mysterious read with a proper dose of humor.


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

    I though they both "felt" like the actual characters while you were listening.


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

    I felt fooled at some points, mad at other points, and constantly intrigued to listen to more.


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    Justin NEW PORT RICHEY, FLORIDA, United States 02-06-14
    Justin NEW PORT RICHEY, FLORIDA, United States 02-06-14 Member Since 2016

    Its a fascinating tale that would begin on may 5th, 1989 in Mease Dunedin hospital and from there the legacy grew. I am adult now.

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    "Amazing amy is a bitch"
    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Mind bending thriller


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that it kept you thinking amy was going to meet her maker eventually.



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

    Julia whelan makes you really hate amy even more. Kirby heybourne makes you really feel for him.


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

    I could have been on the edge more than really just reading it myself.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish it didn't end the way it did

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    jackie LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 02-05-14
    jackie LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Unsatisfying"
    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    Yes because she writes well. It's just that this concept would put two people in asylums in real life, and one behind bars at least.


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

    No. It began to get very frustrating.


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

    None


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

    Yes, with a different ending. The level of "Sickness" on a psychological level was really disturbing. It wasn't really believable that any man would stay and also that any woman could get away with this.


    Any additional comments?

    I understand it on a deeper level, but…It gives me a hopeless feeling about the state of humanity. Also, really, if you looked into her past you would realize that the vindictive things she pulled before would tend to make anyone but the dumbest police investigators suspicious. So there were plenty flaws in this story.

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    Charisma Tecumseh, OK, United States 02-01-14
    Charisma Tecumseh, OK, United States 02-01-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Every prediction goes out the window!!!"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! Every time I thought I had the book figured out, prediction would happen with a slap in your face twist that leaves your mouth open and you can't help but stay up past midnight listening.


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    S. W. 01-31-14
    S. W. 01-31-14 Member Since 2016

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    "Wow Gillian knows how to pull you and keep you"
    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent study in the lesser loved side of human nature.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Character development, the twists and turns, and the final twist


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

    Excellent job. They read it how it needed to be.


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

    YES!


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    Patrick Rockledge, FL, United States 01-28-14
    Patrick Rockledge, FL, United States 01-28-14
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    "Twist and Turns"
    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Best Audiobook I think I've ever listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The twist and turns always kept me guessing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Don't want to spoil anything, but all of the reveals were expertly crafted


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

    it was too long to listen to in one sitting, but I was always carving more.


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    tamekia thomas minnesota,usa 01-28-14
    tamekia thomas minnesota,usa 01-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "upsetting ending"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I really liked everything about the book except for the ending the chick was psycho and she was really able to get away with everything....and I mean everything!!! but I still gave it four stars all the way because I still loved it tooo


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

    nope first time only because it was an editors pick!!!


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    Leesa STEPHENVILLE, TEXAS, United States 01-28-14
    Leesa STEPHENVILLE, TEXAS, United States 01-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book"
    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    I loved the book but would probably not listen again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the two narrarators.


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

    I couldn't quit listening! It didn't make me cry or laugh but it was very intense.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish it had a better ending! I wanted an end and it didn't have one! Guess that means there will be a book 2!

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    Barboza Muscat, Oman 01-26-14
    Barboza Muscat, Oman 01-26-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Absorbing"

    It was an absorbing story and kept me guessing till the end. But I did not like the ending. Was not satisfying after investing so much emotion into the audiobook!!

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