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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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    JulieR RIVERSIDE, CA, United States 03-01-14
    JulieR RIVERSIDE, CA, United States 03-01-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting, captivating and VERY very dark."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Gone Girl to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version but I loved listening to it- the narrator did a great job of creating a voice for the listener.


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

    It was as if you thought you knew what was happening and then suddenly it went a completely different direction!! I listened to this book in about three days- I couldn't stop!!


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    A. Zumach Wisconsin 02-28-14
    A. Zumach Wisconsin 02-28-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Worst ending ever!"
    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    no to the author, yes to narrators


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

    no, the ending was so disappointing, I wouldn't want to waste my time


    Was Gone Girl worth the listening time?

    no


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    Nanette Lake Forest, CA, United States 02-28-14
    Nanette Lake Forest, CA, United States 02-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Could not stop listening ..."

    I could not put this book down, or any of Gillian Flynn's books actually. Her stories are disturbing and yet very gripping! This particular story had me experiencing many different emotions, from hate to disgust to shock to surprise ..... and then it ended, and I was so bothered. It was a love/hate relationship with this book. I do recommend it, and all of her books, but they all leave you feeling unnerved.

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    Brett United States 02-27-14
    Brett United States 02-27-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A very well done mystery. Keeps you guessing."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book. When immersed in a good mystery, I always enjoy being able to play the part of a detective. I love piecing together clues and trying to predict what comes next. This book keeps you guessing right to the end.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both main characters (Nick and Amy) are my favorite characters. They are so dynamic. Just when you think you know them, something pops up to make you question who they really are.


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

    I have only listened to the audiobook and have not read the text, so I feel I can't really answer this question appropriately or with any certainty.
    I will say, however, that I was partial to Kirby's narration over Julia's. It seemed to me that the male narrator was just a little better at portraying the emotional and intense parts of the story.


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

    This was a story that I wanted to finish in one sitting. I didn't because of its length, but if I could've listened to it straight through from beginning to end, I would have.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to seeing how the movie compares with the book. Since a lot of the book is written in first person or like a memoir, I worry that it will not translate well to the big screen.

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    Melissa 02-26-14
    Melissa 02-26-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Slow start, but then difficult to put down"
    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    I liked the insight into each character. At first I want to jump through the pages and shake Nick because he seems so evasive and seems not to realize that his actions are suspicious. And then there is Amy who in the beginning seems so happy and in love and joyful. She seems to really enjoy life and respects people and family. She seems to be the girl everyone wants to be around.


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

    666 Park Avenue and this is only because things are not what they seem. The good is really bad and the bad turns out to be trying to do the right thing.


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

    I have always been a fan of Julia Whelan, just look at my library of books I have purchased in the past. She knows how to narrate a story and make you feel as if you are walking along the street with her or seeing things from her point of view or rather the characters point of view. But for this one I have to say that I applaud Kirby Heyborne because he made the reader literally dislike Nick in the beginning. He was critical of himself and you believed that wow this is a guy that really knows how to come off wrong, all wrong. And in the end you find yourself cheering him on and hoping he would win, yes win. When he wakes up and figures out that he has been the fool you think 'FINALLY' and you hope that he will start doing the right things and he does so you can't help but to cheer him on.


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

    A love story gone awry.


    Any additional comments?

    I can not stress enough how it was a slow book to start out and then I literally could not stop listening to the story. I found myself thinking about possible endings and what would happen if scenarios. In the end I wasn't disappointed however neither was I surprised at the outcome. Not to say that it was expected but after listening to this cat and mouse game being told, its easy to guess the last chapter.

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    Todd Seattle, WA 02-21-14
    Todd Seattle, WA 02-21-14 Member Since 2016

    Voracious bookworm who's sanity has been threatened by commuting and the occasional commercial flight. Audible to the rescue!

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    "Plumbing the depths to which people can sink..."

    Having heard quite a bit of praise about this author (and with the knowledge that this particular book is about to be released as a movie) I thought I'd finally give her a try. I wonder now whether that was a mistake. The hallmark of every worthy novelist is their capacity to "flesh out" the characters they create - respecting each one's flaws as much as, if not more than, their virtues. But basing entire personalities upon some of the vilest aspects of human nature seems a bit over the top.

    Don't get me wrong, I love a gritty thriller as much as the next person - more, in fact, since such tales are my preference. I just never expected that any novel could create such a profound need to shower after reading it.

    Is that how all of her books are? I mean, I'd love to get a better sense of her as an author but... [shudder]...I'm not sure my stomach can handle any more emotional sludge like this.

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    Amy 02-20-14
    Amy 02-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Book should have ended halfway though"
    What was most disappointing about Gillian Flynn’s story?

    The first half was very good, even some of part 2. But the rest started to drag on and then the ending made me with I had never read it at all!


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

    I think I read Gone Girl is going to be a movie and their going to change the ending. I might go see it if they actually do change it.


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    Carol Belle river, ON, Canada 02-20-14
    Carol Belle river, ON, Canada 02-20-14 Member Since 2015

    Love books, listen to 3-4 books a week, thriller and true crimes favorite.

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    "way over rated"

    Easy read, mindless. Nothing chilling about it, no mystery, no thriller, just a story with a somewhat who done it, at best.

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    Amazon Customer Big Lake, MN, United States 02-18-14
    Amazon Customer Big Lake, MN, United States 02-18-14 Member Since 2013

    Yes, I really do look like my picture.

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    "Engrossing, vicious, venomous."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Gone Girl to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the actors did a wonderful job bringing life to the characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I'm not sure who I loved to hate more--Nick or Amy. They were both deliciously demented and wonderfully described.


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    Gift Card Seattle, WA, United States 02-16-14
    Gift Card Seattle, WA, United States 02-16-14

    Review Nation

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    "Sucked my Husband and I in. AMAZING"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it will take you away


    What did you like best about this story?

    Excellent dialog among the characters, very real


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

    emotion, and the great ability to tell the story with fabulous acting/voice over skill


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

    I think each part was equally riveting, and we listened intently from morning till dusk 2 days in a row.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended audio book, that will engross you.

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