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Gone Girl: A Novel | [Gillian Flynn]

Gone Girl: A Novel

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. 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?
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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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    John 04-08-13
    John 04-08-13
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    "Amazing ...... Amy"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Gone Girl to be better than the print version?

    The audio version is very well done! Very easy to follow.....


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gotta love Amy..... she is a psycho


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

    Julia and Kirby really make this audio book interesting.


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

    Indeed! I don't always do this but was stuck in my car both arriving at work and at home impatient to hear more..... more importantly, I did mindless work around the house as an excuse to listen to the story on my headphones. Not sure Amy would approve ; )


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it, listen to it, enjoy it....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. ricci San Francisco, CA United States 04-08-13
    A. ricci San Francisco, CA United States 04-08-13 Member Since 2014

    jricci

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    "Surprising!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I thought the narrators were amazing. The female narrator switched her tone about halfway through and was like listening to a completely different person, just like the character.


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

    The complete change in personality of the characters.


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

    Amazing narration, the kept me completely listening.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Portland, OR 04-08-13
    Steve Portland, OR 04-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Only Carrot Top Riding On A Shark Is More Scary"

    Actually Carrot Top making out with Joan Rivers while riding on a shark is the only thing that is more frightening than this book but I was limited to 50 characters!
    This book is frightening but not "BOO!" frightening. It's a twisted, you'll never get a step ahead frightening. It was an amazing, out of control frightening. It's unsettling. I could not stop listening to it. Gillian Flynn put together a masterpiece from start to finish. The suspense and the "Oh My God!" builds on itself reaching a feverish pitch. It is a terrifying look into the darkest corners of manipulation. How self serving are we and how much do we need to be liked? How far will we go to be right? Gillian Flynn may very well be a mad genius. How could she put this whole story together? I am really looking forward to listening to her other work!
    Julia Whelan was a fantastic narrator. She WAS Amy. She was amazing to listen to especially considering the range required by the role. A lesser narrator would not have been able to tie together all the complex emotions and presentations required by the character. I will look for books that she narrates as I enjoyed listening to her.
    In my opinion, Kirby Heyborne was epically miscast. His voice work for supporting cast members was solid. However, he speaks really slowly and he takes long and sometimes unnecessary pauses. He sounds like a DJ at a classical music station, "And...that was.......Beethoven's Fifth....his.....fifth....symphony..." Oddly, the cadence Heyborne uses to narrate and the cadence he uses to deliver spoken lines from the characters is different. Characters speak in mostly normal rhythm. Early on I changed the listening speed to 1.25x to account for his very deliberate, very drawn out narration. Additionally, his voice is buttery, almost feminine. He could pass for a woman with a husky, cigarette laced voice. I could see him reading poetry or a self help book. Something where the narrator needs to come across as non-threatening and helpful. "I'm on your side. No sudden movements..." I bet he could do an incredible Kathleen Turner impression. When the character of Nick is first described by Amy in the book, she describes him as this unbelievable, incredibly good-looking, ultimate guy. I had to pause for a second. I wondered if they were introducing a second "Nick." Maybe that was the big "mystery" in the book as I had heard a lot about it. The "Nick" that Heyborne presents seems very soft, possibly diminutive, maybe a bit weak chinned. It could be a "Missouri" accent but it didn't work for me. Really this is the only negative in the performance, story and all but it made me want to listen to Julia Whelan much more than I wanted to listen to Kirby Heyborne.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    robin Atlanta, GA, United States 04-07-13
    robin Atlanta, GA, United States 04-07-13
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    "Entertaining, but draining"
    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    Yes, although I don't think Kirby Heyborne personified Nick's character enough for me. Nick sounds like an "all American" handsome jock type, but Kirby's voice didn't do it for me.


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

    I enjoyed the character development in this novel. The main characters were very authentic and flawed, fun to listen to. It was very suspenseful and entertaining. I continually speculated about the ending, but wasn't successful in predicting the outcome, as it took some interesting turns. I love books that have different perspectives. Although the story was solid, I found that it was a bit long. Wen it ended, I felt somewhat drained because it took so much energy to follow the details and the ending was sad.


    Was Gone Girl worth the listening time?

    Yes because of the creativity of the story line and the characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer wausau, WI, United States 04-07-13
    Jennifer wausau, WI, United States 04-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Twisted. Unpredictable. Addicting. GREAT NARRATION"
    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    Yes I probably would--just to hear Kirby Heyborne narrate the "I know more than you think"-voice of Detective Bony.


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

    The first turning point. I don't want to spoil this book. But there is much suspense and rising action--with many climaxes and an ending that you won't expect. The book just gets weirder and weirder. You won't leave dissatisfied.


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

    I have not but am about to purchase one.


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

    Yes. I felt like I was at a game--an intense one, but one in which I kept forgetting or changing who I was rooting for.


    Any additional comments?

    Many many books BORE me. I couldn't get enough of this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Olivolo California 04-07-13
    C. Olivolo California 04-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A bit different from the norm."
    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    It didn't end as expected.


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

    So many twists and turns.


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

    They did an excellent job with the main characters as well as all the extra players.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a bit slow at first but worth the wait. It took a minute to understand the time sequence. I enjoyed it and wanted to hear what happened next...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kate United States 04-06-13
    Kate United States 04-06-13 Member Since 2012

    I love audiobooks. Reading has always been a struggle for me because of my poor eyesight. Audible changed my world and made my commutes a joy.

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    "Skip 50 Shades of Stupid & Buy an Intelligent Book"

    There's a reason why this book has been on all bestseller lists for such a long time, although sadly it's in the company of dumb books like Fifty Shades for Stupid, I mean Grey. Skip that one altogether and read something that will excite and thrill you with its intelligent writing, masterful story development and its brilliant shapes twists and turns.

    What a great book! The story is so addictive and original. The author is an incredibly intelligent person and clearly, she enjoyed exploring perhaps a personal alter ego with less scruples. I did not love the ending, but I get why the author did not want to compromise her artistic integrity for my sake.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Debra PARKER, CO, United States 04-06-13
    Debra PARKER, CO, United States 04-06-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Loved the first half...downhill from there"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This book started out great, good characters, moved along well, had a few unexpected turns. Half way through the entire tone of the book and characters changed, buy the end of the book I disliked the characters and HATED the ending. The last third of the book seems almost to be written quickly and not well thought out...just kind of thrown together.

    What a shame since I was enjoying the first half of this book so much!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 04-06-13
    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 04-06-13 Member Since 2012

    Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!

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    "Could not stop listening!"
    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top. I would listen until I could not keep my eyes open and then could not fall asleep when I quit listening.


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

    I felt sorry for Amy and hated Nick, then I felt sorry for Nick and hated Amy. In the end I don't know if I liked or hated either of them.


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

    I've not listened to them before. I thought they did an excellent job. I am not usually one that likes more than one narrator but it really was necessary for this story and I enjoyed it.


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

    How about the title of Nick's book...Psycho Bit#$%!


    Any additional comments?

    The ending was a little tame compared to the story, but I was enthralled to the very end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Danielle SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 04-05-13
    Danielle SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 04-05-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Could not stop listening!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A coworker recommended this book and from the second I started reading it, I could not turn it off. I loved the changing perspectives from the female and male lead and the twists and turns along the way. Consistently kept me guessing. Exciting, entertaining read.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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