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
"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)
Didn't like the male narrator's voice for the part - distracting - too much description of relationships/times that wasn't interesting at all
The voice didn't match the type of character he was portraying in my opinion
Didn't get far enough in be able to make that call
This is a wonderful audio book. It's a wonderful book period. But it unfolded before my eyes as I walked on my treadmill. i wouldn't allow myself to listen unless I was on the treadmill. I started walking over an hour each day! That's how good this book is.
There were so many unexpected things in this book. Usually I know just where the plot is going. This one is a shocker and it caused such strong emotions in me. I would talk back to the characters all the time, which startled my sleeping dog!
EERY, CREEPY, MESMERIZING
there are a lot of them, and not sure I can write one without giving something away. But one of them is when Nick opens the shed.
hmmm, felt a little sick to my stomach at times. The book makes you question your own life - which I think is the sign of a good book when certain aspects from Nick and Amy's marriage can parallel your own marriage, only they just go further with it, and you think, do I do that??
it's a page turner...what a couple! the narrators are great and play the characters perfectly. Listen to, or read this book before the movie comes out!
This is story I could definitely listen to again. While it took some time to get used to two voices, after awhile I was comfortable with both readers. They gave life to both characters, and even in the tones of their voices I could work on liking or hating the character
'Til Death Do Us Part
Definitely a twisted ending. Gone Girl took me on a trip that I wasn't expecting, but the ride was totally worth it.
I am a 40 year old physical therapist. I can remember when I was 12 I thought Stephen King was the only author in the world and I read any of his books...... Now my love for reading has grown...I love to listen and now... To about anything.....
Yes,because you never know what will happen next
When nick realized that even with his book, Amy had out thought him again
The narrators were AWESOME!! Loved hearing both female and male narrators for the characters parts!!
I loved them both!
I was angry with the ending....when you listen you will understand why!
The way this girl thinks is memorable all through the book
The way two people intwine with each other is amazing
The end will get to you
The author should be congratulated in writing an amazing story about life and what it can do to you
Funny, Audible's number one best sellers are fluctuating between 50 Shades and Gone Girl.
True, they are both about couples and they are both a look into the minds of some really interesting people in unusual relationships. It would be "nuclear" if Amy and Nick could meet Christian and Anastasia in the Hunger Games. One thing is for sure, this novel is a wild ride through one of the best stories of intrige that I've listened to in a long time. I was trained on Conan Doyle and have gotten pretty good at figuring out what's going to happen next in an inticate plot. At first I thought this one was going to be a piece of cake but it was anything but easy. This book is loaded with suspense, twists and turns, and it sends your emotions into extremes. There are so many plot possibilities at so many easily accommodated turns in the book that you will not be able to put it down in your impatience to see if you have called Amy's or Nick's next move correctly. The performance is outstanding, too. Crime fiction has never been so good. Sir Arthur would be proud.
I have listened to audio books daily on my long commute for over a year now. Gone Girl is one of my favorite listens to date, right up there with The Help, though a different sort of story. I enjoy a story that has a twist or two and that is driven by strong characterization. These characters are beyond strong, and I lost count of how many (believable!) twists there were in the story. A fascinating psychological thriller about a very interesting and troubled marriage.
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