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)
I might give the author another listen. Not many authors do everything well, but I appreciate her considerable strengths. Julia Whelan was a perfect match for Amy, and I was very impressed with her portrayal. Kirby Heyborne did a nice job with Nick. It is reading like this that makes the audio format such a fun option.
Amy. Thanks for the great reading, Julia Whelan!
Not unconditionally - it would need a very intelligent and gifted actress to play Amy, or I think it loses too much. I just checked and David Fincher is directing, so I will definitely see it in 2015!
I am glad I listened and am impressed with the author - creative, clever, thoughtful. The author gives a good look at the current state of news and media, public opinion and the legal system. I confess I found it unpleasant and draining to spend some 20 hours primarily with a sociopath and a narcissist/borderline. However, that comes with the territory for this story, and it delivers some interesting rewards. In the final third, I needed more verisimilitude, and some of the twists were more capricious or convenient than earned. Finally, the ending, taken at face value, or as an opening for a sequel, was a disappointment, as I try to, but I do not, buy it.
A better story would be one where the listener/reader would not have to suspend all of reality. This was like watching a mediocre sitcom. A laugh track and periodic commercials may have improved it.
I will search for a book written for intelligent people over the age of twelve.
The narrator's did a good job with such an absurd story. However, when the female voice imitates a male it's silly.
Some stories have a pathetic character, but this story is a crew of pathetic people in an unrealistic storyline where people act in the most unrealistic fashion.
Avoid books by Gillian Flynn.
Absolutely, this book is so twisted. It keeps you guessing at all turns and on the edge of your seat. You simply cannot stop listening.
The cat! Geez, not a single redeeming character in this book. You think you start to feel bad or like one and they end up turning your world upside down.
Julia Whelan is my favorite narrator. Gone Girl is very twisted story and you have to be into that kind of thing to enjoy this book. I loved it.
I hated this book. I thought the audio recording with the two different narrators was nice but the story was very predictable. As soon as I heard it was "suspenseful and unpredictable" it was easy to predict what the "shocking" parts would be. There is no hero, no sympathetic character you want to root for. Both the husband and wife are despicable people. I was very disappointed in this book.
The ending is disappointing because Nick turns out to be a character not worth investing your time in.
I liked their narration. Very well done!
disappointment growing for all the choices Nick makes. And at the end, well I want to shake Nick and ask him, "Why??" It was just frustrating...
The plot gets a little unbelievable. Where do these people live that neighbours cannot see someone loading up a shed full of stuff? Also, no one can be so self conscience as to act as he did, even in the face of a tragedy. He smiled for the cameras, not once but twice... REALLY??
This book was a Facebook recommendation. I have to say, it was one of the most entertaining reads I've listened to in a long time! The story was very well paced with twists and turns and layers coming at you left and right. The narrators were just great, especially Julia, in the way she was able to create the different sides of her character. I listen to books while driving to work and I was sitting in my driveway all week because I couldn't stop listening. I have to say I would have written a different ending but that didn't take away from the overall thrill of this book.
Super picky but in love with reading!!! I simply love good storytelling!
Well, this book started out really really great, and it wasnt a bad book at all as you will see through my rating, but the only reason i didnt give it a 5 star rating is that it seemed to drag on for a bit too long. Other than that, I loved it, its an awesome mystery that keeps you guessing through the whole book. Just when you think you know whats going to happen, something different happens. It turns out that you may not know the people you think you know around you at all.
Yes. Such a great story with alot of twists
Yes. When you think you have it figured out you don't
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