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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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    norma FARMINGTON, AR, United States 09-10-14
    norma FARMINGTON, AR, United States 09-10-14 Member Since 2015
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    "BRILLIANT!"
    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    This book has everything to make it the perfect audio book. The narration is spot on. All I can say is it is the most brilliantly written book I have read. I am sure other writters will try to copy this magnificent work.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The detail to the plot of the story was the most gratifying part. They charaters were so real due to the narration and the story line. I was right there inside their heads, seeing what they were seeing, feeling what they were feeling.


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

    No. But I am difenately going to look up their work and purchase other audios by them.


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

    Yes, but I won't give it away to other readers!


    Any additional comments?

    I am glad I listenened to this book instead of just "reading" it. It would not have had the same impact as with the narrators expert interrpitation of the characters.

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    Dustie San Jose, Calif 09-10-14
    Dustie San Jose, Calif 09-10-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Can't wait to see the movie....Gone Girl"
    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, twists and turns


    What did you like best about this story?

    Was very interesting how Amy's mind works.


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

    Nick


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

    When it was revealed that the disappearance was a set up.


    Any additional comments?

    Hope there is a second book, as it was left with more to come

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    Kody 09-08-14
    Kody 09-08-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Just bad overall"
    What disappointed you about Gone Girl?

    everything in this book


    What could Gillian Flynn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    not write this awful creation


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    sounded like he wanted to cry the entire time.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    nausea


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    Robert A. Pinel phillipsburg, new jersey United States 09-08-14
    Robert A. Pinel phillipsburg, new jersey United States 09-08-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointing"
    What would have made Gone Girl better?

    Characters who had some intelligence.


    Has Gone Girl turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    How could the performance have been better?

    By using people who had accents that fit their characters.


    What character would you cut from Gone Girl?

    Go, the twin, or, Boney, the detective.


    Any additional comments?

    This was among the most disappointing books I have heard. Beyond the inappropriate narrators (I can usually overlook this), the story was not great. There is nothing spectacular here. In fact, a lot of the characters - especially Nick - were very "not intelligent". I can only say don't believe the hype. Honestly, I think it will be a better movie than the book.

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    Brad 09-07-14
    Brad 09-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Horable ending."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Make a sequel or burn it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gillian Flynn again?

    Nope


    Was Gone Girl worth the listening time?

    Yes and no I feel short changed do to the ending and the way Nick turns into so much of a pussy.


    Any additional comments?

    Hard to wright the review with out spoilers.

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    Janet CARY, NC, United States 09-06-14
    Janet CARY, NC, United States 09-06-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Disappointing. Recurring nightmare with no end"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I really do not want to waste time writing a review because I spent so much time listening to a bad book. Lots of sick thinking and doing with no outcome My advice...listen to something else.


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

    They are excellent with the lit they had to work with.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger and disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Don't read or listen to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret Chesterland, Ohio United States 09-03-14
    Margaret Chesterland, Ohio United States 09-03-14 Listener Since 2006
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    "Too much rambling proes"
    Any additional comments?

    I did not care for the writing style of this book. Could have been half as long if the author did not babble on and on just to seem clever.

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    Tammy GREEN BAY, WI, United States 09-01-14
    Tammy GREEN BAY, WI, United States 09-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Creepy"

    This was a crazy story, the people are crazy! Had to keep listening to could see how it ended. Creepy and Crazy!

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    Chris Woodridge, IL, USA 09-01-14
    Chris Woodridge, IL, USA 09-01-14
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    "What a page turner!"

    I could not stop listening to this. Good thing I was on vacation most of the time. My 23 year old daughter recommended it to me and I am almost 60. We both loved it.

    The narration goes back and forth between the husband's voice and the missing wife's voice through diaries. Fascinating.

    Many plots twists. Some fantastic adjectives that really paint a picture. I don't know if this is Gillian Flynn's only book, but I am going to check.

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    June Los Alamos, NM, United States 08-29-14
    June Los Alamos, NM, United States 08-29-14 Member Since 2012
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    "OK, but not my cup of tea"
    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    No. The story was interesting, but I found it a bit "over the top."


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Lots of projection.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Don't remember that I had one.


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

    No extreme reaction. Just, "Really?"


    Any additional comments?

    Not my type of story. Interesting enough, but not a page-turner for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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