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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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    Gayle 10-08-13
    Gayle 10-08-13
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    "Too twisted"

    Both the story and the personalities were too twisted for me, and the ending was unsatisfactory. I was enticed by positive reviews to give this a try, and I'm glad I listened. Just can't say I enjoyed it a lot. Kept waiting for the ultimate clever twist, which didn't happen.

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    Amazon Customer MA 10-07-13
    Amazon Customer MA 10-07-13

    Just reached professional level!

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    "Beautifully written, Nail biting suspense..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, most definitely. I'm not much of a murder mystery girl but Ms. Flynn has elevated this genera with such a eloquently and classily written novel. I was hooked in only a few minutes. The twists were jaw dropping. Interesting and entertaining.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The different voices that were used to tell the story.


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

    They flowed as if truly unscripted.


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    Mary Elkins Anchorage, Alaska 10-06-13
    Mary Elkins Anchorage, Alaska 10-06-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Unable to break..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Gone Girl to be better than the print version?

    This book was so captivating, and such a mind-f**k. I loved the husband, then the wife, then no one, and then both of them again in a chilling fearful way. Like I wasn't supposed to love them, but I couldn't help it. They are just AMAZING. For those of you who've read/listened this book, or about to read/listen to this book... you'll understand... and you'll understand what AMAZING really is.


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

    If you can take a break for this book, I envy you. I sat completely captivated, and sick to my stomach with anticipation.


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    Sarah 10-06-13
    Sarah 10-06-13
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    "Tried to love it, but just couldn't get into it."
    What would have made Gone Girl better?

    The narration was great, but the story moved slowly and wasn't very gripping. I turned it off after a couple hours.


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

    Yes


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    Amy Petaluma, CA, United States 10-06-13
    Amy Petaluma, CA, United States 10-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good writing , but.........."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It depends. The twists and turns weren't all that surprising. My main problem with the book was I didn't like any of the characters so I didn't care about any of them. The wriiting was compelling enough that I listened to the whole book, but this was not a favorite.


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    Debora Concord, CA, United States 10-04-13
    Debora Concord, CA, United States 10-04-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Wait! Seriously?? No way!!"
    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Gone girl ranks very high among the audiobooks I have heard. I listen to a lot of mysteries, but this book was quite different than most of the books I have listened to. I wasn't sure I was going to like it at first, but I became more and more intrigued as the story went along.


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

    The anniversary scavenger hunt was very memorable. I won't say any more for fear of giving away a spoiler.


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

    I really liked both of the narrators. I thought they both brought their characters to life in a very believable way. Most audiobooks do not have different narrators for the different voices, but this was a particularly excellent book for that because of the alternating point of view style in which it is written.


    Any additional comments?

    This book truly takes you on a rollercoaster of twists and turns, ups and downs. I read enough mysteries that it unusual for a book to completely take me by surprise, but I can honestly say there were several parts of the story that I never saw coming. The book is definitely not a light read, but I was absolutely fascinated by the characters and the intricately woven relationships in the book.

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    Katt978 COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 10-03-13
    Katt978 COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 10-03-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Kept me up way past my bedtime...."
    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    The suspense- I had no idea what would happen next or how the story could possibly end. I stayed up way past my bedtime thinking..."just one more chapter..."


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Amy- she was brilliant! I loved how her story played out.


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

    I have not. They both did a good job narrating this novel.


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    Carri Norton Shores, MI, United States 10-03-13
    Carri Norton Shores, MI, United States 10-03-13 Member Since 2013

    Storyteller, reading teacher, author...when it comes to stories/books, it's my vice and I have unashamedly made addicts of my entire family!

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    "Drew out many responses toward characters."
    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    The readers did an excellent job, loved the tandem style.


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

    It would depend upon the book. Pro: author made characters that made me empathize with them. I found the characters to be realistic people that I loved, hated, felt sorry for etc. Con: Although, this is an excellent example of a literary tragedy, the author failed, in my opinion, to give a satisfactory resolution in the end.


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

    The pace was good and they were each able to define male and female characters with voices that worked. The tandem telling was the best part of the audio, it really made the dual point of view style effective.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Gone Girl?

    I would have scratched the entire ending after Amy speaks with police. I would have developed a stronger question on what will eventually become of the antagonist. Although I am not a sequel lover, in this case I think there could clearly be two segments: the gradual development of the sociopath's skills (Gone Girl) and the final undoing of the skilled/ practiced sociopath (sequel). Leaving the female police officer with strong doubts about the situation would have been more satisfactory that eventually things would be made right.


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    Cynthia 10-03-13
    Cynthia 10-03-13
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    "Loved the read but was disappointed with ending."
    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    The narration was excellent! Amy was dangerously intelligent. I felt sorry for and liked Nick even though he continually made poor decisions. This book was well thought out and written. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down.


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

    There are many moments that stick out for me but not because something good happened. For instance when Nick first started to realized what Amy had done. It was amazing how Amy thought of everything and even had a backup plan.


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

    These narrator's are by far the best I've heard! I finally listened to a book where a man was narrated by a male and a woman by a female. Nick's and Amy's voices were perfect! The secondary voices weren't so great but I thoroughly enjoyed the narration anyway.


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

    A marriage thought to be over forces Nick and Amy to weave a web full of lies, hate and mistrust. Believing that love still lives in the other they are reunited only to learn that a darkness lives in each and that they cannot be apart.


    Any additional comments?

    I truly enjoyed the narration of this book; awesome job!! I will look for other books narrated by Julia and Kirby.I was very dissappointed in the ending. I really wanted Nick to break free and find someone else to bring out the best in him. I can understand why it ended the way it did...I just didn't like it. Quite tragic in a way. Maybe ii'd have liked it if Amy had changed and she sincerely loved Nick instead of forcing him to be who she wanted.

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    Jared FRAZER 10-01-13
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    "Wait WHAT?"
    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    I would listen again, just for the performances.


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

    60/40 predictable to shocking twists. I never cared that I knew what was coming.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    ...I can't tell you that :)


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

    Yes


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