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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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    Sherri Parsons, KS, United States 04-29-14
    Sherri Parsons, KS, United States 04-29-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Who to believe...."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to a friend with a few reservations.


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

    The plot definitely kept me interested and engaged in trying to figure out what would come next. Definitely lots of twists and turns to keep the reader coming back for more!


    What aspect of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance would you have changed?

    Loved her and (I'm really sorry) just HATED his voice. He did not sound remotely like the character described in the book. He would make a great simpering gay man in another story, but he was so far from Nick in this one that it really dampened my enthusiasm for the story. Not sure who cast him for this part but they really missed the mark!


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

    I was always anxious to see what was coming next.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the book although I felt the police investigation fell way short of the CSI perfection we've come to expect. The ending was unexpected, and I'm not sure I liked it, but I did find it an interesting choice by the author.

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    Cini Worcester, MA, United States 04-29-14
    Cini Worcester, MA, United States 04-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Completely Ridiculous"
    What would have made Gone Girl better?

    I'm not sure. The plot was completely ridiculous, yet I kept listening hoping it would get better.


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

    No but I will definitely avoid this author if she publishes anything else.


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

    They were both fine.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The premise was interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    I have no idea what all the fuss is about and I'm shocked that so many people rave about this book.

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    ES 04-27-14
    ES 04-27-14
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    "Excellent Performance, but empty Novel"

    Well read, entertaining, but ultimately there are no appealing characters and didn't really feel worth all the time I spent listening to it. Little meaning in the end.

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    Steven J. Hoffman Takoma Park, MD USA 04-27-14
    Steven J. Hoffman Takoma Park, MD USA 04-27-14
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    "Overall, an unpleasant expenditure of time"
    What was most disappointing about Gillian Flynn’s story?

    I don't know why books like this achieve such popularity. You will rarely find lead characters so unlikeable as those in this book. Maybe it is not the narrator's fault, but she really brings out the snarkiness in the husband and wife's observations -- they are snarky about EVERYTHING, big and little. Overall, it's a nasty piece of work. There is one - and in my opinion, only one - neat little twist in the plot. But other than that, spending so many hours in the company of these vain and annoying people is time I could've better spent so other way. I do, by the way, sometimes like mysteries featuring twisted or sociopathic characters (Ruth Rendell comes to mind) but this story pours it on too thick without any charm whatsoever.


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    J Fine 04-25-14
    J Fine 04-25-14 Listener Since 2006

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    "Fantastic....until the last 45 minutes"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The ending was horrible. The book was great up until the end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how they went back and forth between Amy's story and Nick's story.


    Was Gone Girl worth the listening time?

    Again, it was until the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Couldn't get enough. The plot twists were awesome. Then there was no justice. At the end she basically won. And she does not deserve to win.

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    Roger C Thompson Giddings, Texas, US 04-19-14
    Roger C Thompson Giddings, Texas, US 04-19-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Strange Book"

    This is one strange book. A woman plans her disappearance so that it appears her husband has murdered her. It is amazing how she plans it, and it seems so hopeless that her husband would be charged with her murder. Julia Whelan just cannot do a male voice. Her male voices are very feminine.

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    Clara Itzel Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal Mexico 04-19-14
    Clara Itzel Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal Mexico 04-19-14
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    "Gillian Flynn toys with your emotions"

    What I loved the most about this book was how well written the characters are, Gillian Flynn knows how to enter the psyche of human beings. But the most interesting thing is that you never know what to expect with this story.

    The narrators are A+ as well and they capture perfectly the personality of both Amy and Nick. I can't wait to listen to it again.

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    Tess Stickles 04-16-14
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    "Opt for the Audio Book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Gone Girl to be better than the print version?

    I definitely recommend the audio version of Gone Girl. There's a certain intonation that comes from this audiobook that I think really helped set the tone of each chapter.


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

    I can't imagine loving this book so much had it not been for the excellent narration by Julia Whelan. She's not narrating the Amy sections, she becomes Amy. I Didn't care much for Kirby Heyborne's over enunciation of words though.


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

    It started a bit slow but once it got going, it was real hard to stop listening.


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    L. Shuffler Tallahassee, FL 04-13-14
    L. Shuffler Tallahassee, FL 04-13-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved and hated..."
    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    High! Was very well written and performed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of it but the ending! It built such suspense but it left me somewhat hanging.


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

    "Did he, or didn't he?"


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    melissa kay wilkins 04-11-14
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    "Great imagination but lacks writing skills"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The book has a great hook in the beginning but seems like the author had a hard time keeping the same energy throughout the book.


    What was most disappointing about Gillian Flynn’s story?

    The ending...Nick just gives up or so it seems with a small window opening that he may fight fire fire. There were several points towards the end the book could've ended to set up for a sequel but I guess that depends on the authors future plans to continue the story or end it. Overall it seems the author got tired of writing and was ready to end it already.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    They were good...although maybe have a man do all the male voices instead a female trying to hard to represent a male role.


    Could you see Gone Girl being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes. Ewan McGregor for sure...


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