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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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    barc2003 Glendale, AZ, United States 10-29-13
    barc2003 Glendale, AZ, United States 10-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A different type of murder thriller."

    Less than half way through I was thinking, I can't believe someone hasn't made a movie out of this! A husband who has lost interest in his marriage and has an affair. Wife disappears under suspicious circumstances. Husband is accused of killing wife. I know, I know, you've heard it before but NOT like this. Trust me, this is not your run of the mill murder story.

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    Amazon Customer Boston, MA 10-27-13
    Amazon Customer Boston, MA 10-27-13 Member Since 2016
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    "My wife and I took different parts on this book!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    I felt someone was playing with my mind. My wife and I share the audible.com account and usually she is listening one book, and I listening other and sometimes we pick one for both. This was one that we were sharing. Nobody could cheat!!! I was traveling for work at the time and we would have to wait and get together during the weekend to listen Gone Girl. I used to say to her: There has never been so much excitement to get together.

    What I love the most about the book is how you start developing the story and believing everything. You take part on what is happening and feel sorry or hate for the characters. But suddenly the whole thing changes and you feel like you are dumb and felt i the trap as everyone did.


    What other book might you compare Gone Girl to and why?

    I dont think I have read one quite similar to this one. I will update this review once I find one like this.


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

    I have not! This was my first book by them. I have to say Kirby is great. I think his performance was much better then Julia (she was good too). The way he changes his voices for his characters is brutal. I love his interpretation of women. They are so real.


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

    Gone Girl: Expect the unexpected


    Any additional comments?

    You have to read this one.. no question about it...

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    Nate Hagerstown, MD, United States 10-26-13
    Nate Hagerstown, MD, United States 10-26-13
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    "Great story with an unsatisfying ending"
    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    Gone Girl is a great story that is excellently narrated by it's two narrators. Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne bring the characters to life in a way that is seldom heard in audibooks. The story for the first 2 of 3 acts is gripping and keeps the reader wanting to learn more.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character had to be Nick. When you are immediately placed in his shoes you feel for the character but at the same time you question the behavior and motives that he may have, and you get a feeling that he isn't quite telling the audience all the information he has. This makes the character straddle the line of being likeable and unlikeable at the same time which makes him all the more compelling.


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

    These two narrators are able to tell the same story in two different view points in a way that makes the reader see into the world Flynn has created with a different perspective. Both narrators bring the characters to life in a way that is seldom heard in audiobooks. Their delivery honestly makes you feel like you're watching a movie.


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

    Most definitely, as the story progresses you can't help but continue to listen.


    Any additional comments?

    The only real issue that I had was the ending of the book is completely unsatisfying. You invest 18 hours into listening to only end up feeling let down by the end, while you get a resolution it's not what the audience hopes for, which is a shame because the rest of the book is incredibly well written. It feels that when you reach the last act Flynn has just tired of her own characters and ran out of steam. It was the equivalent of watching an Olympic 100 yard dash where the runners are going full steam for 90 yards and then all of a sudden at yard 91 they decide to stop and walk off the track. And the worst part is that the reader can see what is most likely going to happen when they reach 91st yard marker. Overall I enjoyed the book, I just wished for a stronger ending.

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    Annaliese 10-26-13
    Annaliese 10-26-13
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    "Enthralling story, until the end."
    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    dark, twisted, entertaining


    Would you recommend Gone Girl to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would and I wouldn't. While the story and the build up was great, "page turning" even (or whatever the audio equivalent), I was so disappointed with the ending that I'm not sure I would recommend it. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this book (which I suppose is quite fitting for this story haha!). It really kept me entertained right up to the end so I can't say that I regret listening, but I was just so frustrated with the conclusion (if you can call it that), it left me discontented.


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

    They did a fabulous job of depicting the characters emotions and personalities. I can't imagine the characters being read any other way.


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

    If it wasn't 19 hours long I probably would have. I listen on my commute and I often found myself sitting in my car after I had reached my destination to keep listening a little longer.


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    Ineshia 10-26-13
    Ineshia 10-26-13 Member Since 2013

    Love life!

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    "Loved It!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it keeps you guessing. Just when you think you've figured out Nik or Aimee something happens to change your need. I couldn't wait to get in my car to go to and from work listening to Aimee and Nik's story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ohh, good question. Ok, so my favorite character was Aimee. She was very clever, patient and methodical in her plan(s) of action. She was the story. She's the reason I continued to read. I couldn't wait to see what was next on her list.


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

    No


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

    No


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    Andrea Orion, MI, United States 10-24-13
    Andrea Orion, MI, United States 10-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Wow"

    I never would have guessed all the twists and turns of this book. Only 4 stars because I didn't always like them :)

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    TamGar 10-22-13
    TamGar 10-22-13

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    "Crude language, but good story"

    It was a good listen, the language was a bit crude but I guess it was needed to portray the characters particular moods each time. A love story gone bad. The readers were exceptionally good! It was a captivating story with twists, however, I didn't like the ending at all.

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    JUSTINE NEW PORT RICHEY, FL, United States 10-21-13
    JUSTINE NEW PORT RICHEY, FL, United States 10-21-13
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    "Suspense"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES.THIS BOOK HELD MY INTERET FROM BEGINNING TO END. GREAT STORY WITH TWIST AND TURNS.


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

    BETTER VISUAL


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

    WATCH YOUR BACK


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    Christie chesterfield, VA, United States 10-19-13
    Christie chesterfield, VA, United States 10-19-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book, such a fun read!"
    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my all time favorites. What a great and creative book. Be kind to your spouse.... Jump in for a great ride.


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    Tigrr SAINT PAUL, MN, United States 10-19-13
    Tigrr SAINT PAUL, MN, United States 10-19-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Just Can't Give Toss for these Characters"
    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    The reading was decent, I'd give them another shot. I would be VERY cautious about trying another book from Flynn.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gillian Flynn again?

    Doubtful.


    Did Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes--separate voices, seemed well suited to the roles. I felt like Heyborne was weaker at conveying the main character than Whelan.


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

    If you want to come to the foregone conclusion that suburbia and the Midwest are deplorable, then this book will accomplish that for you.


    Any additional comments?

    Just couldn't stand the bland, navel-gazing characters. I couldn't care about the story or the conclusion when they were both so unlikable. I hate people like that in real life, so why would I like them in a book? If they want to kill each other off, then so be it.

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