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)
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.
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.
I dont think I have read one quite similar to this one. I will update this review once I find one like this.
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.
Gone Girl: Expect the unexpected
You have to read this one.. no question about it...
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.
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.
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.
Most definitely, as the story progresses you can't help but continue to listen.
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.
dark, twisted, entertaining
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.
They did a fabulous job of depicting the characters emotions and personalities. I can't imagine the characters being read any other way.
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.
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.
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.
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.
YES.THIS BOOK HELD MY INTERET FROM BEGINNING TO END. GREAT STORY WITH TWIST AND TURNS.
WATCH YOUR BACK
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.
The reading was decent, I'd give them another shot. I would be VERY cautious about trying another book from Flynn.
Yes--separate voices, seemed well suited to the roles. I felt like Heyborne was weaker at conveying the main character than Whelan.
If you want to come to the foregone conclusion that suburbia and the Midwest are deplorable, then this book will accomplish that for you.
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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