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)
Grabbed my attention.
The surprise twists and turns.
Nothing. They did a good job.
The ending moved me because I felt there was definitely more comeuppance due the "Gone Girl".
A good audio book with good readers and it held my attention throughout.
I thoroughly enjoyed most of this book -- the two actors doing the reading excellently bring the characters to life, the writer makes every detail and emotion count and goes to great lengths to establish the characters' psychological make up and relationships with each other, the characters are intricately layered and the story is loaded with fun twists and turns and complications.
I was completely on board, enjoying every second and waiting with baited breath to see how it would end... until I reached reached the last 40 or so pages, at which point the story takes a turn to the truly unbelievable. I won't spoil anything for you, but I will say that for me, the ending was completely unsatisfying. Based on everything the author had established thus far, I just couldn't believe that the characters would make the choices they ultimately do and I was thoroughly disappointed by that. What ultimately happens doesn't seem true to everything that's come before or to the characters the author so elegantly created.
I would still recommend this because it was fun -- sometimes I couldn't wait to get back to my car so I could hear what happens next! -- but I just wish it had ended differently. Ultimately, the story didn't work for me.
Yes, if the story appealed to me.
Both actors gave amazing performances.
Loved the story, loved the narration. One of the best audio books I've listened to.
The twists and turns, many I had already guessed, STILL had me gasping in delight!
Both were great.
LOVE this and would recommend to anyone who likes a great story.
Gone Girl is on the New York Times best sellers list, so I figured I couldn't go wrong in purchasing it. Right off the bat, Kirby Heyborne irritated me as the narrator of the story. His pronunciation of some of the words and even his voice in general did not seem to fit. I eventually got used to him--except when he threw in the occasional pronunciation that made me aware of him again--but I think a different narrator would have done a better job. Julia Whelan was fine in her part of the narration. The story in general starts slow--slow enough that I had to make a decision to keep going, since I did pay for the book. Once the wife goes missing, I was hooked and ended up listening to the whole thing in two days. The ending made for a good plot, I guess, but it wasn't very satisfying. I'll try not to give the whole thing away, but by the end, the reader really doesn't know how much about the story or about the marriage at all, like you thought you did throughout. I was left feeling not sure whether I liked the book or not.
Anyone that watches "One Life to Live". Egads. Truly the last time I will EVER buy a book based on the "Most Wished For" list. Would have much preferred stabbing myself repeatedly in the eyes with sharp objects.
Story line and characters paper thin, and a total let down on the ending. Not my cup of tea and would not recommend.
Performance of narrators were quite stellar. This, along with the fact that I spent money on this audio book, were the only 2 things that kept me going to the end.
The main characters had no redeeming qualities. Their journey left the reader wanting them to grow emotionally and learn from their experiences. They passed through time wasting their intelligence, good looks and opportunities.
The narration wasn't the problem with the story; the characters with their lack of character were the problem.
I really enjoyed the two narrators. The Performance of the book was outstanding to me.
The voices. Especially Julia... I never would have "pictured/heard" Diary Amy as Julia depicted her. When book 2 started, I was SHOCKED listening to the very perceptible change in tone of Amy. Well done. Great Tag Team.
It kept me interested and thirsting for the resolution. The end was like popping a balloon. BAM. The last ten minutes was totally deflating.
Good "read" for anyone needing a good story to get into. Gosh, I hope couples like this don't exist in real life?!
First, let me say that the performance itself it great. Two readers, good inflection, emotion, etc.
But even the best performance in the world can't make up for a tedious story. I know that this is a pop culture hit, but I am bored and annoyed. I have invested 15+ hours in to listening to this story, with 3-4 hours left, and I just can't listen a minute more. I don't like a single character. They are all flawed, fine. But it's more than that... even with flaws there should be likeable characteristics, and I can't find one redeeming quality. Amy and Nick are both mean and whiny, the side characters are all needy and predictable.
Really, spend your time elsewhere. I think this is one of those stories that has become popular for being popular and not because it's actually worthwhile or entertaining. If you do decide to listen, do so away from children or work. The language is awful ... F-bombs and explicit sexual phrases. I don't mind a steamy scene, but this leans more to vulgarity than anything else.
I promised myself I would NOT read anymore SERIES bc they get me so involved, so I tried this, but DAMN, if I'm feeling like it is suppose to continue!!! It truly left me hanging, wondering WHAT NEXT for AMY & Nick!!!
It was a good story but had the typical twists and kinks about a cheating husband and a wife hell-bent on getting him "back", and NOT in a good way. She is truly the sociopath and it certainly came across when ALL is disclosed.
As much as I liked the twists and turns, I'm still left wondering what's to come. There could be a continuation, if Gillian Flynn wanted to...and I'd line up to read it. Meanwhile, I'm left hanging with these psychopaths in my head!!
Terrific writer, excellent performance
Two very smart main characters, each plotting against the other. Both kept outsmarting me. What will they do next?
No, but they were terrific.
Dumb question. It's a great book. I wasn't paying any attention to how to adapt it for the Big Screen, and I don't intend to start now.
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