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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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    HARVEY Slidell, LA, United States 08-18-13
    HARVEY Slidell, LA, United States 08-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "SLOW AT FIRST BUT ULTIMATELY BRILLIANT!"
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    AFTER THE FIRST FEW CHAPTERS IT WAS HARD TO STOP.....


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    MOST, IF NOT ALL, OF THE CHARACTERS WERE DESPICABLE AND INCREDIBLY FLAWED HUMAN BEINGS......TO BE ABLE TO PAINT SUCH A PICTURE, THOUGH, IN WORDS, IS BRILLIANT.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    IN HINDSIGHT, THE WHOLE BOOK. BUT, THE FIRST FEW CHAPTERS, NOT KNOWING WHAT EXACTLY WOULD HAPPEN LATER, WERE VERY SLOW.


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

    YES, IT MADE ME CRINGE WITH DISGUST...ENTERTAINING DISGUST.


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    Michelle United States 08-18-13
    Michelle United States 08-18-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Liked it - until the end"

    Great writing style, I liked how it really kept the reader guessing what the real story was without giving much away up front. Then revealing bits and pieces as it progresses to put the puzzle together. Unfortunately for me, the picture that came together in the end left me very unsatisfied. I know that is part of the draw of the book for many people, but for me it was a very unfulfilling end to the story. That's all I can say without spoilers.

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    Robbie CANUTE, OK, United States 08-18-13
    Robbie CANUTE, OK, United States 08-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Well worth your time!"
    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Surprising. Compelling. Fresh.


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

    The twisting and turning of the characters personality was unexpected and fabulous.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Amy disclosing her true personality.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I wasn't prepared for the turn of events when Amy planned her own murder.


    Any additional comments?

    I was late a couple of times while I sat in my car and didn't want to quit listening. Each chapter had surprises and kept me guessing. The book gave me a couple of ideas in case my husband stops being attentive!!

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    Christine Altamonte Springs, FL, United States 08-17-13
    Christine Altamonte Springs, FL, United States 08-17-13

    C. Holton

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    "Nick and Amy drove me crazy."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I did not enjoy listening to this book. But it was highly recommended and we needed something to help us get through a road trip. So we were essentially committed to listening to two spoiled adults complain about each other for hours and hours. The book had some interesting twists, but overall it was like being stuck in the car with a bickering married couple. Not fun.


    What was most disappointing about Gillian Flynn’s story?

    The ending was hopelessly unbelievable.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The Nick character was flat.


    Did Gone Girl inspire you to do anything?

    Be nicer to my husband.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't understand why this was the novel to read this summer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Duluth, MN, United States 08-16-13
    Amazon Customer Duluth, MN, United States 08-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A crazy, messed up ride, in a good way"

    For me, Gone Girl started out slow. I found my mind drifting and would realize that I hadn't been paying attention for awhile. I thought the writing was almost overdone, or like it was trying too hard, that it was being too witty, and then little by little, the book drew in my interest. I no longer found the writing overdone. It felt engaging and full of texture. I sat at the edge of my seat, chewing on my nails, thinking I knew the characters and then realizing that I didn't. It happened again and again. I'd find excuses to listen when I normally wouldn't because I had to figure them out. The book drove me to know what was truly going on, and whenever I felt like I had a firm footing, it tore the carpet from underneath me. I look for books I can't put down, and this was one of them.

    I loved the narrators, and I am insanely picky on narrators. They both did a superb job and left nothing lacking. They portrayed these horrible, ruined, two-faced people quite beautifully.

    I noticed some complaints that people had. One was that the characters were so horrible. I found that strangely thrilling, to see how depraved they could be. When I thought they couldn't get worse, they did, and it pulled me more into the story. I was able to suspend my disbelief and happily delve into their demented lives.

    A second complaint was the ending. I won't try to ruin anything, but the ending was a sweet awfulness, the kind of ending that makes you want to tear your hair out, and I liked that. Sometimes you need a book to kick you in the kidney and leave you a frustrated mess because it means that, for awhile, you lived in that world and that you cared enough to be angry at it turning out a way that you didn't want.

    Overall, I loved it and now face the daunting task of trying to spend my credits on something just as good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JIMENA LAKEWOOD, CA, United States 08-16-13
    JIMENA LAKEWOOD, CA, United States 08-16-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Depicts very dysfunctional people."

    The story captures interest and is well narrated. However, the characters are so very dark, dysfunctional, and outright crazy that is hard to get pass and give the story the credit it may deserve. I think if there were any sane, normal or nice characters I would have liked this better. This novel was just absolutely too dark to me.

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    Yasaman Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 08-16-13
    Yasaman Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 08-16-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Simple and Entertaining"

    It has its twists, It is a simple reading book, At the beginning the Narrators were showing lots of excitement in their voice for something that should have been simple and no emotions so it was frustrating. The book is interesting though I should confess that reviews were making it look like more , it is not extraordinary to me but enjoyed reading it.

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    Gwen Lakewood, OH 08-16-13
    Gwen Lakewood, OH 08-16-13
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    "I wish I could give more than 5 stars!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    I think that it was an excellent move to have both a male and a female narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like Nick Dunne, because the reader seems to be at the same pace as he is for a while, in terms of trying to figure out what the heck is going on. But then, as you find out more about the character, he becomes three-dimensional in a very real way. That is, he seems normal. His thoughts and mannerisms and faults are all so honest that it's hard not to like him. Even if you want to.


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

    Their reading evolves and matures as your impression of the characters does. When you learn something new about a character, it's like the next time you hear their voice, you can tell something has changed. If it comes to light that he or she has done something very bad, the voice sounds a little darker...


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

    I extremely loved this book. I have not loved anything this much since Raw Shark Texts. The book is smarter than me. The author and the story and the characters are. I was delighted with how often I was surprised by what happened next. I could never quite figure anything out before the characters did- I was guessing right up until the end, and it was wonderfully refreshing.


    Any additional comments?

    If you decide not to listen to this as an audiobook, at least do yourself the favor of purchasing and reading the physical book. It is such an amazing book, and the relationship between the characters is something totally new. In a world of myriad cookie-cutter books (especially mysteries), this is one which will renew your faith in modern fiction.

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    E. Marks 08-15-13
    E. Marks 08-15-13

    Bethany

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    "Well Written"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Gillian Flynn again?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance?

    Great voices


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

    I didn't love this book. Too much of the f*** word and an overall negative atmosphere. I did enjoy the points of view from the man and the wife. A good writing style. I got to where I just didn't want to get back to it. Too negative and depressing. By the time I bailed out there weren't enough redeeming qualities. I was just over 1/3 into it.


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    Juan Hernandez 08-14-13

    Books books books

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    "Loved"
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    2 narrators and an awesome story line


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

    Heck yes... By his wife being a total nut job


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

    No not yet


    Any additional comments?

    This book is twisted dark weird crazy and wonderful. I cant even say how screwed up these characters are u'll just have to find out on ur own. READ!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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