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Gone Girl Audiobook
Gone Girl
Written by: 
Gillian Flynn
Narrated by: 
Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
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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    Carla argyle, tx, United States 07-22-13
    Carla argyle, tx, United States 07-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book with Tons of Great Twist and Turns"
    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    Just when I thought I had the story figured out, a new twist would blow my mind!


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

    n/a


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    I loved them all.


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

    The ending. I actually loved it.


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    Laurie A. Johnson Pound Ridge, NY United States 07-22-13
    Laurie A. Johnson Pound Ridge, NY United States 07-22-13 Member Since 2009

    I love audio books while I knit and garden. Like eating chocolates, you just can't stop!

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    "Couldn't wait for it to end"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The length--it dragged on FAR too long


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

    Yes--it was disturbing and very sad


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    Probably the sister, Go.


    Was Gone Girl worth the listening time?

    No--it dragged on through more and more unbelievable plot twists. I detested both the main characters throughout the long story


    Any additional comments?

    The ending was so abrupt and unsatisfying. But I disliked the book so much, I wouldn't try a sequel just to find out what happens next

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    Kathi Milwaukee, WI USA 07-22-13
    Kathi Milwaukee, WI USA 07-22-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Interesting Storyline"

    The plot was fresh - not something I have read dozens of times before and the twists and turns were unexpected and interesting. I also really enjoyed the format; one character speaking from their perspective, then going to the other, then back to the first, and so forth. The inflections and tone interjected by the two people reading added another dimension to the story that I really enjoyed. At times, I laughed out loud at the way something was said or at the barb intended for the other person in the book.

    I listened to the book over two days while I was painting the exterior of our home. I am not a fan of painting and the time went more quickly because the book kept me engaged. I would have given the book 5 stars across the board, except that the last three hours gravitated in a direction that seemed more twisted and less plausible; like the author was trying to find a graceful way to end the story. While I will admit that the ending had some cleverness to it, it just left me wanting something different.

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    Christine FENTON, MI, United States 07-21-13
    Christine FENTON, MI, United States 07-21-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Unexpected and well planned"
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    I found it interesting how you can dislike, distrust and dismiss a character in one chapter only to have a complete change of heart in the next.


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    Brenda Ponca City, OK, United States 07-21-13
    Brenda Ponca City, OK, United States 07-21-13
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    "Couldn't wait to listen to more!"
    What does Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I like how the readers switched to their character. Made it more personable.


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

    Yes.


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    D. Evans Mississippi 07-21-13
    D. Evans Mississippi 07-21-13 Member Since 2009

    reader 1953

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    "Depressing story"
    What was most disappointing about Gillian Flynn’s story?

    The lack of hope.


    Do you think Gone Girl needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I would not bother to read a follow up book.


    Any additional comments?

    These characters were so uknlikable. It made me sad to read "Gone Girl". Several of my friends read it and liked it. They told me to keep reading: it gets better. I wish I had stopped it about a third of the way through.I wil give the auther credit for a very complex story in which a lot of loose ends got tied off.

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    Kindle Customer South Carolina 07-21-13
    Kindle Customer South Carolina 07-21-13 Member Since 2011

    @tryjen

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    "This Book Has Been Kidnapped by Hype"
    What did you like best about Gone Girl? What did you like least?

    I saw "the big twist" coming nearly immediately, and so while I liked that part the least, watching how the author would pick the threads out of that knot to form a nice yarn was entertaining.


    If you’ve listened to books by Gillian Flynn before, how does this one compare?

    I've listened to two other G. Flynn audiobooks. Both are worth reading more than this one.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    This is one of the first books I've listened to with more than one narrator, and I didn't altogether love that experience. Not only did it make it different to align with the internal picturescape that one naturally forms while reading, but it was... distracting. The female narrator overplayed the main role so far that she landed on caricature, looped around cartoonish, and shot back around to narrator under the power of her own unintentional irony.


    Was Gone Girl worth the listening time?

    Sure. It was entertaining, if transparent.


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    Edward Temecula, CA, USA 07-21-13
    Edward Temecula, CA, USA 07-21-13 Member Since 2014
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    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    minimum 15 words and 25 characters


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gone Girl?

    minimum 15 words and 25 characters


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    minimum 15 words and 25 characters


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    Amazon Customer Davis, CA 07-19-13
    Amazon Customer Davis, CA 07-19-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Don't waste your credit"
    What would have made Gone Girl better?

    A condensed version.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gillian Flynn again?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performances?

    Probably not, but it might just be the roles they were reading. Julia's voice was so whiny. Kirby's was too high.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Gone Girl?

    many many chapters, all the endless whining/explaining by Amy. Most of the middle. The plot did not warrant such a long drawn-out book.


    Any additional comments?

    While the basic, "whodunnit" is kind of interesting at first, this book drags on and on. Neither character is particularly likable. About halfway through, I actually asked someone who'd read it to tell me what happened so I wouldn't have to listen to the whole long boring story to get to the end. She gave me a hint and I skipped about 20 chapters and listened to the last couple. I felt completely ripped off and disgusted by the ending.

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    juna 07-19-13
    juna 07-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Should have bee called Amazing Psycho"
    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    Its hard to choose one thing. The most intruiging part for me was the twist in what actually happened to Amy. That and the ending. Does it really stop there? Is There talk of. Second book because it is hard for me to accept that this is it. That Nick has to accept his fate and the fact that a child is being brought into this dysfunction. Amazing!


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

    The insight that we got from Nick and Amy`s perspective and their thought processes was riveting. Nick really is an a**hole but Amy is really a Psycho B!


    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?

    Not extreme but intense and thought provoking.


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