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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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    Tammy Bartlesville, OK, United States 08-28-13
    Tammy Bartlesville, OK, United States 08-28-13
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    "Little Bit of Everything"

    Gone Girl is a terrific read (listen) with a little bit of everything! Love, suspense, mystery and lots of twists! My only complaint is the curse the use of the F word in the book. The book would have been just as good if the F word was replaced by simply saying sex. But that is a huge hangup of mine in the real world too! Anyway great book overall!

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    Amazon Customer Indiana 08-27-13
    Amazon Customer Indiana 08-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Definitely Dark, and Truly Twisted ..."
    What did you like best about Gone Girl? What did you like least?

    This was the first book I have ever read where none of the main characters appears to have any redeeming qualities. I wanted to like, and sympathize with, Nick, and then I wanted to like, and sympathize with Amy, but soon realized neither was very likable, nor worthy of sympathy.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I liked that the story was told from both sides, and found this an interesting aspect.


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

    I thought both narrators did an excellent job with all the characters, but I didn't have a favorite in the book.


    Was Gone Girl worth the listening time?

    To me, no. I stuck with it till the end, but was disappointed by the conclusion as it seemed no one really "paid for their sins". There were no real consequences for their actions.


    Any additional comments?

    I know the book has averaged 4.5 to 5 stars and this was one of the reasons I chose it. While I found the premise interesting, there were more reasons to dislike both the main characters than there were to like and sympathize with either of them. I wish I had not wasted a credit.

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    Ashley Germantown, MD, United States 08-27-13
    Ashley Germantown, MD, United States 08-27-13
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    "I've never disliked a set of protagonists so much"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The only reason I would is because they are making it into a movie. It wasn't a hard read. Good for the beach, but not really that deep.

    The book has two alternating narrators. As you read on, you realize one of them (or both) is a sad liar. Neither of the main characters was likeable to me, and I just ended up not caring what happened to them since they were both awful people.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gillian Flynn again?

    Probably not. If this is indicative of her style, glorified beach novels, I'd rather not. It's interesting, but I didn't really get anything out of it.


    Any additional comments?

    Not bad. Not good. Murder mystery beach novel.

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    Joy Babb, MT, United States 08-25-13
    Joy Babb, MT, United States 08-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very smart and intelligent story"
    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Intelligent, Twists, Captivating


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

    Yes, just when I thought I had it figured out, a part of the story made me change my mind. This occurred often until the very end.


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    Brenda Madison, OH, United States 08-24-13
    Brenda Madison, OH, United States 08-24-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Too long. Readers too slow."

    I was impressed by the rave reviews of other reviewers and gambled a credit. I did listen (albeit painfully) clear to the end. Yes, this story is demented. First half is somewhat boring, 2nd half has a little more action. Narration is too slow for my taste. Others may truly enjoy this book but the genre isn't one of my favorites.

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    QuantumRealtor 08-23-13 Member Since 2014
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    "An Odd Story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I was taken aback by the story line. It was suspenseful and sad. I would not recommend it.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Gillian Flynn? Why or why not?

    I don't think I would be willing to invest the amount of hours in this author's work. While it was well written and the style in the book was interesting. I don't like sad stories with no real good conclusion.


    Was Gone Girl worth the listening time?

    No


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    Julie Old Hickory, TN, United States 08-23-13
    Julie Old Hickory, TN, United States 08-23-13 Member Since 2014

    Avid Reader in TN

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    "Keeps you guessing"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Gone Girl to be better than the print version?

    I believe the voices added a nice element to the story. Amy was especially "amazing".


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Detective Boney and Margo the best as they both seemed really interested in finding out the guilty culprit AND the most sane.


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

    Julia Whelan did a fabulous job as Amy. Really brought her to life for me. Kirby was great as Nick, but I didn't enjoy his female voices as much.


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

    Well, I was pretty upset about something close to the end, but by the last line, I had to laugh out loud!


    Any additional comments?

    At first I thought the book was great for any newlyweds because it shows how quickly a union that is not properly tended to can go from "You are the perfect match for me" to "how could I have EVER thought this person was for me?" in a couple of years. You can't get too comfortable in your happiness that you don't do the work required to keep it going. Communication is key. Once some of the extreme psychological twistedness came out, I found it a fascinating read on how some people's minds work! Scary stuff for sure!

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    Cindy Gloucester, ON, Canada 08-22-13
    Cindy Gloucester, ON, Canada 08-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book with surprises throughout."
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the narration and also the story. It had many twists and turns and I was often quite surprised at where the book headed.


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

    I liked once the book started to inform the reader what happened to "Gone Girl"


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

    No.


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

    Suspense, Intrigue and Deception!


    Any additional comments?

    Great book.

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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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