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Gone Girl: A Novel | [Gillian Flynn]

Gone Girl: A Novel

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. 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?
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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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    tamara Bend, OR, United States 07-16-12
    tamara Bend, OR, United States 07-16-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Awesome read, couldn't stop listening!"
    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    This was a great story with supense at every curve and never what you expect to happen.


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

    Every chapter was better than the previous one and the build up to the climax was perfectly executed.


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

    This is my first Julia Whelan book.


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

    I loved this book because I started with liking one character in the beginning and felt sorry for them then changed my mind over and over until the end!


    Any additional comments?

    Great book for for mystery buffs.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elinor Anne Mody MD 07-16-12

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    "So many twists"
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    The story, the switching back and forth from husband to wife narrating, and the ending.


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

    I have really never read a book like this before


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

    Amy, most def


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

    yes


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Kinards, SC, United States 07-16-12
    Karen Kinards, SC, United States 07-16-12 Member Since 2009
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    "When bad things happen to bad people"

    This audiobook was amazing. I found myself talking about it to anyone that would listen.

    It was very true to life and had me asking the same questions I have when real wives "went missing" in the news....what really happened, is she dead, did he kill her, what was going on in their house leading up to this, who is only involved for publicity after the fact?

    I love the way the story unfolded. It starts out with Nick but is narrated in a play-by-play sort of way so that you don't get background or his thoughts or anything. Even though it's first-person perspective, I kept getting surprised by things he failed to "mention" in his story.
    Then you meet Amy, through her diary, and she is truly amazing but not always in a good way.

    I gave it only 4 stars because I thought the very end was less than satisfactory after building up to it all those hours.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Allison Powell, TN, United States 07-16-12
    Allison Powell, TN, United States 07-16-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Definitely not your typical love story"
    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    So far one of my favorites. The narrators did an incredible job. I loved how the author really made you feel sorry for diary Amy and could then make you despise psycho bitch Amy.


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

    Absolutely! But if I tell too much of why I enjoyed the plot so much, it will give away the story.


    What does Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Julia does a wonderful job capturing Amy's "personalities".


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    Sarah 07-14-12
    Sarah 07-14-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Entertaining and complex"

    I really enjoyed this dark novel. It has great twists and turns and I won't say more about that so I don't ruin it for you. The narration was fine, but not amazing. Neither voice was annoying, at least to me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Charlotte, NC, United States 07-14-12
    Jennifer Charlotte, NC, United States 07-14-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Wow."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this audiobook to a friend. The narration is wonderful--I have not been able to listen to many books because the narration was so horrible, that is not true in this case.

    The story is incredible and unpredictable. I can usually guess most endings in the first half of the book--not this one. It was a great ride!


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

    The ending. It just kept you guessing. When you had figured everything out--another twist was thrown at you.


    What does Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Just overall good narration. I really enjoy "reading" my books while I'm doing something else and a bad narration is the kiss of death--I have turned off a audiobook and didn't listen to it again because of bad narration.


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

    Yes. Hated to turn it off.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carol 07-14-12
    Carol 07-14-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Sold Out Author"
    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    No. It's sad to see an author who feels they have to sell out to the "F" word in order to move copies. What could have been interesting characters were unfortunately completely dumbed down, the author only able to express the anger, hurt or confusion of every character, male or female, by just having them repeatedly using the F word,or having the men call the women B's through clenched angry teeth. The ending is very poor also, so overall it was pretty painful making it through this muddled and slow moving muck.


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

    No


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrators did a good job.


    What character would you cut from Gone Girl?

    The author


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeannine Brighton, CO, United States 07-13-12
    Jeannine Brighton, CO, United States 07-13-12 Member Since 2005
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    "What an Author!"

    This was my first Gillian Flynn book. Wow! I was hooked from the get-go and totally satisfied with the wrap up. The story get me guessing, and I like that.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    L. Brown Sacramento, CA USA 07-13-12
    L. Brown Sacramento, CA USA 07-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Please make this into a movie!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Lord yes! I have recommend it to a few people already. This book is sick and twisted in a good way.


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

    When Amy revealed what was really going on. I remember yelling at my desk at work, "WHAT?!?!?! NO WAY. IS SHE SERIOUS????"


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

    Kirby Heyborne's voice is kinda monotone at first. I didn't feel like his voice fit how they described him. When the book picks up so does he. Julia Whelen never disappoints. She was amazing!


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

    Honestly no. I almost stopped listening to it because the first part is soooo slow. It didn't pick up until about chapter 8 of the first half. You have to pay attention to this part because it connects to the next portion of the book. When I got to the second half I wanted to listen to it in one straight shot.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book. I couldn't believe the ending. I was a little disappointed in how it ended. Amy was a mess and won basically. I thought the book as a whole was great. It should be made into a movie. I found myself going "I can't believe Amy" for a few days after it was over.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Samantha Minnetonka, MN 07-13-12
    Samantha Minnetonka, MN 07-13-12 Member Since 2010

    Love to listen to historical fiction, paranormal, romance, and general fiction while commuting. Audiobooks help make the drive bearable!

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    "Gripping story, great performance"
    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    While I really liked this book, I don't think I'd listen to it again - a big part of my enjoyment was wondering what would happen next. That said, the narration was simply excellent, so it wouldn't be bad to have an encore listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how the author really made me love then hate different characters at different points throughout the book.


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

    Fantastic narration and pitch perfect emotions. The narrators made a good book great.


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

    There were many points where I could really relate to the characters - I really liked that. Then there were points that were so crazy, I couldn't believe it. Fun ride!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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