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Gone Girl Audiobook

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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    katmcm999 Alexandria, VA 05-21-13
    katmcm999 Alexandria, VA 05-21-13

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    "do NOT get the hype"
    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    Maybe


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I have no idea. It was just so predictable AND, for the most part, boring.


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

    Maybe


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


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    Liz Healy 05-21-13
    Liz Healy 05-21-13
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    "Ho hum"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't recommend the book unless someone has a lot of time on their hands and doesn't mind a slow moving story.


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    Sharon Concord, NH, United States 05-19-13
    Sharon Concord, NH, United States 05-19-13
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    "Worst book I ever listened to"
    What would have made Gone Girl better?

    Nothing


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

    No- love mystery and suspense novels but this was the worst book in that genre that I have ever listened to,


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

    They were excellent and depicted these characters very well.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disgust. There was not one likeable character in the whole book, the story line dragged on and on.


    Any additional comments?

    I am asking audible for a credit on this selection. I did not finish it because I could not find one redeeming quality about the book, the characters or the plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    April RENTON, WA, United States 05-19-13
    April RENTON, WA, United States 05-19-13 Member Since 2015
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    "What a mind-bender!"

    I don't usually read main-stream fiction/crime genre but this book changed my mind about the genre - it was awesome! I can't wait for the movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Hastings, MN, United States 05-19-13
    Ann Hastings, MN, United States 05-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good performance."

    Read by two individuals, nice. Liked the book, a little disappointed in the ending, but worth the listen.

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    Cathleen Phoenix, AZ, United States 05-18-13
    Cathleen Phoenix, AZ, United States 05-18-13 Member Since 2011

    I love a great story.

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    "Good story - disappointing ending..."

    I'm no prude, but after the 300th F-Bomb - enough already! It starts to grate on the nerves and becomes distracting to the story. Up until the last three chapters, I found the story thoroughly entertaining. The ending was jarringly disappointing and anti-climatic and I could totally go off on a jag about why I have a problem with the ending but I don't want to spoil the ending for anybody. Up until the last three chapters, I was recommending the book to all my friends and co-workers and, now that I'm finished, I have mixed feelings of the 'eh' variety. Gillian Flynn is an excellent writer! I enjoyed her wit and excellent storytelling and, overall, I think she needs to immerse herself in a Quentin Tarentino movie marathon to find out how to pack a massive satisfying belly-full of punch at the end of her story!

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    josette Burnham, ME, United States 05-17-13
    josette Burnham, ME, United States 05-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A complete and thorough mindf**k!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. For too many reasons to list. Just do it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I hated them all. They made me want to scream. But I couldn't put them down - which made me also want to scream.


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

    Voices were dead on perfect and the emotion (or lack of) was perfectly conveyed in their reading.


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

    Who knows, I was on the edge of my seat having fits of rage and panic.


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to not like this book. I'm not a trendjumping sort of reader and that is probably stupid. It is the reason I didn't start reading Harry Potter until the 3rd book which I feel silly about, now, but it seemed reasonable at the time. Everyone has been talking about Gone Girl. Gone Girl this, Gone Girl that. I felt certain it was at least partly hype. I was so wrong. I really couldn't put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Thesenvitz EMBARRASS, MN, US 05-17-13
    Mary Thesenvitz EMBARRASS, MN, US 05-17-13
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    "Gone Girl went bad in the writing"
    What would have made Gone Girl better?

    Less filthy language, less sophomoric descriptive phrases,


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gillian Flynn again?

    No


    What three words best describe Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s voice?

    dramatic, conveys emotions well


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

    I would cut the scenes with the main characters father.


    Any additional comments?

    This author should take a page from Author, Ann Rule "If you really loved me" and learn how to portray the true nature of the sociopath with all of the suspense and horror they perpetrate on others without the filthy language. That is not indicative of intelligent people. As my Mother used to say when you use nasty language it just shows you have a poor vocabulary. Not such a good thing for an author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    cj 05-15-13
    cj 05-15-13
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    "Huge Disappointment!"
    What disappointed you about Gone Girl?

    The characters were SO unlikeable that I found I didn't care what happened to them!


    What was most disappointing about Gillian Flynn’s story?

    The characters


    What three words best describe Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance?

    annoying adequate average


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

    The plot's not bad, it's just that I had no interest in the characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eddie Lynn 05-15-13
    Eddie Lynn 05-15-13 Member Since 2015

    Hoxie's girl

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    "I almost threw my iPhone when this book was over!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book made me feel as manipulated as the characters. I guess that was the point, but for my listening pleasure, it missed the mark.


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

    Has it turned me off from this genre? No, but I will be a little bit more careful about reading reviews before I commit.


    What three words best describe Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance?

    They were annoying.


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

    Can't think of any.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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