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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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    Sam 11-22-12
    Sam 11-22-12
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    "For me, the worst listen ever...."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Amy Elliot Dunn


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gillian Flynn again?

    Not anytime soon


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    Julia wasn't bad, and Kirby sounded like the wimpy Nick Dunn.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kelli Perkins Michigan 08-31-12
    Kelli Perkins Michigan 08-31-12 Member Since 2015

    Author of Stitch Alchemy

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    "Glad Gillian Flynn Has Broken Out!"
    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to all of Gillian Flynn's book and this was enjoyable and exciting. "Dark Places" is still my favorite of her books though and I'd rate that a full five stars.


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

    Gone Girl was unique in the way the characters were revealed little by little in alternating chapters. On the surface we were introduced to a married couple who seem to be sharing the intimacies of their marries. As the book progresses it's apparent that something is wrong because the stories diverge in a way that makes it clear someone is not telling the truth. During the course of the book I could not tell who to believe, which built the drama and excitement as I tried to figure out the puzzle.


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

    I enjoyed having separate voices, which allowed for very distinct characters to emerge.


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

    I could not wait to get back to this as the story raced to an impending drama. Flynn kept me constantly surprised as she dosed out the real story a little at a time. One of the most exciting listens I've had for awhile.


    Any additional comments?

    Any Gillian Flynn is worth a listen because of her innovative plots and interesting characters. Definitely one of my favorite writers and I'm glad she's finally broken out of the pack with a bestseller!

    34 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly 01-15-14
    Kimberly 01-15-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Not as good as reviews"
    What disappointed you about Gone Girl?

    It was so slow. I kept listening thinking it would get better but never did.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gillian Flynn again?

    Not likely. But I will listen to a little of it before I use a credit on another one.


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

    No


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

    None that I found!


    Any additional comments?

    The reviews were so great for this book, maybe it just wasn't my cup of tea. The story line was slow and it seemed to go on and on with nothing moving forward.

    22 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    David Richmond Heights, MO, United States 05-08-13
    David Richmond Heights, MO, United States 05-08-13 Member Since 2009
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    "I Hated It"
    What would have made Gone Girl better?

    None of the characters were likeable


    What could Gillian Flynn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not make the main couple so crazy or stupid


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

    Nick


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

    I would have changed the ending


    Any additional comments?

    What an overrated book. I would not recommend this book to anyone.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    photolander 04-03-14
    photolander 04-03-14
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    "I felt dirty when I finished."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is one of those stories that, like most things that are bad for us, appeals to our baser instincts. Its only saving grace is the narration. Whelan and Heborne capture the paranoid delusions of the two main characters, their mean, selfish, petty, sickeningly narcissistic self-love, with amazing range and authenticity. You will get to the end and hate yourself for slogging through the mud with these two people with the hope that you will have earned or learned something of value. But in this story, no one pays the price of his or her immoral, unethical, and illegal actions. Moreover, Flynn's ending is cowardly. Along with the allegiance of her reader, she looses control of her characters. I was left begging for Nick and Amy simply to shut the hell up.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    After this, a cleansing listen is in order. Perhaps Henry James.


    37 of 43 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Jo Roxbury, CT, USA 07-03-14
    Mary Jo Roxbury, CT, USA 07-03-14 Member Since 2011
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    What disappointed you about Gone Girl?

    I guess part of the appeal of the book is the "dark and twisted characters" but in spite of any novelty that might hold, I loathed them and struggled to finish the book.


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

    Hasn't put me off the genre but certainly put me off the author.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Thought the performances were about right for what the author was trying to convey but since I didn't like that, the performances didn't count for much.


    Any additional comments?

    Started this book several times hoping I would "find out" what the buzz was all about. After I finished it - finally - I realized that the characters really were despicable people and that I had wasted my time.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Fort Wayne, IN, United States 08-13-12
    Rachel Fort Wayne, IN, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great story til the end..."

    This was a really captivating story. I didn't want to quit listening. I did however, guess the resolution but felt it ended abruptly. It was like the author thought , "well now it is tme to stop." I appears to me that maybe the author set this up for a sequel.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    cindy Gypsum, CO, United States 07-02-12
    cindy Gypsum, CO, United States 07-02-12
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    "A dark twisted story about dark twisted people"
    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    Hmmm not sure this was a bit dark for my tastes.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Sad


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

    No, I don't want to know anything more about either of those people.


    Any additional comments?

    I like stories about "real" people, but these two take it to an extreme - they are way to sick for me to want to know as much as I know about them. The first part was entertaining and intrieging, the second half I found quite depressing. On the good side - it was well crafted and narrated and kept me very interested until close to the end when I saw no hope in sight and then I felt cheated - why should I have cared about two suck sick individuals.

    68 of 80 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 11-23-15
    Wayne Matthews, NC 11-23-15 Member Since 2016

    I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!

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    "Gillian Flynn's brain is a very dark place!"

    I read the Gone Girl when it was introduced and have seen the movie. I've also read Sharp Objects and Dark Places, Flynn's two prior novels. It seems common these days for people to say novels are like Gone Girl. If any psychological thriller is like Gone Girl or as good as Gone Girl, I have not read it.

    Amy Dunne sets the standard for villains in psychological thrillers. Nick Dunne? Let's say that he did a poor job at choosing a spouse.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Elaina 03-03-13
    Elaina 03-03-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Fatal Attraction meets War of the Roses"
    Do you think Gone Girl needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, please, just don't. The ending was terrible...


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked how the plot of this book was so intricately woven around (mostly) interesting characters. The first 75% of the book is very good and kept me listening. The narrators were excellent!! Near the end of the book, something quite silly happens and then… it’s as if the writer got sick of the story, or didn’t know what else to write. I thought the ending was terrible, completely unbelievable. What was the editor thinking?? I really liked the vast majority of this book and kept thinking about how I can’t wait to see the movie when it comes out. After I finished the book, I am no longer interested in seeing the movie. The end was such a let-down given the strength and weight of the rest of the book. I felt cheated as a listener.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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