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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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    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

    Kimberly Lowery

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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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    Mary Jo Roxbury, CT, USA 07-03-14
    Mary Jo Roxbury, CT, USA 07-03-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Minority opinion"
    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.

    16 of 18 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.


    38 of 44 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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    Jennifer Webb Virginia 11-14-13
    Jennifer Webb Virginia 11-14-13 Member Since 2011

    ...jennybek

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    "Great narrators, horrid characters"
    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    Probably nothing by the author. I'd give the narrators a shot. They did their work well.


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

    I know that the world is full of horrible people. I know that this book reflects that. This is just not what I enjoy, vindictive, selfish characters that never seem to have any redeeming value.


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

    The lady cop. I can't remember her name. She's the only one who seemed likable. Margo, Nick's sister was ok, but she was snarky and mean in her own way. She was loyal, though.


    Any additional comments?

    I know art demands a reaction. I guess if that is what the author wants, she got it. But to go for a bad reaction just for reaction's sake seems cheap to me. I just really disliked the book. It never got better, either. I kept expecting some sort of turn that would redeem ... something. I would recommend not reading this. Some people loved it. Not me.

    36 of 42 people found this review helpful
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    Anne 04-05-14
    Anne 04-05-14
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    "Ugh!"
    What would have made Gone Girl better?

    Two completely different characters. Awful book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gillian Flynn again?

    NO


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

    OK OK OK


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

    None


    Any additional comments?

    Two of the most immature, mean-spirited, and self-centered characters I've ever had the misfortune to read about. I only finished it because it was my book club choice for the month and I felt I should.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy 03-31-14
    Tracy 03-31-14
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    "No interest from the very beginning."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Listening to another book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure. A friend recommended this book but she read it. Listening to the male character, Nick Dunne, whine about his wife over and over was sooooo annoying. I just said forget this. Maybe reading it is a little less annoying.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance was fine. I just didn't like the beginning of the book. I didn't get very far before I quit. I may give it another try later because I waited too long to return it or something. I just checked to see if I could return it and I can't.


    What character would you cut from Gone Girl?

    Nick Dunne because that's the only character I heard before I stopped listening.


    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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