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The Grownup Audiobook

The Grownup: A Story by the Author of Gone Girl

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Publisher's Summary

Gillian Flynn's Edgar Award-winning homage to the classic ghost story, published for the first time as a standalone.

A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, when the "psychic" visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan's terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan's teenage stepson, doesn't help matters with his disturbing manner and grisly imagination. The three are soon locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done to escape it.

The Grownup, which originally appeared as What Do You Do? in George R. R. Martin's Rogues anthology, proves once again that Gillian Flynn is one of the world's most original and skilled voices in fiction.

©2015 Gillian Flynn (P)2015 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Julia Whelan narrates this ghost story with insight, depth, and passion.... As she skillfully merges the deceptive characters, a haunting tone, and compelling events, the audiobook doesn't need mood music. Whelan can raise goosebumps and keep listeners on the edge of their seats all by herself." (AudioFile)

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    Beth C. Hunt 09-14-16 Member Since 2014
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    "The Grownup"

    Too short to get my attention. I have read Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, Sharp Objects and Dark Images, which were all great reads -- so I was expecting more'

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 11-25-15
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 11-25-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Not long enough"

    The first fifteen minutes of this novel are hilarious. I literally laughed out loud as I walked to the office. Then it turns dark and creepy (in a good way, as Flynn knows to do). However, the story is simply not long enough. It peaks...and it's over. Leaving you wanting more. I can't wait for her next real novel.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Dephress 11-07-15
    Dephress 11-07-15
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    "Well written, ok story"

    I enjoy Gillian Flynn's work mostly because of her writing style: intelligent, real, with a stand-out talent for prose and subtle humor. The writing in this story hooked me from the first sentence, but the story failed to grab me. An interesting character study devolves quickly into dull mystery and murder for murder's sake. The reader is supposed to be horrified, and the "twist" is suppose to catch one off guard -- but is as predictable as can be. I am always a fan of this author -- but this short story could use some work.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan 04-22-17
    Jonathan 04-22-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Flynn fun"

    It doesn't seem to be often remarked upon but find Flynn's dark humour hilarious. Her description of the protagonists cynical approach to her work is what I like most about her writing. Combined with the mystery elements he'd writing is a dark satire of modern life.

    Julia Whelan's reading is superb, really enhances the material.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jacqueline 04-14-17
    Jacqueline 04-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Disappointed"

    I've loved every other book by Flynn! All of them! And this one was fantastic! That is, until I realized how incredibly SHORT it was! I'm mad I spent a credit on this crap.

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    Elizabeth 03-02-17
    Elizabeth 03-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I Expected Better From Flynn"

    It's not bad for a short story, but I feel it was really predictable because it was trying to be unpredictable if that makes sense to anyone. That being said it's a good light read

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    Jim Y. 02-14-17
    Jim Y. 02-14-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Short semi-story"
    Would you listen to The Grownup again? Why?

    The story was gripping - typically Gillian Flynn. If you liked her other books, you'll probably like this, but don't get too into it. It stops short!!!


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

    where's the rest of it?? I clearly missed the memo that this is a short story. I hated that it ended the way it did and *hope* she is planning to continue it...SOON!


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

    not a thing! the narrator was en pointe!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alixandra Hice Saint Augustine, FL 01-25-17
    Alixandra Hice Saint Augustine, FL 01-25-17 Member Since 2013

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    "I'll take Gillian in any form."

    So it ends abruptly leading the reader to believe there will be more. Is this a trick? Will there be another chapter, short story, sequel? Or was the ending not abrupt and we see the Nerdy's live come full circle. Does she finally become the grownup she's been struggling toward, or the grownup she's been trained to be... a fraud. Interesting book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Niki Gamboa 01-19-17
    Niki Gamboa 01-19-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Ending?"

    Quite a page turner. Who to believe keeps you guessing all the way to the horrible ending.

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    Cozzie King 12-07-16
    Cozzie King 12-07-16 Member Since 2017
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    "...I need more"
    Would you listen to The Grownup again? Why?

    I would not listen to this gain. It was a good quick listen that had me captured the last 20 minutes. It was suspenseful like all of Gillian's books. I liked it for what it was. I don;t regret the purchase. I'l going to go ahead a listen to Dark Places:-)


    What other book might you compare The Grownup to and why?

    Gone Girl


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

    The stepson


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

    Yes. I did listen to it in one sitting at work.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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