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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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    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 11-25-15
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 11-25-15 Member Since 2016
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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 9 people found this review helpful
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    09-14-16
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    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'

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    Cozzie King 12-07-16
    Cozzie King 12-07-16 Member Since 2015
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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.


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    Johnnieanne Hansen 11-25-16
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    "Unfinished"

    The storyline was good but it felt unfinished. The ending was abrupt, I thought it was a mistake. Too short!

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    Holly Potter 10-27-16 Member Since 2013
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    "What the heck"

    What a waste of money. Predictable from the beginning. Rediculous ending. The characters we far from interesting. The plot was... rediculous

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    Lacy 08-07-16
    Lacy 08-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "LOVEEEE"

    I love Gillian Flynn and all of her books. This one was great..wish it had been longer but just like the rest of her titles, didn't disappoint. Right as it ends, the story feels like it has so much more to give with the characters and the plot. Definitely recommend!

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    Amazon Customer Murtaugh, IDAHO United States 08-03-16
    Amazon Customer Murtaugh, IDAHO United States 08-03-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome!"

    Great story! Flynn has a way of drawing readers toward a conclusion and then doing a full 180 that is amazing. Just wish it was a full length novel.

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    Deb H. 07-30-16
    Deb H. 07-30-16
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    "Special treat!!!"

    Narrator was absolutely perfect! As usual Gillian Flynn brought us to places that we never expected. Great attention holding story!

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    Mary TRENTON, OH, United States 07-20-16
    Mary TRENTON, OH, United States 07-20-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting quick listen"

    Wish it delved more into the characters. Quick pace. Good read that left me wanting more.

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    Sharon West 07-16-16
    Sharon West 07-16-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Lots of twists in this story."

    Loved it!!! Great plot and it keeps you engaged until the end. You don't know who to root for

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