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What are you thinking, Amy? The question I've asked most often during our marriage, if not out loud, if not to the person who could answer. I suppose these questions storm cloud over every marriage: What are you thinking? How are you feeling? Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do? Just how well can you ever know the person you love?

These are the questions that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.

So what really did happen to Nick's beautiful wife? And what was in that half-wrapped box left so casually on their marital bed? In this novel, marriage truly is the art of war.

©2012 Gillian Flynn (P)2012 Random House

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  • Janie
  • CAIRNS, Australia
  • 06-26-12

Get Gone Girl soon!

Remember the film, War of the Roses with Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas? Well, this is along similar lines but there are less physical thrills and far more psychological ones which makes for a better read whereas the former, perhaps, makes for more excitable viewing. I found it pretty impossible to "put this book down." It went everywhere with me while I completed my daily tasks and then again late into the night. I had finished it within 3 days but unlike other books I don't want to read another immediately as I would like to 'soak' this book up for a while and think about it. It is very well written and contains some complex ideas which are described in metaphoric symbolism and therefore made easier to understand. I am looking forward to Gillian Flynn writing another excellent book. Very highly recommended.

20 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • Paul
  • Plympton, Australia
  • 08-15-12

Not just another whodunit

Without giving the plot away, suffice it to say that Gone Girl isn't just another missing person story, but a psychological thriller that keeps up the suspense to the last page. So don't be put off by the length. I'm left pondering the character of the victim as well as the perpetrator, and wondering what will happoen next. It's one of those books I will read again. With the two antagonists telling their story in the first person, the alternating male and female readers was a must. A top book all round.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Thrilling and Disturbing

I’ve been trying to review this book for a while now and it has become a real struggle. I don’t want to give any spoilers for this brilliant book so I will try my best. Advanced warning: this review may have spoilers or turn out incredible vague. When I first saw this book I kept thinking this was just another YA novel but then I noticed this book kept popping up everywhere so I thought I better read what this is about and when I did, I had to read it right away.

When Amy disappears in suspicious circumstances all eyes fall to her husband as the primary suspect. Nick claims he is innocent but the evidence is not in his favour. Did Nick kill his wife? As this novel progressed any ideas of what happened will be shattered, any presumptions you’ve made about the characters will be wrong. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is a dark and twisted journey with so much unpredictability that you will be up all night trying to find out what really happened to Amy.

What I loved about this book was that you never really know what to expect. The book is told from the perspective of Nick and Amy, the diary of Amy tells the back story of their lives while the alternative chapters told from Nick takes the story from the disappearance. Slowly the pieces start to fall into place but there is always another curve ball just around the corner. The dark and psychological aspects of this novel remind me of something Jim Thompson would write but then the thriller and suspense of this book reminds me a lot of books like Before I Go to Sleep or Into the Darkest Corner.

Flynn did a brilliant job with this novel, it kept me up at night, made me want to skip work to read this book and in the end any spare time I had I was back in this book trying to find out what really happened to Amy. I wasn’t sure what I was in for and I didn’t know who to believe but in the end I enjoyed the ride. On reflection this book seemed incredibly basic with its plot but writing in a brilliant way that while reading you never have enough pieces to solve this puzzle. Highly recommend this book to any lovers of mystery and suspense.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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continuing twists and turns

If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

Engaging, enjoyable and well read.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Absolutely Nick Dunne

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

Amy Elliot Dunne

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

If I could I would have finished it in one day.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Gone girl, lost boy

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not a favourite by a long shot. Easy to pick the plot from early on and the rest was just filling in the details.

Any additional comments?

Got the book after searching top tens, wish I'd gotten something else. Wasn't very interesting but once I'd started I had to finish to see if anything else popped up. Narraters were fine, just not a fan of the story line.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Dianne
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 01-21-13

Absolutely loved this book!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely! Great story with many twists. Fantastic characters and I enjoyed the comedy (even though the story is quite dark).

Who was your favorite character and why?

Both main characters, although in the end I would chose the male lead.

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

Excellent delivery and timing. They were fantastic as their own characters as well as portraying the other characters.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Gives a new meaning to 'Woman scorned'

Any additional comments?

Loved this book, the twists were believable and characters strong.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Colin
  • Manly, NSW, Australia
  • 06-28-13

Twists and turns and a little bit of wow

Get this. Gone girl deserves its best seller status because it is good old fashioned story telling where the journey is just a thrill and ride and the destination a... well, you will see. I felt myself listening without distraction (as I would if reading a book) which for me is the best test of a really good audio book. The narrators both do an excellent job.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Complicated dark and intriguing

What did you love best about Gone Girl?

The characters are delightfully packed with dark secrets.

What did you like best about this story?

The suspense and surprises....

Which scene was your favorite?

The flip in the middle when everything becomes clear. ....but I don't want ,give anything away !!!

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

Absolutely and I more or less did between the gym, office and car.

Any additional comments?

Listen and enjoy

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  • Nina
  • Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 01-27-13

Gripping till the very end

A wonderfully written and well performed book. A husband telling the story of his missing wife and the wife revealing their life in her diary. Or so it seems at first... and just then when you feel yourself choosing sides (will you be in the Amy or the Nick camp?) the story takes on an unexpected twist. What looked like a pretty straightforward story now has you guessing - how on earth will it end. So go ahead, listen and hold your breath till the very end.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Kris
  • Australia
  • 11-09-12

Intruiging

The story was intriguing. I picked some of the plot points, but not all of them and enjoyed the twists.

The two main characters were both likeable and unlikeable; it was a bizarre feeling to mostly dislike the characters, but want to keep hearing their stories.

The author seems to have no idea what the word "literally" means. More than half the times it's used it's about something that is figurative... if those things were literal it would have been a more horrible and terrifying story. It bugged me so much that I wasn't sure I wanted to keep listening, but I persevered and was glad I did. That is the main reason I didn't give the book 5 stars all around.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • 02-23-13

Keep going with this

When I started listening I thought I had made a mistake - I didn't like the voice of the man, the aggressive tone and the bad language,but I always think it worth persevering for a while and I'm glad I did. It's one of the those books that might take a bit of getting into, but once the characters were established and the book began to deal with the disappearance of Amy the feel of it changed and it became absorbing. So I would recommend - and if you start listening and have some doubts, keep going you will enjoy it.

60 of 61 people found this review helpful

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  • christina
  • 04-13-13

A bit of a struggle

Although this book is clearly well written, the characters are so unlikeable that I really struggled to finish it. I suspect that if I was reading it rather than listening to it I may very well have given up. The narrators are good, though I like Amy's voice better than Nick's so there was a jolt every time they switched while I got used to the voice again. If you like psychological thrillers then I wouldn't want to put you off altogether - as I said - it is well written,I just found that because I wasn't routing for one of the characters the plot wasn't enough to hold me.

27 of 28 people found this review helpful

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  • Saffy
  • 01-16-13

Exceptional

There has been so much hype surrounding Gillian Flynn's latest novel. It's been on lots of 'best thriller of 2012' lists, was apparently the hippest read in New York in 2012 and there is talk of a Hollywood movie. I am also a big fan of her two previous novels which I think show her to be one of the most original contemporary thriller writers. Therefore, I was very excited about the release of this, her third novel and actually started listening last year when it was first released. However I became really stuck about half an hour into it

and could not move beyond Amy's narration- I did not like the character or the narrator. However, my New Year's resolution is to finish all those unfinished

listens (I am so pleased I decided to do this as my first unfinished listen I

revisited was Alex Marwood's 'Wicked Girls'. - outstanding!)

So am I glad I put in the effort to finish this? I can't believe I initially stopped listening- so if you are struggling, once you get past the first hour it is definitely worth persevering.

Initially I found Amy's narration irritating and wanted to hear more of Nick's story, however as the book progresses and you navigate the many twists and turns of the plots you are drawn further in to both narrator's stories never knowing which one to believe. This is the real strength of this novel - the

reader is kept guessing throughout - all the way until the end.

This is a long listen but I could not stop listening and as with any excellent read I miss the characters stories and am struggling to find a listen to match it.

58 of 62 people found this review helpful

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  • mrs
  • 03-27-13

Poor ending

I had to listen to the last 3.5 mins 3 times as I thought I had missed something or that my audio app was not working.The poor ending spoilt the whole experience of a great novel. Even though I was gripped by the story I feel ripped off in the end......

38 of 41 people found this review helpful

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  • Alice4000
  • 01-22-13

Not quite 5 stars

This book is totally absorbing from the start, the characters are complex and interesting and although they are unlikeable they manage to pull you in; I became immersed in their viewpoint. The first 2 thirds of this book I found so gripping that I thought it would be a five starer but I think because it was so involving I expected a slightly more satisfying end. Worth listening to though for the weaving plot and the characters that are so well thought out.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Julie
  • 02-28-13

What a disappointment!

I read all the reviews and was really looking forward to a good thrilling read. The book started well and hearing the story from 2 perspectives was an interesting twist. I was gripped for the first few chapters, but then it turned into a sour, angry, outpouring of bitterness and lust for retribution. The characters became hateful and I found myself not really caring what happened to them. I rarely throw books that I have paid for away, but after I had finished the last chapter, I deleted it disgust.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Bella
  • 01-24-13

Great Book, but poor ending

I just raced through this book. Loved the style of writing. It certainly was one of those books you just didn't want to put down and not a dull page until the ending.

I couldn't believe Gillian gave such a good book the crappy ending that she did.

It left me feeling like I wished I hadn't wasted my time reading this book. A poor conclusion which I'm sure most people would agree just didn't do the story justice at all.

27 of 30 people found this review helpful

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  • Fiona
  • 06-26-12

An audio page turner

In the beginnging i thought this is simple i know whats going on here,in fact after a couple of chapters i wondered if i would carry on listening.Then off we went on the ride,flying up and down then side to side as each narrator gave their spin on events.Alarmingly even when you do feel you have a grip on whats going on , the two main characters dance around each other again.
The end may appal you,but you will want to get to the end !

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • GG
  • 07-30-12

The perfect holiday listen

The perfect holiday listen. Brilliantly written. Two wonderful characters. Two wonderful voices. The writing is sharp and incisive and both Nick and Amy are completely believable. The plot is brilliantly planned and the secrets are held back and revealed in teasing snippets. Loved it!

22 of 25 people found this review helpful

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  • Creative Butterfly
  • 11-19-13

Yep you should download this.

This is a truly gripping read (listen). Gillian definitely gets you thinking about, not only the part the media plays in peoples lives but the part you play, even if it is just in your head.

This tale gets thinking about relationships, friendships, family and the media. But most of all is that you really do not know what goes on behind close doors. So if you want a tale of 2 halves, exciting and nail biting then this is the book for you. I have kept away from the story as it is the type of book that you do not want to reveal anything just in case you give anything away.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Henry
  • 06-30-16

Slow to start and pace was a bit too slow for me

I struggled through the first 1/3 of this audiobook. I don't think I would have finished the actual book if I had to read it. It needed to be trimmed back. The reading performances are also drawn out --I played it back at 1.5x just to get through it. Once the story picks up, it is quite satisfying, however its hard to feel sympathy for either of the main characters. Perfect trust fund socialite marries selfish husband. They never really grow or develop as people, which ultimately makes the ending a little hollow and unfulfilling. The plot and narrative format of switching voices makes the story entertaining, and the ending is ultimately worth it, if you can get past the beginning.

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  • Deb
  • 06-19-16

time waster

Waited for ages for the story to improve, unending and monotonous. Dissappointing couldn't finish or concentrate on the monotonous narrator

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  • ROBYN PETCH
  • 04-01-16

Couldn't keep listening

I tried, really tried, but I just could not keep listening to this narration. I had enjoyed to movie and really wanted to 'read' the unabridged novel, but the woman's voice is unbearable, at least to my non-American ear :(

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Emily Marsland
  • 11-02-15

struggled to finish this

got far to far bogged down in details & the story stagnated because of it...

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Amanda
  • 06-24-14

Gone Girl, great story full of twists

Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

Maybe, it is a good story but in the middle I struggled to stay engaged

What did you like best about this story?

The characters especially Amy

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

No haven't heard from these before

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

No, starts and ends well, tough in the middle

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • liz
  • 05-29-17

amazing!

ok, stop right now put everything down, don't read this just listen this book will keep you on your toes!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-19-17

Good book

I love this book and story but the narrator drives me insane. I wish is was done by someone else

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark Killen
  • 07-15-16

Complete rubbish

Why was this ever published?
A self indulgent garbage skip of mindless drivel.
Avoid at all cost.
No stars deserved but I had to rate with 1 to enable this post.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Hans
  • 10-19-17

Believable characters and storyline

This is one of those stories that combines characters that we can relate to, with scenarios that many would consider familiar. Men are from Mars syndrome is thoroughly enjoyable and the dual perspective narrative is clever and draws you in, keeping you guessing from start to a twisty finish.
Hats off to Julia and Kirby who really nail the narration. Five stars all round!!

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  • Brendan
  • 06-22-17

Good book, bad ending.

Exciting until the disappointment of an ending, the book builds up to what should be an exciting climax only to leave you with an anti-climactic result.