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Publisher's Summary

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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OUTSTANDING

great story,the author has a creative mind.recommended to listeners who are bored by the average run-of- the-mill mystery plot.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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More then an intriguing crime mystery

I loved this book, interesting set up, suspenseful story, with plot twists but the two main characters and their relationship dynamics really take center stage. You're taken on a fantastic ride of finding out what the hell is going on. Nick and Amy are so well written, authentic and relatable and the narrator's are excellent.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Love the ‘cool girl’ monologue

I was pleasantly surprised by this book, it really woks well as a portrait of ‘love among the imperfect’.

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A Love story

This is a love story. If you do not want to read a love story this is definite not for you. I got it as a gift, and (wrongly) assumed that the giver had found a good book for me, therefore i did not quit the book in mid part 1. Part 1 is terrible, it is love love love, it's like you have stumbled in to the world of girls teen magazines.

In the second part (which I thought was the final part) the book picks up. For a while it feels like this is a thriller and not a lovestory. But all to soon it falls back into being a love story.

What was I thinking as I listened to this book:
Part 1 - Terrible, awfully boring
Part 2 - This is not bad, if it keeps this up it might actually be a decent book.
Part 3 - Shouldn't this have ended by now?

One note about the presentation and the way things are written. The autor has many good ways of putting things, and create some concepts that are fascinating like the dancing monkey. However the storyline kills the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Surprising. Not your run of the mill mystery.

Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

No, but that's because it wouldn't hold me in suspense to the same degree. I don't regret listening to it at all, in fact I found it making me reassess things in my life. I was expecting more of a mystery, and found that it was more a critique of human nature along with some mystery. It was very entertaining.

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

Would love to say, but it would be a spoiler. Just listen to it!

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

Yes, I found myself quite drawn into the characters lives and at time it made me very angry and at times very sad. Quite a powerful book that really makes you consider how human relationships work.

I really didn't want to stop listening at the end of each train ride, I wanted to delve deeper. Definitely not a book to start listening to if you are about to be distracted from listening for awhile!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Brilliant book

Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

Probably, in a year or so.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nick

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

Definitely

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

A definite reaction, but if I talk about it I will give away the suprise

Any additional comments?

Excellent story, kept me thinking all the time what would come up next. Very sorry when it was all over.

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Horrible characters

The story was okay, although the ending was a sort of fizzle out.
My main issue with the story is how unlikeable both leading characters are. By the end of the book I truly hated both of them. I found it very difficult to connect with either of them.
I don't mind a flawed leading character, who at least has a single redeeming quality. Both of these people were written as just awful human beings, who probably deserved each other.
Maybe that was the point.

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Amazing ( no pun intended)

kept me guessing all the way to the end. i did not see the end coming. hit me like a train!

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Best Thrilling Story

Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is the most interesting book I have listened. It keeps me guessing till the end.

What did you like best about this story?

It is the most interesting book I have listened. It keeps me guessing till the end.

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

Yes, the performance is very good.

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

It is a suspense story. It keeps me guessing.

Any additional comments?

I will recommend this book to everyone. Try once.

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AMAZING STORYYYYY AND AUDIBLE <3

This audible story was superb. The story itself was truly mysterious and was nail biting till the end.. And as for the narrators, they were amazing THUMBS UP!!

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  • Kirstine
  • 03-10-13

Intriguing story marred by language

This is a well-crafted if implausible story with excellent narrators who must have got as tired as I did of the author's rather juvenile use of the F-word hundreds of times so that when it would have had impact it fails to register as it had been used so indiscriminately as verb and adjective ad nauseum. I don't object to swearing when it's justified but it is lazy writing that diminished an otherwise compelling story.

33 of 39 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • 03-17-13

Not a Thriller

If am confused with the positive ratings that some have given this novel. I spend a lot of time driving long distances and find listening to thrillers an ideal way to relax when stuck in traffic.



Some of the thrillers I have recently listened to such the Forgotten by David Baldacci have caused me to remain in the car once I have arrived at my destination as they were absolutely riveting.



It is crucial that the book I am listening to is exciting, not dull and tedious or the journey feels like it is taking longer than it actually is.



I listened to over half this book before, I made the decision to sack it, it just wasn't getting interesting. This is the first time I have not finished an audio book or bothered to write a review.



Take my advice and try another book.





26 of 31 people found this review helpful

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  • Gavingks
  • 06-10-13

A fabulously hateful book

It will anger you frustrate you and as soon as you know where it is going you will be wrong. I loved it while I cringed at the characters. How can people be that hideous and shallow?
The plot is just epic and I urge you not to find out to much in advance.
It is a book that will challenge your faith in people.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Mandie
  • 01-26-13

Great Book, very poor ending

I loved this book, couldn't wait to hear the next twist and turn, of which there were many, and was listening whenever I could, was a superb book, until the ending, when it seems like the writer had run out of ideas, and finished the book with a very poor conclusion which left me feeling that I had wasted a lot of time listening to the book. Enjoyed both narrators.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Gatehouse reader
  • 10-15-12

Slow slow slow

I don't really care what happens to either of them I am so bored maybe its the narration or maybe the story is just unexciting but I love audiobooks and seldom leave one unfinished but this one is

15 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • Amelia
  • 01-15-13

What really??

I got this book as highly recommended everywhere The voices for the audiobook were really annoying and did not add anything to the story Basically I felt as if I should read it to the end as I expected to suddenly love it as everyone else seems to do I gave up halfway before Christmas and had to drag myself back to it last week and finished it today

I won't say too much as don't want to spoil the plot but basically all the characters especially Nick and Amy are not interesting and to be honest I have wished that Nick could have been spirited away with Amy at the beginning to save us the annoyance of reading They are both toxic and really felt no empathy or understanding with either of them and felt they deserved each other They may be a product of their family life and upbringing but who cares 'Go' Nicks sister is totally spineless and again no empathy with her The plot was so unbelievable in parts especially re planting finger print evidence sperm storage and use etc Does not ring true and as such no value I wish I hadn't wasted my time reading on to the end Would give it zero star if I could I really cannot imagine why it is so popular!

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Verner
  • 12-07-14

Good intro and build up, but the end...is a wimper

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Its worth a listen - on double speed, but there are many better books and stories.The performance was good and fitted the characters. Its a shame I disliked the characters so much I'd have preferred them to all have died.

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

At times the characters appeared to act out of character. Their actions actions did not feel right for reasonably intelligent thinking people.

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

To a great extent they helped believe the character might have done what they did.

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

If they all die in a follow up that might be appropriate for such awful people.However, there would not be much suspense in that.

Any additional comments?

I stuck it out to the end as I wanted to compare it to the film. And because I always do for an audiobook I have bought. Probably should have done so on double speed......

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Andy
  • 11-01-14

Love the language and the ending

I was continually surprised by the Gone Girl it was not at all what I had expected.
It is wicked, contemporary and real. OK amazing Amy is far from a typical wife but her and husband point out some of the uncomfortable truths about modern relationships. I particularly enjoyed Amy's vitriolic essay on "cool girls" at the start of part 2.
It is a thrilling, thriller but that's not the point the book is really about relationships.
The language in every sense is dazzling and often shocking.
As to the ending it is perfect, chilling and both inevitable and not what you expect.
It's not a comfortable read but if you don't like cliches you may well enjoy this scintillating, engrossing book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Isabelle
  • 01-14-14

What an awful book

Read this on a personal recommendation. I was intrigued and in that respect it is a page turner. I thought it was overly long and I got irritated by the "oh so clever" descriptions.The characters were nearly all uninspiring and unlikeable.
I was glad I was able to speed up the narration speed, for even though it was well read, I was finding it very tedious.
I kept hoping for some redeeming quality but it never came.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Rebecca
  • 07-11-13

Secrets and Lies...and then more lies...

Being a firmly indoctrinated member of the Hollywood generation, I'm comfortably used to my crime/thrillers having very definite good/bad guys, and for them to behave in a certain way, with minor twists and variations...

That's why I was gripped to this book once I got about a third into it, as all of my beliefs were pretty shattered, then the rest of the time I sat back in relative disbelief, wondering who would be next to show their true hand.

Whilst having a few flaws (notably certain rather quickly executed turns of events towards the end of the book and arguably, the not-entirely-satisfying ending), this book kept me happily entertained and occasionally gobsmacked for a good couple of days - although I'll admit that I spent a few bleary-eyed mornings at work, after staying up into the early hours listening out for what would happen next...

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-01-17

Drew me in!

I wasn't immediately drawn in, but it didn't take long. I loved it. The ending left me... I won't say more because it might ruin it for others. I will just say that as the story went on, I wanted to listen more and more

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  • Tony Wood
  • 03-08-17

Enthralled

Great story, well presented.
I enjoyed the suspense and changing emotions
All of the characters were quite beleivable and there were only a couple of times I suspended disbelief.

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  • Ian
  • 03-01-17

keeps you engaged

I quite enjoyed it. It kept me engaged and at times I got mad at the characters.

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  • Stacey
  • 02-18-17

Not Bad

First part was slow then half-way through the story got more interesting... Some parts could had been trimmed down though...

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  • Erin Chipps
  • 02-05-17

Gone girl review

It took AGES to get going. I was going to give up but then it started getting good. It got better and better as the book progressed and included unpredictable twists and clever thinking. The characters were well developed and the reader could grasp a great understanding of both Nick and Amy. In the end Amy's character was entreating, scary and unpredictable. Love it in the end

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  • Jo
  • 01-30-17

Utterly enthralling

Loved the characterisations, the plot, the details and the message. The sort of book that makes it difficult for the next book you read.

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  • Kristie McCarthy
  • 01-09-17

Brilliant

The first half is a little slow but part two onwards is gripping, you won't want to put it down.

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  • Henry
  • 11-24-16

an uncomfortable story

Gone Girl was a gripping and uncomfortable journey through the psyches of two anti-heroes.

opinions of characters change rapidly and swing wide across the spectrum.

the book starts a little slow but really takes off with many gasping or "no way!" moments for the reader/listener.

the two narrators provide a good distinction between Nick and Amy's conflicting stories however the readers can be a bit lacklustre and unenthusiastic at times.

5/7 would recommend.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Brennan
  • 11-04-16

Highly recommended

This is really a great book. The characters are incredibly well developed. Amy is brilliant and I spend most of the back end of the book in awe of her - my favourite villain by a long shot.