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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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Great listening

This is read really well, you really get an insight into each character and a different sense of emotion each chapter :) looking forward to listening to more of Gillian Flynn's books

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Captivating

This story had me right from the start. It wove an incredible web of intrigue through all the characters and I could not put it down

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Sub-par narration; good but not unpredictable stor

Very disappointed with the narration; almost bad enough to toss the audiobook. But I wanted to hear the book more than the performances irritated me.
The story itself was good. Not unpredictable, but still twisty enough to be intriguing in the details. The details are where this book is most enjoyable. I recommend it to anyone wanting to listen to a intriguing mystery that is told from several perspectives. You'll know "whodunnit" by the halfway point (is it halfway? Hard to recall with an audiobook), but it's still a fun mystery seeing how things pan out.

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Slow start but then a head of steam

A Great book once it got going captivated the reader, well researched and clever themes, will there be a sequel?

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Better than the movie

I watched the movie before! But the book is just so much better, really enjoyed in particular the last part

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  • Louise
  • Kangaroo Point, Australia
  • 03-11-15

Frustration!!

What a great story, to end in such a ridiculously frustrating way. I am so sorry I started it. Fabulous storyline, dreadful end.

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Bleak, too much F-ing Language

It could have at least had a clever or even satisfying ending...written well but where's the plot, where's character development? What did they learn, what did we discover?

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Totally Engaging

Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

Yes. Even though the twists would no longer be a surprise listening again would allow you to focus more on the details rather than the overall story

What other book might you compare Gone Girl to and why?

I don't normaly read fiction, so don't know.

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

Great narration

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

Yes, and I did.

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Addictive

Highly intriguing tale, slightly disappointed with how everything just fell into place as the perpetrator planned and felt slightly rushed and a bit lazy three quarters through. However, I couldn't put it down and finished it in 4 days! Most enjoyable.

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  • Australia
  • 10-04-14

Gone in no time

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

I loved this book when it first came out and so when my book club chose it I was excited to read it again....or listen to it as I thought a change of venue would be nice. I was wrong. While the story was as good as every and great to revisit, Julia Whelan's voice was so grating, so annoying that I had to forward past her. Kirby Heyborned more than made up for it. I ended up reading "Amy's" parts and listening to "Nick's" part.

What did you like best about this story?

The unreliable narration and how brilliantly that is done gets me every time with this book.

Any additional comments?

Julia Whelan's voice, in particular her long sssss's got on my last nerve. It completely ruined the audible experience for me I'm afraid.

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  • Brian Keaney
  • 04-23-13

A First Rate Thriller And A Great Deal More

This is the story of a young woman who goes missing in Missouri. It's told in two contrasting and utterly believable voices: the woman's and her husband's and the truth about their relationship is gradually revealed as layer after layer of lies is peeled away.



It's hard to say much about the story without giving away the plot. What I can say is that the premise is wonderfully audacious and the structure is a labyrinth of twists and turns. Watch out for the really dramatic twist half way through the book that projects the novel into a whole new narrative dimension.



The result is a first-rate thriller but what makes it stand out from other first-rate thrillers, is the quality of the writing: the keen observation of human behaviour; the cinematic use of visual detail; the attention to even the most minor characters, the rigid control of narrative technique, and, above all the forensic examination of contemporary relationships. It's an acute commentary on love and infatuation, marriage and parenting, gender stereotypes and social class and it's perfectly read by the two narrators.

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  • Cabaspre
  • 07-27-12

A psychological thriller without compare!

How can I describe this without giving anything away? Superbly written and brilliantly narrated. The main characters by turn are hateful and deserving sympathy. I sincerely wish that I could read this again without knowing the outcome. You will not be sorry to get this in your library.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-29-16

Insight into female mind, even if not typical

I was fascinated by insight into the female mind even though the female is hardly what you would call typical. Clever plot with its twists and turns

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Welsh Mafia
  • 10-06-15

Misogamy and misogyny....maybe

I’d heard mixed reviews from people in the office - all female - who’d read this and decided that, with a link to the film, this would make a good holiday read for both of us when we went to Menorca in the late summer. I made the mistake of reading it ‘in conjunction’ with Umberto Eco’s Focault’s Pendulum - and where that became the motif for all that is good in literature, the shadow cast from Bologna definitely obscured any chance of enjoying this.

My fault with Gillian Flynn is two-fold - and in the first instance purely a matter of personal taste and in the second a link that no other reader would readily make, I’m sure: but here goes.

Primarily, I didn’t like the take on the female characters - specifically, I’m sorry to have to report, the olfactive pronouncements which are made repeatedly. They are not nice and, whilst I am sure they would be defended as a narrative trick, I just didn’t get how this best selling novel was so nasty in the mouth. I’d heard declarations of misogamy and suggestions of misogyny and was left thinking that if I’d written this book I’d be embarrassed that the world would know that I was capable of this take.

The wider reserve relates to my readerly wanderings in the fictional woods....and Chesterton’s trope ‘When Man ceases to worship God he does not worship nothing but worships everything’ which swings in at the start of Signor Eco’s book. Because here you really do have to sell your soul to Mammon to get even a foothold. The wild supposition is that you are alone, fixed and fixated and that the world is your tool and, actually, God or no God - that’s something I just don’t buy.

I’ll watch the film, though.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Sue Jackson
  • 09-27-15

Tried to keep going but lost the plot !

What disappointed you about Gone Girl?

Too long-winded lost interest! :-/ Really did try with this but it ended up going over my head and just thought 'blah, blah, blah' so what!

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

Don't know exactly and what's more to the point, didn't care enough.

What didn’t you like about Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance?

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What character would you cut from Gone Girl?

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Any additional comments?

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Andy
  • 04-21-15

WOW....not the ending I anticipated

What did you like about this audiobook?

Excellent narration. Good characterisation, particularly Amy. A bit too long (19 hours) but worth the journey

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

Not really, love thrillers.

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

Yes I'd say so. He drew in numerous characters, all with various quirks in to the storey line and kept their uniqueness constant throughout.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

Nothing, he was excellent

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Coco the Coo
  • 07-15-13

Great start, annoying ending

Overall it's really absorbing and clever book, ican see why it had to end as it did, but it was still annoying!

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  • El
  • 04-16-13

Ok

This is one of the fastest books I've listened too, not because it was so brilliant and a must listen, but more that it was easy going and I was decorating.

The story isn't bad, it's a Hitchcock wannabe thriller, that plods along with no real surprises and an ending the writer obviously thought was ingeniously clever, but In reality leaves you with a disappointing "oh"

I give it three stars as it isn't a bad book, just not all I was looking forward too, after all the good reviews.

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  • Marcus
  • 04-11-13

Best thriller of the year

I've had a bad run on novels recently so it was a relief to listen to this which was gripping.  It's not too bloody, which many thrillers have become.  The writing is of a high standard and makes some acute observations about relationships.  But more importantly it's a great plot which makes you want to keep listening.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Kathie
  • 04-03-13

Engrossing but ultimately frustrating

Very clever and detailed psychological thriller. Don't be fooled by the pace - the devil is in all the detail. The ending is not wrong and was good writing but not really what the average reader wants after hours of listening. So 4 stars. Good for journeys. Not good if you are feeling down - instead, read The Hundred Year Old Man who Climbed out the Window to lift your heart.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Sasha
  • 10-06-16

Stunner

One of my favourite books! The narration is incredible. Gillian Flynn has done it again.

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  • Jayne
  • 06-01-16

The end was great.

Was very slow to start off and took a while to get me hooked, but once I was hooked it was hard to stop listening. The author did a great job of developing (and breaking!) your relationship with the characters.
The narrators really brought the characters to life!

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  • Susan
  • 03-16-16

Yes! Do it!

It started a bit slow so I wasn't 100% sold but then part 2 - boom!! It's a great listen! Buy it!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-04-16

Great story

It drew me in from the start and kept me guessing all the way through. It's full of twists and turns and a really unexpected ending.

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  • Anthony
  • 11-18-15

Great read but will do your head in

Having good seen the movie first I knew the coming twists and turns, but it meant I wanted to keep moving forward to each bit coming up.
We'll written, covers both points of view well and you don't know who's side to be on

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  • Shannon
  • 09-28-15

Loved it

Far better than the movie, got right into the characters. Easy to listen too :)

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  • Tracy
  • 07-06-15

Stick with it.

Started out a bit slowly but the story line became more intriguing as it went on

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  • Leanne
  • 06-17-15

Wow.

An amazing book. It sucks you in then smacks you over the head!
I found the make narration good but a bit boring, which kind of fit with the lead character. The female narration was fantastic, and was everything I could have wanted!!

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  • Penny Paras
  • 06-13-15

Riveting

Great story, impressive narration, although the male narrator does sound a lot like Jim Parsons (Sheldon from Big Bang Theory)!

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  • Jacqueline says
  • 06-07-15

Girl on the Train

What an excellent book, a real 'cant put down'! Lots of dark twists and turns, very enjoyable!! Highly recommend.