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Gone Girl Audiobook

Gone Girl

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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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    pratalife Singapore 08-09-14
    pratalife Singapore 08-09-14 Member Since 2017

    imho - ymmv

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    "Almost the masterpiece I'd hoped for"

    The story unfolds in parts, with wonderful narration. The use of two (talented) voice actors is perfect for the book.

    Part 1 is a cracker of a whodunnit. Gillian Flynn has mastered the art of parallel story-lines, a skill honed in Sharp Objects and wielded here to perfection.

    But wait! There's more - a psychological suspense-thriller in the final parts as the protagonists grapple with the consequences. And while Gillian Flynn's second book, Dark Places, fell a bit flat due to improbable coincidences and a largely unsympathetic cast, Gone Girl had me totally sucked in.

    I felt so sure this book would be 5 stars and a heart.

    That is, until the final climax; the final few pages. WTF? I am underwhelmed and unconvinced.

    Perhaps the silver lining is that Gone Girl was almost - but not quite - the ultimate masterpiece in the style that Gillian Flynn has been evolving over three stories to date, so I am left eagerly looking forward to her next. Will that be "The One"?

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    deon alberton, South Africa 07-31-14
    deon alberton, South Africa 07-31-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent"

    This book is brilliant. The twist and turns are chilling and sometimes downright scary. I can not recommend this novel enough. Slowish start but really takes off from there. I could not put it down!

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    Sennia Griffith, Australia 07-30-14
    Sennia Griffith, Australia 07-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Dark and brutal"

    A book that constantly made you question the narrators and their motives. Very intriguing as it gave a new spin to the the thriller/murder mystery genre.

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    Shom Hyderabad, India 04-15-14
    Shom Hyderabad, India 04-15-14 Member Since 2014

    Marketer. The Engineer-MBA stereotype. Sports-fiction writer. Poor reader of text. Thus at Audible. God Bless.

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    "Wow!"

    Gone Girl
    Author : Gillian Flynn

    Genre: Thriller, Mystery

    Source - Audiobook

    Rating - 5

    April 14

    Shudder. A delicious, twisted, evil, satan of a book. Unreliable, lying, attractive, detestable, addictive narrators; the most realistic take on a crumbled marriage I've read in recent times; twists and double twists and triple twists and then --- just as we were slowly moving towards some kind of an expected conclusion, a whoosh-what-the-f**k-was-that howitzer of an ending. I hated, HATED the ending. Perfect ending. Hated it. Loved it.

    PS: Great performances by both of the narrators too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Auckland, New Zealand 04-02-14
    Lisa Auckland, New Zealand 04-02-14
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    "Hard to switch off and go to sleep"

    This is not the usual type of book I go for, but it was genuinely gripping - flows along in a way that makes it really hard to put down at any given point.
    Very well written, sharp and mesmerising insight into two people's psyche's and the tension never stops.
    It did get a bit too dark for my liking, and though I'd like to read more from the author, I read the synopsis for her other books and they sound ever darker, so think I'll give them a miss.

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    nina førde, Norway 03-23-14
    nina førde, Norway 03-23-14
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    "Is she gone?"
    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    If I have time


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

    Natural way of telling the story


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

    Gone girl


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the psychology in the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny Auckland, New Zealand 02-27-14
    Jenny Auckland, New Zealand 02-27-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Brilliant"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Loved the narrators, so engaging. This book interrupted my life as I had to listen at every opportunity.


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

    Generally I stick to non fiction, but this book as reignited my enthusiasm for quality fiction.


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

    Beautifully written - some colorful language - but in keeping with the characters. Otherwise great writing, and neatly woven together strands of narrative. Kept me on the edge of my seat.


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

    Could not fault narrators performances whatsoever.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    Such a great book - surprising twists, even after 19 plus hours I did not want this to end.

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    Lorna Johannesburg, South Africa 02-10-14
    Lorna Johannesburg, South Africa 02-10-14 Member Since 2010

    I have a busy career, travel a lot and don't have much time to read, so I listen to Audio books. I love reading!

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    "Not your typical "whodunnit""

    It took me a few chapters to get into this book. When I started listening I thought I had bought a romantic novel with a sicky love story.. Girl meets boy, blah, blah, blah.. I nearly stopped listening, but pushed on because I was on a road trip. Well, what can I say! It turned out to be fantastic.. So push through and enjoy!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Camilla Recife, Brazil 02-02-14
    Camilla Recife, Brazil 02-02-14

    Looking for characters to fall in love with and stories that will blow my mind!

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    "A bit disappointing"
    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    Probably. And the performance by Heyborne and Whelan was REALLY good. I believe they really did absorb the essence of the characters.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Gillian Flynn? Why or why not?

    I would. She can write, I'll give her that, her story here is pretty clever, but I found the characters quite real and at the same time they're like the worst people with the worst character you can find, well, I didn't find that appealing, people are pretty messed up as it is. Moreover, I'd probably try another book because Flynn seems to really be good at writing, I just hope to see some characters the you could empathise a little bit more.


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

    They make it sound a lot more real, they make you think of the characters as if they were real people. Their performance was excellent, I guess that's one of the reasons I kept on going with the audiobook.


    Was Gone Girl worth the listening time?

    Not really, but it wouldn't be fair to say that there was nothing to it. I guess it made me think a lot about how we behave, how we try to be accepted(or not), how we play cool, just to fit in, or to think it is the only way we can be loved; and a lot more concerning behaviour, acceptance, deception...


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    Liesl Pretoria, South Africa 01-29-14
    Liesl Pretoria, South Africa 01-29-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Expected more"

    After reading all the rave reviews over this book, I figured it must be really good. The first part of the book really bored me - I even skipped a few hours. I started listening again in Part 2 and only here did the story grab me. The middle part of the book is really excellent and you are completely pulled into the book and I found myself listening non-stop. The story had such an immense build-up, but the ending was just so unbelievably disappointing! I had a jaw-drop-"no-this-cant-be-the-end"-moment* when I heard the familiar voice "thank you for listening to audible". Even though the story was gripping, I'm not sure I would recommend it due to the awful ending.

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    Stroud, United Kingdom
    2/23/13
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    "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.

    59 of 60 people found this review helpful
  • christina
    Chislehurst, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "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.

    26 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Saffy
    UK
    1/16/13
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    "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.

    57 of 61 people found this review helpful
  • mrs
    london, United Kingdom
    3/27/13
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    "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
  • Alice4000
    Hampton, United Kingdom
    1/22/13
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    "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
  • Julie
    Coventry, United Kingdom
    2/28/13
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    "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
  • Bella
    UK
    1/24/13
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    "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
  • Fiona
    Dorset, United Kingdom
    6/26/12
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    "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
  • GG
    Ireland
    7/30/12
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    "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
  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    3/10/13
    Overall
    "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.

    32 of 37 people found this review helpful

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