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Gone Girl Audiobook

Gone Girl: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Marriage can be a real killer. One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times best seller Gillian Flynn, takes that statement to its darkest place in this unpausable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work "draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction." Gone Girl's toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife's head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge.

Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn't do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.

©2012 Gillian Flynn (P)2012 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Flynn masterfully lets this tale of a marriage gone toxically wrong gradually emerge through alternating accounts by Nick and Amy, both unreliable narrators in their own ways. The reader comes to discover their layers of deceit through a process similar to that at work in the imploding relationship. Compulsively readable, creepily unforgettable, this is a must read for any fan of bad girls and good writing." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Marisol Rodriguez 03-03-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Unsettling"

    The ending left me wanting more! I didn't expect that twist at all. Bitter sweet for sure.

    My husband thought I was crazy... Not anymore!

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    Jonathan Logan 03-02-15
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    "didn't want this book"

    why can't I choose the book I want to read. I have no interest in this book ........................

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    Sara 03-02-15
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    "Lots of surprises"

    This book was not what I expected. Mostly that it was really different, difficult to put down. You find that who you're rooting for changes several times.

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    Chris Stratton 03-02-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Better than the Movie (as usual)"

    I broke my own rule and listened to this book after seeing the movie. While there were some obvious spoilers, I still enjoyed the details and thought process of Nick and Amy immensely.

    Great storytelling from a twisted mind!

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    Kylee D. 03-02-15
    Kylee D. 03-02-15
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    "What a twist...wow"

    I really enjoyed this book, I decided to listen to it before I watched the movie-so glad that I did.

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    Janice 03-01-15
    Janice 03-01-15
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    "Good for commute & vacation"

    Story is intricate, but somewhat predictable. Characters are well-constructed. Writing walks an interesting line, as the characters are writers. Not sure if the "writer-ness" is supposed to be ironic.

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    KD Thomasville, GA, United States 03-01-15
    KD Thomasville, GA, United States 03-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "So good, but soooo messed up!!"

    Everything about this story is clever and well written, but incredibly "messed up." Such an intriguing story, and a scary one as well. I'm so glad I'm not Amy or Nick, but they do make an intriguing pair of characters. A definite must read, even if ya only read it once.

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    DaisyCat68 NoVA 03-01-15
    DaisyCat68 NoVA 03-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The ending...???"
    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Riveting until ending.


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

    Maybe. Her writing is superb, and for the first 2/3 of the book, absolutely gripping. Then, it gets more convoluted and weird, and (no spoilers!), the ending is like someone else wrote it! Totally flat and unsatisfying after all that crazy drama & plot twists.


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

    They were AWESOME! Totally believable as the main characters, clear, good pacing, and good "secondary" character voices (when Julia is a man, etc.).


    Any additional comments?

    I have *heard* that Gillian Flynn remarked that she was stumped after 82% of the book was finished. It seems like it. Others may not be bothered by the end. I hate to keep harping on that point to detract from what was otherwise an incredibly well-written, imaginative, fast-paced mystery. Maybe if you can get a library copy or on sale, try it? I most likely will read another of her books b/c of her evident talent.

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    Katy Temple, Texas, United States 03-01-15
    Katy Temple, Texas, United States 03-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Couldn't Finish! Watched the Movie(Minor Spoilers)"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The dual narrators and the ending, but that's my personal preference.


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

    Eleanor&Park ONLY because it too had 2 narrators and I also couldn't finish it, despite initially being interested. I've heard The Good Girl is similar as well, but I've not read it.


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

    For some reason I can't explain, I don't seem to like listening to 2 narrators.


    Any additional comments?

    As for my comment regarding the ending: I get that it was a very cyclical way to go, but I wasn't a super-fan of how things turned out. I only rated it as highly as I did because it was pretty intriguing MOST of the time.

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    Debra J. Schoonover Madison WI 03-01-15
    Debra J. Schoonover Madison WI 03-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent book one of my favorites."

    Great writing, awesome story line. So many times I was shocked. Kudos to Gillian Flynn. The narrators were great also . I recommend this book to anyone wanting a great book to curl up with.

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