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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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    Richard B. Chicago 10-26-14
    Richard B. Chicago 10-26-14 Member Since 2014

    "It's been agony, but I couldn't have done it any other way." - Quentin Crisp

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    "Better than expected, except the very end..."

    I really liked it until the end. The narrators did a very good job. The writing was generally very good. It's hard to talk too much about it without giving things away, but I just found the ending really unsatisfactory. I'm not even sure I want to see the movie anymore just because of those last few chapters.

    People talk a lot about the twists and things so I was looking forward to my mind being blown by that, but I sort of predicted most of what would happen except the end, which I thought was a bit of a mess. Until the last two or three little chapters I thought I was going to rate it 4 stars, but all that nonsense at the end, Mary....

    I think my favorite thing was the theme about how we're all fixated on these fantasy types of people we want to pair up with who don't actually exist in real life and how these fantasies are perpetuated by the people who manage to play these types for limited periods of time.

    I guess I'd say, other than changing the ending, one thing that could have improved the book for me would have been more character development in the supporting characters.

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    Dana 10-25-14
    Dana 10-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Never saw that ending coming."

    This book really kept my interest. I also enjoyed the way the chapters went from his perspective to his perspective. It really made it hard to put stop listening to the book. I started to figure things out through out the book and I just knew I had it all figured out. I never in a million years thought it would end how it did.

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    Andre 10-25-14
    Andre 10-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Read this... dont listen"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Everyone told me this book was a real page turner, so I was excited to listen to it on a road trip this fall. I was surprised by its 19hr length, but thought 'Well, everyone said it was good... and so fast'. Even at 1.5x speed this book was far too slow for me to finish. (2x was too Alvin and the Chipmunks for me). I'm returning it.


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    Deborah Sunny California 10-25-14
    Deborah Sunny California 10-25-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Way Better than the Film but we KNEW that!"
    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    Yes! The story is so eloquently told from to different first person perspectives, I know I missed something!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really liked the female detective!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene would be a spoiler sooooo I will tick a lock.


    Any additional comments?

    If you can get past the first few chapters of background information it picks up and keeps you wondering.

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    Stephanie SANTA ANA, CA, United States 10-23-14
    Stephanie SANTA ANA, CA, United States 10-23-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Author did a great job...loved this book..."
    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Crazy, exciting, amazing...


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

    When Amy came back. Even I wanted to strangle her, she is soo crazy and over the top.


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

    Performance was some of the best i've heard so far, great job...


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Nick found out Amy was really pregnant. The manipulation that Amy puts Nick through is just crazy, but he’s also just as crazy because he stayed with her. Although, at the end I felt that Nick was a puppet stuck in a box, an Amy box.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall great book and great performance.

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    Kyle Stocker Easton, Pennsylvania 10-22-14
    Kyle Stocker Easton, Pennsylvania 10-22-14 Member Since 2017

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I guess it was hyped-up too much"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yeah but with hesitations and explanation that the story is extremely SLOW


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    figured it out way before the ending so no not really surprised....


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

    Nothing... They were fine but not better than my own internal voice


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

    occasionally


    Any additional comments?

    Read it because I do not like seeing movies before reading the book and my wife is desperate to see the movie... I hope the movie gets to the point faster than the book did..

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    Pete Titusville, FL, United States 10-22-14
    Pete Titusville, FL, United States 10-22-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Great from begining to end"
    Any additional comments?

    This is not my typical genre that i like but a friend recommended it to me and I have to say this is an Excellent story - Great narration - the twists and turns had my jaw dropping. Finally an author who knows how to end a book!

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    Kindle Customer 10-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Details that kept me listening!"
    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was my favorite audiobook so far. The dual narrators were incredible. The thing I loved most about this book was that I could not trust my own thoughts! Just when I had it figured out BOOM - something major changes my mind! Loved it and went to the movie immediately after listening to it! The movie is good too - but the plot is more detailed in the book and that made the movie even better to watch.


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

    When "cool-girl" is gone and Amy is presented "as is"!


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    jewel malibu, ca 10-21-14
    jewel malibu, ca 10-21-14 Member Since 2016

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    "Must read."
    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    Gone Girl is smart, absorbing, and hard to turn off.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The interplay of the two main characters was riveting.


    Any additional comments?

    Gone Girl gives experienced insight into the mentality of a sociopath. The author must have lived with one at one time. It also shows how a basically good person (Nick) can be sucked in by one and end up identifying and staying with someone who cannot feel other people's pain. After all, it really isn't her (Amy) fault that her brain lacks the ability to feel or understand other people. This book has the smartness and complexity, especially with the two voices and time shifting, to surprise and teach. I was so happy to find a book that I enjoyed this much.

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    Eve 10-21-14
    Eve 10-21-14
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    "Unsettling"
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    Entertaining. Definite mind-candy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I'd read some reviews. So, as I formed early opinions about the two protagonists, I knew that further twists would make me re-evaluate.


    What three words best describe Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance?

    YoungHigh-pitchedDistractingBoth had younger and higher-pitched voices that I am accustomed to. I found it distracting for about the first third of the novel. Got used to it eventually. I would not go out of my way to listen to these two again.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    This is not a book that moves you. It's a book that unsettles you or angers you.


    Any additional comments?

    One protagonist has a twin (we learn that very early - no spoiler here). Twin relationship was not as well developed as it appeared that it would be. In fact, most characters bordered on caricature and seemed drawn from dime novel stereotypes. It's more about the inner thoughts and the actions of the two protagonists. Beyond them, the remaining characters are primarily filler.

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