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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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    elizabeth P hochstein 10-18-14
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    "Sad that I wasted my credit"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I thought this would be much better because everyone has been talking about it. Terrible ending and it was slow to start. I hope they doctored it up for the movie.


    If you’ve listened to books by Gillian Flynn before, how does this one compare?

    n/a


    Could you see Gone Girl being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    There are so many other books that are more movie worthy.


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    Jennifer Dickinson Bay Area, CA United States 10-18-14
    Jennifer Dickinson Bay Area, CA United States 10-18-14 Member Since 2015

    yogini, knitter, quilter, sewist, stitcher, reader, cook, foodie, wine snob, francophile, wife, dog mom, SF Giants fan

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    "Unique, Unexpected Thriller"
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    Truly original plot with lots of twists.


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

    The bit when Nick is undergoing fertility testing and the... mechanics... are hilariously described.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Nick reaches the end of the treasure hunt.


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

    I was constantly in suspense over every detail. I found this a very engaging, totally unique thriller.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent, spot-on performance.

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    yoshie 10-18-14
    yoshie 10-18-14
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    "A Must Read"
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    Knowing that there was something really off about Amy and Nick from the beginning.


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

    The ending was the amazing. I loved how Gillian Flynn ended the story.


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

    Loved both of their performances.


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

    I was just a little scared and wondered what if someone like Amy was in my life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Claudia 10-17-14
    Claudia 10-17-14
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    "I could not stop listening!"

    This story has twists that kept me listening to the end. The author takes the novel formula and turns it on it's side. This is a psychological thriller per excellence. The narration was OK, but the story line really grabbed me. Listen when you have plenty of time, because you will not want to stop!

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    Gregg Gusta 10-17-14
    Gregg Gusta 10-17-14 Member Since 2017
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    "have to agree about the ending from others reviews"
    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    I liked the way the characters portrayed what goes on in a long term relationship.


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

    when nick calls some of Amy's former friends and finds out how she went about framing them


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when Amy gets robbed at the cabin


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

    Watch this before you shop for engagement rings.


    Any additional comments?

    I really wish the ending had been more satisfying. Felt like the author was leaving room for a sequel or something. very satisfying right up until the last few chapters.

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    I4ucy IL 10-16-14
    I4ucy IL 10-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Please DON'T waste your money"
    What would have made Gone Girl better?

    I am speechless. Prior to listening to Gone Girl, I had tremendous pleasure listening to Code Name: Verity and heard great reviews about Gone Girl, which might have led to high expectations of this book. I did finish the book and feel I should have listened to my gut and stopped listening two hours in. First, this was not a thriller. Very predictable and written at a 10th grade level. The male narrator is marginally better than the female. When the female narrator would read a line that was a man speaking the narrator would try to sound like a man, but unfortunately it came off badly. I kept telling myself the wide variance in my feelings of this book versus others must be because this was unabridged, but now that I finished the book, I can not imagine that was the sole reason. This was an absolute waste of money.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The "man voice" the female would speak in was rather silly and very annoying. I didn't care for any characters nor cared what happened to them.


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    Cecil 10-16-14
    Cecil 10-16-14
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    "Sure hope the movie is better"
    What would have made Gone Girl better?

    The reader of this probably good book made it impossible to get through the 1st hour


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

    Kirby performance made me return the book


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 10-15-14

    alwayswalkingmydog

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    "Psychopath, Marriage,Murder,Plot Twists"
    Any additional comments?

    What fascinated me most about this book was the fact that I had to keep listening to story until I found myself chin deep in red herrings, plot twists and then I had to unravel everything until the end. This is a twisted story about twisted people and it is deliciously addictive. I enjoyed both narrators. I did not recognize the Carthage Missouri, where I live, but that is artistic license on the author's part, which did not take away from the story line.

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    C. S. Brudney 10-15-14
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    "Not for me - absurd story"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Really did not enjoy this starts off OK but then downhill and totally improbable


    What character would you cut from Gone Girl?

    All of them


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    Nancy F. Sierra Foothills, Northern CA 10-14-14
    Nancy F. Sierra Foothills, Northern CA 10-14-14 Member Since 2007

    Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.

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    "More Twists Than Lombard Street"

    You will love this book if:

    * You enjoy being surprised at every turn. This plot consistently seemed to be pointing the listener/reader in one direction and then turning 90 degrees. Just as soon as I thought "ah ha, I can now outguess the author", it caught me flatfooted again.

    * You want well drawn primary characters with full dimension flaws.

    * You love well executed writing with all the dramatic and short-term cliff-hangers that make for a good mystery.

    You won't love this book if:

    * You don't like fully self-absorbed characters. The two main players are vitriol laced and consumed with deep and dark anger.

    * You need an "all's well that ends well" ending. Or even just an ending that suggests there's hope for something less malevolent.

    I never once considered not finishing this book -- I had to know how it ended. However there is absolutely nothing uplifting or happy about this book. I wouldn't consider rereading it (my absolute litmus test for a good book) and I'm turned off enough that I don't think I'm interested in seeing the movie.

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