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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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    Amy 10-13-14
    Amy 10-13-14
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    "I do not understand the rave reviews..."

    I always check reviews before I buy a book and I figured the "raves" had to be right... right? NOPE! What I cannot believe is that the reviewers were so 5 stars about it. The first part of the book was horribly boring... the second part created the plot, I guess... and the third part kept you hanging on just in case it was actually going to have a good ending. This book did not even have a climax. It also had a terrible ending. I'm sorry but it was NOT GOOD! Sorry I wasted my credit and even sorrier I wasted my time. I almost NEVER say that about a book.

    The narration was very good... they did their jobs well.

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    Garifuna Chic 10-13-14 Member Since 2011

    I read (listen) in earnest, out of love of the art of the written word, of boundless creativity and stories that resonate with me.

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    "A Very Good Read"
    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Engrossing, Outrageous, Twisty.


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

    To say would be to give something away. There were many, many memorable moments throughout the book.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    Margo, Nick's sister. It would be easy to say Nick or Amy as well but there was something about Margo...


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

    "Nothing is as it seems" or "Judge not lest you be judged."


    Any additional comments?

    Fiction is about weaving a story that holds your attention and leaves you thinking about characters long after you have put the book down. Ms. Flynn has done both. This book will challenge your perceptions of what is true, what should be true, whether your instincts are spot on and what you consider to be a "just" ending for characters that you have invested in.

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    dragonrider2007 Hershey, PA 10-13-14
    dragonrider2007 Hershey, PA 10-13-14 Member Since 2017

    An avid reader that has run out of time to read and has turned to audiobooks to get his daily bookworm fed.

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    "A Familiar story that couldn't end any different"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the ending alone makes it worth a look.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    I loved both but I gotta hand it to Julia and her performance as Amy. She gave a life to Amy's character that Rosemand Pike didn't achieve in the movie.


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

    I almost threw my phone twice I'm sad to admit. The ending made me cry more in frustration than sadness.


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    Angela 10-12-14
    Angela 10-12-14

    I have a long drive to and from work so I go through a book a week most times!

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    "Not my usual read..."
    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    I don't listen to books more than once, but this book is a good one.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't normally listen to this type of book, however I thought I'd give it a read and I was impressed. to keep this short and sweet the story line was good, narrator's were very good and overall, great listen!

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    Arthur 10-12-14
    Arthur 10-12-14 Member Since 2011

    Ghost writer of over 100 unpublished works...;).

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    "Dark Absurdism"

    Short version: Give it a go. It's somewhat of crap shoot but you can do worse with a free credit.

    The rest:
    The first part of Gone Girl is an unflinching look at the nature of a relationship: people aren't perfect, and when they try to form a life together they bring their imperfections with them. It's a complete opposite of the happily ever after cliche, and it's done very well. Witty, insightful writing is complimented by two very capable narrators.

    But as the mystery begins to unravel...so does the realistic treatment of the subject. Unbelievable characters are introduced, and the actions of the main characters go so far off the rails that it was hard to follow and impossible to identify with anyone in the book.

    Yet, it wasn't necessarily bad. At its best, Gone Girl is an interesting commentary on the role of popular media in modern American culture. Its bit of worthwhile dark satire, and very enjoyable in a Bruce Campbell kind of way.

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    horslovr 10-12-14
    horslovr 10-12-14 Member Since 2008
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    "WOW, what a story!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Gone Girl to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because the different voices of the characters make it feel more real.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was probably Nick, because regardless of his flaws, I still liked him. He was basically a good person who made mistakes, while his wife was just plain crazy, conniving, dangerous, and sociopathic.


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

    The Dangers of Marriage


    Any additional comments?

    This book was an enjoyable, slow burn which kept you guessing through a good part of the book. When the reader understands what is going on, it is a shocker.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    book worm 10-11-14
    book worm 10-11-14
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    "Glad I didn't miss this,"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gone Girl?

    Pretty incredible the way she tied all those clues together, and planned ahead. The weakest subplot was the cabin/harbor time, she would NEVER have given away her identity like than, so sloppily, and would have sought revenge on the robbers. Strange to see that one sub plot not woven very well into her personality/planning/meticulous evilness.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    Both were just fine


    Any additional comments?

    The only reason I found this audiobook is because I noticed a movie of the same name. Sure glad I didn't miss it. All around great read, great character development, very hard to predict what was coming next. Gone Girl and Dark Places are very different but on the same level of excellence. I'd pass on Sharp Objects ......of the 3 books, Sharp Objects (the debut) does not reach the same level, full of cliches, cartoonish caricatures. Can't wait for her next work, though, which I hope continues in the excellent vein of the last titles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Sue Andeen Phoenix, AZ 10-11-14
    Mary Sue Andeen Phoenix, AZ 10-11-14 Member Since 2014

    Book Diva

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    "Worth the Listen!"

    I decided to listen to this book as I knew there was going to be a movie. I always like to compare and contrast. In the beginning, there is a lot of background information, and at times the digression was slightly annoying. However, as one earlier listener stated, you need the background to understand the ending. So persevere!

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    Cecilia M. Llach Springfield, VA United States 10-11-14
    Cecilia M. Llach Springfield, VA United States 10-11-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Tired of self-absorbed & navel self-searching"

    I hated the characters - couldn't wait for the book to be over. Self absorbed people trying to find validation in the eyes of other self absorbed psychotics. "No! I'm not my father!" "No! I'm the amazing one!" Please. Nick and Amy need to wake up and look around - use their brains for something other than "Oh my, how will I live without someone loving me... Oh noes!" Try Biology, Physics, listen to NPR, history - something! Look out, not in. The book was filled with women haters... Nick couldn't see any other choice of women but a smart psychotic or some dumb mediocre cartoon of a woman? I am sad and disappointed.

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    Heidi 10-09-14
    Heidi 10-09-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Quite Intriguing!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great book! Held my attention to the very end and I found myself wanting to keep listening. I enjoyed the fact that their were 2 narrators telling from 2 different characters in the book.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    All the way to the end. I do wish the ending could've been a tad different. But it was still a great book. The book actually makes me want to see the movie, but I'm sure book will be better than movie as I have found that to be true usually.


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