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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Dotty
  • CLOVIS, CA, United States
  • 11-06-14

Why is this on the best seller list?

Who wants to spend this much time with such unlikeable people? I couldn't wait for this book to end.

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One of the the best books I have ever read

What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

YES! The 2 narrators did an amzazing job making the story believable and keeping you on your toes.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I really enjoyed Nick, I hated him through most of the story but I could never tell if I though he was guilty or not. A true mystery wll keep you guessig until the last minute and this book surely did.

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

Julia Whelan's portrayal of Amy, she did an amazing job created the idea of a damaged an vulnerable woman.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

With work i wasn't able to, but I would have.

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EXCELLENT Story, EXCELLENT Narration

Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

I've listened to Gone Girl twice...both times, loving it. It's a great story--full of unpredictable twists and jarring turns--matched with excellent narrators, both of them tenaciously talented.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The psycho antagonist. (Can't say much more without a "spoiler alert.")

Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

After Gone Girl, I listened to Ms. Flynn's other two books. Neither one had been narrated by Ms. Whelan or Mr. Heyborne...though they should have been. (See my review of Dark Places & Sharp Objects.) Typically, I don't select audiobooks based on the narrator, but Ms. Whelan and Mr. Heyborne have caused me to reconsider. I would very much enjoy hearing either of them again.

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

The film is coming out next month, I believe, with the current tagline, "You don't know what you've got until it's..." gone, presumably. Whoever paid to have that tagline composed ought to get their money back...because that tagline sucks. From it, I'd think the movie was about a heartbreak, perhaps a death, a tear-jerker, touchy-feely, reflective theme...and that's not Gone Girl. Not the book, anyway. I'll give a tagline a shot.<br/>"Nobody knows what lurks inside the heart of another...not even when it's your spouse."<br/>It's not great, but it does suggest mystery and suspense...which more accurately depicts Gone Girl!

Any additional comments?

Some reviewers have criticized Gone Girl's ending. Well, that's just plain moronic. Gone Girl's ending was perfect. PERFECT. It held true to the story's intensity, ending exactly as it should have ended...which was awesome!

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War of the Roses rewrite

While the story was engaging, the narration superb, the ending was so dark and sad, I couldn't wait to finish it and forget it!

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  • AP
  • Ohio
  • 11-06-14

Good and twisted

What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

The twist and suspense

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nick - he played the part well and figured out what was going on

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

Amy very smart and crazy all at the same time

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

When Amys truths began to surface about Desi and Hillary.

Any additional comments?

Good easy read the ending could have been better however I enjoyed the book.

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If you've seen the movie, this has MORE to savor!!

If you have seen the movie, but not heard THESE performances, you are missing out! Kirby Heyborne gives an incredibly emotional performance, whereas Julia Whelan must have had ice in her veins. Gillian Flynn's novel is incredible on its own, BUT, by far the best way to experience this twisted, dark tale is with earbuds!

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Fun read

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This was a fun read. It was a good mystery novel. It kept my interest. It was light listening though compared with some<br/>More intense novels of this genre.

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  • Polly
  • Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • 11-04-14

A Story Built Block by Block

You all know what this book is about since it is now a major film. But I hope you don't know the complete plot. I didn't have any idea what was really going on, and I had no idea how it would end, until I listened to the book, I am glad to say.

Ms. Flynn builds the story one step and a time, one brick after another. There is nothing missing, nothing skipped over. It would be a great book for a class on fiction-writing or story-telling.

When the audio books begins, you may groan at the peppy voice of Kirby Heyborne, but hold on for a bit. It gets better. In fact, I am sure that Heyborne was intentionally annoying at the beginning to emphasize his character's journey.

Worth reading? Yes.

The best book ever? No.

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Amazing read!

Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

Very well written. I was completely absorbed in this suspense filled story. Every page moves the story forward and it keeps getting better & better.

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

Yes. Every chapter brought a new perspective in light and it never got boring at all.

Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

not before.

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

WIFE GONE MISSING

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Wow! What a book!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely! It is a CRAZY story you will not be able to stop listening to.... always wanting to know what is next and when it seems predictable, a new twist happens!

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

Similar to Goldfinch but different in many ways... :-)

Which scene was your favorite?

When Nick gets to know Amy for the first time...

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Probably...