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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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    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.

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    Mary Sue Andeen Phoenix, AZ 10-11-14
    Mary Sue Andeen Phoenix, AZ 10-11-14 Member Since 2014
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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 2017
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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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    Tanya 10-09-14
    Tanya 10-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Wow, I peek behind picket fences!"
    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    The book keeps you engaged. You either love yourself for not be duped or chastise yourself for not figuring things out sooner.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I like best is that it isn't totally predictable. There aren't so many twist that you can't keep up but just when you think you've got it.......do you really?


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

    Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne made me feel as if I was just a fly on the wall. It did not sound like a performance.


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

    You cannot discuss that with spoiling the experience for others.


    Any additional comments?

    It is obvious that this book is a set up for a sequel. I did not care for the ending but that is where you will build from in the next installment.

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    Layla V. Smith Picayune, MS USA 10-09-14
    Layla V. Smith Picayune, MS USA 10-09-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Too bad there are only 5 starts to give!"
    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    This tale was weaved around two VERY intense characters. It kept me guessing with twists and turns I didn't see coming.... That is hard to do!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Amy....Nick....I can't choose! Both characters were very well written. You go from feeling sorry for one to hating them then back to feeling sorry...


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

    I didn't care for Kirby's voice at first, but it grew on me... From seeing the movie advertisements, I just wanted his voice to be Ben Afleck! Julia...her performance was FLAWLESS!


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

    Already a film. LOL


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    Kimberly Maher 10-08-14
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    "This was terrible"
    What would have made Gone Girl better?

    At least one redeeming character. They were all terrible people.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gillian Flynn again?

    Not likely.


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

    I don't think I have listened to them before, but they were fine.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disgust. Seriously, every story needs some redemption. This was utterly hopeless and dreary.


    Any additional comments?

    I want my credit back.

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    HRD Kansas City 10-08-14
    HRD Kansas City 10-08-14 Member Since 2016
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    "First two parts: great story. Last part: crap."
    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    Gilliam Flynn's writing is spot on.

    The performances were sooooo annoying. Kirby Heyborne's voice is completely un-Nick-like. And both readers have the super annoying habit of trying to mimic the opposite gender's voice - totally irritating and dumb.


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

    Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier and The Fabulous Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio


    Do you think Gone Girl needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Absolutely not!


    Any additional comments?

    The ending is disappointing. The plot twists seemed absurd and everything was over-explained.

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    Aimee Christchurch, New Zealand 10-08-14
    Aimee Christchurch, New Zealand 10-08-14
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    "Woweeeee loved it!!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved all the twists and turns! I had guessed one of the twists and thought "that was easy to figure out" then it got way more twisted, and then more again, and even more again, right up until the very end.


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

    Fantastic!! I have listed to Kirby a few times and always enjoyed him. It's my first time listening to Julia and she was great.


    Any additional comments?

    I never usually listen to books like this, but I saw the trailer for the movie and read all the great reviews on Audible, so I thought I would try it. Well, I am so glad I did! Every chance I got I would be listening to this book. I couldn't wait to see what happened in the end!

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    Tara K. 10-08-14
    Tara K. 10-08-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Wow!"
    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    When you think you know what's happening she turns your world upside down.


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

    The very end. Perfect ending for such a manipulating story.


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

    Julia Whelan


    Any additional comments?

    This kept me intrigued from the very beginning. I loved the he said she said versions of the writing. There are so many twist and turns the reader is never board.

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