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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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not what I expected

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

The twists.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hard to say. Probably Amy because I can relate.

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

No I haven't.

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

Not really but it was hard to put away.

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  • E. Rod
  • Walnut Creek, CA
  • 10-07-14

Great book, poor performance

What did you love best about Gone Girl?

I love the plot, twist and oh my gosh, is this really the end of the book?!! Please tell me there is a part two in the works!

Any additional comments?

I was less than impressed with the male audio performer. I'm an avid audiobook customer and I rarely ever write reviews...except I'm so disappointed in his performance. His auto tune voice kept pulling me out of the story wondering if a robot or "voice machine" was reading the book to me. The female performer was good, and the story was great. I'll keep and eye out for Kerby (male voice) and make a note not purchase any of his performed books again. And for those of you who think I'm crazy, just replay any sentence including him saying "my wife" and tell me Mr. Kerby doesn't sound like a robot!

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Amazing, Amazing did I mention, AMAZING!!!!!

What did you love best about Gone Girl?

I loved that, just when you think you can figure out what is going to happen, the story line takes a 180. It is written and performed so well. It is my all time favorite book. This is what I need in a book, mystery, suspense, romance (Of sorts) twists and turns. It is pure perfection!!!

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Great, and messed up.

Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

No, it is a bit long and knowing all the twists, it would be ruined.

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

Great narrators, both of them.

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

The ending. It kind of sucked, but made sense. I wish it would have worked out the way everyone would have wanted it.

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Loved it!

Could not stop listening!!!!

Great plot. This book kept me on the edge of my seat for at least 15 of the 19 hours!

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Crazy. Good. Crazy Good

I had heard that this story was full of twists and turns and that I would hate the ending....but with the movie coming out I decided to move it from my Wish List and into my Library and get it done. I'm glad no one gave away the plot. I thought I had it all figured out in the beginning and I was wondering what all the fuss was about. Come on, Nick is just an ahole and Amy had every right to be unhappy. Then you keep reading. Wait, is Nick lying? Is he crazy? Or is Amy? Wait, what is going on? I love it when you finally get the whole story and can piece it all together, but it is maddening until then. I'm still sort of trying to figure out what the heck happened really. Did I hate it? Did I love it? Not sure, honestly. Bottom line it was entertaining and totally different than any other book I have read. It kept my attention and I listened to it in like 3 days. It's definitely a story I want to talk about with others that have read it and I can't wait to see the movie.

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Disappointing

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Starting off I couldn't shop listening. Then towards the end...I was no longer interested.

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

Boooooo!!!!

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

Amy Elliott Dunn

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

Movie. And many will be disappointed as well.

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Lacking

What disappointed you about Gone Girl?

I tried to read this book and couldn't so I thought it might be easier to listen to, nope. Not to offend but it just isn't appealing to me. The writing style was very superfluous and the narration was read extremely slow.

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Gone Girl

Any additional comments?

Gone Girl is long, about twenty hours. No complaints there, like ‘m long. This story is a first person account read by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne, each taking the roles of the individual characters of Amy and Nick Dunne respectively. Chapters or scenes are alternating voices of the lead characters. Nicely done.

The story is of a dysfunctional marriage, a tale of two people equally devious in personality. Although this is revealed throughout a few thousand reviews, the plot is a straightforward account of a wife faking her own death to exact revenge on an unfaithful spouse. The police do the typical rush to judgement, i.e., the husband is guilty. Which he is, of infidelity and being a jerk, but of murder? No spoilers. Lots of twists. Let’s just say they are both guilty of something and leave it there. The writing is excellent. The narration is excellent. Enjoy.

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A gut clencher

Would you consider the audio edition of Gone Girl to be better than the print version?

Due to my schedule, I use audio books almost exclusively. The print version may be equal.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I did not bond with any of the characters.

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

Gut-clenching suspense.

Any additional comments?

If you can stand it, this is a terrific read. Unfortunately, I can't stand this much suspense. Because the way this story is put together, it seems too possible, and therefore is even more scary. Wish I hadn't read it, since now, I can't stop thinking about it.