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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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    JoAyn Maplewood, MN, United States 07-12-14
    JoAyn Maplewood, MN, United States 07-12-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointed"

    After all the hype I heard about this book, I was really disappointed in the story. I thought it would be a good murder mystery type and instead i got a twisted money pit story with a married couple showing how crappy they can be to each other and the ending was ridiculous.

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    Karen 07-11-14
    Karen 07-11-14

    KarenE

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    "Compelling narrative"
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    I got so absorbed in this audiobook that I was listening to it even when I should have been doing other things. I was fascinated by the fact that I found the story so compelling even though the characters were so unlikable. There wasn't a single character I could identify with, and yet I couldn't put this book down. This was my first Flynn book, and I will certainly be looking for more!

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    Mary Catherine NC 07-05-14
    Mary Catherine NC 07-05-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Wow - that was painful"

    Since so many people liked this book, it must be me. This was a painful experience. I listen to anything and everything, and love history, romance, mysteries, thrillers, fantasy, and humor. I was looking forward to this book, and I had saved it for a long weekend. I started the book in the car when I left home for the park where I walk and listen to my books. I didn't even get out of my neighborhood to the main road when I had to stop and turn the thing off. It couldn't have been more than a few minutes, but I couldn't stand another second of the story. Painfully awful to me - I wish I could wash the words from my memory. Awful, awful, awful. I am not saying not to read this book, but I recommend that you try the sample first. With all the high ratings, I didn't even think about trying the sample. Learned my lesson. I would give this minus five stars if I could. I have struggled through books I didn't enjoy, hoping they would get better, or trying to find something in them that was worth the time. I would not even consider listening to one more word of this book. This book was not for me. I will avoid anything by this author in the future.

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    Pattie Powhatan Point, OH, United States 07-01-14
    Pattie Powhatan Point, OH, United States 07-01-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it!"
    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    No, because I know what's going to happen now.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I would have to say Amy because she is such a clever, twisted person.


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

    I loved how Julia made you understand which Amy was talking by her incredible performance as Amazing Amy or just plain twisted, crazy Amy. Kirby Heyborne's intense portrayal of Nick made me repulsed by him but also made me feel so sorry for him.


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

    I just couldn't quit listening to it because I wanted to know what happened next.


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    msdtan 07-01-14
    msdtan 07-01-14 Member Since 2017

    Mom of two,I love listening and reading at the same time. I love the immersion reading option,I enjoy it a lot.

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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If only I had a seamless listening experience I would've given it 5 stars. Great story and voicing I felt the characters come to life,but it would always stop half way or when the page is about to turn. By the way I listen using kindle fire HDX with the immersion reading.


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

    I would say the last part,towards the end when Nick seemed to have finally accepted his faith.


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

    No


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Gone Girl?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    Really wish you could fix the immersion reading problem.

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    Mary 06-30-14
    Mary 06-30-14 Member Since 2015

    I like historical fiction and look for books that run at least 15 hrs or more.

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    "Not my style"
    What did you like best about Gone Girl? What did you like least?

    I was disappointed. I listen to a lot of classic books that are free on Librivox.com. This book was not my style. Too long. I Should have read the abridged version. Also, too many f... words.


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    Jaime 06-27-14
    Jaime 06-27-14

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Surprises around every corner!!!!!!!!!!"

    I really enjoyed this book, I have recommended it to almost everyone I have spoken to since I started listening to it. This book kept me guessing for the whole time. Not only, was this story good but the narrators were great. I did not want to stop listening to this book. My only regret was that I only purchased the audio book and do not have the hard copy yet.

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    Samantha 05-20-14
    Samantha 05-20-14
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    "Hate the ending, hated the characters, but...."

    I couldn't stop listening. The story is so messed up you can't make yourself stop listening to it. The characters were written so well that I kept flip flopping back and forth between hating them and liking them. Overall it was a good book and I would recommend it to a friend.

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    michelle GILBERT, AZ, United States 05-10-14
    michelle GILBERT, AZ, United States 05-10-14 Member Since 2013

    Nurse Practitioner, Wannabe Novelist of historical fiction, PRINCE fan for life

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    "It could have been great..."
    What did you like best about Gone Girl? What did you like least?

    The alternating "voices" made it easy to follow.


    Would you recommend Gone Girl to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. It is disappointing. No real climax of the story.


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

    They made a pitiful plot tolerable.


    Any additional comments?

    A married couple of psychopathology personified. Could have had a more twisted/exciting ending.

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    LoveThyNeighbor 05-03-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Twists are Spellbinding!"
    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    Yes, I would like to catch what I had missed.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Amy


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Amy coming home.


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

    Just shocked!


    Any additional comments?

    I have never encountered a book that had me in a trance. The first person twists are amazing. Original and clever writing. The reader goes in and out of rooting for characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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